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Captain Karunaratne from Sri Lanka praises Arthur, eyes top four

Image:-Sri Lanka cricket captain Dimuth Karunaratne

In December, South African Mickey Arthur was appointed head coach of Sri Lanka on a two-year contract.

Former first-class cricketer Arthur previously served as head coach with South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan national teams.

"Mickey is a no-nonsense cool bloke with lots of experience to support him and his brand," Karunaratne told Cricket to Sri Lanka.

"Clarity of planning and role is a norm at the international level. What is very important is the belief which he instilled in his own and subtle way among us. It certainly helped and the results always speak for themselves. "Sri Lanka has lost a two-test series in Pakistan since Arthur's appointment before they defeated Zimbabwe at home. They are currently in fifth place in the format.

The team languishes at eighth in one-day internationals but their last series before the COVID-19 shutdown, they managed to defeat a dangerous West Indies side 3-0.

"The key word is Rankings. I would say that Sri Lanka needs to be in the top four of not only the ODI cricket but also the test cricket, "said Karunaratne, 32.

"That would mean indirectly to say the least to semi-finalists and you maybe two games away from the pen. There on, it's everyone's guess and if you do well on your day, you could end up being World Champs. "Test captain Karunaratne handed himself an olive branch to resurrect his limited-over career and lead the side in ODI cricket when he was brought back to England for the first time since 2015 ahead of the 50-over World Cup.

The top-order batsman was successful with the willow but could not lead his side into the final four of the competition.

Nevertheless, Karunaratne is positive about the future.

"The boys and the squads in question enjoy their cricket and that makes my job much easier," he said.

"If you like what you're doing and the environment is conducive to doing so, the equilibrium at this level of sport becomes far better."

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