Seniors’ refusal to tour Pakistan proves ‘blessing in disguise’: SLC secretary

Updated October 09, 2019

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Honorary secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Mohan De Silva, sounding ecstatic over his team’s performance on the ongoing Pakistan tour, said that he was not surprised at the performance of some young players who are very talented.
— AFP/File
Honorary secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Mohan De Silva, sounding ecstatic over his team’s performance on the ongoing Pakistan tour, said that he was not surprised at the performance of some young players who are very talented. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Honorary secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Mohan De Silva, sounding ecstatic over his team’s performance on the ongoing Pakistan tour, said that he was not surprised at the performance of some young players who are very talented.

Talking to this correspondent from Colombo, Mohan De Silva said he always knew that there were players who were waiting for an opportunity to show their skills and they have done that.

“It has been a blessing in disguise for us that some of the senior players didn’t want to go as that gave the opportunity to these guys who grabbed it with both hands,” said Mohan.

“Now some of the senior players will find it very difficult to get into the side.”

The honorary secretary, who firstly oversaw the security arrangements in Pakistan with his team and then visited Karachi during the ODI series as well, said that security arrangements in Pakistan were fantastic as promised.

To a question regarding the possibility of Sri Lanka’s Test team’s tour to Pakistan later this year, the Honorary SLC secretary expressed optimism. “With regards to the Test series, we will have to look at the players availability as there is still some time, but I am quite positive about it,” concluded Mohan.

Published in Dawn, October 9th, 2019