|Sri Lankan cricketers not paid
- FICA concerned
International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) Chief
Executive, Tim May expressed concern at the
continuing non payment of Sri Lankan cricketers.
May said, “We have been contacted by the players’
local Association the Sri Lanka Cricketers’
Association (SLCA) who have requested FICA assist
them in exploring every avenue to ensure that
players are paid in the quickest possible time
May confirmed that players have not been paid match
fees or contract payments since the 2011 World Cup
that was held jointly in India, Bangladesh and Sri
Lanka in March / April in 2011.
Inclusive of monies still owed from the World Cup,
the Sri Lankan cricketers are owed in the vicinity
“It is the SLCA’s intention to pursue a solution
that will guarantee payment of these outstanding
payments at the earliest opportunity.
“We are aware that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is
undergoing some cash flow difficulties at present as
it awaits its final payment from the International
Cricket Council for World Cup hosting fees, but SLCA
and FICA will be looking at possible ways of
ensuring the monies owed by the ICC, which are due
to be paid in late December 2011 or January 2012,
are released with urgency, and on condition it is
used to pay the players forthwith”.
“It is important that we keep International cricket
as the ultimate goal for budding cricketers around
the world. The situation that SLC finds itself in
certainly does not assist in achieving that goal.
“It is in the interests of both Sri Lanka Cricket
and the players that these cricketers are paid as a
matter of great priority
“With the IPL and other T20 competitions emerging as
a realistic alternative to International Cricket for
players, SLC urgently needs to address this
situation with its players
“The players have been incredibly patient to date
and continued to play in the interests of their
country but this is now reaching a critical point
Tim May – FICA Chief Executive
|Yuvraj recovering from
non-malignant lung tumour
Yuvraj Singh has a “non-malignant tumour” in his
left lung and that is the reason why the flamboyant
left-hander opted out of the upcoming ODI series
against West Indies.
Yuvraj had declared himself unavailable for the
one-day series against the West Indies and was also
not picked for the Test series in Australia.
Yuvraj has been troubled by health issues since the
World Cup, which India won, and has played just one
Test match in England after that.
“Reports and scans then showed us that Yuvraj was
dealing with something really serious. A golf-ball
size lump was found over his left lung and doctors
advised us to go in for more detailed scans. The
initial reports suggested that Yuvraj had what in
medical terms, is called a abnormal tumour called
lymphoma over his left lung. The danger was, we were
told, that it could be malignant.. – [PTI]
|I felt like a villain after
dismissing Sachin: Rampaul
|MUMBAI: Ravi Rampaul’s scalp of Sachin Tendulkar
on a special Friday was part of a well laid-out
The Windies pacer had rehearsed the dismissal
mentally after coach Ottis Gibson shared the plan.
At the end of the day’s play, Rampaul revealed the
idea was to keep Sachin on his toes and force him to
make a mistake.
“This morning the coach and I were chatting while
warming up about how we are going to bowl at him.
The brief was to bowl from close to the wicket and
angle the ball away from him. And, so said so
done... He nicked and I got a good feeling,” Rampaul
said on Friday.
“The wicket had bounce and Sachin was batting out of
his crease trying to get the ball a little fuller. I
realised that and pulled back my length a little
bit. The ball before actually bounced well,” he
Wankhede plunged into silence as Sachin walked back
to the dressing room. The West Indians were excited,
and Rampaul especially. But the feel-good factor
vanished as soon as the pacer was consigned to the
“I got the feeling that I was the villain as soon as
Sachin went. When I was back to the boundary I got
‘abused’ in a way but that’s how cricket goes. I
know I have let a lot of Sachin fans down and heart
broken. But we can’t just let him go out there and
play freely. We had our jobs to do such as he had
his job to do,” Rampaul said.
Both Fidel Edwards and Rampaul used the bouncer
quite frequently against Sachin on Friday. Sachin
ducked at times and if the length allowed him, he
played the upper cut. [TNN]
|Sri Lanka Masters Athletics
AGM Nov 30
The annual general meeting
of the Sri Lanka Masters Athletics (SLMA) will be
held on November 30 at the National Institute of
Sports Science (Sports School) Torrington Avenue,
Colombo 7 commencing 3.30pm.
The AGM notices have been sent to all members but
due to the recent postal strike the letters may not
have reached the members on time.
Therefore it was decided at an emergency meeting of
the SLMA held on November 21 to extend the deadline
for nominations till midnight of November 28. The
nominations duly proposed and seconded by two
members should reach either the President PHD
Waidyatilaka or Secretary K. Satchithananda. It can
also be faxed to 0112854136 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
before the deadline. No late entries will be