Kumar Sangakkara Questions Sri Lanka's Decision to Schedule India Tour

Following West Indies' dramatic pullout, India reached out to neighbours Sri Lanka to fill in. Sri Lanka Cricket board agreed to play five ODIs starting on November 1.

Updated: October 18, 2014 19:17 IST
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Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara
Sangakkara (L) feels Sri Lanka's fitness work has been disrupted.


After West Indies' dramatic pullout from the India tour due to pay dispute with WICB, Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to fill in with a five-match ODI series has come in for sharp criticism from Kumar Sangakkara. (Indian cricket should cut all ties with West Indies: Anurag Thakur)

"Our 6 weeks of pure fitness work ends abruptly. Have a week to do a months requirement of skills work before India. Planning ahead anyone", Kumar Sangakkara asked in a tweet. (West Indies will suffer due to India tour pullout: Gavaskar to NDTV)

Sri Lankans are currently under an intense fitness programme conducted by the former national rugby union skipper Chandrishan Perera. The programme was tasked at conditioning players for the busy schedule ahead leading up to next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

The current fitness programme was a sequel to a report filed by the SLC's chief operations officer Carlton Bernadus, which had raised concerns about the fitness levels and the fielding standards.

Sri Lankans were to face England in a seven-match home ODI series before heading off to New Zealand for a Test and ODI series.

The sudden management decision to fill in the void due to West Indies' pull-out from the remainder of India tour has upset the work schedule of the Sri Lankans.

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