Having lost another ODI series at home even before its completion, the Sri Lankan team management led by captain Angello Mathews and head coach Chandika Hathurasingha are contemplating options that can help the side compete in the future and possibly win the 5th ODI and the standalone T20I game against the visiting South African side.
And Hathurasingha is keeping a very open mind when it comes to this matter. He is keeping the doors open for players like Danushka Gunathilaka, Jeffrey Vandersay, and Lasith Malinga, who have had disciplinary issues with the administrators.
While Gunathilaka is serving a six-match ban because of breach of Players' Code of Conduct and Contractual Obligation, Vandersay has been handed a one-year suspension after he went missing for a whole night having gone to a club in St. Lucia.
Lasith Malinga, one of the all-time great limited overs bowler to have played the game and someone who is coming to the end, has troubled authorities for choosing the coaching job for Mumbai Indians in the IPL over featuring in the country's domestic inter-provincial one-day tournament.
Talking about the issue, Hathurasingha was quoted saying, "I am very disappointed that these kinds of things happened, But at the same time this has been something that has been happening in the past. Our culture is so different. We don't tolerate this. It is not that he is letting down one person or two persons; he is letting down the whole team and his family. At the same time, people do mistakes. We need to give them second chance. They have not done a crime. It is just the team rules that they have broken. They will be back."
"As long as what the selectors want is fulfilled, Malinga is in our plans. He needs to come and play domestic cricket and we are not going to make exceptions for anybody. The team is number one. The team culture has to be protected. We are not treating him differently. He is a quality player. He needs to show that he is capable of delivering what he has done in the past. Not only with bowling, but fielding as well. There's a good opportunity for him to come and play the domestic T20 tournament if he is willing to play. If he is performing he is in our plans."
Sri Lanka's next limited overs assignment after this is the Asia Cup in September.
(Inputs from Cricbuzz)