easy to match Aussie power - PCB Chief
" Pakistan will be fielding a virtually youth team for the
three-Test home series played on neutral venues. This is due to
geo-political constraints, which we tried to dispel. This is our
second home series played away from home", said the President
of the Pakistan Cricket Board Lt. Gen. Taquir Zia who was in SriLanka
for an ICC meeting.
This Pepsi Test
series is being played in Colombo and the next two tests will take
place in Sharjah. "Due to a spate of injuries it was a daunting
task to pick a team without seniors to match the Aussie power -
the best in recent times.
the youth players. With the fighting spirit that they possess they
will make the on going series highly competitive. There will be
a cleanly fought out contest for all to enjoy", said Gen. Zia.
In the 1999-2000
series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan the visitors were leading
2-0, after Pakistan's 3-0 whitewash in the one-dayers. PCB Chief
Zia, encouraged the youth for the Karachi Test and Pakistan won
the match. One of them was Younis Khan, who made a debut 100.
Today he's a
frontline batsman in Pakistan and has been appointed deputy to Waqar
for the present three-Test series. Hasan Raza, the youth captain,
who led the Pakistan 'A' (Under-21) team to Sri Lanka won the series
against Sri Lanka and is a member of the present team.
Lt. Gen. Zia
is a firm disciplinarian on and off the field. He said that the
media could play a vital role for the development of sport with
truthful reporting. It's a 'must', he added. He commended the successful
running of the ICC Champions Trophy barring the weather in the final
- where rain proved a spoiler. - B.W.
P. 'Sara' has created cricket history
By Bernie Wijesekera
The man, who converted the marshy land in Wanathamulla, to a beautiful
playing field, to be tagged as one of the best in the world. The
late P. Saravanamuttu presently not living amongst us.
But he has created
cricket history in the annals of Sri Lanka's cricket. For the first
time it has become a neutral venue for the Pepsi Cup Pakistan Vs.
Australia first Test match (Oct.3 to 7, 2002). Besides it has become
the first Test playing nation to stage a Test match on a neutral
venue. The Saravanamuttu clan, has a special place for cricket and
In late 19th
Century, there was understanding and respect amongst various ethnic
groups here, and in its wake gave rise to the formation of sports
clubs - Malay CC (1872) the oldest, BRC (1895), Sinhalese Sports
Club (1899), Tamil Union C and AC (1899), Moors SC (1908) etc. The
members of these clubs interacted freely with each other socially
on and off the field and bringing about camaraderie.
The Tamil Union
C and AC until 1940 had its clubhouse at Campbell Park- the present
Wesley College grounds. P 'Sara' a towering personality to come
from the Mt. Lavinia school with his personal funding and strategy
made the playing field a reality and also a place for human habitat
- when it was a no man's land until then.
It did not become
an international venue fit for first class matches until Sri Lanka
gained ICC recognition, to emerge as a full member in 1981. Fittingly,
the inaugural Test between England led by Keith Fletcher and Sri
Lanka skippered by Bandula Warnapura was played at the Oval, with
late Gamini Dissanayake as President of the BCCSL.
Sad to mention
later on the venue was not found good enough to stage even a first
class match - unkind cut of all says one of the senior TU officials.
The likes of late P. 'Sara' and Robert Senanayake worked hard with
their own men and material (unlike at present times) to sow the
seeds for the present generation to reap the harvest. Both were
Presidents of the Cricket Board and with a band of officials worked
ungrudgingly in an honourary capacity to uplift the country's image.
Sad to mention today it's a power-struggle to hold office at times
it being fought in the portals of the Hulftsdorp, but not on the
At the then
Oval, a whistle stop match was played in Ceylon in 1948 against
the invincible Aussie team led by the late Sir Don Bradman and the
Ceylon team skippered by maestro M. Sathasivam. 'Satha' was a pillar
of TU cricket and world class batsman who could have matched his
skills against the world's best.
Sir Don was
impressed with the venue and the Scoreboard:- 'Worthy of mention
is the Colombo Oval's Scoreboard which is in some respects gives
more information than any scoreboard in the World - a tribute to
Pakistan and Australia was pleased with the venue for staging the
Test - (neutral ground) for the first match- thanks to late P. Saravanamuttu's
brainchild, to build this grandiose project.
clinch Junior Waterpolo championship
Royal College Junior Waterpolo Team emerged winners beating St.
Thomas' College by two goals to one in the final of the 12th All
Island Inter Schools' Waterpolo Tournament 2002 conducted by the
Sri Lanka Schools Aquatic Sports on September 22, 2002. Skipper
Supun Kulathilake scored both goals for the champions.
In the senior
game Royal became runners up to S. Thomas' College, Mt. Lavinia.
Both teams were coached by Mahinda Liyanage with M. Fareed assisting
the senior side and Damith Rozairo assisting the juniors.