Sri Lanka Cricket Team is having a dismal time in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. So far, they have managed to secure only one win and a couple of washouts to register four points from five games. With their recent loss against India, Sri Lanka have attracted more problems for them ahead of the next game.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka sustained another defeat against Australia by 87 runs at the Kennington Oval in London. Riding on skipper Aaron Finch’s 153, Australia posted 337 runs after batting first. Steven Smith and Glenn Maxwell also provided excellent support to help the defending champions post a massive total on the board. Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne led the charge in the run chase, but Mitchell Starc struck in the right time to pick three wickets to bundle out Sri Lanka for 247 runs. Karunratne got out three short of his hundred which changed the course of the game. As a result, Sri Lanka’s hopes of progressing to the semi-finals hanging by a slender thread.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka skipper Karunaratne and other players from his team were due to face the press after the match in a media conference and ‘mixed zone’. But they refused to attend the press briefings and are liable to face action from tournament organisers the ICC.
Yes. Sri Lanka have told us they don’t want to do it. The ICC will be speaking to them,” ICC spokesperson told to the reporters.
This comes days after Sri Lanka just days after their team manager Ashantha de Mel slammed the ICC’s treatment of the squad. Ashantha chuffed poor quality of pitches, practice facilities, transport and accommodation at the World Cup. However, Dimuth Karunaratne need to return to winning ways when they face host England on June 21 at Headingley in Leeds.