India Tour of Sri Lanka: Mickey Arthur on his last legs, Roshan Mahanama likely to be next Sri Lanka coach before ICC T20 World Cup

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Roshan Mahanama likely to replace Mickey Arthur
India Tour of Sri Lanka: Roshan Mahanama likely to replace Mickey Arthur

India Tour of Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur is on his way out and the former Sri Lanka batsman Roshan Mahanama is set to take the mantle of Sri Lanka’s head coach even before the T20 World Cup after yet another poor performance in the 2nd ODI against India. Mickey Arthur was seen in a frustrated and angry avatar in their 2nd ODI against India. From a winning position, the Dasun Shanaka-led team let the match slip away from their hands with Deepak Chahar mounting a fightback for India.

With a string of poor performances in the bag, Mickey Arthur’s job is on the line. As per information available with InsideSport, the South African coach faces an acid test on Friday and any slip up could see him axed even before the ICC T20 World Cup.

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The on-field spat or rather debate as the coach put it with captain Dasun Shanaka was well televised while one camera always stayed focused on Mickey Arthur in the 2nd ODI as his smile slowly turned into agitation and then frustration as Deepak Chahar took India across the finish line.

India Tour of Sri Lanka: The coach’s outburst on the field after the loss in the 3rd ODI is one turning point. Not only that, the South African coach was seen cursing on Live TV with millions of people watching. While it turned into a meme fest on social media, it wasn’t taken lightly by SLC nor Sri Lankan fans.

InsideSport has learnt that Sri Lanka Cricket is ready to fire him even before the T20 World Cup and only a miracle could turn things around for Mickey Arthur. Not only the SLC but the players have also raised their concerns about the veteran coach. On Tuesday, when an injured Rajapaksa walked back to the dugouts. Arthur did not bother looking at him. Sri Lankan media claimed that it was due to the two’s worsening relationship.

Rajapaksa in an interview claimed, “Arthur doesn’t have a plan” while the former Pakistan coach hit back saying he was a sloppy cricketer.

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India Tour of Sri Lanka: If Sri Lanka lose the 3rd ODI, Arthur will get the boot with Roshan Mahanama taking over the mantle before the T20 World Cup. Mickey Arthur’s tenure is set to end after the T20 World Cup.

Here, SLC is taking a cue from India who has found success in homegrown coaches such as Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid. Even though Roshan Mahanama doesn’t have strong coaching credentials, he is believed to be a good man-manager like Ravi Shastri, India’s head coach.

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“We are looking at someone who can be like Ravi Shastri, to play the role of a mentor,” sources told CricWire.

India Tour of Sri Lanka: As per Daily Mirror Sri Lanka, Mahanama is being actively persuaded by SLC and Arthur could face disciplinary actions for his melt down on live TV. However, Mahanama is not convinced to take up the job as yet with Arthur still being the coach. But another poor performance could send the former Pakistan coach packing even before the T20 series against India begins on July 25.