Resignation of Sri Lanka Cricket Secretary Amidst Backlash Over World Cup Defeat”
Following the national cricket team’s significant defeat against India in ODI 33 of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, the Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Mohan de Silva, has tendered his resignation. This decision came in the wake of mounting criticism surrounding the team’s performance.
On November 3rd, Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe called upon the Executive Committee (ExCo) of the cricket governing body and the Selection Committee to step down from their positions or face severe consequences in light of the team’s consecutive losses.
In a press release, the lawmaker emphasized that both the cricket board’s ExCo and the Selection Committee should take responsibility for the recent defeats suffered by the national team.
Meanwhile, SLC has demanded an immediate and thorough explanation from the entire coaching staff and selectors after India’s resounding 302-run victory over Sri Lanka in Mumbai on November 2nd. The Sri Lankan team was dismissed for a mere 55 runs, marking the second successive lowest score against India, following a previous 50 all-out in the Asia Cup final leading up to the World Cup.
While acknowledging that losses are part of the sporting journey, SLC expressed deep disappointment with the recent defeats. The organization aims to initiate a constructive dialogue to identify areas for improvement and enhance competitiveness in future matches.
SLC further emphasized its expectation of a swift and comprehensive response from the coaching staff, demonstrating a strong commitment to improving the team’s performance in the remaining matches of the 2023 World Cup and in future competitions.