Device to end chucking
By Jennifer Foreshew
Debates over cricket’s most emotive issue, whether a bowler is a
chucker, could soon be settled immediately by a strap-on device
that will measure the angle of the bowler’s arm on each
Researchers at Queensland ‘s Griffith University have developed
a prototype of the device, which can be worn on the field and
allows umpires to determine immediately if a bowler is bowling
The device uses electronic sensors to measure the degree of
elbow extension from the time the bowling arm reaches a
horizontal level to the ball’s release.
International Cricket Council regulations stipulate a 15-degree
maximum for elbow extension in the bowling action. This is
accepted as the point at which the elbow extension begins to
become noticeable to the eye.
The ICC and the Marylebone Cricket Club will fund Griffith’s
development of the device. ICC cricket general manager David
Richardson praised the concept of a device that a bowler could
wear during a match. He said the technology would be critical in
efforts to enforce the regulations on illegal bowling actions.
Sri Lankan spin bowler Muthiah Muralitharan, the world
record-holder for Test wickets taken, has come under constant
scrutiny throughout his career because of his unorthodox bowling
action. He has been tested and found to be within the 15-degree
Griffith University project leader Daniel James said the device
would help remove controversy “and let people get on with
playing the game”. Dr James said the device could be useful in
competition, as well as helping coaches to assess arm action
early in a player’s development to prevent injury, improve
performance and correct faults in technique.
“Once somebody has developed an arm action, it is very hard to
correct on the day. But as a training tool this device could be
invaluable, especially for developing athletes,” Dr James said.
“We are hoping to deliver a lot of the performance information
about bowling and that would include some of the angles that are
of concern. We will also gather information we are looking for
to help quantify what a bowler is doing. We can then compare
Until now, the angle of a bowler’s arm could only be measured in
one of a handful of sports laboratories or by using a complex
system of multiple video cameras. “We are using
micro-electromechanical sensors, which have got steadily smaller
over the years because they are used a lot in automobile
technology,” Dr James said. [Bureau report]
American Na ties for lead
RIVIEIRA MAYA, Mexico, (AFP) - Kevin Na
and Mark Wilson are tied atop the leaderboard at 10-under-par
130 after the second round of the PGA Mayakoba Golf Classic on
Wilson fired a 6-under 64 in the second round, while Na carded a
62 as the pair hold a two-stroke lead over Bo Van Pelt and J.J.
Henry, who carded a 69 and 66, respectively, en route to a 132
entering Saturday’s play at the 3.6 million dollar event.
“I feel pretty good, playing solid, confidence is there,” Na
said. “If I keep doing what I’m doing, hopefully at the end of
the week I’ll come out ahead.”
Wilson, of the United States, could have been in the lead had he
not offset his seven birdies with a bogey on the par-5 13th.
Though his lead appeared safe earlier in the round, Wilson could
not hold off his countryman, Na, who carded six birdies on his
final nine holes to forge the tie.
Briny Baird and Chris Riley are three shots back at 7-under 133.
Van Pelt surged ahead Thursday with seven birdies over his final
nine holes, but he had trouble with his consistency in the
second round, erasing two of his three birdies with bogeys on
Nos. 6 and 15.
Defending champion Brian Gay is tied for 22nd with 12 other
players - eight shots off the lead - after shooting even-par
Friday en route to a 2-under 138 for the tournament.
Palitha, Prema re-elected
By Dhammika Ratnaweera
Major General Palitha Fernando and Prema Pinnawala were once
again re-elected( uncontested) for the posts of president and
secretary of the Amateur Athletic Association(AAA) at their
Annual General Meeting held at the AAA headquarters on Friday .
Earlier there was a contest for the vice president posts as
seven officials were to compete for the six vice president
posts. However at the last minute one official Chandana
Ekanayake withdrew and all six officials became uncontested. GLS
Perera who did an excellent job as media spokesman of the AAA
last year was elected as the new vice president this time
replacing Sunil Jayaweera. All other five vice Presidents Brig
Parry Liyanage, PHD Waidayatilleka, Colonel Sudath Madugalle,
Anil Weerasinghe and TM Devendran were once again re-elected for
the same posts.
Meanwhile for the first time Ekanayaka from Kandy was elected
treasurer and Saman Kumara was elected official recorder for the
17th consecutive year. HU Upali and Yasarohana de Silva were
re-elected assistant treasurer and assistant secretary.
President: Major General Palitha Fernando. Vice Presidents: Brig
Parry Liyanage, PHD Waidyatilleka, Colonel Sudath Madugalle,
Anil Weerasinghe, TM Devendran, GLS Perera. Secretary: Prema
Pinnawala. Assist Secretary: Yasarohana de Silva. Treasurer:
Chandana Ekanayake. Asst Treasurer: HU Upali. Recorder: Saman
Rotary golf tournament next
The Rotary Club of Kandy headed by Gowri Rajan, promotes golf
and they have also promised football a hand.
The Rotary Club of Kandy will be having their Open Charity Golf
tournament for all golfers with a valid club handicap.
The tournament will be played off at the Victoria Golf and
Country Resort on March 21and 22 the format being a 36-hole
Stableford competition. Attractive prizes will be awarded to
both men and lady golfers.
Golf players are invited to participate in this prestigious
tournament and enjoy fellowship with a dinner dance on Saturday
March 22. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Foundation.
Entries close on March 13. More details and entry form can be
had from the tournament co-ordinator Carl on 0773163326. (Mariks)
Kiwis step up security for
WELLINGTON, (AFP) - New Zealand is to
boost ground security for the remainder of the Indian cricket
tour following a bottle-throwing incident at the second Twenty20
match, an official said Saturday.
Play was briefly halted towards the end of the New Zealand
innings here Friday after a plastic bottle was thrown from the
crowd and landed near an Indian fielder.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said the
Indian team and match referee Ranjan Madugalle had expressed
concern about the incident.
“New Zealand Cricket is fully committed to providing a high
level of security, and I have given my assurance to the Indian
team that increased security will be in place for the upcoming (ODI)
series,” Vaughan said,
Measures will include more security staff, higher security
visibility in potential problem areas, and closer monitoring of
Staff will also be instructed to take extra precautions to
shield boundary fielders, and to take prompt action against
“This type of incident is unfortunate, especially in such an
exciting and close game as we saw last night,” said Vaughan.
“Fortunately it does not occur often.”
New Zealand won the match with a single off the last ball to
take the Twenty20 series 2-0.
The teams now move to Napier for the first of five ODI matches
Wax statue of Tendulkar at
LONDON: The wax statue of Master
Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will be unveiled at Madame Tussauds
Museum in April, the first Indian sportsperson to be featured in
one of London’s famous tourist attraction.
Tendulkar will join the likes of filmstars Amitabh Bachchan,
Shah Rukh Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Salman Khan and former prime
ministers Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and P V Narasimha Rao who
have been portrayed at the Madame Tussauds.
A spokeswoman of Madame Tussauds told PTI today that Tendulkar,
the world’s highest run getter in Tests, will be the first
Indian sportsperson to be featured at the world famous wax
museum. He joins other cricket legends like Brian Lara and Shane
Warne to find a place there.
“Record breaking cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will be the latest
sporting great featured at the internationally renowned Madame
Tussauds London when a new wax figure of the Mumbai-born batsman
joins the A-list line up in April,” the spokeswoman said. [PTI]
No difference with players
on contracts issue: PCB
KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board
chairman Ejaz Butt on Friday dispelled rumours about differences
with senior players regarding the central contracts.
“The board has prepared the contracts after careful
consideration but if the players have some views we will talk to
them. But none of them has so far conveyed to us they are not
happy with the contracts,” he said.
Indications are that most of the players including skipper
Younis Khan want a particular clause dropped from the contracts
which states that if a player is away from Pakistan for more
then 30 days to play in a foreign league, he will not get his
monthly retainer for that month.
Most of these players are yet to sign the central contracts
although fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has put pen on paper.
Butt said the board was pleased with the attitude and
performance of the team in the first Test against Sri Lanka.
“They showed lot of character and Younis led from the front. We
are hoping they would continue to perform this way in the second
Test and in future as well,” he said.
He also praised Younis’s triple hundred saying he had played
superbly under pressure.
The PCB chief, however, felt criticism of the pitch prepared for
the first Test was a bit harsh.
“I had a talk with the chief curator and others as well. The
track should have been more lively but it was not a bad wicket.
I am satisfied with the report I have got from the chief curator
there will be no further inquiry on this issue,” he said. – [PTI]
Ten Sports-Supersport signs
multi-year digital content partnership
NEW DELHI: Taj Television, owners of
Ten Sports, has signed a multi-year digital content syndication
deal with Africa-based sports broadcaster SuperSport.
According to the agreement, Taj TV will distribute its entire
portfolio of international cricket rights for the sub-Sahara
African territory, including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, West Indies
and Zimbabwe to SuperSport.
The multi-platform deal also allows SuperSport to provide
coverage via a variety of digital platforms, from next
generation mobile handsets to SuperSports’ broadband streaming
Taj Television CEO Chris McDonald said: “SuperSport is the
network of choice for sports in South and sub-Saharan Africa.
Their excellent reach, creative ad packaging, and overall
broadcast professionalism make them one of our key syndication
In 2009 Ten Sports will deliver nearly 200 days of live and
exclusive cricket like matches between South Africa, India and
Sri Lanka to SuperSport.
“We are excited to continue our long standing relationship with
Ten Sports in order to provide our subscribers all over Africa
the highest standard of International cricket coverage either in
the comfort of their homes or on the move,” says SuperSports CEO
Fish reaches semis at
DELRAY BEACH, Florida, (AFP) –
Top-seeded American Mardy Fish clinched a spot in semi-finals of
the ATP Delray Beach International Tennis Championships with a
7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4) win over Florent Serra of France.
In search of his first title since tasting victory at Houston in
April 2006, the 21st-ranked Fish faced his first test at the
500,000 dollar hardcourt event. He has yet to drop a set.
The 27-year-old Fish, who is the only top-50 player left in the
draw, registered nine aces and no double faults in recording the
win in one hour, 28 minutes.
Serra, who turns 28 Saturday, was unable to give himself an
early birthday present. He lost for the second time in two
meetings with Fish, who is looking to become the first American
to win on home soil since journeyman Jan-Michael Gambill in 2003
when he defeated Fish.
successfully defends cruiserweight title
NEWARK, New Jersey, (AFP) - Poland’s Tomasz Adamek retained
his world title with an eighth-round knockout over previously
undefeated Johnathon Banks on Friday.
Adamek not only posted his 37th win to go with one loss but he
also retained his International Boxing Federation cruiserweight
Adamek seized control of the fight in the sixth round before
flooring Banks twice in the eighth. The referee stopped the bout
at one minute, 30 seconds of the final round.
It was the first defence of the title for Adamek.
Adamek took the title here 11 weeks ago with a split-decision
victory over Steve Cunningham, knocking the American to the
canvas three times to claim his fifth victory in a row,
improving his record to 36-1 with 24 knockouts.
Adamek won the World Boxing Council light-heavyweight title in
2005 from Australian Paul Briggs and defended the crown twice
before suffering his only career defeat, a 2007 unanimous
decision loss to American Chad Dawson.
Over 40 Battle
of the Blues on March 1
The Traditional cricket match between Old
Royalists and Old Thomians for the Chulaka de Zoysa Memorial
Trophy is set to get underway, once again, on March 1, 2009 at
the Singhalese Sports Club Grounds, Maitland Crescent, Colombo
In its fifteenth year, the matches will be played in Twenty20
As was introduced last year, the “Over 40” age group Twenty20
encounter will be played for the Chulaka de Zoysa Memorial
Associated Motorways Plc. will be the sponsor of these two