|Lure of IPL
too great – Stuart Law
In the three weeks since Stuart Law was appointed
interim coach of Sri Lanka, the Australian has
gained a powerful insight into the forces affecting
his players and the need to keep the island nation’s
influential neighbour, India, ‘’sweet’’.
In that time the captain and vice-captain have stood
down, the entire selection panel has been replaced,
and star fast bowler Lasith Malinga has quit Test
cricket because of a chronic knee condition.
Speaking about the upheaval from his base in
England, Law said Malinga had previously told him he
wanted to resume his Test career against Australia
in August but, when told he must also make himself
available for the impending tour of England, he
opted instead to stay in the IPL and play only
limited-overs cricket for Sri Lanka in future.
The former Queensland captain, who played 54 one-day
internationals and a Test for Australia, expressed
sympathy for the 27-year-old with the sling-shot
action, and said it was increasingly difficult for
nations such as Sri Lanka, which do not have the
wealth of other boards, to command constant control
of their players.
‘’It’s a tough one for the players because we’re not
talking about $10,000 here and there. We’re talking
about a million dollars and Malinga, when he bowls,
he puts his body through hell, so … two more years
of IPL cricket and he can put his feet up and not go
through that pain again,’’ Law said.
‘’It’s disappointing that he doesn’t want to play
[the] longer [format cricket] but you can’t make a
guy who goes through hell every time he bowls a
cricket ball. I can sympathise with him. I would
love him to play every game for us but that’s
impossible, no one does that these days.’’
Sri Lanka’s former captains Kumar Sangakkara and
Mahela Jayawardene will leave their IPL franchises
only in time for their country’s second warm-up
match in England. And, in a bizarre situation, new
captain Tillakaratne Dilshan wants to leave the IPL
earlier to join the squad in England for the first
practice game but the decision has been taken out of
his hands as the Sri Lankan and Indian boards
negotiate his release date.
‘’The IPL situation - we’ve got to be smart with
that,’’ Law said. ‘’India, they are big brother,
we’ve got to look after them, we don’t want to upset
them. It’s where a lot of the world cricket boards
make a lot of their money, so we’ve got to keep
Law said that the IPL is a ‘’great tournament’’ for
the Sri Lankan players, not just financially but
also ‘’cricket-wise’’ as they can learn from
different coaches and the top international players.
‘’You want the best for your players and the best
Sri Lanka can supply to the players at this stage is
nowhere near what other international players are
‘’I think [better pay] will arrive one day but right
now it is difficult to attract the players to
continue to play international cricket when they can
go to the IPL for six weeks and earn five years’
Law, who joined Sri Lanka as an assistant to fellow
Australian Trevor Bayliss in November 2009, will
coach the side in England and has been shortlisted
for the permanent job.
He is excited about rebuilding the Sri Lankan team
with an aggressive new leader in Dilshan and
following the retirement of champion spinner Muthiah
Muralidaran. He also can ‘’totally respect and
understand’’ the decisions of Sangakkara and
Jayawardene to relinquish their leadership
‘’Sri Lanka will go through a rebuilding phase now
but the amount of talent that is yet to play
international cricket at this stage is amazing,’’ he
said. – [The Age]
Royal edges out Patana in listless game
In a game that both teams committed a high
percentage of mistakes, Royal prevailed over
Isipathana by 11 points (one try and two penalties)
to 10 (two tries) in their under 20 A division rugby
league match played at the Royal Sports Complex
Though the score lines depict the game to be a tight
one it lacked the much needed enthusiasm from both
teams as they continued to make blunders on the
field. At lemons Isipatana led 5-3.
Though the Pathana team came into the game as hot
favorites, the manner in which they made their
approach was not impressive at all. It all stared
with an easy opportunity missed by their outside
center Prasad Devinda. Royal made an impressive
advance in the fourth minute of play and managed to
go for a scrum inside the 22 meter line, but failed
to capitalize on it.
Though the visitors opened their account through a
convincing try by right wing Mecalanka Fernando it
later became their only mode of consolation until
the last stages of the second half. Pathana lost
golden opportunities to pierce the shaky Royal
defence lacked understanding in their line.
On the other hand Royal showed immaturity in their
defence. On an average day for Pathana the score
line would have been a totally different one. Royal
made their first appearance in the scoreboard with a
penalty put over by Arshad Jamaldeen and at that was
to be their only scoring in the first half.
After the turnaround Royal covered more ground and
were in an attacking mood. This resulted in a
penalty from Jamaldeen and a try being scored as
Royal took the lead to 11-5. The 50th minute try was
planted by Royal captain Shehan Pathirana.
Fernando’s last minute effort to swing the match
Patana’s way with his second try of the match came
all but too late for them.
Referee: Pradeep Fernando.
|Speed racing series round II
comes alive at Pannala
speed racing series jointly organised by the Ceylon
Motor Sports Club, the Sri Lanka Motorcycle Club,
the Motor Racing Association and the Asian Motor
Racing Club will be held on May 22 at the Pannala
race track. It will be the second round of the
championship out of five rounds in total.
The first round was held successfully in February
this year which drew a considerable amount of
entries and spectators as the Pannala track was
available after a lapse of time. The competitors
experienced a revamped track with improved safety
and facilities while the spectators enjoyed a
quality race meet with access to food and beverage.
The organisers released the sporting regulations to
the competitors and the entries are now open for all
Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS) approved classes.
A spokesperson for the joint committee of Speed 2011
stated that the entries will close on May 13 at
10.00 pm at the Speed Drome, Pannipitiya Road,
Battaramulla for motorcars. Motorbike entries will
also close on the same day at No 5A, Havelock Place,
The popular events will include the SLGT 3500cc, SL
H 1600cc and the one make classes of the Mini,
Nissan March, Ford Laser and the Formula Ford
together with the Formula Mclarens 1300. The
championship will also make way to newcomers who
will race in the Formula Mclarens 1300 event and
also the Suzuki Maruti/ Alto class. The results of
this championship will be taken towards the 2011
National Championship of the Sri Lanka Automobile
There will be a host motorcycle event worked off as
well and those results will also be counted in for
the National Championship of the Federation of
Motorcycle Sports in Sri Lanka. Sources say that
some foreign riders are due to participate in the
motorcycle events. The organisers included the
qualifying of the bike in order to determine a grid
position for the start of the motorcycle races. This
was a new rule brought in by Sri Lanka Racing Riders
Association to uplift the standards of the sport.
presented with Reborn performance wear
Reborn t-shirts the local youth icon in Sri
Lanka, announced that it will be the official
performance wear provider for 36 first eleven
cricket teams from 36 schools across the country.
Reborn which has been synonymous for cutting edge
design and world class manufacturing of quality
t-shirts and is now reaching another milestone with
the introduction of ‘No Sweat’ t-shirts primarily
targeted at the active youth.
This new product development is to coincide with the
ongoing schools big match season and will
undoubtedly fire up the performance edge of every
The new range of t-shirts are made out of a
technologically advanced fabric, worn by world class
athletes and has been proven to achieve optimum
performance during game time. The material is
referred to as ‘wicking fabric’ and is said to draw
moisture away from you body. Unlike cotton that
makes clothes hang onto your sweat, making clothes
heavy and clammy, wicking fabric picks up moisture
and carries it away from your body spreading it out
to evaporate easily on the outside.
“This new product development is a testament to our
continuous quest for quality and reflects our
standards and capabilities in terms of product
design, material sourcing and manufacturing of a
world class apparel product” said Shakir Hafeez ,
Managing Director of Stafford Garments ( Pvt) Ltd,
the manufacturers of Reborn t-shirts.
“Every athlete needs a signature style that is
unique to them. They also need clothing gear that
would not hinder their performance and instead
enhance it. Reborn ‘No Sweat’ t-shirts are designed
to optimise performance” said Murshid Mowlana,
Marketing Manager for Reborn t- shirts.
|Premier League cricket
warm up for England
Tamil Union’s England bound cricketers fast bowler
Chanaka Welagedara and left-arm spinner Rangana
Herath warmed up for the tour with pleasing bowling
performances in their Premier Tier ‘A’ match against
Lankan CC at the P Sara Oval yesterday.
Left-armer Welagedara took four wickets for 68 off
18 overs and Herath picked up two for 60 as Lankan
CC resuming at 177-6 was dismissed for 266 in their
first innings. Tamil Union struggled to 187-6 by the
close and required another 80 runs to gain the vital
first innings points.
At Havelock Park Colts held the upperhand against
Badureliya CC. Their pace cum spin combination of
Kanishka Alvitigala (5/34) and Sajeewa Weerakoon
(4/36) routed Badureliya for 132 in reply to Colts’
first innings of 200. By the close Colts had
stretched their overall lead to 268 with three
wickets in hand going into the final day today.
CCC was struggling at 88-4 after dismissing
Bloomfield for 270 on the opening day of their
Premier Tier A match at Welisara yesterday. Left-arm
spinner Sachith Pathirana took six for 78 for CCC.
The match will continue on its second day today.
- At P Sara Oval: Lankan CC 177-6 contd 266
(84.1) (Ashen Silva 95, R Laksiri 42, R
Weerasinghe 21, S Malinga 21 n.o., C Welagedara
4/68, R Herath 2/60, J Mendis 2/33)
Tamil Union 187-6 (59) at close (D Rajakaruna
39, G de Silva 56, S Serasinghe 35 n.o., R
- At Havelock Park: Colts 200 and 200-7 (45)
at close (M Warnapura 44, J Kulatunga 21, Roshen
Silva 65 n.o., S Weerakoon 33, A Prasad 2/81, T
Badureliya CC 57-4 contd 132 (58.4) (S Wijeratne
36 n.o., K Alvitigala 5/34, S Weerakoon 4/36)
- At Welisara: Bloomfield 270 (67.4) (D
Munaweera 61, N Nawala 73, S Jayantha 31, C
Silva 35, C de Silva 32, S Pathirana 6/78, M
CCC 88-4 (24) at close (A Berenger 35, D
|Arpico ‘A’ win
‘C’ division opener
Arpico ‘A’ beat
David Peiris Motor Company ‘B’ in the opening game
of the Mercantile Centenary Year ‘C’ division
50-over league tournament played at the FTZ grounds,
Scores: Arpico ‘A’ 268 (50) (Athula Wickramatilake
59, Sameera Perera 32, Charith Jayaratne 25, Ruwan
Kariyawasam 55, Suminda Perera 47, Nalin Channa
3/65, W. Balagama 2/40, Prasad Niroshan 2/29)
DPMC ‘B’ 243-8 (48) (Madushan Fernando 37, Hasantha
Ekanayake 30, Akhila Elaboda 27, Prashan Perera 30,
Nalinda 30 n.o., M. Mahanama 2/45, Athula
Wickramatilake 3/28) - [LW]
outclasses Hong Kong
HONG KONG (AFP) -
Japan marked an emotional return to the Asian Five
Nations with a 22-45 away victory over Hong Kong, as
they began their World Cup preparations with
glimpses of free-flowing rugby.
Ahead of the game the crowd observed a moment’s
silence to mark the victims of Japan’s March 11
earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Heads bowed and arms across each other’s shoulders
Japan’s players, sporting black armbands, led the
tribute while a Japanese flag was unfurled with the
words “One for all and all for one” running across
the Rising Sun.
Japan are Asia’s number one side and the
tournament’s defending champions, and after testy
early exchanges in which both teams swapped big hits
Japanese pressure began to translate into possession
close to the home try line.
Powerful number eight Ryukoliniasi Holani found his
way through the defence on 11 minutes, with his try
was converted by Ryan Nicholas.
Japan’s back line began to assert themselves, with
quick hands aiding their expansive running game to
pin Hong Kong down on their 22. After a clever dummy
fly-half Shaun Webb went over on 18 minutes, again
converted by Nicholas.
Mop-haired captain Takashi Kikutani was at the
centre of Japan’s forward play, bustling with energy
and drive, and Japan notched a third try through
centre Hirotoki Onozawa.
Hong Kong’s first points did not come until the 35th
minute, from the boot of Keith Robertson, but two
quick-fire Ailsi Tupuailai tries, the second off a
flowing move started deep in Japan’s half, gave the
visitors a commanding 3-31 half-time lead.
True to their captain’s pre-match pledge not to roll
over Hong Kong stuck doggedly to their task, with
the forwards tackling hard and backs increasingly
In the second half Tupuailai completed his hat-trick
but Hong Kong outscored the visitors by three tries
to two, including a Rowan Varty dash the length of
the field with 15 minutes to go.
That left the hosts 22-45 behind, but the reigning
champions refused to be pegged back any further.
First Show today
The biggest and most
glamorous fitness and beauty pageant will be shown
on Sirasa TV at 10.30pm today.
The Fitness First, Fitness and Wellness Center takes
pride in presenting the gala interactive all-island
pageant for potential males and females which
encompasses as an innovative event which took place
on February 5 at the main Ballroom at Waters Edge.
The show will be telecast under the sponsorship
Fitness First and Ranjanas Textiles.