The way the Sri Lankan cricket team is faring on the current tour of South Africa has raised many questions on how the sport has been taken care of by the self-styled guardians over the past decade.
The Test series has been lost 3-0 and now it looks as if the team could suffer a 5-0 drubbing in the ODI series given the 2-0 lead that South Africa has taken in the five-match series.
One need not seek a fortune teller to know that Sri Lanka will also lose the ODI series as well as the team has to win the balance three matches on the trot at a time the players are struggling to win even one match.
Sri Lanka won the slam-bang T20 series 2-1, but even underdogs like Zimbabwe and Ireland can pull off wins in the shortest format of the game given its gambling nature.
Overall given the way things stand, some die-hard followers may even go to the extent of appealing to the Minister of Sports to immediately recall the Sri Lanka cricket team to avoid any further disgrace and humiliation.
First and foremost, the players that made up the team were just not good enough to play Test cricket on fast bouncy pitches and until Sri Lanka is able to build a strong team it is advisable not to make any Test tours of countries like South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England where the players cannot cope with the conditions away from home.
Also the Minister should call for an explanation from Sri Lanka Cricket as to why the team continues to need a foreign coach and another load of backstage members and back up staff when the team that won the World Cup in 1996 had only a coach and manager. No other country has appointed foreign coaches the way Sri Lanka has done and this has been a disaster by way of results and wastage of valuable funds that should have been set aside to help poor cricket playing schools in the villages.
The current Sri Lanka team is so pathetic at Test level that the five day matches ended inside three days. The batting from top to bottom was appalling and the bowling was only in patches. To see a bowler like Rangana Herath batting at number eight which is usually a slot reserved for an all-rounder is another laughing stock.
Sri Lanka Cricket officials and the selectors must be taken to task for all this rot that took place in the team.
It has now been proved that the country is spending large amounts of money on a foreign coach which is of no use to the team. What is it that a foreign coach can tell the players that any other coach in Sri Lanka cannot?
This is just an eye-wash to cover up the many misdeeds taking place at Sri Lanka Cricket.
It is also time that the governors running Sri Lanka Cricket take the players to task for demanding high fees and more money when it comes to the annual contracts. This has now become a joke year after year.
Also it is time that Rangana Herath, if he can continue to play, be part of the team only at home matches as he serves no purpose with the team bowling on fast wickets. He has never proved anything on tours of Australia, England, New Zealand and South Africa. It would not have made a difference to the team, but Sri Lanka could have been better off giving that slot to another fast bowler to gain some experience.
The captain Angelo Mathews is going waste. He was such a brilliant batsman when he came into the team along with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena. But now he is lost without a proper team that he can lead. The situation that Mathews faced did not put him in the right position to concentrate on his batting.
If Sri Lanka cannot fall in line with the current demands of Test and ODI cricket, it is then advisable, no matter how ridiculous it may sound, to discontinue all overseas Test tours until a competitive side in put together.