SSC name indoor nets after Michael De Zoysa
by Rex Clementine
Singhalese Sports Club yesterday honoured one if its stalwarts Michael De Zoysa by naming the indoor nets after him.
Michael was SSC’s go to man having joined the club in 1974.
A regular with the SSC’s Division II, team, Michael’s untiring efforts saw him playing a couple of First Class games.
But it was as a cricket administrator that he made an impact.
Michael’s greatest contribution to the game according to SSC President W. T. Ellawala is introducing Arjuna Ranatunga to the club. ‘The rest as they say is history,’ Ellawala said.
He also went onto claim that the SSC ground is what it is today thanks to the commitment and dedication of Michael.
Former Test captain Mahela Jayawardene addressed the gathering and remembered some of the classic moments of Michael’s life.
Michael played rugby at S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia. But he didn’t go to CH or CR to pursue his favourite sport after school. He joined SSC. But was it really to play cricket? Mahela disagreed.
“He joined SSC not for cricket, but to see the fairer sex in the swimming pool. I’m told Mrs. De Zoysa was one of them,” Mahela said.
Menik, Michael’s wife was present at the gathering. Lara and Natasha, his two daughters joined online from the UK and Australia.
Michael was also one of the national cricket team’s most successful mangers.
He managed the team when Sri Lanka recoded their first ever series win in England in 2014.
The deciding Test at Headingley was closely fought. Captain Angelo Mathews was battling hard to help the team get a lead and the tail needed to hang in there. Dhammika Prasad played a poor shot first ball and was dismissed. Michael lost his cool. He told the team to give Prasad the cold shoulder.
For the rest of the day, not a single player or member of support staff spoke to Prasad. The fast bowler plays for SSC and Michael knew how to bring the best out of the quick.
Prasad was fired up next morning and bowled his heart out to finish with a match winning five wicket haul.
Mahela also explained how Michael would storm the Match Referee’s room with the book of Cricket Laws when a decision went wrong against the team.
Michael was the Manager when Sri Lanka won the ICC World T20 in Bangladesh in 2014.
The press loved his media briefings. During the 2015 World Cup, Sri Lanka had a tough schedule traveling from New Zealand and Australia back and forth, regularly crossing the Tasman sea. After a game at MCG, Sri Lanka had to fly to Wellington for the game against England 48 hours later. Michael was asked whether this was tough on the team. He said, “It’s tough but we don’t mind. England is a bye.” British tabloids went town. True to form Sri Lanka beat England by eight wickets with more than ten overs to spare.
By 2016, when Australia arrived for a series, Michael had quit as Manager and was back with SSC. Australia were making too many demands with practice facilities and Michael wasn’t happy. The press asked for a comment and Michael called them, ‘Dirty Aussies.’
Mahela finished off by getting the gathering to shout out loud one of Michael’s famous one-liners during club matches. ‘Come on SSC, wrap it up.’
IPL 2023 rule change: teams will name their playing XI after the toss
Captains in IPL 2023 will walk in with two different team sheets before handing in their final XI after the toss. That is one of the significant tweaks from the last season in the IPL’s playing conditions, which will soon be shared with the teams. The change, the IPL said in an internal note listing the various changes to playing conditions, would allow franchises to pick their best XIs based on whether they end up batting or bowling, the appropriate impact player included.
“Currently the captains have to exchange the teams before the toss,” the note, seen by ESPNcricinfo, said. “This has been changed to exchange of teams immediately post the toss, to enable teams to choose the best XI depending on whether they are batting or bowling first. It will also assist the teams to plan for the impact player.”
The IPL thus becomes the second T20 franchise tournament after the SA20 to allow teams to announce their XI post the toss. In the SA20, which recently staged its inaugural season, teams put 13 names on the team sheet initially before announcing their final XI after the toss. Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith, the SA20’s tournament director, had also said then that the move was designed to “lessen the impact of the toss” and allow a level-playing playing field based on the conditions.
The IPL has adopted a similar thought process now, with another key factor being neutralising the effect of dew, which has traditionally had a big impact at some venues in India, with teams bowling second adversely impacted.
While the toss will still matter, it should not be a case of “win toss, win match” in certain conditions with the new rule. For example, if a team that wanted to bat and then defend a total on a slow track in turning conditions is forced to bowl first, it can play an extra spinner in the starting XI, and then replace a specialist bowler with a batter in the second innings to help with the run-chase.
Other IPL playing conditions tweaks
Over rate penalty of only four fielders outside the 30-yard circle for every over not completed in the allocated time. Unfair movement of the wicketkeeper will result in a dead ball and 5 penalty runs. Unfair movement by a fielder will result in a dead ball and 5 penalty runs.
Litton, Tamim make light work of small chase after Mahmud’s maiden five-for
Openers Litton Das and Tamim Iqbal made light work of a 102-run target as Bangladesh beat Ireland by ten wickets in the third ODI in Sylhet and completed a 2-0 series win. The visitors were bowled out for 101 in 28.1 overs after the Bangladesh fast bowlers took all ten wickets in an innings for the first time in the format.
The short chase was enlivened by Tamim and Litton, who put on an exhibition of strokeplay, finishing the game in just 13.1 overs, Bangladesh’s second-shortest chase in ODIs. After Bangladesh beat Ireland by a record margin of runs in the first ODI, this was also their first ten-wicket win in ODIs.
A small crowd turned up at the picturesque Sylhet venue on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan starting, and went home shortly after sunset. Ireland’s 101 broke a sequence of five successive 300-plus totals by the side batting first on this ground.
Hasan Mahmud’s maiden five-wicket haul, Taskin Ahmed’s three-wicket burst and Ebadot Hossain’s two-for summed up the absolute dominance by the Bangladesh fast bowlers. The spinners were needed for only four overs in all with Shakib Al Hasan not getting a chance to bowl for only the third time in his ODI career. It was a day out for the quicks on the hard and bouncy Sylhet surface, a rarity among grounds in Bangladesh. The conditions prompted the team management to pick six bowlers including the three seamers.
Mahmud removed openers Stephen Doheny and Paul Stirling in a disciplined opening burst. Doheny was caught behind for 8 after scratching around for 20 balls before Stirling, dropped on 5, got to 7 before Mahmud trapped him lbw in the ninth over. The skiddy fast bowler soon picked up his third when he trapped Harry Tector lbw later in the same over. Taskin got captain Andy Balbirnie caught at first slip for just 6 as Ireland collapsed to 26 for 4 before the first powerplay was up.
Then came their only partnership of note. Lorcan Tucker and Curtis Campher added 42 runs for the fifth wicket, which effectively helped Ireland reach the three-figure mark. Campher top-scored with 36, while Tucker made 28, the only two double-figure scores in the innings.
But it was soon over. Ebadot’s in-dipper had Tucker lbw. Next ball, Ebadot clean-bowled George Dockrell for a golden duck as Ireland slipped to 68 for 6.Taskin then took a brace in his seventh over, first getting Andy McBrine to top-edge a quick bouncer before Adair inside-edged his second ball onto the stumps.
Campher was the ninth wicket that fell, top-edging Mahmud towards fine leg. Taskin took a comfortable catch, celebrating the younger team-mate’s first four-wicket haul. It soon became five when Mahmud trapped Graham Hume lbw for 3.
Tamim started the chase with a slashed four over point, before pasting the Ireland fast bowlers for boundaries through cover and square-leg. Most of Litton’s boundaries came through the covers, including a back-foot punch that looked scrumptious from every angle. Left-arm spinner Matthew Humphreys then went for two expensive overs, before the Bangladesh opening pair calmed down briefly.
Tamim lofted Humphreys for a straight six in his third over, before Litton drove Campher through the covers. Then he struck two fours off Humphreys to reach his ninth ODI fifty, before Tamim hit the winning runs.
Bangladesh 102 for 0 (Litton Das 50*, Tamim Iqbal 41*) beat Ireland 101 (Curtis Campher 36, Lorcan Tucker 28, Hasan Mahmud 5-32, Taskin Ahmed 3-26, Ebadot Hossain 2-29) by ten wickets
AA Sponsors 68th National Billiard Championship
The Automobile Association of Ceylon (AAC) will sponsor the 68th National Billiard Championship, conducted by the Billiards and Snooker Association of Sri Lanka (B & SASL) this year.
The Automobile Association of Ceylon established in 1904 is the oldest Motoring Organization in Sri Lanka,and is afiliated to the Federation Internationale De L’ Automobile, world largest Mobility Organization in Geneva, which has 150 countries under its umbrella. AAC’s prime object is to make all Road users safe.
AAC conducts annual Billiard and Snooker Tournaments for its members and also takes part in the inter-club tournaments in order to promote the cue sports. In the past, AAC members have excelled in several National Billiard and Snooker Tournaments and brought glory to the association.
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