Kaluwitharana fears Sri Lanka talent drought
Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana fears that Sri Lankan cricket is headed for a major talent drought after the likes of Vaas and Murali retire.cricket Updated: Dec 11, 2007 12:07 IST
Former Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Romesh Kaluwitharana fears his country is heading for a cricket talent drought and has called for developing a strong second string team.
Kaluwitharana's observation comes soon after similar apprehensions were expressed by former captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
"There could be a possible scarcity of players in the next three or four years after players like Chaminda Vaas and Muralitharan retire", the 37-year-old, a member of the 1996 World Cup winning team, said.
Kaluwitharana and Sanath Jayasuriya, now retired from Test cricket, had formed one of the most feared opening pairs in one-day internationals.
"The team needs a second string which could win games", he said yesterday.
Kaluwithara played 49 Tests, scoring 1,933 runs averaging over 26 with three centuries.
He also represented Sri Lanka in 189 one-day internationals, scoring 3,711 runs at an average of 22.
He was also an able stumper, claiming a combined total of 225 catches and 101 stumpings for Sri Lanka.