Sri Lanka news April 7, 2011

Bayliss calls for improvement in management

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Trevor Bayliss, the former Sri Lanka coach, has said there has to be an improvement in management and administration backing the national team. Bayliss' tenure as coach ended after the World Cup, where Sri Lanka finished as runners-up, and Stuart Law was named as an interim replacement.

"On the field, we've done pretty well for past 18 months," Bayliss told AFP. "Getting to the World Cup final itself is an achievement, though we lost [to India]. Good teams like Australia usually have got strong or good management backing the team up. That's an area in which we can improve here."

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene stepped down as captain and vice-captain respectively, and the selection committee headed by Aravinda de Silva also resigned. No interim committee will be appointed until the country's sports minister takes a call. Bayliss admitted players had several "distractions", and praised them for keeping their focus despite the problems.

"I am constantly amazed how well the players do [on the field], with all the distractions put in front of them. It seems to be the subcontinent way. That's a skill in itself."

The resignations of Sangakkara and Jayawardene was a "shame", Bayliss said. "They are the best two guys to take Sri Lanka forward. They probably had enough of putting up with distractions.

"These days a captain has to deal with issues that sometimes have got nothing to do with cricket. They have done a great service to Sri Lanka. Guess, they deserve a break."

Angelo Mathews, the allrounder, has the potential to be a captain, Bayliss added. "I think 23-year-old Mathews could be a future captain of Sri Lanka. Maybe a couple of years for him at the international level first would get him some confidence, before adding on the responsibility of captain."

Bayliss will head to New South Wales to coach the state side, a position he held prior to coaching Sri Lanka. "Have I achieved everything? I don't know," he said. "Cricket is a learning process. In my journey, cricket continues to be a learning experience."

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  • on April 9, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    india was definitely da best team in da world cup (im a lankan) but i believe we had da best team to tackle them... it looked to me like da lankans had already lost da game wen there was still 140 odd runs to be chased down, they seemed deflated.. and too many nonsense singles were allowed. i think sri lanka could hav made a much better game out of it!.. at da end of da day da team who had da best temperament won, in saying that full credit to da indians..

  • schathuranga on April 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    they have to pick last 11 from fifteen man squad.thats why problem start...i think.dont put others nose to our cricket (teamm/management).

  • maddy20 on April 8, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @GEBF The toss does not matter if you have a fragile middle order and a lacklustre bowling unit. Dropping 3 players who have not played consistently for a while, especially at the cost of bowlers like Mendis, Herath was baffling!

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    I don't under stand what Sanga did . After the most disasterous 2007 world cup indian skipper Rahul Dravid didn't stepped down immediatly. He took time for rebuilding of the team. After the rebuilding done and he felt indian cricket is in safe hands of M S Dhoni he left his captain role to M S D . In the same way Sanga should have waited for a while and then should have left his job to some one who is capable. The contender for that job i.e., Mathews or some body else should have made the vice captain for a period of say 6 months to 1yr and then he should have made the captain. Dilshan is not getting any younger. Mathews is the right man. Or even Tharanga as well.

  • Gathika on April 8, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Mathews should be vice cap.Dilshan can captain. Next two years we can give it to Mathews

  • kaltafullah on April 8, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Just accept the fact that in the World Cup finals, Sri Lanka was outplayed by a better side. Better not only on the field but also in the dressing room. To bring Randiv a bowler into the playing 11 who was not even in the original 15 speaks for itself. This strategy (??) back fired. Thei Lanka brain trust decided to add another off spinner to counter the left handers in the Indian batting line up and the Indians enjoyed that. Did they forget that the Indian batmen practice with a better offspinner? (Harbhajan)

  • Diyan82 on April 8, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Let's face it, Politics have always played its part in Sri Lankan Cricket. But I believe time round its manage to do the worst damage so far by costing us the World Cup. Out of all the sports Cricket is the only sport that puts us on the World map. When you meet people out of SL the two things you hear is SL is a Beautiful country and you guys have a great Cricket team. I know this because I live abroad. Sad that SL politicians don't realize this. Sri Lankan Cricket is not moving towards Glory, but in the opposite direction Further and further away from it.

  • Sri1403 on April 8, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Sri Lankan team was not tested to its full potential during the 2011 World cup. Their pool was weak. Match against Australia was washed out and they played all their games running up to Finals in Sri Lanka. That made it difficult for them to handle the finals. Sanga and his team failed in strategy too. Sanga wants to score 10,000 test runs and 30 Test centuries. Winning a world cup is not his ambition yet. As Sanga has said that he had decided to quit Captaincy sometime back it is evident that Sanga did not dream to go for The Ultimate.

  • Mark450 on April 8, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    There is certainly a lot of politics involved with subcontinental cricket, but the teams produce such wonderfully talented players that they continue to be successful. Certainly with more organization and a better infrastructure, the subcontinental teams may become more formidable, but may lose their natural charm.

  • cskp on April 8, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Roshini Vass! well said. India did deserve to win. BUT we could have maybe done better if the Donkey's left our boys and the coach to do their job. what a sad state we are gonna face, trust me this is not the end of this. The ruin of our beattifull nation is politics, now casting the ugly shadow on sports.God help us!

  • on April 9, 2011, 6:42 GMT

    india was definitely da best team in da world cup (im a lankan) but i believe we had da best team to tackle them... it looked to me like da lankans had already lost da game wen there was still 140 odd runs to be chased down, they seemed deflated.. and too many nonsense singles were allowed. i think sri lanka could hav made a much better game out of it!.. at da end of da day da team who had da best temperament won, in saying that full credit to da indians..

  • schathuranga on April 9, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    they have to pick last 11 from fifteen man squad.thats why problem start...i think.dont put others nose to our cricket (teamm/management).

  • maddy20 on April 8, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    @GEBF The toss does not matter if you have a fragile middle order and a lacklustre bowling unit. Dropping 3 players who have not played consistently for a while, especially at the cost of bowlers like Mendis, Herath was baffling!

  • on April 8, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    I don't under stand what Sanga did . After the most disasterous 2007 world cup indian skipper Rahul Dravid didn't stepped down immediatly. He took time for rebuilding of the team. After the rebuilding done and he felt indian cricket is in safe hands of M S Dhoni he left his captain role to M S D . In the same way Sanga should have waited for a while and then should have left his job to some one who is capable. The contender for that job i.e., Mathews or some body else should have made the vice captain for a period of say 6 months to 1yr and then he should have made the captain. Dilshan is not getting any younger. Mathews is the right man. Or even Tharanga as well.

  • Gathika on April 8, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Mathews should be vice cap.Dilshan can captain. Next two years we can give it to Mathews

  • kaltafullah on April 8, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    Just accept the fact that in the World Cup finals, Sri Lanka was outplayed by a better side. Better not only on the field but also in the dressing room. To bring Randiv a bowler into the playing 11 who was not even in the original 15 speaks for itself. This strategy (??) back fired. Thei Lanka brain trust decided to add another off spinner to counter the left handers in the Indian batting line up and the Indians enjoyed that. Did they forget that the Indian batmen practice with a better offspinner? (Harbhajan)

  • Diyan82 on April 8, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Let's face it, Politics have always played its part in Sri Lankan Cricket. But I believe time round its manage to do the worst damage so far by costing us the World Cup. Out of all the sports Cricket is the only sport that puts us on the World map. When you meet people out of SL the two things you hear is SL is a Beautiful country and you guys have a great Cricket team. I know this because I live abroad. Sad that SL politicians don't realize this. Sri Lankan Cricket is not moving towards Glory, but in the opposite direction Further and further away from it.

  • Sri1403 on April 8, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    Sri Lankan team was not tested to its full potential during the 2011 World cup. Their pool was weak. Match against Australia was washed out and they played all their games running up to Finals in Sri Lanka. That made it difficult for them to handle the finals. Sanga and his team failed in strategy too. Sanga wants to score 10,000 test runs and 30 Test centuries. Winning a world cup is not his ambition yet. As Sanga has said that he had decided to quit Captaincy sometime back it is evident that Sanga did not dream to go for The Ultimate.

  • Mark450 on April 8, 2011, 11:43 GMT

    There is certainly a lot of politics involved with subcontinental cricket, but the teams produce such wonderfully talented players that they continue to be successful. Certainly with more organization and a better infrastructure, the subcontinental teams may become more formidable, but may lose their natural charm.

  • cskp on April 8, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    Roshini Vass! well said. India did deserve to win. BUT we could have maybe done better if the Donkey's left our boys and the coach to do their job. what a sad state we are gonna face, trust me this is not the end of this. The ruin of our beattifull nation is politics, now casting the ugly shadow on sports.God help us!

  • anirudhmeerut on April 8, 2011, 9:23 GMT

    What sort of distractions???? Trevor should have elaborated. SL lost because they bungled in selection of team for finals. Underestimated the Indian batting lineup

  • DINESHCC on April 8, 2011, 9:06 GMT

    I DONT' KNOW WHY THERE IS SO MANY STEPPING DOWNS AFTER THE FINAL. THEY HAVE NOT LOST TO ANY TEAMS VERY BADLY. THEIR ONLY LOSS TO PAK WAS ONLY A MARGIN OF 11 RUNS. THERE WERE SO MANY GOOD INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES. TOP RUN GETTERS ARE SRI LANKANS. I DONT' KNOW THE REASONS FOR STEPPING DOWN BY THE ENTIRE SELECTION COMMITTEE. IF ANY ONE OF THE PLAYERS SELECTED BY THEM PERFORMED UNDER PAR, THEN THERE MAY BE A REASON. BUT IN MY VIEW ALL SL PLAYERS ARE PERFORMED WELL, EXCEPTING THE FIELDING LAPSES IN THE FINAL. SOME POLITICES IS GOING ON!

  • GEBF on April 8, 2011, 9:03 GMT

    Here are the results of the POST MORTEM BY DR. FERNANDO ( SYDNEY NSW ) :

    1. Murali Should have stayed in COLOMBO,and DHONI took full advantage of his injury; Further to compensate Murali tried too hard , and was not relaxed. 2. Dilhara is the strike bowler who warmed the bench 3. Upul Tharanga was not ready ( May Be he was negotiating an IPL contract ?) 4. The TOSS, THE TOSS YES THE TOSS : Only Sagakkara, Dhoni, Ravi Shastri and Jeff Crowe KNOWS the TELE DRAMA " ; 5. The decision to field and bowl with the DEW FACTOR ( Did they not see the 1996 Final in Lahore )

  • mogan707 on April 8, 2011, 8:53 GMT

    One of the most foremost things SriLankan Cricket is facing now,is politics.Every asian nation has suffered under its pressure.The cricketers are also joining politics to make matters difficult for the cricketers to concetrate on cricket itself.Arvinda,I thought was the most efficient administrator.Perhaps The President of SriLanka didnot like SriLanka losing to India,and hence the self-axes.

  • Roshini on April 8, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Look guys..., there was something really wrong going through Sanga right from the toss..he was not the usual effervescent Sanga we all know. Now with Bayliss talking about distractions big time and knowing too well of the political influences the game have had, one thing we can all be sure that the final was not played according to the side Sanga and coach wanted. Make no mistake India played a magnificient game of cricket to win the cup and they were always one step ahead of us admittedly. But having said that the body language of Sanga from the beginning told us all was not right. Now with Sanga Mahela Aravinda & Co stepping down we could once again well smell the foul political air that threatens to paralyze the game we love and hold dear. Doesn't it ethical to leave the game for the ethical sons of the soil? Your guess as good as mine...Roshini Vaas - Homagama Sri Lanka..

  • taniap on April 8, 2011, 7:28 GMT

    People, pls understand this is a bigger issue than just losing a final. Would you like the SL team to end up like Bangaladeshi team?

  • sukuviju on April 8, 2011, 6:41 GMT

    Srilankan players are very skillful and hard working. I would request SriLankan administrators to keep away from Aussie coaches. Australia did well because they had excellent talent, not because of their coaches. What teams from the sub-continent require is a coach who will work hard, not be too high profile, stay away from board politics and use the natural talent of the players to forge a winning combination. All the sub-continent countries require a Gary Kirsten and they will become world beaters.

  • on April 8, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Huh - did you look at the picture of the Sri Lankan team with the President of Sri Lanka? It is available under 'Photos' under 'Sri Lanka'. It looks like a funeral. Being a runner up is nothing to be ashamed of.

  • taniap on April 8, 2011, 5:45 GMT

    I couldn't agree with Bayliss more. SL had a great team combination that only needed some experience and confidence to reach the next level. Now it is all going downhill due to poor administration. "Interim" is supposed to be temporary for God sake.What a shame!

  • cricketik on April 8, 2011, 5:32 GMT

    What sort of distractions???? Trevor should have elaborated. SL lost because they bungled in selection of team for finals. Underestimated the Indian batting lineup. They thought they will fall like nine pins to Suraj Randiv because he troubled them in a few matches or have over estimated Randiv that he would do miracles coming into team after a year straight into WC final. They un necessarily panicked and made some illogical changes. Had they played Chaminda he too would have failed since he is not mentally ready and already in retired mood. Indian team is the most distracted and the team under utmost pressure. they still made it. SL have done well and have given their best they may win it next time. They lost two WC finals in a row and T20 final and add to it ahve not won an international event for a long time.. If they loose two more the "c" word will come on to the screen.

  • Sinhabahu on April 8, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    You want the names of those responsible? Here's one: Sanath Jayasuriya. I'll be very surprised if he isn't part of the tour of England. That's all I'm saying.

  • on April 8, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    Windia 1234...get your facts right. He was blaming mangement and NOT the players. As for him being without a test cap, just being in the New South Wales team he was in at the time was a greater achievement than achieving a test cap for many other nations. Lets see how other test teams in the early 90s would go against a team containing the likes of Taylor, Slater, Bevan, M.Waugh, S. Waugh, Gilchrist and a guy called McGrath. Well done Trevor Bayliss, you have helped Sri lanka become one of the top cricket teams in the world. Good luck back here in Australia.

  • soumyas on April 8, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    can anyone clearly explain what kinda distraction it is ? i just remember Jayavardane saying it was good to be in mumbai out from country as thier team gets more time to spend,that time i suspected something wrong when they r back in srilanka,

  • whiskey_dosa on April 8, 2011, 4:25 GMT

    When you pay peanuts, you can only hire monkeys to do the job.

    The stupidest thing Karra did was to replace 3 performers with 3 duds.

  • on April 8, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    @maddy20, the distractions of which bayliss is reffering to is not shooting commercials or playing in IPL, it's the political interference in to sport.

  • on April 8, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Genuine people could not buy WC ticket even at the Gate, and they haven't open Ticket Counter at least in the Ground. but most of the ticket was sale outside for hire rates.

  • on April 8, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    indian has no distractions..coz even ICC backing up them & did everything to made them world champs..anyway chase out thieves of SLC board..players wil show wt they can do

  • Reggaecricket on April 7, 2011, 23:35 GMT

    When Aravinda took over he said that he will resign at the first sign of interferance (by the politicians). With the selection committe now out of the way, Mathews being a tad too young to take over as Captain etec., don't be surprised if Jayasuriya comes back not only as a player but as the skipper. He has the interfering lot on his side. The board has resigned to make way for others who are hand picked by the powers that be.

  • sAiyAnstAr on April 7, 2011, 22:45 GMT

    The biggest distraction in the past would have been the civil war that was raging in the country. For a team to have performed so well over the last 20 years, with a war going on in not only their backyards, but their front yards as well says something about the team. Cricket truly does leave all differences outside the stadium. It is the one thing that kept the nation sane. My family left Sri Lanka when I was 4 because of the war and I have been living here in Australia for the past 24 years but have kept close watch over the war that was going on. Hat's off to Sri Lanka. Yes, India may have their distractions too, but I don't think that can compare to a war.

  • Imhabibur on April 7, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    Feeling pity for Sangakkara and Jayawardene...

  • on April 7, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    These distraction are from the people who believe everything should be controlled under their duress and they are making one big mess of a state in whole country not only in cricket.As Trevor has said it is mainly a subcontinent thing.Aravinda played a big role in guarding cricketers against such distractions.However these distractors are greedy enough to put their selfish wishes in-front of the country's interests by any means at any cost.That is the sad reality.

  • m_sha on April 7, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    the ICC should consider the acceptibility of SLC since it has never had people elected to its portfolios rather interim committees have been continuing.

    thanks to our players since 1996 we have got to two finals and one semi in the WC and a final in the 20-20. these achievements belongs to the players not to the board. the board better understand this and work towards a better future, if not it will be the downward for our cricket. Windies is a good example of this. Australia for a period of 3 - 5 years will find it difficult to be at their best. probably its England that's going to do well in the years to come due to the proactive contribution of th board and diverse pool of players.

    better get your act together, or else it might be late.

  • Harding119 on April 7, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Wow. Now we know why Sangakkara was under so much of pressure during the finals. I was wondering why he looked so stressed behind the stumps. He was not the usual agile, sparkling and quick reflexed wicket keeper that he was. He looked so off-colour. It is a real shame that these wonderful cricketers have to go through what they have had to go through. Stress. If not for Bayliss we would be talking about it. Thank you Trevor. God Bless Sri Lanka's wonderful cricketers and the amazing cricket loving public. Harding - Surrey

  • Philip_Gnana on April 7, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    What a shame that we do not know the goings on within SL cricket. For Aravinda to resign along with the committe, we need to assume that undue and unncessary interventions from higher sources have resulted in these "distractions" and resignations. Did it have anything to do with a particular player who did not get a chance to make it to the World Cup? If that is the case, someone has been running to big daddy. I hope all publicity is given to the reasons for this debacle. Making it to the WC was an achievement. The coach, the team, the selectors and the SL public should be applauded for their patience and strength during this time. We hope matters will be better going forward and that lessons can be learnt (that is if the higher ups want to).

  • Haleos on April 7, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    "Good teams like Australia usually have got strong or good management backing the team up" ????? Its the soddy management of Aussies which has cost them dearly.

  • maddy20 on April 7, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    These are the same bunch of "experts" who predicted that SL will trounce India, there is more pressure on India, Indi will lose etc., Now that they have realized they are not good enough. Here in India our cricketers spend more time shooting ads, playing in IPL etc., but they have still managed to win it. Its not what they do off the field that matters. Its about picking the right combination and motivating them to perform. I mean how can they pick 3 untested player(Kulasekara, Randiv, Perera) in a wolrdcup final?

  • on April 7, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    hmm distractions? definitely sme stupid politicians for sure!

  • on April 7, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    This has got nothing to do with the Indians. Stop being so full of it.

  • KingOwl on April 7, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Shakersid: You have to bring India into everything, don't you? Man, get the chip off your shoulder. Don't be so pathetic. Act like coming from the country which won the WC!

  • Windia1234 on April 7, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    tHIS Chap Trevor Bayliss without a single test cap-how he was selected to coach Sri Lankan team? He is covering up own inadequacies by blaming Sri Lankan players.

  • stormy16 on April 7, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    The cricket administrators in SL are a sick joke and have been for a long time. Which country runs its national cricket on an "interim" basis - the board, selectors, now coach - everything is intermin which is a weak excuse to dilute accountability. If SLC is not capable of doing the bare minimum of appointing an accountable authority to run the game the ICC should withdraw funding.

  • moazzam23 on April 7, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    By"distractions", could Bayliss be hinting at the IPL? Tharanga got a contract from the Super Kings just one day before the WC final. Getting so much money one day before your biggest match can be a distraction. It could be the reason for his under-performance.

  • Ellis on April 7, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Bayliss would have done a greater service to SL cricket if he had specified the " distractions", and their causes. If necessary, he should identify names. Speaking in coded language serves no purpose. He has been a good coach and his insights on all aspects will be invaluable. It will also be a great pity if the knowledge and wisdom of Aravinda de Silva are lost to SL cricket. He has much to offer.Cool and wise heads must prevail now or SL cricket will drift into a period in the wilderness.

  • Sreerang on April 7, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Cricket (and every other sport) in subcontinent is all about money, power and egos, not necessarily in that order. For the administrators, the actual game is a necessary distraction!

  • shakersid on April 7, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    With all due respect to the SL cricketers, if they have a lot of distractions, then imagine what is the case with their Indian counterparts!

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  • shakersid on April 7, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    With all due respect to the SL cricketers, if they have a lot of distractions, then imagine what is the case with their Indian counterparts!

  • Sreerang on April 7, 2011, 15:01 GMT

    Cricket (and every other sport) in subcontinent is all about money, power and egos, not necessarily in that order. For the administrators, the actual game is a necessary distraction!

  • Ellis on April 7, 2011, 15:51 GMT

    Bayliss would have done a greater service to SL cricket if he had specified the " distractions", and their causes. If necessary, he should identify names. Speaking in coded language serves no purpose. He has been a good coach and his insights on all aspects will be invaluable. It will also be a great pity if the knowledge and wisdom of Aravinda de Silva are lost to SL cricket. He has much to offer.Cool and wise heads must prevail now or SL cricket will drift into a period in the wilderness.

  • moazzam23 on April 7, 2011, 16:51 GMT

    By"distractions", could Bayliss be hinting at the IPL? Tharanga got a contract from the Super Kings just one day before the WC final. Getting so much money one day before your biggest match can be a distraction. It could be the reason for his under-performance.

  • stormy16 on April 7, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    The cricket administrators in SL are a sick joke and have been for a long time. Which country runs its national cricket on an "interim" basis - the board, selectors, now coach - everything is intermin which is a weak excuse to dilute accountability. If SLC is not capable of doing the bare minimum of appointing an accountable authority to run the game the ICC should withdraw funding.

  • Windia1234 on April 7, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    tHIS Chap Trevor Bayliss without a single test cap-how he was selected to coach Sri Lankan team? He is covering up own inadequacies by blaming Sri Lankan players.

  • KingOwl on April 7, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    Shakersid: You have to bring India into everything, don't you? Man, get the chip off your shoulder. Don't be so pathetic. Act like coming from the country which won the WC!

  • on April 7, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    This has got nothing to do with the Indians. Stop being so full of it.

  • on April 7, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    hmm distractions? definitely sme stupid politicians for sure!

  • maddy20 on April 7, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    These are the same bunch of "experts" who predicted that SL will trounce India, there is more pressure on India, Indi will lose etc., Now that they have realized they are not good enough. Here in India our cricketers spend more time shooting ads, playing in IPL etc., but they have still managed to win it. Its not what they do off the field that matters. Its about picking the right combination and motivating them to perform. I mean how can they pick 3 untested player(Kulasekara, Randiv, Perera) in a wolrdcup final?