Following Sri Lanka’s shambolic 0-3 defeat to England in the T20I series, disgruntled fans have launched a campaign on social media to shun the underperforming cricketers across various platforms.
Sri Lankan Cricket Team reached a new low on Saturday as it succumbed to an embarrassing 89-run defeat to England in the final T20I in Southampton.
Following yet another series drubbing, Sri Lankan fans started trending #unfollowcricketers on social media, urging the cricketing folklore in the island nation to unfollow the profile of cricketers across various platforms.
“The aim of the campaign is to unfollow failed Sri Lankan cricketers from their verified profiles on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter,” the popular Sri Lankan website newscenter.lk has reported.
“Unfollow all these failed cricketers,” said Ahmed Inaamulhaq on Twitter. “Don’t let them have the social media attention if they can’t perform for the national team. They do not deserve massive fan bases.” he added.
Unfollow all these failed cricketers. Don’t let them have the social media attention if they can’t perform for the national team. They do not deserve massive fan bases. #Unlikethem#unfollowcricketers#ENGvSL
— Ahmed Inaamulhaq #AIH (@Ahmedinaamulhaq) June 26, 2021
Sports reporter Manjula Basnayake vented his frustration on Twitter by stating that this is the worst team from the island that he has ever seen.
“I have been watching cricket matches since 1993 but I have never seen such a weak Sri Lankan cricket team,” sports reporter Manjula Basnayake said on Twitter. “They can’t hit the ball. #SLvENG.”
— Manjula Basnayake (@BasnayakeM) June 26, 2021
If your are in instagram , facebook or any social media platform.. please unfollow current sri lankan cricketers.. even they should learn from that.. #UnfollowCricketers 🇱🇰
— Juthee (ජුතී)🤙🇱🇰 (@JUyanahewa) June 26, 2021
Sri Lankan cricket has endured a massive decline in the last 5 years.
The latest 0-3 whitewash against England is their fifth consecutive T20I series defeat. Since the start of 2018, Sri Lanka has won just 1 out of the 10 T20Is that they have played.
As a result, the former T20 World Champions (2014) and two times runners-up (2009 & 2012) will be forced to play in the Qualifiers alongside associate nations like Oman, PNG, Namibia to gain qualification for the main draw.
Meanwhile, former opener and 1996 World Cup-winner, Sanath Jayasuriya, has called for instant corrective measures to address the decline of the island nation in the cricketing landscape.
Very sad day for Sri Lankan cricket. The situation is critical. We need immediate measures to save cricket
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) June 27, 2021