Ranatunga frowns over LPL bolt travel, warns budding cricketers that it is married

Poisoned lime, sour grapes or being present at the wrong time, former Sri Lankan cricket captain and one-time World Cup heartbreaker Arjuna Ranatunga warned school cricketers of evil by focusing on money while drawing a contrast to his own success without a cent in the pocket.

He fired the warning shots and made alarming remarks in the midst of subtle silence at the Sunday Observer-SLT Mobitel School Cricket Awards, receiving a touching applause from hundreds of schoolboys and girls who were all striving to have the Sri Lankan emblem on the cricket field. .

For a former player who boasts that he has never earned a penny from businessmen running on cricket, Ranatunga initially aroused curiosity with his black costume and silver-haired father look since he hung his bat 21 years ago, but whose remarks still a nation stops and turns its head. .

While noting that a third force in the form of T20 cricket has taken over the sport, he highlighted the Sri Lankan (LPL) and Indian (IPL) domestic leagues that could put budding players on the road to destruction.

“Today, cricket has been influenced by money, and if your goal is to play cricket for money and a place in LPL, IPL or any PL, then it’s better for you to go home and plow the ground.

“Cricket is a sports technique. I’m not a fan of T20 cricket. It’s just entertainment,” said Ranatunga as many of the boys and girls in the audience saw him for the first time in the flesh.

There was a lot of laughter among the adult audience when the once so roly-poly-batsman said he was amused to hear a commentator on the ongoing Sri Lanka LPL say that a sip from an ‘energy drink’ got a certain batsman to hit a six. .

Ranatunga, himself a pioneer of six-stroke test dough before people like Sanath Jayasuriya took art to another level, revealed that he turned his back on the biggest kill in the form of a giant offer to market a bottle product after the World Cup triumph in 1996 as advertising was not his cup of tea, and more than he felt the drink was harmful to schoolchildren.

Schoolboys from far and near like Jaffna and Batticaloa sat tight in their seats when they heard Ranatunga remember how he was viewed as a street kid when he signed up as a member of the elite Sinhalese sports club (SSC), which he fought for until the day he hung his bat.

Given the composition that made up his listening audience at BMICH in Colombo, there was no way Ranatunga could have avoided pushing for the way the so-called guardians and mentors of school cricketers practice their profession.

“I’m sorry to say this, but it causes heartburn for me to know that today’s school coaches do not shape players or teams. Their main focus is on how to get their contracts extended year after year,” Ranatunga stated.

“We did not win the World Cup in one day. It took years of preparation and focus and there were the senior players before us who played their part in creating the path for us to win.”

He warned of a total collapse sooner rather than later if a remedy was not put in place, and appealed to school leaders to stop the downward slide.

“Let’s go back to the past to face the future, and this can change at the school level. You boys and girls take note of this.

“You will be the future of bringing this sport forward, and remember that only hard work, playing cricket for national pride with a strong mindset and commitment can take you to where I ended up.

“Otherwise, I would not have stood here and addressed myself,” Ranatunga said.

He took a few pot-shots on the parent administration of Sri Lanka Cricket, calling it a place that never changes while everything else does, and told the teenage aspirants not to be put off if they do not end up as someone’s favorite because they went to the wrong school or the game for the wrong club.

“In the last six years, there have been eight captains and six team selection committees, but the same old faces continue in the administration,” said Ranatunga, who may have gone the wrong way in retirement and preferred national politics over a coach who could have made him to a world influence.

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