by Rex Clementine
Sri Lanka’s most successful cricket coach Thomas Mason Moody is set to return to Colombo for a new stint as Director of Cricket. The newly created position has been suggested to Sri Lanka Cricket by the Cricket Committee headed by Aravinda de Silva and comprising some of the all time greats of the sport.
All cricket related matters of SLC will come under the Director of Cricket including coaching, domestic tournaments, development squads, age groups and minute details like minimum fitness standards for centrally contracted players.
The final decision on recruiting the two time World Cup winner is at the hands of SLC’s Executive Committee, but it is learnt that SLC is unlikely to object to the proposal.
The Cricket Director is a position above Head Coach Mickey Arthur and Head of Coaching Jerome Jayaratne. He will report to the Cricket Committee.
Moody’s contract would require him to work in Sri Lanka for 180 days, which allows him to continue his coaching duties at IPL. Currently he is with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
In 2005, SLC under Jayantha Dharmadasa roped in Moody for a two year contract and he proved to be extremely successful. Apart from guiding Sri Lanka to the 2007 World Cup finals, under Moody the national cricket team also won Test matches in England, New Zealand and Pakistan apart from whitewashing England 5-0 in ODIs in their own backyard.
His tenure ended with the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean and SLC offered him a renewal, but Moody declined pointing out that he needed to spend more time with his young family and returned to his native Perth and was named coach of Western Australia.
The Cricket Committee is also likely to recommend other individuals for coaching roles such as Rangana Herath, Champaka Ramanayake, Ruwan Kalpage and Mario Villawarayan, former players who had worked at SLC before.
learns that the Cricket Committee is insisting on a competitive Provincial Tournament to be played every year. The selection for the national cricket team will be only done based on the performances of the Provincial tournament. The Premier League tournament involving clubs will remain but all teams will not enjoy First Class status. Currently, Sri Lanka has 26 First Class teams, bloated up five years ago to please cricket officials vote base.
Haritha wins nine out of nine to clinch title
CFSL Online Under 12 Chess Championship 2021
Haritha Hansana from Denipitiya Primary School beat all nine opponents to emerge as the champion of the Inaugural CFSL Online Under-12 Championship on Sunday.
Hansana beat Krithik Koneshwaran, Methan Sritharan, Asini Gamage, S. Fairooz, B.A.M. Arachchi, Sithum Pahasara, Pamok Samaranayake, Sasula Pathirana and S.S.L.N. Dandeniya to remain unbeaten throughout the tourney.
Hansana who won the National Youth Under-10 title in 2019 is one of the strongest youth chess players in Sri Lanka and has represented the country at many international events.
Thehara Galagedara of Musaeus College won the silver medal as she aggregated eight points in nine games. She too is one of the strongest youth girls’ chess players in the country. Her only blemish was the defeat at the hands of Dinith Perera in the second round.
Aloka Hettiarachchi of Nalanda College also scored eight points in nine games to share the second place with Thehara but had to be satisfied with the bronze medal after the tie breaker. He was unbeaten throughout the event and drew with Sethum Manuwaruna (in the first round) and Ashad Mohammed (in the seventh round) and scored seven wins.
The Online Under-12 Championship conducted by the Chess Federation of Sri Lanka was taken part by more than 230 chess players. The event was held on the chess.com platform over the weekend according to the Swiss system in nine rounds. The time control was 15 minutes per player and 10 seconds increment per each move.
According to CFSL the event was conducted under strict anti-cheating guidelines according to FIDE laws. CFSL said that only laptops were allowed to play games and all players were observed through a Zoom meeting.
Ransath joins top seeds in semis
SSC Open Ranking Tennis
Ransath Peiris beat Thilina Dissanayake to complete the semi-final line up inclusive of top seeds Zaidh Zihar and Wenuka Kithnula in the Under-16 boys’ singles at the SSC Open Ranking Tennis tournament on Monday.
Peiris, who earlier edged out number three seed Hesara Kuruppu in the last 16 round, scored a 6-4, 6-2 win over Dissanayake yesterday. Peiris will now meet second seed Wenuka Kithnula.
Kithnula, who was eliminated by eventual champion Kiran Viravanathan in the quarter-finals of the Colombo Championships last month, made a strong comeback to oust Matheesha Nettasinghe 6-2, 6-2 in his match.
Number one seed Zaidh Zihar, who was the Under-16 boys’ singles runners up at last month’s Colombo Championships edged out Harieshwar Parameshwaran 6-4, 7-6 to book his semi-final place. He is set to meet number four seed Hasal Ahangama in the semi-final.
In his quarter-final match, Ahangama scored a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Anujaya Abeywickrama.
Under-12 boys’ semi-finalists found
In the Under-12 boys’ singles, Tyee Kapilasena and Jayin de Saram eliminated the top two seeds Methika Wickramasinghe and Kenula Rathnayake respectively to advance to semi-finals.
Tyee Kapilasena scored 7-5, 6-2 to oust the number one seed Wickramasinghe, while de Saram beat number two seed Rathnayake 6-0, 6-0.
In the top semi-final, Tyee Kapilasena will meet his brother Saha, who beat Sasen Premarathne 6-0, 6-1 yesterday.
Jayin de Saram will encounter Aahil Kaleel. Kaleel beat Ajesh Kajan in a three set thriller scoring 6-4, 1-6, 10-6.
Under-16 boys’ quarter-finals
Zaidh Zihar beat Harieshwar Parameshwaran 6-4, 7-6
Hasal Ahangama beat Anujaya Abeywickrama 6-4, 6-3
Wenuka Kithnula beat Matheesha Nettasinghe 6-2, 6-2
Ransath Peiris beat Thilina Dissanayake 6-4, 6-2
Under-12 boys’ quarter-final
Tyee Kapilasena beat Methika Wickramasinghe 7-5, 6-2
Saha Kapilasena beat Sasen Premarathne 6-0, 6-1
Aahil Kaleel beat Ajesh Kajan 6-4, 1-6, 10-6
Jayin de Saram beat Kenula Rathnayake 6-0, 6-0 (RF)
– A role model par excellence
By Hemaka Amarasuriya
When David Sakar, a professional bowling coach and a state player in Sheffield Shield for Victoria of the past decades, who could not quite make it to his national side, decamped at the 11th hour from Sri Lanka’s tour to West Indies, the team was left high and dry. As the team was without a bowling coach, veteran Chaminda Vaas, who has represtned the country in over 100 Test matches, was co -opted to fill the role hurriedly, sans any negotiations.
Chaminda is the best left-arm pace bowler of our times with 761 internatioanl wickets to his name and easily the most successful fast bowler the country has produced. Having ended his playing career with an exemplary record of achievements and discipline, he is an ideal role model for our youth. Since retirement, his services have been highly sought after as he had worked with the New Zealand cricket team as a Consultant Fast Bowling Coach.
Perhaps his boyhood desire to join the clergy may have served the community and himself better than to b e a professional cricketer, vilified in the twilight of an outstanding career for no fault of his own, other than what he stood for.
I see this as a principled decision to turn down an offer on behalf of all our home born coaches. Just because you are emerging from our own national grid should our coaches monetary value be only 37 percent of those who are employed from overseas? I do not agree with that.
I appeal to our cricket authorities to treat our home grown coaches with the same value proposition and respect as an overseas coach. If they do not see the writing on the wall, strongly emerging countries such as Ireland and USA with the best expertise and investment behind them will soon oust us from the top ten.
(This writer is a former Chairman of Sri Lanka Cricket. He was also the Chairman of Singer for several years and generously sponsored the national cricket team in 1990s when support for the game was few and rare. Singer were sponsors when Sri Lanka won the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1996. It was also during Amarasuriya’s tenure as country’s cricket chief, Sri Lanka successfully conducted their first ever global sports event – the inaugural ICC Champions Trophy in 2002.)
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