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Mahela Jayawardene names one player, who can reignite Sri Lankan cricket

Harshit Anand Updated: 3 July, 2019, 3:40 PM IST

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Sri Lankan cricket is going through a turmoil at the moment. They failed to qualify for the final four of the World Cup. They were once a force to reckon with when players like Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Mahela Jayawardene were at their pomp. But, now they are struggling big time.

Former Sri Lankan captain, Mahela Jayawardene feels that youngster Avishka Fernando can help revive cricket in Sri Lanka.

"It has been a tough couple of years for Sri Lanka but we have learned our lessons," Jayawardene wrote in a column for the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"It is important that we plan around a group of players who will be there for the next four years and I think Avishka has shown he has to be a big part of that."

"He will take a lot of confidence from this and he has now proven to himself that he can go on and do it on the international stage," added Jayawardene.

"I thought he might start the tournament but the selectors understandably went with experience. But as this tournament has progressed, it's been clear we have needed a spark. And there it is."

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