Former Sri Lanka World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has been criticized for his comments on the Indian team’s tour of Sri Lanka. Ranatunga recently said that the BCCI had sent its B team to Sri Lanka, which was, in a way, an insult to Sri Lankan cricket. Shortly after Ranatunga’s statement, a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) came in which 14 players from India’s 20-man squad played in all three formats. So this is not a second class team. Former Pakistani cricketer Danish Kaneria also backed the SLC’s statement. Kaneria said that Ranatunga’s statement would bring her to light. Many players from the former spinner’s Sri Lanka tour team regularly play for the senior team, so there is no point in calling this team a second-class team.
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On the Kaneria YouTube channel, ‘Ranatunga made this statement only in the headlines. India is a country with 50-60 players and they can make two international teams. Many players including Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been with the Indian team for some time. It would be boring to hear such statements from such big cricketers.
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Kaneria opined that the Sri Lanka Board should be grateful to the BCCI for its tour of the country as the series against India brings him sponsorship and money. He said, ‘Sri Lankan cricket is declining. The way they play the series in England. Looks like he forgot to play cricket. The Sri Lankan board should be blessed with the fact that India is sending its team out of a financial crisis.
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Ranatunga has recently said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has insulted Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). A series of three one-day and several T20 internationals will be held between India and Sri Lanka from July 13. Former captain Ranatunga, who was a government minister two years ago, said: ‘This is a second-class Indian team. I blame the current administration for agreeing to play with them to meet the needs of television marketing. India has sent its best team to England and the weakest team has been sent here. I blame the board for this.