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					                                                                                                                                               Tuesday 22nd December, 2009

SLC to introduce                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Super-fit’
franchise based
domestic tournament
by Rex Clementine
                                           Windies argue Aussie                                                                                                                           Schumacher in
                                                                                                                                                                                          perfect shape

                                           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
Charith Senanayake.

                                                                                                              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-
                                                                                                                                                                                      India Innings
                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                      Overs: 42.4.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Fall of wickets: 1-55, 2-127, 3-169.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Did not bat: S. Raina, R. Jadeja,
                                                                                                                                                                                      Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, A. Nehra,
                                                                                                                                                                                      I. Sharma.
                                                                                                              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.

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