Cricketers, like most international sportsmen, live in a bubble.
The President has attempted to displace the Prime Minister with his own choice and at present there is an impasse.
The rupee is crashing. This reflects a cricketing structure that is distinctly creaky. The interim board has replaced the old one, three ex-players are under investigation for corruption and their best batter Angelo Mathews is sulking for being called unfit.
Little surprise they lost the series then.
In an era of home country domination Joe Root led England to victory. Sri Lanka beat South Africa as recently as last July.
New talent like Ben Foakes has been identified and Sam Curran has confirmed his all rounder prowess at the age of 20. Sam Curran is carrying an intercostal injury so a like for like replacement would be Chris Woakes for the third test and possibly Stuart Broad for Jimmy Andersen. Jonny Bairstow would also have to be accommodated.
For those visiting Sri Lanka for the first time they may be in for culture shock.
This said, the people could not be more friendly or helpful, the beaches are wondrous and there is much to see.
You really have to like spices to appreciate Sri Lankan cuisine. The buffets at every hotel became tedious after a while.
Fish seems to be plentiful but most menus only offer prawns or crab.
The best restaurant has been Big Fish at the Marriott. My favourite hotel the Shngri La at Hanbantota
They need to improve internal communications as, but for one Expressway ,it’s two lane roads with little driving consideration.
Almost all of Sri Lanka’s failings are more than offset by the warmth of the people. As you arrive at a hotel you are greeted with a fruit juice, fingers steepled together and Ayubowan Greetings.
Nancy Bright- Thompson