Sri Lanka’s head coach hopes main players will play Test matches in Pakistan
Sri Lanka’s head coach Rumesh Ratnayake is hopeful that his side’s major players will tour Pakistan for the Test series in December this year. Sri Lanka’s senior players chose not to visit Pakistan for their limited-overs leg. Thee coach expressed that the ongoing series would encourage more Sri Lankan big names to tour Pakistan.
“This will be a precursor for that [Test matches] tour,” Rumesh said. “I’m sure this will certainly encourage the others to take decisions, but we can’t enforce it on them. They have taken a decision and we have to respect that, but certainly if things go well, this will be a huge thing for the future, not only for them but for all other countries to be here.”
“It has been raining for a while since we arrived here. But even before we came over, the preparations were hampered by rain back in Colombo,” Ratnayake noticed. “It seems as if it is raining the world over, because it’s has been raining elsewhere too. We had only a day’s training last Thursday and today [Sunday] was just another one.” the 55-year-old added
Sri Lanka’s regular Test and ODI skipper Dimuth Karunaratne along with other major players like Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal were among the Sri Lankan players who cited security reasons for not touring Pakistan.