Sri Lankan cricketers not paid - FICA concerned

Federation of 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 frame.”
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 of $6m
“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

NEW DELHI: 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 strategy.
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 added.
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 ropes.
“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 phdwaid@sltnet.lk before the deadline. No late entries will be accepted.