Lanka Men’s National Cricket Team Head Coach Mickey Arthur slams Twitter user over question
The Sri Lanka Men’s National Cricket Team Head Coach Mickey Arthur slammed a Twitter user who questioned him on his silence over players selected for IPL. Arthur was questioned that he has nothing to say on the selection of Wahindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)’s campaign in the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.
Arthur said, ‘I speak to our players most days and don’t have to go on social media to congratulate the, I do (speak to my players) behind closed doors! Before you comment think a bit!’
Sri Lankan players were unsold in the IPL auction before the season began due to national team commitments and a lack of quality all-rounders and fast bowlers in the pool.
The IPL 2021 was paused midway into the season due to the rising spike of the Coronavirus cases in India. The IPL will resume on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the remainder of the league.
Hasaranga and Chameera have joined the RCB
Wanindu Hasaranga has been brought in as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa who is unavailable for the IPL. Hasaranga was unsold in the IPL auction before the season and had a base price for Rs. 50 Lakh. Dushmantha Chameera was also unsold and has been called up as a replacement for Australia’s Daniel Sams who is also unavailable for RCB.
Hasaranga and Chameera are yet to get permission for playing in the IPL from from the Sri Lanka Cricket Board. The Sri Lankan board will meet in the coming week to take a decision for no-objection certificates to play in an overseas franchise league.
The upcoming T20 World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Sri Lankan pacers will get a decemt amount of pitch and weather conditioning of playing in dry conditions in the UAE. Sri Lanka will also host South Africa for three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals from September 2 to 14 and are in loggerheads over releasing their players for non-national commitments.