Monday, 16 October 2017 - 11:17
Sri Lanka cricket coach urges players to ‘step up’



Sri Lanka cricket coach Nic Pothas is demanding the players to end the team’s losing streak soon. So far Sri Lanka has lost eight consecutive ODIs.

“We have not been very good in this format for a while now,” said Pothas, a former South African wicket-keeper. “We have to find answers and find them quickly.”

Pothas wants his batsmen to deliver.

“From a batting point of view, the currency of your batting is runs. If you don’t keep making them, the shop is going to close down at some point. We have to ask the batters to take some responsibility.

“The top six batters managed 96 between them. One batter got 53 and you are not going to get too many,” said Pothas of Lahiru Thirimanne who scored a half-century.

The second match of the 5-match series will be played at Abu Dhabi today (16).

The wicket at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium is generally on the slower side, which means a lot of hard work for both batsmen and bowlers.

The remaining matches will be played in Abu Dhabi (Oct. 18) and Sharjah (Oct. 20 and 23).

The two teams will also play three Twenty20 Internationals, two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) while the last is scheduled for Lahore on 29th of October.

But Sri Lankan players had shown reservations over going to Lahore for security fears and a final decision is expected later this week.

Pakistan Cricket Board has been endeavouring to bring international cricket back amidst improved security in the country.

Pakistan has been forced to play its home games in the United Arab Emirates since 2009 terrorists’ attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus suspended international cricket in the country.

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