Difficult for Lanka after Big 3 retire: Jayasuriya

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Published: Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 16:08 [IST]
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'Difficult for Lanka after Big 3 retire'

Colombo, Aug 8: Former Sri Lanka opener Sanath Jayasuriya feels that the current Sri Lankan team is likely to face more problems in international arena after Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara retires from international cricket.

Jayasuriya said the team faced a similar situation a couple of years ago as Arjuna Ranatunga, Aravinda de Silva announced retirement, as it was very difficult to fill the void created by such players.

Similarly, when Muttaiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas announced their retirement, Sri Lanka failed to register a win in the Test series

"These three are fantastic players, so it will be very difficult to straightaway find replacements for such men. I remember, when Arjuna (Ranatunga) and Aravinda went out, everyone was asking how we were going to fill the void," Jayasuriya said.

"It took about six months or one year, then slowly Sanga and the others came and we got going," he added.

Keeping that in mind, Jayasuriya has insisted the selectors to show faith in budding youngsters, in order to take more responsibility in future.

"Yes, we lost a few matches, but we needed to give the younger players the experience and the exposure, and the same will be the case in the future. At the same time, I don't agree with certain selection decisions," he added.


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