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Dearth of pacers a concern: Ratnayake
Friday 05 August 2011

Sri Lankan coach Rumesh Ratnayake warned that the country's cricket could face a massive crisis in the fast bowling department if corrective measures are not taken soon.

"We have a dearth of fast bowling talent. I was speaking to Champaka (Ramanayake) and he reckons that although we are satisfied with what we have at the top, there's some vacuum in the middle level and we need to address that," Ratnayake was quoted as saying by The Island.

The former fast bowler is satisfied with the current crop of pacers, but expressed his concern about the future.

"It's easy to say that we have a good set at the moment. But what are we going to do to reduce the vacuum? We might have to look into the school system, club structure and all. I really didn't go into it and do a study as such, but it would be interesting to see why it has happened. Speaking to a few, I hear that there are no fast bowlers on the scene. To me it's an issue," Ratnayake said.

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