Sidath Wettimuny regretted the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara © AFP
Sidath Wettimuny regretted the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara © AFP

Former opener and current interim-head of Sri Lanka Cricket, Sidath Wettimuny, rued the transitional phase of the team and regretted the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. “We are at a crossroads. We have lost Jayawardene and now Sangakkara and earlier [Muttiah] Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas— one of the true unsung heroes of Lankan cricket,” Wettimuny was quoted as saying by Times of India. “We have got some really good talent and before long you’ll find them coming into this main team. Maybe you’ll see them later in the series but definitely by the time you come to the West Indies tour, you will see a more settled unit. The selectors needed to take stock and slowly make the changes,” he said.

Wettimuny, who took over the post of interim-head when Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake appointed him in April, spoke about the financial condition of SLC. When the interim board took over, the stadium debt faced by SLC was projected at USD 20 million. “There was a lot of concern about financial status when I took over. We have tightened our belt a lot and things are a lot more comfortable now.”

Wettimuny hopes that the former cricketers of Sri Lanka will help the youngsters. However, Wettimuny’s appointment had faced opposition from the International Cricket Council (ICC). The Sri Lankan board, thus, have been given time till January 26, 2016 to hold fair elections to elect its new members.

The 59-year-old celebrated his birthday on the first day of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka at Galle.