Rangana Herath with his captain Dinesh Chandimal © AFP
Rangana Herath with his captain Dinesh Chandimal © AFP

It’s been over 2 years since Kumar Sangakkara called it a day — Sri Lanka’s last high-profile retirement. A year later, Tillakaratne Dilshan bid goodbye to limited-overs. It perhaps was the end of an era when the likes of Mahela Jayawardene and Sangakkara concluded their national duties. The trio had captained Sri Lanka for the better part of the last decade.

Angelo Mathews then took over and called the shots. He guided the team to their first ever whitewash over the Australians in a three-Test series at home. Otherwise, they have been rather abysmal for over 2 years now, especially in the ODIs: they lost to Australia in their own den, then beat India in 2017 Champions Trophy, then lost to Zimbabwe at home, followed by a 0-5 defeat against India. The case has been more or less in the other formats as well. They blame ‘transition’ for their downward journey.

Interim coach Nic Pothas said that they are “sick and tired” of the transition talks.

In a report published by ESPNcricinfo, Pothas said, “We are probably in an era where we are sick and tired of talking about transition. Sick and tired of about talking about it as a ‘learning period’. It is time to go out and perform, and that is the challenge. You are going to meet a world-class team. We have to move forward.”

Sri Lanka are in UAE for a two-Test series against Pakistan. The second encounter will be a pink-ball affair, Sri Lanka’s first-ever day-night Test.