• Sri Lanka great slams ‘garbage’ coaches

    Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has criticised the country’s cricketing body for appointing foreign coaches instead of local personnel.

    On the day that Sri Lanka celebrate the 25th anniversary of their famous World Cup win in 1996, captained by Ranatunga, he described Sri Lanka Cricket’s use of overseas coaches as ‘garbage’.

    ‘We spend huge amounts to import garbage coaches. There is good coaching talent in the country but they are going abroad because there is no recognition for them at home,’ he said, speaking at a function.

    Former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur is currently the head coach of the Sri Lanka team, with Australian Tom Moody the director of cricket. Former Zimbabwe player Grant Flower is also the team’s batting coach.

    Ranatunga also highlighted the country’s sports department as corrupt, suggesting his intentions to get involved with Sri Lanka Cricket.

    ‘If these people are told to go home they will not leave as their lives have been built on the money they get from cricket administration. They have no shame,’ he added.

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    Andre Huisamen