SLC team manager comments on postponement, Rabada’s father agrees

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) team manager and chief selector Ashantha de Mel was not surprised with the joint decision of SLC and Cricket South Africa to postpone the forthcoming two series of three ODIs and three T20Is.

SLC team manager comments on postponement, Rabada's father agrees

“In the current COVID-19 situations it is the right decision and nothing can be done on that…,” he said over telephone from Colombo.

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“Now our eyes would be to play against India in July and the Asia Cup thereafter. If these matches are played only then the players would get a chance to show their performance and would make selectors task easy for the team selection for the World Cup,”

he said.

The chief selector did not wish to comment on Lasith Malinga’s captaincy. However, he said, “It is not good for the fast bowlers if they lose rhythm due to such a long break. It takes time for any fast bowler to build up this rhythm,” de Mel, who himself was a fast bowler, added.

“We had to call off the England matches, now South Africa and if the series against India is also not played, it will be a big financial loss to the small country like Sri Lanka,” de Mel signed off.

South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada’s father agreed with de Mel’s views. “Rabada is ready for the action and fit albeit that he needs match fitness just like the other players,” Dr. Mpho Rabada, speaking exclusively from South Africa, said.

“The Covid response and closing of borders is an absolute necessity and support the process of trying to curb spread of COVID-19,” senior Rabada said.

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