Former SL captain dangers the unpredictability of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga believes his team has been playing better in the Asia Cup but feels danger for the unpredictability of the Pakistan team could turn the result around in the final.

On the upcoming final of the Asia Cup between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the 1996 world cup winning Sri Lanka captain pinned hopes with his home side, but admitted that the unpredictable nature of Pakistan could turn the result around in the final.

“Sri Lanka have been playing better in the tournament, however the unpredictability of the Pakistan team, sometimes becomes their strength as well”, said Ranatunja while talking to a private news channel.

He further said all-rounder Shahid Afridi is not the only one to look for Pakistan as they have other quality players too in the team. “The team who will play better on the day, would win,” Ranatunga said.

Speaking of the Big-three proposal, in the longer run, Ranatunga said the stance of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was disappointing. “I think they (BCCI, CA and ECB) have different agendas and I am very disappointed with SLC for supporting the revised draft recently,” Ranatunga said.

The Sri Lanka Cricket had refrained from voting on the revised proposal at the ICC meeting in Singapore, however later the Executive Committee of the SLC decided to support the governance, finance and FTP changes in the ICC, which were proposed by the BCCI, ECB and CA. At the moment, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is the only one to have not approved the proposed revamp.

Ranatunga said if SLC and PCB had joined hands, the situation would have been different. “If Sri Lanka and Pakistan had got together to work against these particular policies of the Big-three then I am sure we could have made a big impact,” Ranatunga said.

He said the countries supportive of the Big-three proposal might get benefited in the near future but in the longer run, all these countries would struggle. “Ultimately the game of Cricket will suffer big-time,” he added.