Mubarak arrived Mumbai to take part in the Mitsui Shoji T20 League for the team Ghatkopar Jets    Getty Images
Mubarak arrived Mumbai to take part in the Mitsui Shoji T20 League for the team Ghatkopar Jets Getty Images

Sri Lanka player Jehan Mubarak on Monday opined that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) need a domestic limited-over format tournament in order to find the talents scattered in the country. Mubarak arrived Mumbai to take part in the Mitsui Shoji T20 League for the team Ghatkopar Jets. Sri Lanka has been one exception about hosting Twenty20 (T20) tournaments at domestic level while India and Australia have been highly benefited from tournaments like Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League (BBL). As the IPL is going on with all its excitement, Mubarak feels a need of similar tournament in Sri Lanka as well.

Mubarak, as reported by The Times of India, said, “I think we need a flagship tournament, whether it is in T20 or One-Day format. We need a high-profile domestic tournament in Sri Lanka. If we can raise the profile of that event, which the SLC is trying to do, then it will go a long way in developing cricket in Lanka.”

He also pointed out the fact that India, being bigger, houses a lot of talented cricketers. “I think that by virtue of being a bigger country, India just has a bigger pool. You have a lot of players, a well-organised domestic structure. And with the IPL, youngsters get good exposure with international cricketers. I think that’s the key to helping India develop their players. There is a lot of interaction between the senior players and your young boys. Sri Lanka will get there eventually, but it will take us longer. We are still young as a cricketing nation. We need time to set a system that will just generate talented cricketers.”