Former skipper Ranatunga has this thing about giving his columns a provocative edge -- a carryover, perhaps, of the way he led his team on the field. His first take, on the India-Sri Lanka series beginning today, is thus a diatribe aimed at the itinerary; there are also random comments about the Indian selection system et al. One interesting point, about how Lanka co-opts its veterans into the team building process, is worth culling:
Our cricket committee is worthy of emulation in which we have a virtual who's who of Sri Lankan cricket. Anura Tennokoon, Duleep Mendis, Siddath Wettimuny, Roy Dias, Ranjan Madugalle, Roshan Mahanama, Graeme Labrooy, me and a host of others meet at least once a week where we discuss issues concerning Sri Lankan cricket.
We then regularly call the coach and captain and discuss issues with them. It is not an attempt to curtail their independence. Our only goal is to pass on the committee's views to them. Rest is their call.