Lanka's complaint is quite "upsetting"
So, it is griping time. Air Commodore Ajith Jayasekera, Sri Lanka's
cricket manager has complained to the Australian Cricket Board (ACB)
that the Australian media is treating them unfairly, and that they
are upset by it.
It is now quite
well known that the Australian media is behind its sportsmen, and
that the media launches a psy-ops war against visiting teams. Any
and all visiting teams. This is done on behalf of their sportsmen,
with an unfailingly patriotic fervor.
all other major international sports are no longer sports in the
purest sense that they were sometime back. A nation that once complained
about body-line bowling in that historically well known series,
are now the grand masters of sledging and other forms of on- field
intimidation and abuse perfected to a fine art.
Some of their
most stellar batsmen and bowlers were caught up in an international
bribery and corruption scandal related to match fixing, but while
the late Hanse Cronje of South Africa was the scapegoat, the Aussies
were allowed to play for their Prime Minister and their country,
in a win at all cost policy. It is a policy that is endorsed from
the top of their sporting and political establishments, and supported
by the cheering multitude that flock every time their countrymen
perform on the playing fields at home.
that, why on earth must our tour manager complain that the Aussie
press is doing their part of national service. To say that adverse
pre - match publicity on the bowling action of our match wining
spin bowler has upset the Sri Lankan camp is a complaint of a wimp.
There is another report elsewhere that says that the team is wary
about travelling to Kenya because a bomb went off last month in
Mombasa. This has attracted the absolutely appropriate rejoinder
from the Kenyan Cricket Board that has said that Sri Lanka should
be the last to complain about bombs.
When Shane Warne
said that he was afraid to make a tour of Sri Lanka because of a
bomb threat our then Foreign Minister had some flowers and chocolates
delivered to him. The message was delivered. Is it time to send
some flowers and chocolates to the men in our camp now?
Just what did
the Sri Lankans expect in Australia? Accolades and hosannas for
Murali from the Aussies for the wrecker who spun a web round the
world champions who crashed to a humiliating defeat when the two
teams met not too long ago in Colombo.
If the Sri Lankan
team is "upset" by the Aussie media publicity then they
must stop reading the offending newspapers, and instead go back
to the basics wehere the batsmen better start taking more singles
than trying to hit every ball to the boundary; the bowlers reduce
their no-ball quotient, and the fielders wipe their fingers well
after breakfast to take that Australian butter off them.
must also be ready to meet all contingencies. For example, if Umpire
Darryl Hair calls Murali again do we know what to do? When Arjuna
Ranatunge nearly walked off the field when Hair called on that previous
occasion, only commentator Tony Greig thought that there was a plan
involved. There was no such thing however. There was only Arjuna's
natural impulse to defend his boys.
We must always
be grateful to the Australians for two things at least. It was they
who proposed Sri Lanka for test cricketing status. And it is they,
who during our tour of 1995-96 made men out of our boys by the very
kind of pschy-ops tactics they are indulging in right now - and
made them into World Champs by beating the Autralians in Lahore
a few months later.-Sports Editor
Cup in Sharjah
Lanka juniors in the finals
By M. Shamil Amit
A solid knock of 45 runs in 34 balls by Shalika Karunanayake who
also put on a valuable 43 runs partnership for the sixth wicket
with Prabudha Perera enabled Sri Lanka to register a four-wicket
win against India in the semi final and advance to the final of
the Under 15 Asia Cup being played in Sharjah.
Sri Lanka winning
the toss sent the Indians to bat who reached 177 for 7 wickets in
their allotted 40 overs with an unbeaten 51 scored by S. Martin.
Rajiv Weerasinghe and Malinda Pushpakumara shared the wickets for
the Sri Lankans.
in their turn helped by skipper Angelo Mathew, Sachitra Serasinghe
and Sameera Soysa in the early part of the innings and then a face
saving knock by Shalika were able to reach the target with seven
balls to spare. Sri Lanka will now meet Pakistan in the final scheduled
to be played today.
Results of the
two semi finals
India 177 for 7 in 40 overs (S. Singh 31, V. Sandeep 20,
S. Martin 51 n.o.; Rajiv Weerasinghe 3 for 30, Malinda Pushpakumara
2 for 35)
Sri Lanka 178
for 6 in 38.5 overs (Sachitra Serasinghe 34, Angelo Mathew 42, Sameera
Soysa 27, Shalika Karunanayake 45, Prabudha Perera 13 n.o.; S. Nadim
2 for 26) Sri Lanka beat India by 4 wickets.
117 in 36.3 overs (A. Raza Ali 25, F. Nawaz 25; R. Shestra 4
for 15, D. Shestra 2 for 25)
in 37.1 overs (I. Siddique 22, R. Shestra 15. S. Ali 3 for 13,
N. Ahmed 2 for 13, F. Nawaz 2 for 12) Pakistan beat Nepal by 27
crush Galle CC
Bloomfield romped home to a comprehensive 92-run victory over Galle
CC to win the Inter Club Premier League Limited over final at the
SSC grounds yesterday. The game which was played in front of a handful
of spectators cut a sorry figure of Sri Lanka's Premier Cricket
tournament. It was not only a game that lacked any interest but
it also proved to be a game that lacked any competition.
Galle CC who
toppled SSC in a Preliminary round game were no match to the Reid
Avenue club who were even minus a couple of players doing National
Duty.The Southerners who were chasing 236 for victory were never
in the game as they preferred to bat out their overs and prolong
the inevitable instead of accepting the challenge.
They were finally
bundled out for 143 runs in the 47th over. Invited to bat first
Bloomfield openers Thilina Kandambi (27) and Ian Daniel (36) added
49 for the first wicket in 13 overs to give their side a sound start.
Galle came back when they picked up two more wickets and a run out
to have Bloomfield at 101/4 in the 30th over.
At that stage
T. M. Dilshan and Duminda Perera came to the rescue with a productive
129 -run stand that saw Bloomfield hit up a challenging 235 for
5 wickets in 50 overs. Both batsmen scored freely as they struck
five boundaries each and punished the Galle attack that proved to
be the downfall for the Southerners. Dilshan finished on a stylish
63 and was dismissed in the last over while Perera remained unbeaten
on 73 from just 60 deliveries.
Needing to score
at over 4.5 runs an over Galle CC never looked like taking up the
challenge. After an alliance of 29 runs for the first wicket Galle
stumbled to 30 for 3 before D. Sudarshana(39) and Pasan Wanasinghe(17)
put on 45 runs for the fourth wicket.
But the introduction
of Kumar Dharmasena to the attack triggered another collapse as
the off spinner picked up Wanasinghe and Sudarhshana in successive
deliveries to have Galle CC at 75 for 5 wickets in the 25th over.
From then on it was only a matter of time as Galle CC struggled
right along.They were eventually dismissed in the 47th over for
143 runs leaving Bloomfield winners by 92 runs.