Head coach Mickey Arthur says he is convinced the future of cricket in the country is in safe hands with the emergence of young talents such as “superstar” Wanindu Hasaranga.
The 2014 champions came through the qualifiers and lost three of their four Super 12 stage games to see their semi-final hopes evaporate.
The young team under Dasun Shanaka did not go without a fight, however, especially against unbeaten Group I leaders England, and second-placed South Africa.
Arthur told a news conference ahead of the final group match against holders West Indies, “We’ve shaken up the World Cup. I think we have. I think we’ve pushed teams. The disappointing thing for me is, in every game we’ve played of the last three, whether it be Australia, be that South Africa and be that England, we’ve had opportunities to win the game. We’re not going to qualify this year but Sri Lankan cricket is now in good hands.”
The head coach said the players were “absolutely shattered” after giving their best and still falling short, but he would rather look at the larger picture.
He identified nine talented players, the most prominent being Hasaranga, who became the top Twenty20 bowler in the latest official rankings released today.