In June 1990 a first-class
tournament began in Sri Lanka
but as no international cricket was possible in Sri Lanka. This tour of India was
hastily arranged.The Test match at Chandigarh was shifted
from Jalandhar at a late stage because of tension there. On a poorly prepared
defeated the tourists by a large margin. The Sri Lankans requested that an
extra Test match or ODI should be arranged but the Indian Board was unable to
meet this request.
The manager's end of tour
report, in which he and his assistant said "we were disappointed with
the captain's attitude as he appeared disinterested in the tour", was
published.Arjuna had been warned in
November 1990 about his conduct. A commission of enquiry found indications of
the captain's indifferent and aloof attitude, and criticised him for failing
to motivate players or to contribute at team meetings.
Goonesena and Sidath Wettimuny were chosen as manager and assistant on 1
November for this tour and for the Asia Cup.
Yusuf and Jayantha Seneviratne were announced on 4 November to replace them
on the Sharjah tour.
Michael Tissera (Vice-President of the Boardand chairman of selectors, J Paranathala, Anura Polonowita, Mumtaz M Yusuf (asst
secretary of Board).
Arjuna Ranatunga was appointed captain on 4 November.
despite facing disciplinary action for arguing with umpires and abusing
Ratnayeke, who had migrated to Melbourne the previous month; Pramodya
Wickremasinghe, Saliya Ahangama and Piyal Wijetunga, all owing to injuries.
Tour Party Announced : 7 November 1990.
Rumesh Ratnayeke was back
after a knee injury had made him miss the tour of England.
Stand-bys:M S Atapattu (SSC),C Hathurasinghe (TU).
Jaysuriya split the webbing of his right hand (taking a catch at a practice
session). He was replaced by Marvan Atapattu.
between selection and departure from Sri Lanka
November to 20 November)
Anurasiri contracted an eye
infection but was passed fit to tour.
The tour began on the
afternoon of 20 November when they flew via Bombay
to DelhiAfter an overnight stopover, on 21 November they took a connecting
flight to Chandigarh
which was staging its first-ever Test.
spent in India
November - 9 December)
On-tour selection panel
None. The team had so many players (17) that Gamini
Wickremasinghe did not play in a match.The Board's intention was to give more players exposure to one-day
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