Updated: July 2, 2021 7:52:45 pm
The Sri Lankan cricket board released a statement on Friday saying that the Indian white-ball squad led by Shikhar Dhawan is a ‘strong squad’ and that it is the latest norm to have specialist squads and specialist players for different formats.
Their statement comes after former Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga said it is an ‘insult’ that India have sent a ‘second-string’ team for the Sri Lanka series, which is set to begin on July 13.
In their statement, SLC said, “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that despite claims by various parties… Out of the 20-member India squad, 14 players have represented India across all formats or in some form. (Test, ODI, or T20i), and not a ‘second string team,’ as claimed.”
“This is the latest norm in the cricketing world, especially the full ICC Member countries, as they maintain specialist squads and players for each format of the game,” the statement added.
This comes close on the heels of Ranatunga’s criticism of the Lankan board for agreeing to play the series. “This is a second-string Indian team and their coming here is an insult on our cricket. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them due to television marketing needs,” Ranatunga had told reporters at his residence, according to news agency PTI.
India are set to play three ODIs and three T20Is against Sri Lanka starting from July 13th.
📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
- The Indian Express website has been rated GREEN for its credibility and trustworthiness by Newsguard, a global service that rates news sources for their journalistic standards.