I am confident Haturusingha will fix the problem – Sanga


Former great Kumar Sangakkara chats to Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha and Batting Coach Tilan Samaraweera ahead of Sri Lanka’s game against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi.

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Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara says that he is confident that his former mentor and current Head Coach of the national cricket team Chandika Hathurusingha will help the team come out of the current crisis. Sri Lanka made an embarrassing first round exit in the ongoing competition after heavy defeats at the hands of Bangladesh and Afghanistan in what was their worst performance in the history of Asia Cup.

"I have confidence in Chandika that he will put everything in place. There needs to be a good rapport between the captain, coach and everyone at focusing on one thing moving forward. All players need to feel that they are a valuable part of the team. Chandika needs to reassess the resources at his hand and give them the best run he can," Sangakkara told The Island.

"Some of the things that I would like to see change are getting a good wrist spinner in the squad to partner Akila Dananjaya. Also I think we should stop playing two all-rounders at number six and number seven," noted Sanga.

"At the moment, we have limited resources available compared to countries like India, Pakistan, England or Australia. We need to maximize the resources we have. I am sure results will improve. I have confidence in the management. I hope they make these changes early rather than making emergency changes. Running between the wickets was something that was very disappointing to see. The more you build partnerships, the better understanding players begin to have."

There has been disappointment in Sri Lanka following the team’s early exit. The awful campaign was discussed at the parliament as  well last week. Sangakkara called for constructive criticism to help the team move forward.

"It goes without saying that it was a very disappointing performance. I understand how disappointed fans are back at home. But I do sympathies with the players. I know how hard it is. I have been in those situations, trust me," noted Sri Lanka’s highest run getter in both Test and ODI cricket.

"I felt that Sri Lanka were the better side in both the games, but on that day, both the opponents played better than what we did. I can tell you that the team feels as bad as everyone. Our criticism has to be constructive. The coach, captain and senior players need to sit down and have a good briefing and find solutions."

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