|Ahead of Sri
Lanka’s tour of England
Battles rage behind
Sri Lanka’s cricketers involved in the IPL have been
ordered to report back to their country on 5 May,
five days before they are due to depart for their
tour of England. Arguments now rage behind the
The former IPL power broker, Lalit Modi, linked on
Twitter to a news article in Sri Lanka’s Sunday
Observer which suggested that Sri Lankan politicians
were upset at the lack of VIP treatment they
received during the World Cup final in Mumbai on 2
April and were out for revenge. According to a Sri
Lanka government spokesman, as many as 20
politicians had to buy tickets on the black market
and queue for several hours to get in.
contributory factor is the resignation as captain
and vice-captain of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela
Jayawardene. These two have been the bedrock of Sri
Lankan cricket, not just talented on the field but
constant forces for integrity off it. They have not
been in charge for long enough. The machinations of
Sri Lankan cricket tire the most dedicated of
The ICC made noises at its post-World Cup board
meeting that it would fight political interference
in international cricket. But it is difficult to see
what the ICC, toothless and confused at the best of
times, can do.
If instructions that Sanga and co should now leave
the IPL early originate in the president’s office
then the prospect that Haroon Lorgat, the ICC’s
chief executive, might get on the phone to Colombo
to point out that the intervention could be seen,
inter alia, in certain circumstances,
notwithstanding this and that, to break article
four, code three, clause three of the ICC agreement
on political independence does not encourage hopes
It was dubious from the start that Sri Lanka Cricket
could initially sign a No Objections Certificate for
its 12 players to play in the IPL until 20 May, yet
also agree to fulfil a three-day match against
Middlesex at Uxbridge, beginning on 14 May. It was
just that nobody wished to rock the boat ahead of
the World Cup.
This was a World Cup in which Sri Lanka is said to
have overspent on its stadiums – impressive
stadiums, admittedly – to the tune of US$23m. Do not
be surprised if loans are even now being negotiated
with India for them to call off their opposition to
As for the ECB, it is just sitting patiently.
There is every chance that the build-up to the first
Test will be a farce, but ticket sales have been
sluggish for the Tests at Cardiff, Lord’s and
Southampton and any reminder that the World Cup
finalists are soon in town cannot do any harm.
England must be strong favourites. Sri Lanka’s new
captain, Tillekeratne Dilshan, is not regarded as a
natural leader and he succeeds Sangakkara without a
coach yet named to replace Trevor Bayliss, who left
after the World Cup. Among those in the running is
Matthew Maynard, who as the former coach at
Glamorgan is at least well versed in internecine
strife. – [The Guardian]
Science shocks overconfident Trinity
Little known Science College caused one of
schools rugby’s greatest upsets when they downed
title favourites Trinity College by a point winning
12 points (1 goal, 1 try) to 11 (1 try, 1 penalty)
in their Singer League Under 20 rugby match played
at Mount Lavinia yesterday. At half time time
Science led 7-6.
Poor ball handling by Trinity contributed greatly to
their defeat whereas Science who had nothing to lose
went all out playing with no pressure. Whether
Trinity were overconfident going into this match one
cannot say but they gambled by resting at least five
of their regulars.
Science put pressure on Trinity right from the
first whistle when centre BO Chamath broke through
their defence to score. Second row forward PK Perera
made no mistake with the conversion for Science to
take a 7-0 lead. Trinity cut down the deficit down
to just four points in the 12th minute when full
back S Sheik put across a penalty. Sheik reduced the
lead further to 7-6 when he fired across another
penalty before half time.
Science increased their lead to 12-6 in the
second half with scrum half Richard Dharmapala
touched down for unconverted try. Trinity fought
back to reduce the lead to 12-11 when full back D
Nayakaratne touched down but the try went
unconverted. The Science defence held strongly
despite Trinity’s desperate attempts in the dying
stages of the game to avoid their first defeat at
the hands of Science. The game played at a hectic
pace saw both sides lose a player to the ‘sin bin’.
Referee: Charitha Kodagoda
|Delhi wins as
Sehwag masters tricky track
(AFP) - Virender Sehwag smashed a 47-ball 80 on a
difficult pitch to set up Delhi Daredevils’ 38-run
win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala in an Indian Premier
League match on Saturday.
The skipper hit five sixes and eight fours as Delhi
posted 157-7 before dismissing Kochi for 119 for
their third victory in eight matches of the Twenty20
Delhi pacemen did the maximum damage, with South
African Morne Morkel emerging the most successful
bowler with 3-18 off four overs. Seamers Irfan
Pathan and Ajit Agarkar each took two wickets.
South African left-arm spinner Roelof van der Merwe
completed the victory when he bagged the last three
wickets in one over.
Ravindra Jadeja (31) and Australian Brad Hodge (27)
were the main run-getters for Kochi, who suffered
their fifth defeat in eight matches.
Delhi were struggling at 35-3 after electing to bat
on a slow track where the ball sometimes kept low,
but opener Sehwag steadied the innings with a 56-run
stand for the fourth wicket with Yogesh Nagar (22).
Sehwag stepped up the run-rate after his team
managed just 46 runs in the opening 10 overs,
hitting left-arm spinner Jadeja for two successive
sixes. He scored 49 runs off the last 15 balls he
The Delhi captain completed his half-century in
style, pulling seamer Vinay Kumar over mid-wicket
for a six. He fell in the 18th over attempting
another big shot, caught in the deep off Kumar.
Sehwag put on 41 for the fifth wicket with
Australian Travis Brit, who contributed a 13-ball 20
with the help of one six and two fours.
Fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth earlier jolted
Delhi with two wickets in his opening over as he
bowled Australian David Warner and then trapped
Naman Ojha lbw with deliveries that kept low.
Delhi Daredevils 157-7 (20) (V. Sehwag 80; Y. Nagar
22, T. Brit 20; S. Sreesanth 2/10) beat Kochi
Tuskers Kerala 119 (18.5) (R. Jadeja 31, B. Hodge
27; M. Morkel 3/18, R. van der Merwe 3/20, Irfan
Pathan 2/27, A. Agarkar 2/23) by 38 runs.
thrashes Thomians 63-6
By M. Minhaz in Kandy
The Perera twins centre Oshan and stand off Davanga
were the scourge of S. Thomas’, Mount Lavinia as
they helped themselves to eight tries in Kingswood’s
63 points (4 goals, 7 tries) to 6 (2 penalties) win
in the Singer Shield Schools under 19 Division One
rugby tournament match played at the Bogambara
Stadium, Kandy yesterday. At half time Kingswood led
It was the Thomians who scored first when stand off
Devinda Jayasinghe fired a 35-metre penalty in the
sixth minute. Thereafter the Perera twins took
control of the match to knock the daylight out of
the Thomians to score their biggest ever victory
over Mount Lavinia school.
Centre three quarter Oshan Perera was spanking form
running in as many as six tries and four of them
were in a row at the start of the game. His twin
brother Davanga Perera helped himself with two tries
and they were all 30-metre efforts against a poor
Thomian defence who hardly offered any resistance.
The other try scorers for Kingswood were winger
Mohamed Nazry (1) and full back Thilina Weerasinghe
(2) who also goaled four of the tries. For the
Thomians, Devinda Jayasinghe put over two penalties.
D. Nimal refereed.
Maliyadeva beat Piliyandala 24-5
Maliyadeva, Kurunegala registered a fairly
comfortable 24 points (2 goals, 2 tries) to 5 (1
try) win over Piliyandala Central in their schools
under 19 Division III rugby tournament match played
at Kurunegala yesterday. At lemons the Devans led
But the Devans could not display the same form which
they showed in the initial half as they could manage
only five more points after the turn around and
their opponents also responded the same amount of
points. Gerald Rasiah refereed. - (MM)
|Chigumbura resigns as Zim
HARARE: Elton Chigumbura has
resigned as Zimbabwe cricket captain to focus on
improving his own form.
The 25-year-old all-rounder was appointed captain in
May last year as replacement for spinner Prosper
Utseya, but his own performances have suffered under
the pressure of the captaincy.
He was sharply criticised after the team’s
disappointing results at the recent World Cup.
Chigumbura told local newspaper Newsday on Friday
that “I have thought long and hard about the job
since my return from the World Cup and I have
consulted my family and friends about it.
“While some still think I should have stayed on,
others agreed with me that I needed to concentrate
on my own game and let somebody else lead the team.”
Opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza or Brendan Taylor
is tipped to replace Chigumbura.
Maharoof, Silva called up for tour opener
Lanka team to
arrive in England in four stages
Sri Lanka’s cricket team for a full Test series of
three matches will arrive in England in four stages.
All-rounder Farveez Maharoof currently playing for
Lancashire in the English county championships and
wicket-keeper/batsman Kaushal Silva, captain of SSC
in the ongoing Premier League have been added to the
Sri Lanka team for their opening three-day tour
match against Middlesex starting at Uxbridge on May
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said
that Sri Lanka will leave for England on May 10 with
nine players (including Silva). He said that they
will be joined in England by Maharoof and spinner
Ajantha Mendis who is playing county cricket for
Somerset. Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and rookie
fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep are also expected to join
the team in time for the first match against
Middlesex where Sri Lanka will have 13 players to
choose their final 11.
“Dilshan and Pradeep who are presently playing in
the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore will join
the team by May 13,” said Ranatunga.
“The rest of the IPL contracted players excluding
former captain Kumar Sangakkara will join the team
in England on May 16. Sangakkara is expected to
arrive a day later but all the players will be
available for selection for the second tour game
against England Lions starting on May 19,” he said.
Maharoof and Silva will remain with the squad until
the second tour game before they are released to
play for their respective teams – Lancashire and
Maharoof who last played for Sri Lanka in the
Asia Cup final in June 2010 and has been out of
favour scored a century for Lancashire in their
innings victory over Somerset last week.
The first Test between Sri Lanka and England
commences at Cardiff on May 26.
HOW SRI LANKAN CRICKETERS WILL ARRIVE IN ENGLAND
May 10: Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana,
Lahiru Thirimanne, Dinesh Chandimal, Prasanna
Jayawardene, Rangana Herath, Chanaka Welagedara,
Suranga Lakmal and Kaushal Silva.
May 13: Tillakaratne Dilshan and Nuwan Pradeep (both
Royal Challengers Bangalore)
May 16: Mahela Jayawardene and Thisara Perera (both
Kochi Tuskers), Suraj Randiv (Chennai Super Kings),
Dilhara Fernando (Mumbai Indians),
May 17: Kumar Sangakkara (Deccan
Note: Ajantha Mendis (Somerset) and Farveez Maharoof
(Lancashire) are already in England