jnrs. battle for S Asian top rankings
Ten leading Sri Lankan junior players will battle for top rankings
when they compete in two ITF Under 14 South Asia tennis tournaments
to be held from January 26 to February 6, 2003. The local players
will face stiff opposition from seven other countries namely India,
Pakistan, Bangladesh, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal and Mynamar.
All the players
will undergo training sessions under ITF development officer Suresh
Menon and at the end of the training he will decide the seedings
for the first tournament. The seedings for the second tournament
will be decided on the results of the first tournament. SLTA's CEO
Boshan Dayaratne said that ranking points will be awarded in both
Coach cum captain
Roshan Razick is very optimistic that three girls Amitha Arudpragasam
of CIS, Thavindra Ekanayake and Navodhi Zoysa who are both from
Visakha will finish among the top eight. The other two girls of
the ten member team are Ruchika Alahakoon and Bincy Paramanathan
who are both of Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya. The boys team
comprise of Kohulan Ravindrakumar of S.Thomas' Mt Lavinia, Chavi
Talagala of Ananda, Mayuresh Rajaratnam of Royal, Rukmal Cooray
and T. Dineshkanthan both of St Peter's Bambalapitiya. Coach cum
captain Ganendran Subramaniam.
It is going
to be one of the busiest season for tennis as this will be the first
of the eight international tournaments which is scheduled to be
held in Sri Lanka this year including the three US $ 10,000 Future
Championships and the 10 nation Group Four Davis Cup tie. -MSA
our umpires stand the strain?
By Bernie Wijesekera
Can our umpires stand the strain of doing their job continuously
without a break?. Will they be physically fit to discharge their
duties to the satisfaction of the two participating teams? Like
the players, they, too should have the physical fitness and mental
toughness to stand up to a gruelling contest.
cricket season is on. The services of competent umpires is vital
to serve the game in whatever level. The game and the players (especially
the less affluent schools) from the outstations have suffered immensely
- apparently, due to sub-standard umpiring.
If the game
is to develop at grassroots level or otherwise - the umpires play
a decisive role. They must act without fear or favour. There are
quite a number of bent-arm bowlers in school cricket - be it in
Colombo or in the outstations. Has the umpires got the guts to call
them. No, fearing reprisals from some quarters.
to an umpire officiating in a leading school's match in Colombo
10. In a recent schools match a player from a leading school was
'called', but he still continues without remedial measures for the
future betterment, of the player concerned.
This was confirmed
by Jayalath Aponso, who has played and a knowledgeable student of
the game. Justice delayed is denied. Is there two sets of law even
in sports too - to the privileged and the underprivileged. Even
Nalanada coach Jayantha Seneviratne agreed to this effect. He said,
there are quite a number of players with suspect action in the schools,
but the school coaches have not taken remedial measures to overcome
the flaw for the future betterment of the player concerned.
Here the umpire
has to be on the ball, act without fear or favour rather than being
in the good of the interested parties. In one of the games last
weakened the umpire made a crucial blunder when he failed to give
a batsman out - a straight forward catch and cost the fielding team
dearly, when they were in control. He made an apology to the master-in-charge.
But the damage was done.
of the umpires are making a living out of umpiring. No one should
bar them, as long as they are competent and fit to do so. But not
seven days of the week. He may be during as on employment) to keep
his family fire burning, but not at the expense of the game. Has
he got the physical fitness to stand in humid conditions without
a break. In any form of cricket the players are not on the field,
during the entire duration. When one side bats first (all out) the
other side walks.
The team that
bats first then takes the field. The other team has a rest barring
the two batsmen, who walks out. But not the umpires. Presently,
school cricket is plagued by competitive cricket. Every team is
hell bent to be in the running barring a few schools. In its wake
it has lost its spirit - to win at all costs. Apparently this lead
even to alleged chucking aided and abetted by the coach, too.
the umpires are well remunerated unlike in the past. They must be
truthful to themselves and act according to their conscience than
be tagged as cheats. Money is not everything in life nor it could
bring a peace of mind. Maintain your dignity at all times. Apparently
some umpires are at the behest of the first class players. They
even go to the extent of calling them 'Sir' - to be in their good
books - to gain recognition to reach higher levels.
great, late legendary Sir Don Bradman called the umpire 'Sir'. Umpires
should not stand if their moral or mental condition is low must
not serve the game purely for material gains. Must strive to adhere
to three things - commitment, loyalty, dignity on and off the field.
At the end of the day he must be able to walk out of the field with
his head high.
As Dickie Bird,
an umpiring legend won respect all round for maintaining the dignity
of the game. He, too may have made human errors, but never tired
to balance it but started anew. Bird never depended much on the
electronic eye, but on the human - eye for his decision making.
respect all round. Quite a popular figure among the players. Controversies
raged at times on the field. But Bird with a bird's eye view from
the middle controlled the game, but not the match referee, unlike
at present times. Bird, played the game with the likes of Sri Lanka's
Stanley Jayasinghe and Clive Inman for Leicestershire etc., later
took upto umpiring for the right reasons with a view to the game.
In the sub-continent too he officiated in the venues like - "boiling
cauldrons", Eden Gardens and Lahore before milling crowds,
but never lost his confidence even under pressure.
SC enter Div. III final Round
Mutwal S.C., led by former Josephian cricketer Vinod Sivapragasam
with a fine all round team effort remained unbeaten to enter the
BCCSL organised Div. III tournament which is now in progress.
times Mutwal S.C. kept the game going giving encouragement to youngsters
drawn from the schools in and around, Colombo North. Former Cricket
Board official and lawyer late Ranjith de Silva was a live-wire
of MSC and with other diehards did much for its continuity. The
Mutwal Club registered four outright wins to remain unbeaten in
Beat Liberty C.C. by 9 wickets.
(Played on 08/12/02 at the President's College grounds, Rajagiriya)
Liberty C.C. - 87 all out in 26 overs.(Mark Fernando 3/18, B. Jeganathan
3/26, D. Cramer 3/18) Mutwal S.C. - 89 for 1 in 18 overs. (L. Hettiarachchi
24, A. Fernando 33 n.o., A. Rajaratnam 22 n.o.)
Beat Colts C.C.
by 5 wickets.
(Played on 19/12/02 at Havelock Park)
Colts C.C. - 115 all out in 36.3 overs.
(A. Rajaratnam 2/6, B. Jeganathan 2/19, D. Cramer 3/16)
Mutwal S.C. - 116 for 5 in 26 overs. (B.Jeganathan 21, M.Fernando
Beat Muthuwella P.S.C by 9 wickets
(Played on 22.12.02 at Wattala)
Muthuwella P.S.C - 168 all out in 41.1 overs (V.Sivapragasam 3/7,
M. Fernando 2/25, D. Cramer 2/31)Mutwal S.C. - 170 for 1 in 16.1
overs (L. Hettiarachchi 47 n.o. A. Rajaratnam 94 n.o.)
Beat Yorkshire C.C. by 4 wickets.
(Played on 29/12/02 at Wattala)
Yorkshire C.C - 239 for 9 in 50 overs. (L. Jayasinghe 2/27, B. Jeganathan
Mutwal S.C - 243 for 6 in 47 overs. (P. De Silva 59, A. RAjaratnam
34, B. Jeganathan 25, L. Jayasinghe 36 n.o., V. Sivapragasam 30