Thisara Perera, one of the power hitters who stroked balls deep into the crowd stands has warned that cricket is doomed for the worse if nothing is done to prevent it from entering its eternal rest.
Thisara retired hurt over differences with team selectors more than two years ago and is even prepared to make a comeback to save the team provided the highly disputed incumbent team Selection Committee is disbanded and replaced.
“If I am to come out of retirement with my position at number seven or eight still in need of a player like I was, then there has to be a proper Selection Committee in place.
“We boasted about a record of winning 13 matches on the trot that included the World Cup qualifying round, but all that came to zero when we were exposed on the big stage.
“This was the result of lopsided Selection policies that left out senior players or they left out the quality in-form players to accommodate their favourites. I don’t know where all this is leading to” said Thisara in an interview with a local television channel.
“Quality players must be selected based on ground realities and not what the scorebook indicates when a player survives on five dropped catches”.