Sri Lanka to win at any cost? | Sunday Observer

Sri Lanka to win at any cost?

16 January, 2022

In a desperate move to overcome a mounting share of upheavals, Sri Lanka has brought in batsman Kusal Mendis, who was slapped with a one year ban over a case of indiscipline and reinstated six months before the ban could end, to play in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe starting today in Pallekele.

Mendis’ re-entry into the squad has given rise to questions over whether Sri Lanka has been pushed into a state that it has to win even at the cost of discipline and rebellious attitudes on the part of players.

In yet another hair-raising development, batsman Bhanuka Rajapakse has done a U-turn and returned to the fold after quitting the scene less than two weeks ago.

Rajapakse had apparently changed his mind after a meeting with Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa that has raised questions on whether cricketers have got fed up with their employer Sri Lanka Cricket whom they are not able to trust or discuss their issues positively.

Rajapakse will not play in the series against Zimbabwe, but a notable absentee will be fast bowler Lahiru Kumara who has failed a physical fitness test.