Tuesday 22nd December, 2009
SLC to introduce ‘Super-fit’
by Rex Clementine
Windies argue Aussie Schumacher in
penalties too light
In an attempt to raise the standards
and interest in domestic cricket, Sri
to rejoin F1
Lanka Cricket (SLC) is intending to Formula One
launch a new franchise based tourna- fans hoping to
ment that will get underway in see Michael
February next year with the participa- Schumacher
tion of all leading Sri Lankan crick- The West Indies are furious at the sus- penalties comparable to their hot-headed return to the
eters. pension of their spin bowler Sulieman slow man. sport were given
With the national cricket team hav- a boost yesterday
Benn and plan to vent their displeasure Many observers agreed with them.
ing just a few international commit- when the driver’s
to the International Cricket Council. The tourists have muzzled their objec- manager, Willi
ments next year, the presence of lead- Benn was suspended for two one-day tions for fear of further disciplinary
ing players has given SLC to make the Weber, described
matches for his part in an ugly exchange action by match referee Chris Broad but his condition as
maximum use of the domestic tourna-
with Australian players Brad Haddin Garner could scarcely mask his displeas- “super-fit”.
ment. SLC announced yesterday it will
try and accommodate all three formats and Mitchell Johnson on day two of the ure yesterday . Schumacher
of the game next season – the four day second Test. West Indies captain Chris Gayle was had to abort a
game, one-dayers and the T-20 competi- “I do have strong feelings on this and I also known to be angry with the verdict return to F1 ear-
tion. will have plenty to say to the right peo- for he had maintained Benn, though a lier this year due
“In order to attract public and coop- ple,” West Indian team manager Joel provocative force throughout the to neck pain sus-
erate interest, a brand new franchise Garner said yesterday . exchange, did not initiate the physical tained in a
scheme is proposed for this year’s tour- motorcycle two Michael Schumacher
Haddin, who described Benn as “an clash with Johnson.
nament which gives bidders an oppor- years ago. The
unusual character” in an interview, took “If you watched the telly you saw who seven-times world champion was to be
tunity to own their own team, brand great delight in catching him off Nathan made the physical contact. Benn wasn’t
their players’ clothing, player endorse- a temporary replacement for Felipe
Hauritz in the West Indies second involved in that,” he said. Massa at his old team Ferrari after the
ment of their merchandise and also innings, triumphantly raising his glove Broad refused to elaborate on the gap
the rights for ground branding,” SLC Brazilian suffered a major crash ahead
to the boisterous crowd in the outer. in the penalties, but maintained firm of the Hungarian grand prix.
said in a statement announcing the
intended project. Haddin was fined 25 per cent (about action was needed. The 41-year-old has since been
SLC did try a similar project in 2007 3312 AU$) of his match fee and Johnson “No one likes to see cricketers point- linked with Mercedes GP and, accord-
in the domestic tournament, but the 10 per cent ( 1325 AU$). ing bats (which Haddin did to Benn) at ing to Weber, there is no physical rea-
move didn’t produce the desired results The West Indians were incredulous their opponents or pushing each other son why he cannot join the newly
on that instance due to several factors. that such a wide gap existed between the ,”
away Broad said. established team.
By announcing more benefits for “Michael is super-fit,” Weber is
penalties and are set to appeal the deci- “It is not the sort of example that West Indies manager Joel Garner has
sponsors, SLC could attract leading quoted as saying in the Cologne-based
sion on those grounds. players should be setting at any time,
supporters of the game for the upcom- expressed his displeasure over Match newspaper Express. “[His doctor] Dr
They say Haddin, as the player who least of all in a series which is being
ing domestic season. inflamed the incident by pointing his bat played in a great spirit and being fol-
Referee Chris Broad’s decision to ban Peil said he has made giant progress.”
Schumacher is currently skiing
SLC requested interested parties to at Benn, and Johnson, who made physi- lowed by millions around the world on Suleiman Benn, but merely fine guilty with his family in the French Alps.
contact their Head of Marketing Australian players.
cal contact with Benn, should have got TV . Herald
Tendulkar, Jadeja star in
India’s 7-wicket win
CUTTACK, India (AP) - Sachin Dilshan at backward point off pace- Tharanga and Sangakkara contin-
Tendulkar’s unbeaten 96 led India man Chanaka Welegedara, who ued to punish the Indian bowlers,
to a seven-wicket victory Monday returned figures of 2-35 by also dis- taking Sri Lanka past 150 in the
in the third limited-overs interna- missing Yuvraj Singh (23) on his 20th over, before the spinners man-
tional against Sri Lanka, giving the return from a finger injury . aged to curb the scoring rate.
hosts a 2-1 lead in the five-match Gambhir helped Tendulkar add Sangakkara hit a six and three
series. 72 brisk runs for the second wicket boundaries off 41 deliveries for his
Tendulkar’s composed knock before falling to a return catch by 46 before being stumped by Dinesh
helped India score 242-3 in 42.4 young spinner Suraj Randiv. Karthik off Virender Sehwag.
overs after Sri Lanka was bundled Earlier, left-arm spinner Tharanga soon followed his cap-
out for 239 in 44.2 overs despite a Ravindra Jadeja returned career- tain back to the pavilion, becoming
century partnership for the second best figures of 4-32 to lead India’s the first of Jadeja’s four victims
wicket between opener Upul fightback after its pace bowlers when a sharp delivery dislodged
Tharanga (73) and captain Kumar were hammered all over the field his stumps. Tharanga’s 81-ball
Sangakkara (46). by the top three Sri Lankan bats- knock contained a six and eight
Tendulkar struck 13 men. boundaries.
fours off 114 deliv- Batting first after Sangakkara Tharanga’s departure triggered
eries and was just won the toss, Sri Lanka got off to a a middle-order collapse. Offspinner
four short of his solid start with an opening partner- Harbahajan Singh (1-29) removed
46th century in ship of 65 between former captain Mahela
one-day interna- Tharanga and Jayawardene for two and Jadeja
tionals when a leg Dilshan. bowled Chamara Kapugedera for 15
glance by Dinesh Dilshan fell for before pace bowler Ishant Sharma
Karthik (36 not out) 41, edging a deliv- dismissed Thilina Kandamby for 22
went wide of wicket- ery from pace- and Randiv for a duck.
keeper Sangakkara man Ashish Jadeja returned to snare
for four to clinch the Nehra to wick- Nuwan Kulasekara and Ajantha
victory . etkeeper Mendis and pace bowler Nehra (2-
Stand-in skipper Karthik. 32) captured the last wicket of
Virender Sehwag Lasith Malinga for 13.
(44), who dominated
the 55-run opening
partnership with Scoreboard
Tendulkar, and Gautam Sri Lanka Innings
Gambhir (32) were the U. Tharanga b Jadeja 73
other main contributions T. Dilshan c Karthik b Nehra 41
to India’s victory chase. K. Sangakkara st Karthik b Sehwag 46
Sehwag led the team M. Jayawardene c Raina b Harbhajan 2
after captain Mahendra T. Kandamby b Sharma 22
Singh Dhoni was sus- C. Kapugedera b Jadeja 15
pended for two matches N. Kulasekara lbw b Jadeja 10
due to India’s slow over S. Randiv c Karthik b Sharma 0
rate during its three- L. Malinga b Nehra 13
wicket loss last A. Mendis b Jadeja 6
Friday India had C. Welegedara not out 2
won the series Extras: (1b, 2lb, 6w) 9
opener by three Total: (all out) 239
runs. Overs: 44.2.
Sehwag was Fall of wickets: 1-65, 2-165, 3-169, 4-173, 5-
caught by 204, 6-210, 7-210, 8-218, 9-236, 10-239.
Tillakaratne Bowling: Zaheer 7-0-49-0, Ishant 7-0-63-2,
Nehra 6.2-0-32-2, Harbhajan 9-0-29-1,
Sehwag 4-0-26-1, Jadeja 10-0-32-4, Yuvraj 1-
V Sehwag c Dilshan b Welegedara 44
S. Tendulkar not out 96
G. Gambhir c & b Randiv 32
Y. Singh c Sangakkara b Welegedara 23
D. Karthik not out 36
Extras: (5lb, 6w) 11
Total: (for 3 wickets) 242
Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-127, 3-169.
Did not bat: S. Raina, R. Jadeja,
Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, A. Nehra,
India’s Sachin Tendulkar hits a shot during the third one day inter- Bowling: Welegedara 8-1-35-2, Kulasekara
national between India and Sri Lanka, in Cuttack, India, Monday, 8-0-47-0, Malinga 9.4-1-55-0, Mendis 9-0-67-0,
Dec. 21, 2009. (AP) Randiv 8-1-33-1.
Tuesday 22nd December, 2009