19 Jan 2012

Sri Lanka government orders probe into national cricket team

12:25 pm on 19 January 2012

The Sri Lankan government has ordered a probe into the national cricket team's "crisis situation" after they fell to another defeat in their one-day series in South Africa.

Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has asked the country's cricket governing body to investigate and recommend remedial action to end the side's recent poor performances.

On Wednesday South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by four runs to establish a winning 3-0 lead in their five-match ODI series.

The probe was ordered a week after another minister slammed the side, blaming lack of team spirit for a 258-run thrashing by South Africa, Sri Lanka's worst one-day international defeat.