Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka captain, has described the rain-hit, three-Test series against the West Indies as probably the worst Test series of his life. "I've never seen anything like this before," Sangakkara said after persistent rain washed out the fifth and final day of the third Test at Pallakele. The series was drawn 0-0 with the first and second Tests also ending in draws due to bad weather.
"It's pretty frustrating and it's tough. I haven't seen rain like this in a long time. It was pretty frustrating to sit in the dressing room and watch the rain."
Sangakkara called for cricket officials to analyse weather patterns properly before hosting Test matches. "It is tough these days because the weather's all topsy-turvy. It would have been nice to see if we had alternative venues as well to see if one failed and the weather was not great and preparations were not great we could have gone somewhere else.
"But the reports I hear is that it is raining everywhere. I don't know how feasible that would have been. But it's always nice to have something as a back up."
The positives for the home side, despite the disappointing series which saw them fall from third to fifth in the ICC Test rankings, were the bowling of spinners Rangana Herath and Ajantha Mendis, and the batting of opener Tharanga Paranavitana.
"Rangana again proved as the most experienced bowler he can do the job whenever it was required," Sangakkara said. "He bowled against all left-handers and that's the major reason why we brought him back. He did a fantastic job for us.
"It's heartening to see Ajantha Mendis has come back very strongly in this Test series and Tharanga Paranavitana keeps growing as a solid opener for us. I hope he continues in that vein and keeps fighting for those runs. Those three were the biggest positives we had."