Cape Town - Ahead
of the Test series against Pakistan, Sri Lanka interim coach Nic Pothas
has said that he and his team are "sick and tired" of talking about
them being in transition.
Sri Lanka will be hoping to turn their fortunes around when they
start a two-match Test series against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday.
Pothas, who is standing in as Sri Lanka coach since Graham Ford quit
the job in June, oversaw an ODI series loss against Zimbabwe at home and
then lost every single game against India also on home soil, which
included three Tests, five ODIs and a T20I.
Part of the problems that face Sri Lanka cricket is that they have
not yet replaced the runs and experience of legends such as Kumar
Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
However, the last of those retirements came more than two years ago
and Pothas has urged the players to move on with their performances on
Pothas said: "We are probably in an era where we are sick and tired
of talking about transition. Sick and tired of about talking about it as
a 'learning period'.
"It is time to go out and perform, and that is the challenge. You are
going to meet a world-class team. We have to move forward."
Pothas will hoping for a resurgence from his team against Pakistan
with the second Test of the series to be played in Dubai from October
6 while the teams will also contest five ODIs and three T20Is.
Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Azhar Ali, Shan Masood, Sami Aslam, Babar Azam,
Asad Shafiq, Haris Sohail, Usman Salahuddin, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Asghar, Bilal
Asif, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Wahab Riaz
Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lahiru Thirimanne (vice-capt), Dimuth
Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva,
Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga
Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Lahiru Gamage