President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Jayantha Dharmadasa says that he has told manager of the Sri Lanka team Michael de Zoysa to compile a detailed report concerning the struggles of Angelo Mathews' team in the on-going international cricket series against Pakistan in the Gulf. Pakistan took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the on-going five-match series against Sri Lanka following Wednesday's crushing eight-wicket win in Abu Dhabi.
Dharmadasa told 'Ceylon Today' that as per each international series involving the national side a report is forwarded to SLC by the team manager and this time too it would be no exception.
He added that the reasons for the national team's dismal form against Pakistan could only be known after having thoroughly perused the manager's report, as fans continue to lose faith with each loss suffered by Angelo Mathews' men in the recent past.
"The national team manager usually gives a report to the SLC at the end of each home and away international series," Dharmadasa said.
"But, this time I have told him (Michael de Zoysa) to find the exact cause for the poor performance of our players in the five-match ODI series through his report.
And only after we peruse that report, we could think of taking any suitable action to arrest the decline in performance of the team."
The SLC president said that in hindsight, Pakistan being involved in international cricket more regularly in the recent past compared to Sri Lanka could have also contributed to the woeful run of the national team. But, he refused to highlight it as an excuse for the team's disappointing form.
Asked whether he was content with the contribution of a large backroom staff to support the national side given the team's current horrendous form, he said he would only comment on it after having systematically assessed their input based on the manager's report.
Chaminda Vaas (fast bowling coach) and Ruwan Kalpage (fielding coach) continue to make up the backroom staff of the Sri Lanka team when on overseas tours, which also consists of Graeme Ford (head coach), Marvan Atapattu (assistant coach) and Steve Mount (physiotherapist).