Sri Lanka’s head coach, Mickey Arthur has said that the team needs to improve, specifically in the T20 format before heading to the World Cup this year. The ICC T20 World Cup 2020 is scheduled to take place later this year in Australia. However, major concerns stand firm on the event’s implementation as the COVID-19 Pandemic has brought the world to a stagnant position.
Sri Lanka were recently thrashed by the West Indies in a two-match T20I series at home. The Windies won both the games by a handsome margin. Although, the bright side for Sri Lankan cricket during the tour was the fact that they swept a three-match one-day series against West Indies.
However, Sri Lanka’s head coach, Mickey Arthur is a firm believer of the fact that the T20 side needs a lot of improvement and with the T20 World Cup not too far away, these improvements need to come early.
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“Our T20 side is still going to take some fine-tuning and this was amplified against a very strong West Indies team that simply had too much power for us,” Arthur said in a chat with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) media unit.
“I think the most important thing is building a method to win games based on the resources that you have at your disposal and then making sure that the players are under no illusion as to what that method is based on our strengths,” he said.
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Since Arthur took over in December, Sri Lanka have lost a Test series in Pakistan but prevailed in Zimbabwe earlier this year.
A sterner test had awaited them in a two-match home series against England, but that was cancelled last month owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Arthur said, “It was really disappointing not playing the test series against England although this will be played at a later date, said Arthur, who has also coached South Africa, Australia and Pakistan.”
“We had just worked out a brand that we knew would be successful against all teams, and I just hope that the momentum that we had built up will not be lost with our test team when we start up again,” he added.
“We have some very realistic goals with our test team and believe that we have now the players and gameplans to have success both at home and abroad in the future,” Arthur said.
The 2014 champions will be chasing their second T20 world title in Australia in October-November, this year.