Why ds: Is it to get the h'tota job done?
THERE'S no shortage of reasons to question the
appointment of Dandeniyage Somachandra De Silva as chief
of Sri Lanka cricket. Predictably, the announcement by
the Sport Ministry of the controversial appointment a
fortnight ago took all by surprise - all except, of
course, the mandarins whose decision it was to place him
name, to be sure, had never been spoken of as a likely
candidate to replace Arjuna Ranatunga, deposed nearly
three months ago. Even if it had, the suggestion
might've been waved away for, among other reasons, being
"unknown quantity''. A receding generation may remember
DS, as he was then popularly known, by his brief
two-year Test career, 1982 through to '84. But to a
younger generation that had tasted the heady delights of
1996 and other world-class achievements by our
cricketers of a later era, DS was. well, DS-who.
name again re-emerged briefly in public in 1999, as
coach of the Sri Lanka under-19 team that finished
number 2 in the Junior World Cup - after which he again
disappeared into obscurity. It turns out that since
relinquishing his job as junior national coach nearly
ten years ago, he has as good as made England his home.
it's not surprising that some hold the view that a
parachutist has been unfairly presented with what is
singly the most important sport job in the country. His
harsher critics who don't need a second invitation to
trash him will label him opportunist - and cast doubts
about the sincerity of his commitment. To doubt his
ability to steer the sport that is the country's pride
is understandable, for no other reason than that he has
lived away from us for so long and so is a person we
know very little about. Public trust and he are at two
ends of a long bridge.
we know of him, though, doesn't quite inspire
confidence. But give the man a break. He's hardly
settled in the chair yet, and to write him off as a
basket case, as some have, is being unfairly hasty. The
man is not a naught-case. With his long playing
experience, especially as a professional in the English
minor league, he is capable of contributing some worthy
ideas, in terms of technicalities, for the game's
brevity of his Test career might suggest otherwise, but
the truth is that he was a useful all rounder in his
time -so useful that he was given the reins of
captaincy when appointed-leader Duleep Mendis broke a
bone early in the 1983 tour of New Zealand. There's
little doubt DS would've enjoyed a longer life at the
top level were he not a retiring-40 years when the doors
of Test cricket opened to the country.
far as cricketing knowledge is concerned, DS won't be an
ornamental head. But the point is that quality alone
does not a good cricketing chief make. The job is hugely
responsible, requiring the combined skills of a
persuasive diplomat, a hard-nosed businessman and the
cunning of a politician. It's the sort of job that will
ideally suit corporate CEOs types, with cricketing
pedigree- the likes of Michael Tissera, Sidat Wettimuny,
Chandra Schafter or S. Skandakumar.
last time round, they tried out one for pure cricketing
reasons as chief, World Cup winning captain, Ranatunga,
no less. If the cricketer turned politician's year in
office hadn't been half as disastrous as it was, then,
DS might've not had a look in. It has to be said,
however, that Ranatunga's undoing was his failure to
control the politician in him. Had he chosen to give
free rein to the cricketer rather than the politician,
he might have saved his job. That is by the way.
Wearing two hats
Anyway, we were talking about how much more suitable the
likes of Tissera, Wettimuny, Schafter or Skandakumar
might've been for the chief's job. Unfortunately, they
weren't either considered or thought unsuitable for
reasons only those who made the appointment know.
Wettimuny and Skandakumar reportedly were invited to
join DS's team, but politely refused, perhaps due to his
family's connection with the gaming industry or the
dubious nature of his appointment, given that he is a
serving employee of the Board. He fended off these
charges, claiming he personally isn't a part of the
family's gambling business and believes that, if the two
jobs he holds carry separate responsibilities, there's
no wrong in wearing two hats.
that as it may, DS's curricular vitae certainly doesn't
compare favourably with those of the aforesaid four
some. To be fair, though, it has to be said that, the
man might've been a playground instructor with the
Colombo Municipality before he became a full-time
cricketer, but his exposure to life in England during
his long years with Lincolnshire and Shropshire in the
minor county league and permanent residence there for
much of the last decade might've equipped him for the
chief's job in better measure than his early past
a safe assumption that he'll choose to tread on familiar
ground, which is cricket and the cricketers - and
perhaps leave matters of business and finance in the
hands of the professionals. Cricket and the cricketers,
it has to be admitted, weren't given quite the desired
treatment under Ranatunga's year long stewardship. It is
common knowledge there was much bad blood between the
previous administration and national cricketers, caused
mostly by the much-publicised England tour v. IPL
controversy - an issue which triggered the sensitive
Cash v. Country debate, with opponents of IPL
questioning the patriotism of 13 national players
contracted to the big-money Twenty20 league.
was also the sudden acceptance of a tour, outside the
Future Tours Programme, to Pakistan - a tour that the
cricketers clearly would've preferred to undertake
sometime later as it was tailed to the tours to Zimbabwe
and Bangladesh. The weary cricketers, so, were compelled
to fly out of Dacca to Karachi - for a series, which
ironically was aborted before completion for the
dreadful reasons you and the world know.
administration-players relationship had touched its
nadir during Ranatunga's term - which rather
fortuitously provides DS with a chance to make a
favourable impression early in the job. He's already
moved in that direction by promptly having the players'
contracts ready for signatures - something the last
administration haggled over last year, presumably
intending to offer more frugal terms to the players.
also fortuitous coincidence that the Sri Lanka captain
too is a new appointee. One thinks the new cricket chief
and the new captain will together bring fresher zeal and
ideas to the game, and so, hopefully, create an
environment conducive for success. But it's DS who will
have to contribute more to creating that climate. An
over-assertion of his powers to push through what he
thinks is best for the team can easily dislocate the
relationship. He, after all, will be dealing with a
captain of exceptional intelligence.
Man of his own mind
Sangakkara has come across as a man of his own mind; one
who won't suffer fools, which, history shows, our Board
is full of. He is not the one to manage his team to
others' pleasing and would prefer little interference
from those in power. This is not to cast doubt on DS's
adherence to the accepted code of conduct, but obviously
he's filled with enthusiasm, which, if not channeled
wisely, can so easily backfire on the game.
national cricketer himself, DS is obviously aware of the
sensitivities of leadership and would give Sangakkara
the space that is his. On matters concerning cricket and
the cricketers, it is safe to assume DS, as chief, will
know the dos and don'ts.
can't be safely assumed, though, is whether he will bend
to the whims of politicians, whose appointee he is. He
has reportedly said he'll brook no nonsense from any
quarters. But in the same breath he admits his
appointment was at the behest of the President. Whether
that means, he won't act contrary to the President's
wishes is left to be seen.
President Rajapaksa doesn't hide his love of sport, and
has seldom shied away from gracing sport events,
notwithstanding security concerns: He watches his sons'
rugby matches, flew all the way to Barbados for the
World Cup final as well as attended the Beijing
Olympics. He's feted outstanding sport personalities and
teams at Temple Trees. With his man as chief, one hopes
his interest in cricket will remain the detached-love
it's always been.
However, signs are it won't, if the way DS speaks about
plans to build a stadium in the president's electorate
in time for the 2011 World Cup is any indication. Sport
chiefs in their maiden media briefings normally speak of
international ambitions, in the case of cricket, the
World Cup. But, DS in his first meet-the-press session,
speaking so passionately about a new stadium for
Hambantota, it is forgivable to think that he's doing
the President's bidding.
foundations to the Hambantota Stadium have yet to be
built, and it's early days to be seriously debating on
the matter. But some questions begged to be asked even
now: 1) Isn't it one too many stadiums for the south,
given Galle has one? 2) Would the investment in a brand
new stadium be better spent upgrading the present five
Test venues? 3) Is cricket in deep south active enough
in terms of numbers and competitions to merit a stadium
and 4) With local activity lacking when Dambula got its
stadium, inevitably, it fell into long neglect. Would
not the same fate befall the planned stadium deep south?
is not to say with certainty that a new stadium would be
a white elephant. But then stadiums aren't cheap, and
the SLC is no BCCI as far as financial resources go.
Successive administrations have had to grapple with
empty coffers, not surprisingly as our cricket, by and
large, is financed by income from the sale of television
rights. And here too, there's reason to doubt if we are
striking the best deals possible. It is no secret that
with every new administration, a new television contract
is sought, if not actually signed- amid accusations of
payments of commissions being made to powers that be.
Commission-percentage rather than the best financial
return apparently decides who gets the contract.
would've been nice to hear DS declaring intentions of
cleaning up cricket administration, investing more on
development and such clich‚s new chiefs of sport are
wont to say- than utter sentiments that rouse suspicion
he might be H.E.'s proxy - in so far as securing for the
Deep South an international stadium fit to host World
Dig Lewke interferes once more
By Lal Gunesekera
Dig Nimal Lewke, the previous president of the Sri Lanka
Rugby Football Union (SLRFU), who resigned from this
post a few weeks prior to the annual general meeting of
the governing body, has interfered once again with the
administration of the Interim Committee of the SLRFU,
who were appointed by Minister Gamini Lokuge on January
has written to the Secretary of the Ministry of Sports,
S. Liyanagama, on a letter head of the Police Sports
Club of which Lewke is the Chairman of Police Rugby on
February 18, stating the importance of the forthcoming
Four Nation Asian Division I Tournament in April and for
the selectors to decide on the captaincy. He states for
the Ministry to call for a report from Chaminda
Rupasinghe, who was an Observer on the tour of Chinese
Taipei last November to give his views and
recommendations about the performance of the two
captains, who were DIG Lewke's own son Dushanth from CR
& FC and Dilanka Wijeratne of CH & FC.
Lewke, who was transferred to Vavuniya last week, has no
authority to make such a request from the Ministry of
Sports. He no longer holds any office at the SLRFU and
both players he has mentioned are not members of the
Police team. Also one player he has mentioned is
Dilanka Wijesekera and not Wijeratne. DIG Lewke does not
seem to know the names of even top Sri Lankan players.
Following the Lewke letter to the Ministry of Sports,
its assistant secretary Miss. D. G. Pathirage has called
for observations from Chaminda Rupasinghe in a letter
dated March 17.
Rupasinghe in his reply to the Sports Ministry request,
states in his letter dated March 24, that the national
selectors have represented Sri Lanka at the highest
level both locally and internationally, and have the
knowledge and experience required on matters pertaining
to the sport.
further in this letter states that DIG Lewke has not
even represented Sri Lanka in rugby and then it's a
mystery why police should be interested in two players
who represent their clubs.
is not the first occasion DIG Lewke had interfered with
the selectors who are appointed by the Sports Minister.
DIG Lewke wrote to Brigadier (Rtd) Jupana Jayawardene
(who headed the selectors at that time) on July 30 last
year (2008) giving the criteria required to captain Sri
Lanka, trying to dictate terms to selectors who should
be independent. This was over the Chinese tour last
November, where DIG Lewke even wanted IGP Jayantha
Wickramaratne to take disciplinary action against ASP
Hafeel Marso, one of the national selectors.
Players asked for explanation
Meanwhile the Interim Committee, has called fox
explanations from 25 players for reasons why they have
not been attending national pool practices (7's and
15's) which commenced on March 2,without valid reasons.
players include 10 from CR&FC (including Dushanth Lewke),
two from Havelocks, four from Navy, three from CH&FC,
two from police, two from Army and one from Air Force.
Kandy's Jeeva Galgamuwa has retired.
CR's double talk
has agreed to conduct the Club 7's at Longden Place,
look for a sponsor to cover the cost of the tournament
and even agreed to offer the SLRFU 5 per cent of the
income as royalty. This was stated in a letter dated
January 12, sent by CR's Director of Sports, Dilroy
Fernando, to the then Deputy President of the SLRFU,
what transpired later is surprising. CR had informed the
Interim Committee that their budget to conduct the 7's
was Rs 483, 700 and have requested payment.
Included in the budget was Rs 82, 600 for the grounds,
Rs 154, 000 for water at Rs. 35 per bottle, Rs 8000 for
the usage of fans, and a further sum of 50,000 citing
Sunday Leader learns that kandy sports Club did not
charge a single cent as ground hire for the club 7's at
Nittawela, and that they (Kandy) charged only Rs 12.50
for a bottle of water. Kandy's budget was lesson than Rs
international Rugby Board (IRB) has informed the IC of
the SLRFU on March 20 through David Carrigy, who was in
Colombo recently, with Gerard Gallagher, that the
comments attributed to them in a recent newspaper
article (not The Sunday Leader) was not for public
comment and that the interpretation is not that of the
IRB. Carrigy also states in his e-mail of March 20 that
they (the IRB) will write to the Sports Minister about
their findings and that no decision has been taken on
continued funding at this stage.
'What is all this fuss about an IC?'
By Lal Gunesekera
two officials of the International Rugby Board (IRB),
David Carigy and Gerrard Gallagher, were not only in Sri
Lanka to avail themselves regarding the governance of
the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU), but also to
garner support of the National Olympic Committee (NOC)
of Sri Lanka to get rugby included in the Olympic Games
via the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
President of the NOC, Hemasiri Fernando, was also
invited for this discussion over dinner hosted by the
Interim Committee for SLRFU held at the Galadari Hotel
on the first day of their visit.
IRB representatives had also met Minister of Sports and
Public Recreation, Gamini Lokuge, Interim Committee
members, DIG Nimal Lewke (former President of SLRFU),
Asanga Seneviratne (Former Deputy President, RFU),
Dilroy Fernando (Former Executive Director SLRFU)
Representatives of 'A' Division clubs, presidents of
provincial unions and Kishu Gomes, Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) of Caltex Lubricants.
visit of Carigy and Gallger concluded with another
meeting with the Interim Committee at the Peach Valley
Chinese Restaurant where the IC proved to the IRB
representatives that even Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has an
Interim Committee for over 10 years and that they are
recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC)
and that Sri Lanka play regularly in ICC tournaments,
including the World Cup.
SLRFU, IC also told the IRB representatives that
swimming too is run by an IC which is recognised by FINA
and that two swimmers (Mayumi Rahim and Daniel Lee) swam
at last years Olympics in China - Badminton too is under
an IC and Thilini Jayasinghe competed at the Beijing
Olympics and this IC is also recognised by the BWF and
ABC too. Tennis too has an IC and Sri Lanka competes in
the Davis cup and recognised by the ITF and ATF.
Atapattu, Secretary cum Treasurer of the SLRFU IC, said
that nothing is wrong with an Interim Committee, and
asked what all the fuss was about for the IC for rugby.
Anthony's visit to Taj
final discussion with the IRB representatives over
dinner, Carigy, had stated that the previous treasurer
of the SLRFU Nandamithra Anthony, had visited them at
the Taj Samudra Hotel and had said that all payments
were authorised by him (Treasurer) only after council
Rs 16 Lakhs for U-16 tourney
The Sunday Leader found out was that Anthony had
conveniently "forgotten" to confess that Rs. 1.6 million
paid to the Western Province RFU for the
Inter-Provincial Development Schools under-16, 12-A-side
tournament in June last year (2008) was never approved
by the Council and two cash cheques were made out to
Under-16 children from rural areas were housed in
dormitories at the Centre for Society and Religion at
Deans Road, St. Benedict's College, Kotahena, Zahira
College, Maradana and E. W. W. Kannangara MV in Borella.
Sunday Leader investigation also found out that the
officials were housed in luxury comfort at the Orchid
Inn Hotel in Wellawatte and that they occupied 15 rooms
for the two days.
What a menu!
revealed was that the expenses for this two-day
tournament meant for under-16 kids included devilled
kadalay, devilled chicken, French fries, devilled cuttle
fish, chicken fried rice, arrack, beer, soda and Pall
Mall cigarettes! What a menu for under - 16 kids!
omar was paid rs. 1.6 million for the now infamous
Asian Dragons tour also without Council approval for a
cheering squad, papara band, DJ, transport, buffet
lunch, 'T' shirts etc. Omar has paid back Rs. 175,000
thousand and legal action is to be taken soon to recover
Sumanapala chief of boxing coaches
T. SUMANAPALA, one-time National Feather Weight
champion, was voted President of the Sri Lanka Amateur
Boxing Coaches Association, replacing R K Indrasena, the
2007 and 08 chief.
retired soldier defeated SI Bandula Gamage, 31 votes to
18, in the recent AGM of the SLABCA.
Sumanapala, who earlier served a three-year stint as
president in 2001-03, vowed to improve the level of
coaching, especially at the junior level in the
outstations. "The ABA's provincial development program
has brought about an upsurge in interest among rural
kids. It is the responsibility of my association to
ensure these lads receive proper coaching - and for this
purpose, we sent over 20 coaches to the Patila Sport
Institute (in India) for specialised training,'' said
68-year Sumanapala, 1966 National champion.
record as a coach has been outstanding. He coached St
John's Nugegoda to prominence, with more than a few of
his products being adjudged Best Boxer at Stubbs Shield
meets. He also coached with success at the senior level,
and by way of acknowledging his achievements; he was
selected to manage the national team at the 2002
Commonwealth Games in Manchester as well as the King's
Cup in 2002 and the President's Cup in Indonesia.
Cricket - Schools Under 19
Dharmasoka in stunning 15 run win
Dharmasoka College Ambalangoda, pulled off a stunning 15
run victory over the more fancied Ananda College team in
their Munchee inter school under 19 knock out limited
overs cricket tournament pre quarter final fixture
worked off at Ananda Mawatha on Friday.
Sokians did well to defend their modest total of 156 for
9 by dismissing the strong Ananda batting line up for
141 runs with Imesh Udayanga claiming three wickets for
Dharmasoka: 156 for 9 in 46 overs (L. Ashen 28, A.
Kavinda 43, P. Madushan 3 for 23, S. Wijesuriya 2 for
Ananda: 141 in 41.4 overs (R. Herath 23, D. Chandimal
23, S. Devage 19, I. Rangana 2 for 25, I. Udayanga 3 for
St. Joseph's by 110 runs
arm spinner Supeshalla Jayatilleke captured five wickets
for 16 as St. Joseph's College defeated Maris Stella
College Negombo by 110 runs in their Munchee inter
school under 19 knock out limited overs cricket
tournament quarterfinal match worked off at the CCC
grounds in Maitland Crescent on Friday.
St. Joseph's: 243 for 9 in 50 overs (S. Perera 42, S.
Weerasinghe 18, C. Kumara 37, R. Tatil 39, J. Jayasinghe
34, T. Rajasuriya 30 n.o, V. Dassanayake 4 for 23, A.
Silva 2 for 39)
Maris Stella: 133 in 36.5 overs (S. de Silva 45, A.
Silva 25, D. Chanaka 27, S. Jayatilleke 5 for 16, D.
Dhambarage 2 for 23, S. Weerasinghe 2 for 22)
Ananda Sastralaya in command
Sastralaya, Kotte dominated the opening days play in
their 18th annual inter school Big Match against their
traditional rivals St. John's College Nugegoda which
commenced at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium on Friday.
John's College were struggling at 31 for 3 at stumps
after Ananda Sastralaya had reached a healthy 207 runs
in their first innings.
Ananda Sastralaya: 207 (H. Madushanka 45, M. Madushan
31, A. Madushanka 23, I. Sheriff 21, A. Hisham 18, P.
Indeevara 3 for 34, R. Amantha 3 for 8, H. Perera 2 for
St. John's: 31 for 3 (K. Paranathala 2 for 4)
D. S. held to a draw
Senanayake College took major honours in their third
annual Battle of the Golds inter school Big Match
against their traditional rivals Mahanama College which
ended in a draw at the SSC grounds in Maitland Place on
Mahanama College were dismissed for 172 runs in their
first innings with off spinner Malith Wickremasinghe
claiming a superb five wickets haul. They were forced to
follow on and collapsed to 94 for 5 in their second
innings with Sri Lanka youth captain Navin Kavikara
capturing four wickets.
D. S. Senanayake 281
Mahanama: 172 (R. Welikannage 30, S. Ruberu 42, L.
Weerakoon 26 n.o, M. Wickremasinghe 5 for 50, C.
Jayampathy 2 for 37, N. Kavikara 2 for 40) and 94 for 5
(A. Perera 51 n.o, N. Kavikara 4 for 34)
Rosberg fastest as F1 blasts off
Williams driver Nico Rosberg clocked the fastest laps of
both practice sessions as the new Formula 1 season burst
into life in Melbourne.
Toyota, Brawn GP and Williams - who all fought off a
Thursday protest about the legality of their cars -
shone the brightest on an intriguing afternoon.
Britain's Lewis Hamilton, the world champion, struggled
in his McLaren to finish 16th then 18th.
Bull put in a strong second session while Ferrari had a
of the richly-anticipated opening action of the 2009
season, motorsport's governing body, the FIA, had
rejected a protest made by Ferrari, Red Bull and Renault
about the legality of a key part at the back of the cars
used by Williams, Brawn GP and Toyota.
been claimed their rear diffusers do not conform to new
F1 regulations, but stewards ruled against the
was those cars that were fastest around Melbourne's
Albert Park street circuit, with the traditionally more
successful teams suffering.
first session, Rosberg came through to take the fastest
time - one minute 26.687 seconds - from Ferrari's Kimi
Raikkonen on his last lap of 19, while team-mate Kazuki
Nakajima finished second.
German ran even quicker in the second session, clocking
1:26.053, while Japan's Nakajima finished up seventh.
been a positive day," said Rosberg. "We've done very
well today but it's not clear how much fuel others were
hopes are higher than before that we can consistently
score points. It's a nice step forward but how much, I
team Brawn GP also backed up their impressive
performance in testing with a strong showing.
former Honda team led by owner Ross Brawn were tipped as
pre-race favourites and, on this early showing, there is
every indication that may be justified.
Veteran Rubens Barrichello, at 37 the oldest driver on
the grid, finished fourth and second in the respective
sessions with a fastest time of 1:26.157.
England's Jenson Button - widely identified as the
pre-race favourite by bookies - finished sixth and fifth
with a fastest time of 1:26.374.
little can be read into practice times - teams merely
use these sessions to determine their qualifying and
race tactics - Toyota will also be heartened by their
Drivers Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock, both running on the
softer of the two tyre types available, led for much of
the second session and eventually finished third and
on the seemingly more responsive softer tyres, Raikkonen
led for most of the first session but eventually
finished third for the constructor's champions.
second session, he finished 11th with Ferrari team-mate
Felipe Massa one place ahead.
McLaren were slow throughout, which was largely expected
given the problems they had experienced in pre-season
Kovalainen finished fifth in the first session but
team-mate Hamilton was well off the pace and both were
in the last four places in the second session.
tough for anyone [being at the back] but I have a lot of
experience running at the back in other categories,"
we are not in the place we want to be. We have a steep
and tough challenge but we have to remain positive and
Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso failed to shine
in his Renault, finishing 10th in the first session and
12th in the second, while BMW Sauber had troubles with
their car and were not as quick as anticipated after
strong test showings leading up to Melbourne.
Bull suffered in the first session, with drivers Mark
Webber and Sebastian Vettel managing just 11 laps
Webber hit back to finish fourth in the second session
with a time of 1:26.370, though Vettel again span out.
Ferrari, McLaren and Renault, along with BMW Sauber's
Nick Heidfeld, ran with the new kinetic energy recovery
(Kers), which gives drivers a power boost.
Murray in sight of rankings climb
Murray is targeting victory at the Sony Ericsson in
Miami - a result that could take him to a career-high
third place in the world rankings.
Scot needs to reach the final to raise the prospect of
surpassing Novak Djokovic and said: "I go into every
tournament wanting to win."
has a first-round bye and faces Juan Monaco in his
opener after he beat Marc Gicquel 6-0 6-4.
Nadal will play Teimuraz Gabashvili, who beat Simone
Russian defeated his Italian opponent 6-4 4-6 6-4 to set
up the second-round encounter with the top seed.
who like most of the top seeds had a first-round bye, is
in the same half of the tournament as Murray.
pair met in the final of the Indian Wells Masters 1000
last weekend, with the Spaniard winning 6-1 6-2.
could become the first Briton since the rankings began
in 1973 to reach the top three if he does reach the
Scot is more than 3,000 ranking points ahead of Nikolay
Davydenko in fifth place but dismissed claims there is a
significant gulf between the top four and the rest.
difference in points would suggest there's a big gap,"
on any given day, I would think that any of those guys
could beat the top four players.
think that's why right now tennis is in a really good
spot because it's not that predictable."
Meanwhile, Roger Federer is hoping to end a drought of
12 Masters events without a win.
former world number one has won 14 times at the elite
Masters level but not since Cincinnati in August 2007.
hope this year I can change that and get on a good roll
again," said the Swiss star, who will face Kevin Kim in
his opening match.
done so well over the last few years I'd like to win a
Lyceum, Wattala emerge champions
International School (Wattala) emerged champions at the
Inter - International Schools under - 13 Cricket
Tournament organized by Lyceum (Nugegoda). They beat
Colombo International School by 8 wickets at Wattala.
112 in 33.3 overs (Deeraj Danasinghani 24, Roshan Perera
23, Thushara Dharmadasa 23, Thilanka de Soysa 2 for 6
Sanjeew kumaraswamy 2 for 31, Daham Dias 2 for 36).
Lyceum, (Wattala):- 115 for 2 in 20.1 overs (Mohamed
Rahil not out 59, Chelaka Mallawaarachchi 38).
was adjudged the Player of the finals and Mallawaarchchi
Batsman of the Series and Best Fielder of the
Selectors for aquatic sports
Azain has been appointed Chairman of the Selection
Committee for aquatic sports which also comprises
Samitha Perera, Natasha Kodituwakku, Wing Cmdr. Sanjaya
Silva and Jehan Unantenne.