Businessman Jayantha Dharmadasa will take over as Vice-President of Sri Lanka Cricket today after K. Mathivanan stepped down from the post on Wednesday. A two time President of SLC, Dharmadasa is a vastly experienced cricket administrator having served as a Director of the ICC. He also served as Chairman of the Asian Cricket Council.
Dharmadasa first came into cricket administration in 2005 and during his tenure there were many highlights for Sri Lankan cricket such as whitewashing England 5-0 in their own backyard and reaching the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2007. He stepped down after a three year tenure and returned to SLC in 2013 as President.
More recently in 2015 he functioned as Vice-President but stepped down in 2016 after his efforts to rope in former Test captain Bandula Warnapura as Manager of the national cricket team were shot down.
Dharmadasa was a strong critic of the Big Three takeover of the ICC in 2014 and raised his concerns openly, “SLC has specific concern that the tenor and scope of the Purported Resolutions are in conflict with the fundamental principles upon which the ICC was founded,” he said at that point.
Sri Lanka Cricket sources said that it is likely that Dharmadasa will be put in charge of international cricket again.
Dharmadasa returns to SLC at a crucial juncture when the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic has seen the cancellation of several bilateral series. While England’s two Tests were pushed back to February next year, tours by South Africa, India, Bangladesh and the Asia Cup have been indefinitely postponed. One of SLC’s prime targets is to bring India back as early as possible as this ensures them television revenue
SLC is also attempting to launch the inaugural Lanka Premier League – a franchise based T-20 competition. The board said that around 70 overseas players and ten coaches had shown interest in taking part in the competition. The tournament is expected to start in August.
Arjuna Ranatunga on Dean Jones
I don’t think I have got too many friends in Australia but last week I lost a dear one – Dean Jones. Don’t get me wrong, he was one of fiercest competitors that I have come across playing two decades of Test cricket but off the field he was very friendly, unassuming and good natured guy.
We were contemporaries. He was two years older than me and made his Test debut two years after me.
People tend to measure the greatness of a player by judging whether he had done well in places like Australia or England. Well, that is up for debate. In that case, I reckon, we have to also see how players from England and Australia fared in places like India. That is why Dean Jones is such a special player. I am never one to read too much into numbers but I am told that Deano averaged something like 92 in India and that is a stat that any player, especially those from England and Australia can be proud of.
He was also a thorn in our flesh always making runs against us. Deano’s Test average of 60 and ODI average of 109 against us would tell you the story.
Deano was a very good analyst of the game. He understood complex situations and how to counter them. He was certainly a trend setter and there was much that we could learn from his game. His running between the wickets stood out and you had to be on your toes when he was out in the middle. His fielding was exciting as well and he brought in so much energy to the side. I am sure someone like Allan Border who had the task of rebuilding the Australian side following some high profile retirements valued the presence of Deano in the side.
Deano was very fond of Asian cricket. He spent lot of time in Sri Lanka doing commentaries and that gave us an opportunity to catch up. He spent quite a bit of time in other Asian countries as well.
I have lost a dear friend. Deano has left us too soon. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
(World Cup winning Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga was talking to The Island’s Rex Clementine)
President’s Gold Cup Volleyball 2019
A superb third set rally by Ranthuru Sports SC just fell short to beat Siyane Tharu Sports Club of Gampaha in the finals of the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball powered by Dialog Axiata, Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider.
The final which was played-off at the National Youth Services Centre, Maharagama, the eventual winners, Siyane Tharu Sports Club, Gampaha beat Rantharu Sports SC, Debagama 03 sets to 02.
Siyatha Tharu won the, first set, 25-23, the second set by 25-16 and the decisive fifth and final set by 15-12, while losing the third set 21-25 and the fourth set 19-25.
While in the keenly contested women’s final, Golden Bird SC of Radawana beat Rathnapala SC of Mahausweva 03 sets to 01.
Now, Bangladesh ask for three day quarantine
by Rex Clementine
Sri Lanka Cricket has been left with Hobson’s choice and postpone the three match Test series against Bangladesh after their cricket board had informed on Friday that they are willing to follow only three days of quarantine in Colombo ahead of the series.
Earlier, Bangladesh had informed SLC that they were willing to do only seven days of quarantine as opposed to two weeks of mandatory quarantine stipulated by the Health Ministry.
learns that SLC had reached an agreement with Health Ministry to reduce the quarantine days to seven and then send all players and support staff into ‘a bubble’ and resume training ahead of the series.
However, with the tourists asking for a further reduction of quarantine days, there are doubts that the series will take place as expected next month. They are already in quarantine in Dhaka.
“We will know what are the guidelines the Health Ministry wants us to follow by Monday, but we don’t think that three days of quarantine is feasible. We know that the Health Ministry and the Task Force established to battle COVID-19 have done a terrific job in containing the pandemic and need to follow their guidelines,” an SLC official told Sunday Island.
“The problem is one of the Bangladesh players and a member of the support staff have been tested positive and we get the feeling the Health Ministry would not want to take any chances. So we will wait and see”
Bangladesh batsman Saif Hassan and trainer Nick Lee were tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week. Interestingly, Lee was Sri Lanka’s trainer until recently before he joined Bangladesh.
The guidelines that Health Ministry issues to resume international cricket will be passed onto other cricket playing nations who are set to play bilateral series in Sri Lanka. SLC officials were not too sure whether they would be able to have any international cricket this year.
The Board however is confident that the inaugural Lanka Premier League tournament will take place as scheduled in November. SLC said that good progress is being made in organizing the event and a grand show is expected in November.
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