Amidst all the hullabaloo over the Pakistan terror attacks, King Sanga has been appointed the captain of the SL 2020 team.
Not the test team, or the ODI, just the 2020. Its an odd appointment by the selectors. Trying to make it look like there might be another choice in the long term.
We know there isn’t, they know there isn’t but that’s the way we do things around these parts ya’ hear.
When Mahela handed over the keys to the SL engine, it was misfiring, backfiring, leaking oil – the whole works. It had done its mileage.
Sangakkara inherits a team that is struggling and verging on decline. A test team that doesn’t know its openers – 4 combinations have been tried over the last year.
A one day team that still relies on Jayasuriya to win them matches. A team whose best fast bowler is Nuwan Kulesekara, with no offence to Nuwan- he knows we love him here, is a worry.
A selection policy that still deems it self necessary to have Dilhara Fernando strutting about and doing his thing to lose as as many games as possible. Is it some inside joke that we don’t get ?
Remarkably, Sri Lankas middle order, for so long the teams achilles heel, is experiencing a bout of consistency. From Sangakkara to Mahela to Dilshan and the reformed Samaraweera all have been in the runs and looking like they will score more.
If Sanga makes it past the next World cup as captain, he will face a crisis no modern Sri Lankan captain has faced – Losing Vass and Murali.
Then there is the issue of dealing with the new crop – players like Thilina Kandamby, Paranavitana, Udawatte, Mendis, Prasad need guidance. Sangakkaras influence will shape their careers.
A lot will also depend on how Sangakkara handles the newly appointed 7 man interim committee that is to oversee SL cricket for a couple of years.
Which could prove to be good, or bad. We are going to go with bad.
But we would like to be proven wrong.
In the end Sangakkara must be feeling like he was called up by Mahelas lawyer and was read a will that pretty much left him a pile of shit.
Interesting times ahead.