De Silva ready to become vice-president if given right team

Aravinda de Silva said that he is considering an offer by Sri Lanka Cricket to take up an advisory role with the board to look after international cricket.

Cricbuzz reported on Sunday that SLC was to offer the former captain a key role in the board after the performances of the Sri Lankan team nosedived in recent times with a series of defeats.

On Friday, SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala extended an invitation to de Silva to join the board as one of the vice-presidents. “I have not given them a word. I am still thinking about it and will see how it goes,” de Silva told.

“I think there should be right people to work with and everyone should work as a team towards one goal. We need to work closely with the players, coach and the captain. Along with the selectors, we need to have a clear line of thinking as to which way we are progressing. If people are pulling in different directions, we are heading towards disaster,” de Silva added.

“If you see the team against India, their confidence levels dropped from every game. Their body language changed drastically from the first Test to the last Test,” de Silva said.

“Cricket is a game of confidence. The thing that has been letting us down is our batting and that’s due to lack of confidence. After we whitewashed Australia, it was a great opportunity for us to capitalize, but we failed to do it,” de Silva added.

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