Sri Lanka news April 7, 2011

Bayliss calls for improvement in management

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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..

  • Sampath 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).

  • V.L 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!

  • Dummy4 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

  • Kamal 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)

  • Dilini 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.

  • Sridharan 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.

  • Michael 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.

  • Christopher 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!

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