Ranatunga is talking bunkum says Jayantha
and Jayantha Dharmadasa
By Lal Gunasekera
Ranatunga is certainly the Chairman of the
Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC),
but as a MP he cannot get away by making
various allegations of a serious nature
under the cover of Parliamentary privilege
without any proof. This shows his immaturity
and proves the point that a good player
cannot always be a good administrator.
allegations against previous SLC Interim
Committees have been made by Ranatunga in
the recent past. He seems as if he does not
know what he is talking about. He is talking
thought his hat, and what has he done for
Sri Lanka cricket since his appointment as
Chairman of the Interim Committee of SLC in
January? He has not only ruined the game of
cricket, but the good reputation of SLC that
was built over the years among the
international cricketing community too has
been ruined. What has he done in the past 11
months" said Jayantha Dharmadasa, the
previous Chairman of SLC's Interim Committee
that Ranatunga replaced in January.
Dharmadasa is a successful businessman.
has said in Parliament that the uncollected
income at SLC in 2006 and 2007 was Rs. 202
million and Rs. 321 million respectively.
Dharmadasa said that Ranatunga conveniently
forgets that SLC has yet to receive over Rs.
600 million from government taxes
(Entertainment Tax, GST, VAT, Economic
Service Tax and Withholding Tax) from the
Inland revenue Department due to SLC from
2003 to 2007.
government MP, Ranatunga , should have used
his influence with the government and
collect these monies due to SLC and help
swell its coffers, instead of talking though
his hat" said Dharmadasa to The Sunday
Leader, in response to allegations made by
Ranatunga in Parliament.
also alleged that a sum of US$500,000/= was
"lost by SLC". Its pure bunkum said
Dharmadasa, who reiterates that the sum was
promised by Sony Max TV to assist with the
reconstruction of the Galle International
Cricket Stadium, which was devastated by the
2004 Tsunami. The monies were received and
accounted for in the financial statement of
according to Ranatunaga, SLC had taken
overdrafts to the tune fo Rs. 303 million in
2006 and Rs. 479 million in 2007, says
Dharmadasa: Ranatunga seems to forget that
the SLC lost US$ 16 million (Rs. 1.6
billion) after the Indian Tour of Sri Lanka
was cancelled due to a bomb blast in Colombo
in 2006, and a further Rs. 48,281,346/= was
lost due to the Nimbus settlement, where the
lawyers fees alone was Rs. 70 million in
2003, 2004 and 2005.
further said that Rs. 235 million went for
cricket expenses (Sri Lanka team, Sri Lanka
'A' side, venue maintenance and SLSCA). He
said that there was a surplus of Rs. 356
million in 2005, deficit of Rs. 722 million,
which included the cancelled Indian tour and
Nimbus settlement, in 2006 and a surplus of
Rs. 677 million in 2007. A sum of Rs. 165
million was spent on infrastructure
facts and figures refresh Ranatunga's
memory?: What is the Development work he has
done since January apart from the 18 trips
he has made overseas? How much is the SLC
losing from the cancellation of the Indian
tours in 2009-2010? What happened to the
insurance deal during the Indian tour
earlier this year? Why were the visas of the
Sri Lanka Under 19 team to tour New Zealand
not issued? What made him lift the Indian
Cricket League (ICL) ban? How much has he
spent on development and infrastructure?
What are the current ratings of the Sri
Lanka Test and OID teams? Why was the Ten
sports TV deal cancelled? How many TV big
wigs has he met in Australia, India and
Dubai? Who printed the computer tickets for
the Indian tour this year and has it been
accounted for? These are some of the
questions posed to Ranatunga by Dharmadasa.
also a strain in relationship with SLC's
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Duleep Mendis,
who has been told last week not to sit at
Interim Committee meetings. Why?
Add to the
words, SLC's employees are threatening
strike action, and have also strained
relationships with the Cricket Boards of
India, Pakistan and Australia , and Sri
Lanka's own cricketers are not in the best
of teams with Ranatunga.
MJ International to provide the shocks
By Hafiz Marikar
Weerakkody one of the best seven's
ruggerites, will lead MJ International at
the Mercantile Sevens which will be held in
Colombo from December 5-7. The first time
they played in this sevens tournament in
2007 they became the Plate runner's-up.
they are capable of matching up to the
leading teams, the lads from the hills are
expected to present an excellent performance
in this tournament. They have a set of
experienced players in their rank and their
main ambition will be to play good rugby and
win the tournament.
is led by former Kingswood College, Sri
Lanka Schools, Kandy Youth SC, CR & FC,
Kandy SC, Central Province and Sri Lanka
three quarter Nalaka Weerakkody, who also
had the honour of leading the Sri Lanka
Sevens. He has vast experience in seven a
side rugby and should give off his best for
the side. Nalaka is a player who can breach
the defence and execute ploys such as the
dummies, scissor passes and reverse passes.
Nalaka is also an expert in drop and place
kicking. His teammates are expecting a lot
from him. He has proved his worth as a safe
and reliable ruggerite.
players in the side are Sri Lanka Sevens
skipper Pradeep Liyanage, a product of St.
Anthony's and who has been playing for Kandy
SC for quite some time. He is a player with
some classy sevens tactics.
is Fazil Marija, one of the best fly half's
in the country and a man who can make or
break a game. He is a excellent sevens
player with a lot of rugby in him. Fazil
played for Kingswood, Sri Lanka Schools and
presently represents Kandy SC. Saliya
Kumara who was picked to lead the Sri Lanka
Presidents sevens team for the Dubai Sevens
is another top notch player.
Saliya started his rugby career at Vidyartha
College and later played for Trinity,
Havelocks SC, CH & FC and is now a regular
of the Kandy Sports Club team. Mohamed
Sheriff the former CR & FC crack
three-quarter, has crossed over to Kandy and
will be a asset to this side. Eranda
Weerakkody the brother of Nalaka is also a
good player. Eranda represented Kingswood
College and also played for Kandy SC.
presence of seven top class players will be
a big advantage for this side, who are all
out to give a run to the other teams.
According to information received they are
the only team from Kandy who will be playing
at this year's Mercantile Sevens.
to coach cum player Nalaka Weerakkody their
forte in this tournament will be the speedy
runners. Pradeep, Marija, Saliya, Eranda
and Sheriff are a dangerous combination.
Highlights of the week gone by...
Verdasco hero as Spain win Davis Cup
Spain won the 2008 Davis Cup final against
Argentina in a dramatic fashion. Fernando
Verdasco was the unlikely hero, winning the
deciding singles tie. The Spanish won the
tie 3 - 1 and is the third occasion that
they have won the prestigious cup.
Usain Bolt - athlete of the year
Usain Bolt was crowned athlete of the year.
The record-breaking sprinter broke both the
100 and 200-meter sprint records at the
Boks thrash England 42 - 06
Africa thrashed England 42 -06 in a rugby
union encounter. The Twickenham trouncing
represented England's heaviest margin of
defeat in all their home internationals, a
sequence dating back to 1872.
Narrow shave for Lankan cricketers
clinched the Dialog series against Zimbabwe
with two games remaining by scraping through
to a 5 run win in the third of the five One
Lasintha De Costa to lead SL Development
CR & FC
fly half Lasintha De Costa will lead a Sri
Lanka Development squad, which will feature
in an international rugby sevens tournament
Outright wins for Ragama and Chilaw Marians
led by all rounder Kaushalya Weeraratne and
Chilaw Marians recorded outright wins over
Badureliya CC and Army SC respectively in
the ongoing Premier League Tier 'A' inter
club cricket tournament.
England cancels ODIs following Bombay blasts
two matches of England's one - day series
against India were called off and the test
series remains doubtful following militant
attacks in Bombay this week.
Striker Torres faces new lay-off
striker Fernando Torres will be out of
action for two to three weeks after
sustaining a hamstring strain in Wednesday's
1-0 win against Marseille.
By Ranil Prematilake
Blind cricketers tour Pakistan
A 10 - day
tour of Pakistan by Sri Lankan blind
cricketers got underway on Wednesday
(November 26) and will play five 40 - over
ODI's against their Pakistan counterparts,
the reining world champions, in Lahore and
Islamabad. They will also play in a
Twenty - 20 match too.
Lanka team is led by Chandanalumara
Suriaratchi with Wasantha Udayakumar as his
deputy. Three players are from the Ranaviru
Sevana, three from Anuradhapura and one each
from Monaragala, Matara, Galle, Bibile,
Kegalle and Chilaw.
Benedict accompanied the side as Manager,
and sumanaweera as coach.
scheduled to return on December 5.
Athletic Technical Officials Examination
examination to recruit technical
officials will be conducted by the
Technical Officials Association of the
Athletic Association of Sri Lanka on
18 years of age can apply for the
examination. The application forms can be
obtained from Athletic Association Head
Quarters at 33 Torrington Avenue ,
Colombo-07. Tel.2682329 or from Mr.Lal
Chandrakumara , General Secretary Technical
Officials Association Tel.0718866503.
to the President Technical Officials
Association P.H.D.Waidyatilaka seminars
will be held in Districts to educate the
candidates on current IAAF Technical
rules prior to the examination.
date for applications is 10 January 2009
and no late application will be
SLRFU violates own constitution - Lasitha
By Lal Gunasekera
Lanka Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) has
violated its own constitution by having in
its Council, persons who are not eligible,
and the Minister of Sports and Public
Recreation, Gamini Lokuge, has been informed
by the National Sports Council (NSC) to look
into this matter and take immediate action.
Chairman of the NSC Dr. Maiya Gunasekera,
told The Sunday Leader, that Lasitha
Gunaratne, who is also a member of the NSC
had tabled a letter regarding this mater on
to the constitution of the SLRFU, a Council
member, should have at least played for a
Divison I club, national side,
representative team or at provincial level
to be eligible to be a member of the
a former Royal College, CR & FC and Sri
Lanka player, is also a former national
selector. He also points out in this letter
to the NSC that the constitution of the
SLRFU was further violated with the
President's team players wearing the
national jersey against the Chinese Dragons,
in a game recently.
discussed Lasitha Gunaratne's letter in
detail, and was of the opinion that if any
sports association is violating its own
constitution, whatever decision that has
been taken could be null and void in a court
of law, and a serious offence" said Dr.
Gunasekera, himself a former President of
the SLRFU, who played for Royal College, CR
& FC and Sri Lanka too with distinction.
decided unanimously to write to the Minister
of Sports and Public Recreation, Gamini
Lokuge, and this letter was handed over to
the Ministry's Secretary, S. Liyanagama, for
the Minister's immediate action.
Leader also learns that a move is underway
to form a Former Sri Lanka Rugby Players
Association on the same lines of the Former
Cricketers Association. It is understood
that Anton Benedict, who is also a former
SLRFU President, apart from his
distinguished playing career at St. Joseph's
Police Havelocks and Sri Lanka, is "working
on this matter" and the others involved in
it are Priyantha Ekayanayake, Hisham Abdeen,
Chaminda Rupasinghe and Lasitha Gunaratne to
name a few.
Hasantha triggers Bloomfield collapse
Lanka fast bowler Hasantha Fernando snapped
up five wickets for 24 to send Bloomfield
crumbling sensationally to a mere 102 runs
in their first innings on the opening day of
their SLC Premier League Tier A tournament
match against Moors SC which commenced at
Reid Avenue on Friday.
Bloomfield: 102 (T. Masmulla 21, S.
Kalawitigoda 22, Y. de Silva 23, H. Fernando
5 for 24, D. Lokuhettige 2 for 12) Moors SC:
11 for 1
Perera an elegant 139
order batsman Bathiya Perera struck an
elegant 139 with two sixes and a dozen of
boundaries to help CCC reach 252 runs in
their first innings on the opening day of
their SLC Premier League Tier A tournament
match against Sri Lanka Army SC which
commenced at Maitland Crescent on Friday.
CCC: 252 (B. Perera 139, S. Pathirana 25, C.
Vidanapathirana 42, I. Karunatilleke 2 for
17, S. Prasanna 4 for 101) Army SC: 24 for
Tamils fighting hard
knocks from Lanka de Silva (51), Ashan
Priyanjan (49) and Isuru Udana (49) helped
Tamil Union reach 248 for 8 in their first
innings on the opening day of their SLC
Premier League Tier 'A' tournament match
against NCC which commenced at the P.
Saravanamuttu Stadium on Friday.
Tamil Union: 248 for 8 (S. Fernando 30, L.
de Silva 51, A. Priyanjan 49, M.
Pushpakumara 26, I. Udana 49 n.o, G. de
Silva 25 n.o, A. Ganegama 2 for 47, U.
Chandana 2 for 49, C. Komasaru 2 for 62) v
Exchanges even at Maitland Place
CC after being dismissed for 146 runs hit
back strongly to reduce Chilaw Marians SC to
137 for 6 in their first innings on the
opening day of their SLC Premier League Tier
'A' tournament match which commenced at the
NCC grounds in Maitland Place on Friday.
Baduraliya CC: 146 (D. V. Gunawardena 41, U.
K. Aravinda 20, D. Hettiarachchi 5 for 48,
G. Wijekoon 3 for 19, C. Perera 2 for 39)
Chilaw Marians SC: 137 for 6 (M. Siriwardena
49 no, N. Perera 21, A. Prasad 2 for 43, D.
Arnolda 2 for 17, P. Jayaprakash 2 for 46)
Play washed out
overnight rain washed out the opening days
play of the SLC Premier League Tier 'A'
tournament match between the defending
champions SSC and Ragama CC at Braybrooke
Sri Lanka dig in to beat Zimbabwe
beat Zimbabwe by two wickets in Harare to
extend their lead to 4-0 in the five-match
Ajantha Mendis grabbed 6-29 as Zimbabwe were
bowled out for 146, with Keith Dabengwa
top-scoring with 32.
lost three batsmen without scoring and
slipped to 33-3 in their response, with
Tawanda Mupariwa taking two wickets in
Mubarak's steady knock of 60 not out from 98
balls saw them pass their target with 15
balls to spare.
were made to battle for the win for the
second match running, after cruising to
victory in the opening two matches.
match of the series will be played in Harare
today, when Sri Lanka will be looking to
secure a whitewash.
Chamil, Linda take honours at Ceylinco Life
monthly medal golf tournament
By Ranil Prematilake
year old schoolboy Chamil Wickremasinghe (Mens
Gross) and expatriate Linda Harris (Ladies
Gross) stole the honours at the Ceylinco
Life Monthly Medal gold championship
organised by Victoria Golf and Country
Resort and sponsored by Ceylinco Life
Insurance and worked off at the picturesque
Victoria golf course at Rajawella off Kandy
over the weekend.
number of golfers took the field in this
beautiful golf course which provided spills
and thrills for the golfers. The afternoon
showers in the Victoria region made the golf
course look a billiard table and the Course
Manager Maheel Bulumulla used his expertise
to make it challenging forcing the golfers
to use their skills to come to terms with it
and to prevent them from running up big
Harris a regular player at Victoria won her
first major trophy when she won the plum for
the Ladies events by lifting the Gross
Division title with a score of 98. But she
faced a fierce challenge for this title from
another expatriate and regular winner Sonia
Boyle who also registered a similar score.
But on a count back on the last nine holes
Linda Harris edged out by having 9:42 while
Sonia Boyle had 9:52.
golfers tied for the third spot Indira
Tibblin, Jyoti Haynes and Manori Jayakoddy
of Hyundai fame with all registering 101
gross. But a count back on the last nine
holes saw them ending up in the order
mentioned above. Excellent scores were also
registered by Suven Selvaratnam and S.
Selvaratnam playing to a handicap of 8
registered a Net score of 72 to walk away
with the Ladies Net Division title. Linda
Harris playing to a handicap of 24 finished
runner up with 74 gross. Manori Jayakoddy
who showed glimpses of her old form ended up
second runner up with 77 Net playing to a
handicap of 24. Also excelling in this
division were S. Rasika, S. Sandhya, Jyoti
Haynes, Indira Tibblin, Sonia Boyle, Pauline
Morley and Lillian Perera.
Wickremasinghe showed pleasing form to win
the Mens Gross Division with an excellent
score of 76 but he was challenged to this
title by that colourful Englishman Ian Tait
who also registered gross 76. It was on the
count back on the last nine holes saw young
Chamil Wickremasinghe getting the better of
the experienced Englishman.
Wickremasinghe had 9:38 while Ian Tait had
9:42 in a closely contested affair. Regular
winner Sujeewa Lankatillake finished with 77
gross with just one point separating the
trio. A stray hit cost Sujeewa Lankatillake
the title. Also coming up with good scores
were S. Pradeep, Tony Witham (85), Sam
Gunaratne (89), Noel Joseph (93), Errol
Johnston (94), Sunil Jayakoddy (94), and Bo
Lindberge (98) and Sirosha Gunatillake
Division went to Noel Joseph who got 69 Net
playing to a handicap of 24. This was also
Noel Joseph's first major trophy at
Victoria. Englishman Ian Tait once again
finished runner up with a Net 70 playing to
a handicap of 6. Ian Tait was once again
unlucky as he tied for the top position but
was edged out on the count back on the last
nine holes. Chamil Wickremasinghe finished
third with 71 Net with versatile Tony Witham
too getting 71 Net making the fight for the
top position a difficult one. Sujeewa
Lankatillake too was in the running at one
time with 72 Nett. Also registering good
scores were Nirosha Gunatillake, Suren Vass,
Bo Lindberg, Ravi Mediwake, Sam Gunaratne,
Errol Johnston and Sirath Kasthuriratne.
Witham won the Gents Net Division two with
71 Net. Nirosha Gunatillake finished runner
up with 74 Net. In third spot was Suren Wass
with 77 Net.
honours at the Awards ceremony were Sujeewa
Lankatillake. Ms. Noel Witham, Dilshan
Perera (Ceylinco), Rajiv David (Ceylinco),
Sunil Jayakody, Sonia Boyle, Nishantha
Kiriwardena. This was followed by a grand
Little 13 BOC Ran Kekulu Cricket from
By Lal Gunasekera
ever Schools Provincial Cricket Tournament
for 2008-2009 for under-13 age group
conducted by the Sri Lanka Schools Cricket
Association (SLSCA) along with Masscom (Pvt)
Limited and sponsored by Bank of Ceylon for
the Little 13 BOC Ran Kekulu Trophy will see
the second round games being worked off from
December 5 to 20.
round matches in Davison I, II, and III have
been concluded and 86 teams will be drawn
into six provincial groups comprising
Western, Central, North Western, Southern,
Sabaragamuwa and Uva, North Central and
final round matches will be played in
Colombo (Western), Matale and Kandy
(Central), Kurunegala (North Western), Galle
and Matara (Sourthern), Ratnapura (Sabaragamuwa
and Uva) Anuradhapura, Dambulla and Matale
A total of
1450 matches will be worked off within 16
weeks, while the Little 13 BOC Ran Kekulu
Trophy division I all-island tournament will
be played in Colombo soon after the
13 BOC Ran Kekulu Schoolboy Cricketer of the
Year and Little 13 BOC Ran Kekulu Most
Popular Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year
contests will commence early February next
year (2009) and will receive their awards at
a grand ceremony to be held in Colombo in
be 36 tams (54 games) in nine groups in
Division I fo the second rounds, 48 teams
(72 matches in 12 groups) in Davison II of
second round and 144 teams (120 matches on
30 over basis) in Division III.
Ten in the
All-Island Little 13 BOC Ran Kekulu Davison
I Schools Championship, the second Round
comprising 36 teams in nine groups (54
games) will be played from December 5 to 20,
pre quarter-finals before January 30,
quarter-finals on February 5 and 6 at the
MCA grounds and Campbell Park, semi-finals
on February 9 and 10 at the MCA grounds and
the final on February 13 also on the MCA
briefing to announce the sponsorship and
tournament details was held on Thursday and
attended by Chairman, Bank of Ceylon Dr.
Gaimini Wickramasinghe, Managing Director
Masscom (Pvt) Ltd. Thilanga Sumathipala
President of SLSCA Dr. A.S. Hewage,
Secretary SLSCA Dilshan de Silva, Deputy
General Manager Bank of Ceylon I.D.
Weerasena, Sports Facilitator Bank of Ceylon
Brendon Kuruppu and Aravinda de Silva
Scolari is not ruling out Arsenal
boss Luiz Felipe Scolari is refusing to rule
Arsenal out of the title race - even if his
side beat them at Stamford Bridge today.
Wenger's Gunners are 10 points behind
Scolari's Premier League leaders, and are
down in fifth place.
Scolari said: "Even if you're 15 points
clear with five games to go, you're not
champions. You're only champions at the end
of the last game.
"This is a
big game. Wenger's team play football, so
it's difficult to win."
looking forward to pitting his wits against
his old friend Wenger in the team's first
Premier League encounter of the season.
the first time I'll have played against
Wenger," said the Brazilian, who was
appointed as Chelsea boss in June but who
used to coach in Japan alongside the
Frenchman in the 1990s.