Arjuna Ranatunga’s recent statements on India sending a second-string team to Sri Lanka have been questioned by Aakash Chopra.
On their tour to the island nation, Team India will play six limited-overs internationals, three one-day internationals, and as many T20Is as they can. India sending a second-string team, according to Arjuna Ranatunga, is an insult to Sri Lankan cricket.
Arjuna Ranatunga said the second string Indian team coming to Sri Lanka is an insult on Sri Lankan cricket. The current administration needs to be blamed for agreeing to play with India due to television marketing needs. (To Press).— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) July 2, 2021
Aakash Chopra stated in a video posted to his YouTube channel that some notable individuals are missing from the Indian team that has headed to Sri Lanka. However, he questioned if it was truly lacking in quality:
“It’s true that it’s not the primary team; Bumrah, Shami, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Ravindra Jadeja aren’t among the players. Is it, however, truly comparable to a B-grade squad?”
The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out that the Indian team that would most likely be fielded may have more experience than their opponents. According to Aakash Chopra,
“India’s likely ODI XI has played a total of 471 ODIs, although this isn’t the first side to do so. It will be interesting to know how many matches Sri Lanka has played in total when they select their team. It will be an intriguing activity to try to correlate experiences to experiences.”
Sri Lanka Cricket issues a statement saying that that the touring Indian white-ball side is a 'strong squad'.— Shayan Acharya (@ShayanAcharya) July 2, 2021
The statement comes hours after Arjuna Ranatunga lashing out at SLC for hosting a 'second string' Indian side. @sportstarweb#INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/gZQMRkV1f3
After serving their quarantine term, Aakash Chopra pointed out that a full-fledged Indian team would have found it nearly impossible to play a series in Sri Lanka and then the Tests against England. He went on to say that before the BCCI, the only alternative choice would have been to not send a squad at all.
“Sri Lanka, too, will have to look inwards.” Aakash Chopra,
Sri Lanka, according to Aakash Chopra, will have to reflect on their cricket, which is currently mired in mediocrity. He stated, “
“Sri Lanka, too, will have to look inwards. Let’s face it, Afghanistan isn’t required to compete in the World T20 qualifications; you are. This is a fact of life. Even if you look at the current England figures, Sri Lankan cricket is in serious trouble right now.”
Sri Lanka still needs to qualify for the 2019 T20 World Cup, according to the 43-year-old, whereas Afghanistan, a relatively new cricketing nation, has done so. Aakash Chopra made the following observation:
“There’s a chance they won’t qualify for the T20 World Cup, or that they won’t even make the main draw. It’s possible that you won’t be in the Super 12. This is also a fact, and Afghanistan has already arrived.”
Sri Lanka is not one of the eight teams to be given a direct invitation into the T20 World Cup main draw. They will have to compete in qualifiers prior to the competition, with the best four teams joining the eight teams who have already qualified for the main stage of tournament.