Ford contends Sri Lanka has ideal platform
Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford insisted that the on-going T20
tournament, the Asia Cup, and the impending T20 World Cup should be the
start of a process that he wants to put in place to develop the future
of Sri Lanka cricket to be on top for a long period of time rather than
seek a quick fix.
“Lots of important things are going to happen in the next few
months”, he said.
When asked about the capabilities of the players, Ford said that it
was too early for him to judge players.
“Some players have improved and some have got older. I watched a
couple of games in India but I feel going forward with the management
and the selectors and identifying a special talent can become the future
of Sri Lankan cricket.
“And that is happening at the moment a little bit once we settle and
identify who these special players are with the right mental attitude
and who could really dominate the international cricket. We must have
patience and give them a really good boost to achieve that target”, said
He said that at the moment the team is lacking the experience and
probably a couple of real classy batsmen to give the team the runs and
set up the onslaught at the end of the innings that Sangakkara and
Mahela have done for so many years. “They are missing now and we have to
find somebody to do that and we’ll have to find them pretty quickly. It
is exciting to see Sri Lanka finding seam bowlers which is good for the
“Kusal Janith’s absence from the team is a huge blow. He is one of
the most outstanding players that I have seen. He is so exciting and he
is a Gilchrist. Everybody was banking on having him, but now he is in a
different situation and it’s a massive loss for the side and hopefully
he will be back soon”, said Ford.
Ford admitted that the Sri Lankans will go into the tournaments more
as underdogs than in previous tournaments because the side has plenty of
new players. “Cricket is a funny game. With good energy, commitment and
right attitude anything can happen. We have one or two in Mathews and
Malinga and Dilshan as well as the young group, so hopefully that can
create a bit of a recipe for success. But at the same time for me as
much as it’s something we like to do by winning the tournaments it is
very much a start of the process we want to put in place the future of
Sri Lankan cricket”, said Ford.