The Island, Monday 21st July, 2003
Days of success and glory in Football basketball captain
Chaminda De Alwis Assistant Sales
are very nigh, says Sports Minister
Manager Union Assurance was appointed
captain of the Sri Lanka national Basketball K
team by the Sri Lanka Basketball
De Alwis is presently touring India, where
by Gamini Perera. of success and glory are very nigh, and time, ball, which is becoming a highly competi- ment. he is playing in the ABC Middle Asia Zone
as in all matters, will be the healer where tive and an exciting sport due to the entry of Product is safe qualifying tournament in New Delhi from
“I was scheduled to attend an opening cer- football in Sri Lanka is concerned. foreign players,” concluded the Sports “Whilst thanking Dialog GSM for their July 10 to 12 and will play in the 45th India
emony at Taldeniya today, but, I thought it “Finding the needed funds to improve Minister. esteemed sponsorship of the 2003/04 South Zone and Sri Lanka Basketball
more preferable to be the chief guest at football is the major task. And, with this Earned the sponsor Premier League football championship, I championship to be held in Podicherry from
today’s launch of the Premier League foot- giant company, Dialog GSM, stepping into “Time has come to witness yet another must say that the sponsor had received a July 18 to 23.
ball championship - 2003/04. Nevertheless, the shoes of the sponsors of this year’s edi- interesting series, the Premier League foot- product that is easy marketable, safe and U A L is sponsoring his tour.
I have already delegated another Minister to tion of the Premier League, a bright future is ball championship - 2003/04 for the second sound. We assure them the required mileage He participated in his first Asian tour to
deputise me. Besides, thanking the Football certainly on the field,” he continued. successive year since I took over the office for their sponsorship package,” Manilal Hong Kong for the under 23 Basketball
Federation for inviting me as the chief guest The Minister also said that he hopes to of the President of the FFSL. We have Fernando, the Chairman, Management championship in 1993 and was chosen for
tonight, I must stress that football in Sri bring the Premier League final to earned our newest sponsor - Dialog GSM, Committee of the FFSL said in his vote of the national Basketball team in 1999.
Lanka has a very bright future, as all offi- Kurunegala next year. “I assure you that the through our dint of sheer hard work. It has thanks. As an old boy of St.Sebastian’s Chaminda
cials are working as a well-oiled machine. Sports Ministry, too, will release some been due to the untiring efforts of my team, Speaking further, Fernando said that, played for his school and for Sri Lanka
And, that’s simply the reason for this funds to the participating teams of next who had spared no pains to earn this Schools and led the Western Province team.
“Football has been both my weakness and
impending success,” so said the Minister of year’s Premier League”, Fernando assured esteemed and generous sponsor. This year’s He presently plays for Moratuwa
strength, as I’m addicted to it on the one
Sports, Johnston Fernando recently at the the august assembly. tournament will be held with the participa- Basketball Club.
“Where the players of the 15 top clubs are tion of the top 15 clubs in the country and I hand, while it has been the driving force
launch of the Dialog GSM Premier League behind all our combined efforts to uplift this
tournament at Galadari Hotel, Colombo.
“Football and football management had
concerned, I wish and hope that they put
their best feet forward to give the crowds
am delighted to mention that each club has
appointed its own organising committee to national sport. Considering the performance Five Diamonds win
what they relish. Fair play must always pre- support and ensure the sponsor’s interest in of the participating clubs, I’m sure we could
come into sharp criticism in the recent past.
People pelt stones at trees which bare fruits vail to witness a good game of soccer,” the the matches,” said DIG, Gamini Randeni, look forward to some quality soccer that Inter-club carrom
and not at barren trees. This is the only rea- Minister cautioned. President FFSL. will be both exciting and thrilling to watch,”
The Carrom Federation of Sri Lanka suc-
son I see of this criticism at the ‘poor man’s “I also wish that from the next year’s He extended his thanks to Manilal Fernando said.
cessfully conducted an inter-club league
sport-football,” the Minister divulged. Premier League championship, at least one Fernando, Chairman, Management Dr. Hans Wijesuriya, the CEO of the prin-
carrom tournament which was held from
He said that he sincerely requests the offi- or two foreign players will be inducted to Committee of the FFSL for extending his cipal sponsor, Dialog GSM and the June 7 to July 5 with the participation of
cials and the custodians of local soccer not every participating club. Foreign players fullest support in numerous ways to make Chairman ANCL, Nalin Ladduwahetti also over 55 teams.
to get excited or be downhearted. Your days will attract the crowds, as local rugby foot- this a successful and memorable tourna- made useful presentations. In the ‘ADivision’there was a keen con-
test for supremacy and finally Five
Serena’s mother has her Wanted genuine fast bowlers Diamonds emerged winners.
The B and C Division tournaments were
won by teams from the Central YMCA.
theories about Paris INDIA’S search now has to be for a gen-
uinely quick bowler. I know we have made Taek Won Do course
ORACENE PRICE admits she was rooting “I was disappointed,” she said. “They didn’t
significant strides in the area of pace bowl-
against the Lakers last spring. They had already want to see another Williams in the finals.” For the first time in Sri Lanka four instruc-
ing, and in the World Cup we did see Javagal
won three straight championships and “I didn’t Price said she was reared without prejudice by tors and one instructress of Taek Won Do
Srinath, Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra interim board have been selected to represent
want to see them win again.” parents who had moved from the Mississippiforming a potent combination.
She understands that sports fans root for the Delta to work in the Midwest. But she said the the country in a special Taek Won Do instruc-
However, Srinath is in the last phase of tor course held at the Kyung Hee University
underdog. But she maintains the circumstances experiences of her life had taught her to be wary.
what has been a remarkable career, that saw Suwon Korea from July 13 to 26 2003.
were different, quite different, for her youngest “You have to be 100 times better, just to get
daughter, Serena Williams, early this month in inside the door,” she said. the unassuming young man from Mysore The main objective of this course is to pro-
Paris. achieving significant success at the interna-
Price was asked if the French might have been mote the sport. Professionals and students
“They wanted a blonde and a ponytail,” Price tional stage, against all odds.
reacting to her daughter because of the disagree- from all over the world will participate at the
said. ment over the American-led invasion of Iraq.Zaheer and Nehra, both left-armers, can be course.
Fans whistled against Serena Williams in a extremely sharp and if we have a bowler of
“I’m not an advocate of war under any circum- National coach of Sri Lanka Ki Su Lee assis-
semifinal match of the French Open. The family express pace operating with them after
stance,” she said. “If that was a reaction to the tant coach M C Jung the Korean officials will
is not making an issue of it, would rather see it war, that was totally unfair.” Srinath bids adieu, India will have the cutting accompany these five Sri Lankan instructors.
dropped, but when a columnist, who had not edge to its pace attack.
The three Williams women have always trav- They are T M B Senanayake (St.Joseph’s), K
been in Paris, asked Price to go back over her I know this is easier said than done for
elled well in France, trying harder to pick up the D N C Perera (Horando Taek Won Do Club
feelings, she did not back off. quick bowlers do not drop from trees.
language and the customs than many American Katunayake), S A U S Fernando (Sri Lanka
“We, as black people, live with this all the However, there is no harm in trying to dis-
athletes and other tourists do. But Price said she Insurance Corporation), Sisira Kumara -
time,” Price said. “It’s all about control.” cover a bowler of lightning pace.
thought the French had been unhappy when the (Sri Lanka Army), W A C Nilanthi Kumari
There are many other possible explanations for Fast bowlers can script victories from
US soccer team advanced to the quarterfinals of (Police Special Task Force)
why some people were so vociferously against the World Cup in South Korea and Japan last
impossible situations, irrespective of the
Serena as she lost her semifinal match: Justine year, after the French team had been knocked out
wickets. Their speed in the air makes them Kapil Dev
Henin-Hardenne, the winner, is a French-speak- after the first round. distinct threats even on placid tracks. operated at a The second inter-provincial under 15 rugger
ing Belgian; there were many Belgians in the College-educated and not a fire brand, Price lis-
If you look at the West Indian fast bowlers lively pace tournament will be held on July 22 at the
crowd; Williams had made a modest complaint tens to other sides. I told her I had been in France
of the 70s and 80s, they could cause a turn- Sugathadasa Stadium. The tournament will
about a ruling; there were political tensions twice in recent weeks, and speak a little French, and had
around from any position, on any surface. commence at 8.30 am.
between France and the United States last spring; and love the country, and had detected only
The Caribbeans had a stunning run of victo- exceptional According to a release issued by the SLRFU
and Serena Williams had won four straight friendliness wherever I went. It is also my obser-
ries in that era and along with destructive achieving unbelievable swing with an old seven provincial unions will take part at the
Grand Slam tournaments. vation that the French, no matter what they may
batsmen such as Gordon Greenidge, Vivian tournament. The provinces that have con-
Both parents, now divorced and existing on think of the American government’s war in Iraq, ball. Wasim Akram joined Imran in the mid-
Richards and Clive Lloyd, the West Indians firmed participation are Western, Central,
parallel planes during this tournament, see the have traditionally embraced American jazz, 80s, and towards the end of the decade, Wayamba, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Uva
outburst in Paris, however, as mainly a manifes- had pacemen who could run through sides. Waqar Younis came in.
American styles, Muhammad Ali, Jackie Michael Holding of that effortless run-up and North Central.
tation of race. Richard Williams, strolling the Kennedy, California vacations—good grief, even This was a period when reverse swing came
had such a potent yorker and was so fast in Sports Minister Johnston Fernando will
lanes of Wimbledon and chatting with fans after Jerry Lewis. They might resist or resent Serena’s into prominence too. Akram and Waqar
the air that he could shatter his way past the grace the occasion as chief guest.
Venus Williams’victory, was his usual strong self skill and swagger and success, but would they Younis, who could send down toecrushers at
defences of most batsmen. Even if the pitch
when asked about Paris.
“You didn’t see them booing Evert or Graf,” he
resist and resent Serena as a black woman?
was lifeless, he could always beat them.
My own feeling, from afar, is that many forces
will, were getting the delivery to reverse at
blinding speed, which meant that even if the
said, referring to two past popular champions in Andy Roberts had so many tricks up his wicket did not offer much and the ball had By T. Rajah - our Badulla Sports Corr.
were at play in this unpleasant outburst in
France The two daughters have shrugged it off, sleeve, and he had just about every delivery lost its shine, they could still cause damage.
Paris— and that race was probably way down the
publicly. Serena wept at the time, but she has in his repertoire; the off-cutter, the leg-cutter, In fact, there were several instances in the A seven wicket haul by K. Surendran
insisted she doesn’t think about it any more. the outswinger, the inswinger, two very dif- enabled Badulla Saraswathie National School
Still, as a white American with friends and rel- 90s when we saw Pakistan, down and out in
Venus, who looked positively regal in a white ferent kinds of short pitched deliveries. Such team to be qualify for the quarter-finals of the
tennis dress with a sparkly tiara on her head, has atives of colour, I totally understand the feelings a game, before Wasim or Waqar or both,
that Oracene Price, her two tennis-playinga versatile bowler was bound to keep the would change the script in a matter of a few All-Island Under 16 Division IVcricket tour-
praised Wimbledon fans as “classy” for dapping batsmen guessing on any pitch. nament when his school beat Bandarawela St.
for points won, rather than points lost. daughters and Richard Williams may have. deliveries. There were doubts that the ball
Or take the case of Joel Garner. His height
“Any person of colour learns, ‘We can’t let you may have been tampered with, but there was- Thomas’College by 46 runs.
When asked if she was sending a message with and that high-arm action meant that, even if This second round encounter was played on
that statement, Venus gave one of her Mona Lisa out of your place,”’Price said. Her two daugh- n’t any doubt that the two Ws were both gift-
the wicket was flat, he could still get the ball
ters, with their talent and their flair, are making ed bowlers. Tuesday (15.07.03) at the Bandarawela UC
smiles. Her mother did not hide her feelings. grounds.
to climb. And like Holding, he had a fine
their own place. Maybe they will enjoy it, with- Indian great Kapil Dev operated at a lively
Since the divorce in the past year, Oracene Price Batting first Saraswathie MV were at one
has reclaimed her maiden name, but she never out feeling the limitations of the past. yorker. Never could the batsmen relax when pace, had exceptional control, and I can
they were up against The Big Bird.’
New York Times News Service stage7 for 47 runs. K. Thananjeyan (48) and S.
had to reclaim her own mind. recall one instance straightaway when he
When Malcolm toured India in 1983-84, he Nadeepan (10) put on a 61 runs partnership
opened up a Test that was drifting towards a for 9th wicket and enabled the team to score
turned in some of the most hostile perfor-
Ratmalana ‘A’ win cricket mances by a paceman in the subcontinent. In
heartless tracks that would have killed the
killer instinct in most pacemen, he sliced
The Lord’s Test in ’86 was moving only one
way and I remember we had all resigned our-
129 runs 38.1 overs. M. Isurinda captured 5
wickets for 32 runs. In reply STC
Bandarawela were in a sound position with 52
selves to a draw. for 3 at lunch break. Medium pacer K.
tournament for the deaf through the line-up like a knife would
Marshall was fearsome in the series, and I
Then Kapil, on a pitch that played true,
pulled out a terrific spell out of nowhere,
grabbed three quick wickets in the England
Surendran coming on his second spell cap-
tured 7 wickets for only 02 runs to dismiss
STC Bandarawela for a mere 83 runs.
remember he was virtually unplayable at second innings and India went on to register Surendran has so far captured 35 wickets in 6
Kanpur, on a wicket that was by no means a its first Test victory at Lord’s. It was a magi- matches.
paceman’s paradise. Similarly, in that series, cal moment for all of us. Kapil was not Chief Scores:
Holding, getting the ball to swing wickedly, express, but he was an extremely skilful Saraswathie N.S. 129 (K. Thananjeyan 48,
was impressive at the Eden Gardens. bowler, who could produce the odd quick S. Nadeepan 10m, M. Isurinda 5 for 32 and K.
The point is genuinely quick bowlers, who delivery. C. R. de Silva 3 for 24)
have developed on their skills and consisten- Now if we look around at the world scene, STC Bandarawela 83 (D. Costa 18, M.
cy over the years, can cause havoc on any there are two bowlers of extreme pace— Rinsaff 14 and K. Surendran 7 for 20)
surface. Like a Marshall or a Holding. Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar — and Shane
The Australians have produced some leg- Bond, who is almost there. I can tell you that
endary fast bowlers and I am sure had Dennis Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand, have
Lillee, whom I consider the most complete the advantage of holding an ace up their
paceman ever, bowled more on the sub-con- sleeve, who could transform a game at any
tinent, his returns would have been as good if point. Lost matches can be won.
not better than Roberts, Marshall or Holding. Genuine fast bowlers are like the big guns.
It’s a pity that Jeff Thomson, probably the When they fire they cause a lot of damage.
quickest bowler ever, never played in India. How I wish India unearthed a pure fast
He would have presented a thrilling sight, bowler, who can instil fear in a batsman. That
especially if he had visited the country before would make India a bigger force, especially
his shoulder injury, after which he was never away from home.
quite the same force. For a spinner to strike, the pitch might have
Like West Indies and Australia, Pakistan to be conducive and some of the Indian vic-
The School for the Deaf Ratmalana ‘A’ won the Deaf Schools Six-a-side softball cricket tourna- has always churned out a wealth of fast tories at home over the last few years have
ment when it beat Rohana School for the Deaf Matara ‘A’ by 12 runs in the final. A.L.Thushara bowlers. I remember how Imran Khan, get- been achieved on pitches that turned from
of Rohana School for the Deaf Matara ‘A’ was adjudged Best Bowler while Shami Sudesh of The ting the ball to swing prodigiously without day one.
compromising on his speed, destroyed Indian Science College beat Richmond College Galle
School for the Deaf Ratmalana ‘A’ was adjudged best batsmen. Gayan Shantha of The School So when India travels abroad it struggles to
batting in the 1982-83 series in Pakistan. in an inter-school rugby fixture which took
for the Deaf Ratmalana ‘A’ walked away with the award for the best fielder. The award for the produce the same results. It is here that a fast place at CR&FC Grounds in Colombo.
Especially in one post-tea spell in Lahore,
man of the match was won by Shammi Sudesh. The cricketers of Rohana School for the deaf bowler can make plenty of difference. A ruggerite from Science College makes a
when he turned the contest on its head, (The Sportstar)
celebrate the dismissal of a batsman of The School for the Deaf Ratmalana ‘A’.