Battle for SLC presidency hots up

By Sa’adi Thawfeeq

Upali invites Thilanga to join him ‘for the good of cricket’

Sri Lanka Cricket presidential candidate Upali Dharmadasa said that it would benefit the country’s cricket if his main rival for the post Thilanga Sumathipala joined him and they worked together for the betterment of the sport.
“I know that Thilanga had a meeting with several clubs today (Saturday) to outline his plans for the forthcoming elections. As a democratic country anybody is free to contest,” Dharmadasa told The Nation.

“Thilanga and I have been very close to each other. But if we are to uplift Sri Lanka cricket from its present position we will need the support of every individual who has a love for the sport to work together instead on being in different camps. It would be nice if Thilanga can join me and come together which would be good for the game,” he said.

Dharmadasa further stated that cricket has to be administered by an Executive Committee and not by interim committees. He said an ExCo of 22 members would run cricket in this country.
The former president and interim committee chairman also named the individuals he would like to have under him as senior members of the ExCo namely, K Mathivanan (as one of the vice-presidents – he did not name the second vice-president which is pending), Prakash Schaffter (secretary), Nimal Perera (treasurer), Hirantha Perera (assistant secretary) and Nihal Lewke (assistant treasurer).
Dharmadasa stated that he would hold a meeting with member clubs and associations next Saturday (December 3) to spell out his plans for the future.

Sumathipala spells out five-year plan to uplift Sri Lanka cricket

Former Cricket Board president Thilanga Sumathipala said that he had a five-year plan to uplift Sri Lanka Cricket from its present predicament and called upon the membership to rally around him.
Sumathipala had a meeting with a majority of member clubs yesterday at the CCC pavilion yesterday to announce his candidature for the upcoming Sri Lanka Cricket elections which is scheduled to be held on December 3.
Sumathipala said that he did not foresee any issues coming forward as a candidate although he was an elected Member of Parliament. He also stated that he was not violating any ICC rules in having connections with the betting industry.
Sumathipala outlined a 10-point plan titled, “Mission statement for the good governance of Sri Lanka Cricket” which he hopes to implement if he is elected president:
1. Ensure the financial stability and sustainability of Sri Lanka Cricket
2. Ensure a stable and transparent administration
3. Establish a clear policy for national team selection and team discipline
4. Development of the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team and junior squads
5. Improvement of international relationships with other cricket playing nations
6. Develop and maintain infrastructure to ensure international standards
7. Prepare a long-term plan for the development of school cricket and club cricket
8. Prepare a long-term plan for the improvement of umpiring and coaching in order to reach world class standards at all levels and to ensure that more Sri Lankans are selected as ICC officials
9. Promote transparency, accountability and good corporate governance
10. Formulate a code of conduct for National cricketers and administrators


T20: Pakistan upstages Sri Lanka for clean sweep

ABU DHABI, (AFP) - Pakistan put up another clinical performance to win the only Twenty20 by five wickets against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi stadium on Friday, blanking their rivals in all three forms of the game.

Paceman Aizaz Cheema took 4-30 to bowl Sri Lanka out for 141 in 19.3 overs before skipper Misbah-ul Haq kept his nerves with a fighting unbeaten 48 to help his team chase down the target with three balls to spare.
The victory capped a remarkable performance by Pakistan who won the preceding three-Test series 1-0 and the five-match one-day series 4-1.

Misbah, who hit three boundaries and a six off 38 balls, added 46 for the fourth wicket with Asad Shafiq (33) after Pakistan lost their way in persuit of the target.
They lost Mohammad Hafeez (13), Imran Farhat (13) and Umar Akmal for a first ball duck.
Shafiq hit three boundaries during his run-a-ball knock before he was bowled by Lasith Malinga.

Misbah hit Dilruwan Perera for a huge six and when 43 needed off the last four overs, the Pakistani captain hit three boundaries in Dilhara Fernando’s 17th over of the innings.
When Pakistan needed 23 off the last two overs Afridi hit Fernando for two sixes over deep mid-wicket before the paceman had him caught behind.

Pakistan needed nine off the last over bowled by Malinga whose first ball saw two taken by Misbah but the ensuing throw went for four before Shoaib Malik knocked off the winning runs.
Misbah said Afridi’s sixes turned the tables on Sri Lanka.
“At one point of time it became difficult, but Afridi’s two sixes in the 19th over turned the tables in our favour and it’s remarkable to win all three forms of the game against a top ranked team,” said Misbah.
Sri Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan rued the loss of quick wickets after a good start.

“We couldn’t capitalise on a good start but still we had Pakistan in trouble before Afridi hit two sixes,” said Dilshan, who has lost three Test and as many one-day series since taking over in May this year.
Earlier Cheema took 4-30 in a superb display of swing bowling to derail Sri Lanka who had looked set to put up a big total on the back of maiden Twenty20 half-century by Dinesh Chandimal.

Chandimal had looked threatening during his 44-ball 56, hitting six boundaries and added a firey 31 for the second wicket with Dilshan (28) before Cheema came into his own.
Sri Lanka were off to a flying start of 30 by the third over before losing opener Upul Tharanga, bowled by Cheema for 12.
Dilshan miscued a drive off spinner Saeed Ajmal in the sixth over but Sri Lanka still had a ten run average by the sixth over.

Pakistani bowlers led by Cheema, playing only his second Tewnty20 match, checked Sri Lankan innings as they lost their last seven wickets for 54 runs.
Chandimal brought up his maiden half-century in the shortest form of the game off 40 balls before Cheema had him in the 19th over of the innings, trapped leg-before.

Cheema also had Thissara Perera (nought) and Malinga (one) to finish his four-over spell.
Sri Lanka’s poor batting was not helped by two run outs of Angelo Mathews (14) and Chamara Silva (four). Umar Gul polished off the tail with 2-16.
Pakistan fly off to Dhaka on Saturday to play a Twenty20, three one-day internationals and two Tests. The Twenty20 will be played in Dhaka on Tuesday.


India, West Indies in exciting draw
MUMBAI, (AFP) - Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and Ravichandran Ashwin plotted a sensational West Indies collapse before the third and final Test ended in a thrilling draw with scores level on the last day on Saturday.
Left-arm spinner Ojha finished with 6-47 and off-spinner Ashwin with 4-34 as the West Indies were dismissed for 134 in their second innings in the morning after losing their last eight wickets for 43 runs.

India finished at 242-9 chasing a 243-run target, with young middle-order batsman Virat Kohli scoring an impressive 63 and explosive opener Virender Sehwag riding his luck to smash a 65-ball 60.
The hosts needed three runs to win in the last over with two wickets in hand, but fast bowler Fidel Edwards conceded only two to prevent India from making a clean sweep.

India won the first Test in New Delhi by five wickets and the second match in Kolkata by an innings and 15 runs.

Scores: West Indies 590 and 81-2 contd 134 (57.2) (K Braithwaite 35, D Bravo 48, P Ojha 6/47, R Ashwin 4/34)
India 482 and 242-9 (64) at stumps (V Sehwag 60, R Dravid 33, V Laxman 31, V Kohli 63, R Rampaul 3/56, M Samuels 3/93, D Bishoo 2/65)


St. John’s plays S. Thomas’ in inaugural match
The inaugural inter-school cricket encounter between St. John’s College Jaffna and S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia will be worked off on December 9 and 10 at St. John’s College ground in Jaffana.
The brainchild behind this historic match is the Acting Warden of S. Thomas’ College Rev. Dushantha Rodrigo and the Principal of St. John’s College Rev. NJ Gnanaponraj.
The winners of the match will be awarded the Warden AJC Selvaratnam Memorial Shield while special awards will be presented to the Best Batsman, Best Bowler, Best Fielder and Man of the Match.


Colonel Henry Steele Olcott six a side cricket

Ananda meets Dharmapala in opening match

The defending champions Dharmapala MV will take on Ananda College in the opening match of the Colonel Henry Steele Olcott six-a-side cricket tournament which gets underway on December 2 at the Uyanwatte Stadium in Matara.
This 13 th annual tournament among the leading Buddhists schools in the country is organised this year by the Old Boys Association of Rahula College Matara, Colombo Branch.
The rest of the quarterfinal line-up will be Mahinda College Galle v Nalanda College, Dharmaraja College Kandy v Maliyadeva College Kurunegala and Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda v Rahula College Matara.
The winners of these matches will qualify to play in the Cup championships while the losers will battle it out in the Place championship. The finals of the tournament will be held on December 4 at the same venue. (CD)


MAS Active vs Unichela final postponed

Bad weather forced a postponement to the Mercantile Cricket Association Singer Premier League knockout cricket tournament final between MAS Active and MAS Unichela at the SSC ground in Maitland Place yesterday.
The final between these two teams will now be played on Friday at the same venue. MAS Active are hoping to clinch a double having earlier won the League title.


ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier

Sri Lanka beats SA to finish third

Sri Lanka women’s cricketers beat South Africa by three wickets to finish third in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier third place play-off match match played at Fatullah on Saturday.
South African women were dismissed for 192 with Sandamali Dolawatte taking three wickets for 23 runs.
Sri Lanka was given an inspiring start by openers Chamari Atapattu and Yasoda Mendis who put on a century (116) partnership. Atapattu made a top score of 60 off 67 balls (5 fours, 2 sixes) and Mendis 47 off 99 balls (6 fours). Sri Lanka faltered after that stand and slipped to 143-5 before Dolawatte (29 not out) and Eshani Kaushalya (25) saw them through with two balls to spare.
South Africa Women 192 (50) (S Fritz 68, D van Niekerk 27, S Loubser 24, S Ismail 31, Suwini de Alwis 2/33, Sandamali Dolawatte 3/23)
Sri Lanka Women 193-7 (49.4) (Chamari Atapattu 60, Yasoda Mendis 47, Sandamali Dolawatte 29 n.o., Eshani Kaushalya 25, A Nyiki 2/32, M Kapp 2/32)


India-Pakistan resume cricket ties

Visually impaired Pakistani spectators link hands as they arrive to attend the third and final blind cricket one-day international match between Pakistan and India in Islamabad on Saturday. India and Pakistan resumed cricketing ties on November 18 after three years­­­­—albeit at a low level—by fielding their blind teams for an international series. Pakistan has hosted no major international matches over security fears since 2009 - AFP


Mr. He Man bodybuilding championships

Clean sweep by Airmen

Sri Lanka Air Force SC made a clean sweep at the Mr. He Man bodybuilding championships 2011 worked off under the supervision of Sri Lanka Bodybuilding Association in Galle on Friday.
Airman Kumudu Kumara was placed first in the open event followed by his teammates Sisira Kumara and SN Sashi in second and third places respectively.
Meanwhile Sameera Dias of Lakmini Fitness Centre emerged champion in the Southern Province championship Over 21 event ahead of teammate GD Nanayakkara and Madhuka Shivantha of Millennium Fitness Centre.


Premier L/O to recommence on Dec. 3

 The Sri Lanka Cricket organised Premier limited overs Tier ‘A’ and Tier ‘B’ tournament opening round of matches have been postponed for next week due to the prevailing bad weather in Colombo.
A total of four Tier ‘A’ and five Tier ‘B’ matches were scheduled to be worked off today. The tournament will recommence on December 3.