Monday 24th September, 2007 11
Learning from defeats
is the secret of success
Ordinary Sri Lankans, as any egy . None of this happens overnight the city .
well-travelled tourist will tell you, As of now, Sri Lanka’s 50 overs and as the process evolves so too Which poses the question of
are a resilient people. (ODI) rankings find them placed does the thinking of those who fol- why was Cape Town ever consid-
So often are they hit by circum- fourth behind New Zealand who low by taking the plans forward. ered as a venue for the T20 tourna-
stances that they are forced to be gave England a reminder how not to It can be argued here that as ment? The Western Cape spring
durable: and that should, lose a game, while their T20 listing India and Pakistan wait to play the weather is traditionally chilly and
Yahaluweni, make you stop to think. has them at six, and ICC T20 final at The wet, and as a winter rainfall
Mahela Jayawardene, bless him, ahead of event semi- Wanderers later today , region, artificial means were used
took the blame last October for the finalists New Zealand their own way forward to develop a pitch to use in the
Champions Trophy failure in India. and finalists Pakistan has been a mix of selec- tournament. It is why the annual
He admitted at the time that the side who are seven and tion success added with national club tournament is now
had let down not only their support- eighth. How England player flamboyance. permanently held in the
ers but also the nation. managed to reach fourth Woolmer’s legacy is still Pretoria/Centurion area as
He might want to say something position would become apparent with Pakistan September is still ideal weather for
similar this time around, although an interesting statistical emerging from their such pre-season events.
no one in their right mind can take exercise. India’s pre-T20 despondent state of By the time of the semi-final,
the ICC Twenty/20 tournament (its top ranking after a cou- mind after their pitch conditions at Newlands were
correct title says the ICC media ple of pre-tournament Caribbean fiasco, as are far from ideal while September in
blurb as it’s not a World Cup) too games, makes anyone vestiges of the John Durban is a high-risk area.
seriously So many things can go wonder what fool worked Wright era with India. There was some grumbling in
wrong all too quickly in such a fre- out this formula. For both it is a brave the British Press over the ‘run out
netic over-heated theatre. It’s a little like trying new world. Pakistan no incident’ that wasn’t an incident at
Soon enough attention will refo- to digest last week the reasoning longer have Shoaib Akhtar, sent all that involved Kevin Pietersen.
cus on the longer (50 overs) format behind that hoary red herring story home in disgrace after his dressin- The suggestion is how the Safs and
as England arrive, minus Andrew from Australian-based Dr Mahindra groom fracas with Mohammad Asif; the South African public hate
Flintoff, for their latest tour. A series de Silva about the Adam Gilchrist there is no Inzamam, or his lap dog Pietersen because he quit and took
win here will soon have the local ‘squash ball’ World Cup episode. Mohammad Yousuf. In other words, his talents to England.
public smiling again. All of which That manufactured soap opera is the no fractious hangover in the side However, Pietersen and
underlines how Sri Lanka are noth- sort of foolishness that makes for- that was often noticeable during last England’s captain of the slogs side,
ing if not resilient. eigners wonder from what planet year’s England tour and beyond. Paul Collingwood, have come to
It is time, however, to forget all some types emerge. It was a facile As it is, Inzamam has been sum- Shaun Pollock’s defence over this
the surrounding gaudy hype and story when the first headlines hit moned to appear in a case in London episode in the event by suggesting
ICC T20 tournament kitsch and the Colombo newspapers and it that Darrell Hair has brought that Pietersen needs to watch
check out the reality of what is to remains facile with such crass against International where he is running, while the
follow. A closer look at what lies assumptions. Cricket Council Pietermaritzburg-born
beneath this flexible façade and you By now though the new coach, and the batsman said there was no ‘ill
can hear the drums thumping out a Trevor Bayliss would have assessed intent’ by Pollock.
slightly different message: a warn- from his first sortie at internation- ‘Pollock is not that type of
ing not to be lulled by results,
al level, as have the selec- player,’ Pietersen affirmed in ref-
whether they be of the T20 variety
tors realised, that erence to the run out incident that
or the 50 overs game. T20 is a bit made bigger headlines in England
And reading the thoughts of the dif- Pakistan than elsewhere.
ever-mercurial batting artist board on charges ‘In a week since getting off the
Aravinda de Silva on Saturday of racism. This is in ref- plane, we've played numbers one
was a worthwhile exercise as he erence to ball tampering episode and two in this tournament and
outlined problems ahead, and
which regular readers of these
notes should well remem-
The at The Oval last year. It appears that
ferent to Inzamam ignored a letter from
the 50 overs Hair’s lawyers who then sent a sum-
three as well in the ODI rankings
and have come off second best. We
are leaving early because we didn’t
ber have been voiced here as well. slogs. Sure it is disap- mons to Yorkshire’s headquarters perform as we should have.
For one thing, as you mull over pointing for them to fold the Headingley where he was playing ‘The way I see it, this Twenty20
the team’s exit from the T20 event in way they did. (It would be interest- for Yorkshire in a rain-hit game type of game is something of a lot-
South Africa before the semi-final ing what excuse Dr De Silva will involving Shane Warne’s team tery,’ was his frank opinion.
stage, you might also ask a question: thumbsuck for a side being bowled Hampshire. ‘Tomorrow, one of our guys might
when did Sri Lanka last win a major out in 81 minutes and 19.3 overs. Did As for India, despite claims and hit a century or one of the oppo-
title at the 50 overs? And note if you Gilchrist, acting captain in this case, denials that Yuvraj Singh is miffed nents could. It's a fascinating game,
will the emphasis on the word major. perchance ‘doctor’ the ball)? at being passed over as India’s limit- but I'm not sure it's possible to pre-
Why it was the India Oil While it is a matter of getting ed overs captain, they have managed pare completely for it as anything
Triangular in 2005. And before that, used to a new side, selection policies to achieve a lot more out of this can happen in those 20 overs.’
John Dyson was in charge when the that on occasions left a puzzled tournament with a new captain and Which brings me back to the
side won the Asia Cup in 2004. Bet Dyson and Tom Moody trying to sec- fresh ideas. Again good selection point made by Aravinda when he
you forgot that one. ond guess the system and evolve a policy and a reliance on their ‘new says that Sri Lanka were becoming
Since then there has been the winning gameplan, the Aravinda de age’ players has seen them emerge too dependent on the senior players
showboating success in England Silva thoughts come through as as deserving victors over Australia and that younger talent needed to
where a depleted hosts, forced to rest provocative enough and meaningful. in the Durban semi-final. be brought into the system. The
some big names and rely largely on The former captain and interna- But such is a tournament of this problem is that the squad needs to
inexperience, were well thrashed by tionally batsman sat around the Sri nature that the six has become a be overhauled.
a fit, form sharp and streetwise Lanka dressingrooms more than common event. Now, to coin a Aravinda’s thinking showed
Mahela’s Marauders. enough times to understand and phrase, ‘Victoria’s Secret’ has been clearly enough that it is about
Although the success was merit- know the needs of the team and how revealed. It’s not ‘style’ that counts developing talent and specialists by
ed, the NatWest prize is hardly a the current system has evolved. but how far the ball is hit. Yuvraj’s checking out the younger players:
major one now that the England and They don’t come much better any- six off Stuart Clark in the of who is and who is not a quality
Wales Cricket Board have dispensed where as a batsman and now a bud- Kingsmead semi-final has been player at this level. The other day
with the triangular format in favour ding administrator. But for some measured at 119 metres. This is there was a comment that school-
of the traditional series. This came reason there are those who fail to according to new technology boys were being ‘over-coached’ and
after the sponsors, supported by the acknowledge quality in the system. designed by ESPN/Star Sport, the this led to the problem at under-19
results of an investigation, found It was Aravinda who had Sri Lanka ICC’s new partners. .
level in the country What a load of
how the triangular arrangement had Cricket hire Dyson in the mid-2003 At least the weather behaved nonsense. It is the coaching system
less attraction and become a waste who set in place a solid system that itself in Durban but not at that is at fault, not so-called over-
of their money and marketing strat- has led to the team’s success. Newlands in the Wynberg region of coaching.
Sixth Purico-MCA Snooker
C'ship begins today
The 6th Purico-MCA Thilak Champika (Seylan
Snooker Championships, Bank), Ishak Sahabdeen
sponsored by Tea Infusions (Glaxo Smithkline), Achira
(Pvt) Ltd. begins today at the Welikala and Samudra
MCA table. Amunugama (Softlogic),
This is the second time Janaka Perera (Metropolitan
that Tea Infusions (Pvt) Ltd. Group), Dinesh Devendra
has come forward to sponsor (AMW) and T.N.T. Abdeen
a MCA Snooker tournament. (Mackwoods).
Three months ago they spon- The tournament, consist-
sored the first ever Snooker ing 15 matches on a knock
Doubles tournament. out format shall conclude
The 16 players participat- with the final and awards on
ing are; Ameer Muthuwappa October 5, at the MCA.
(Lankem Ceylon/Top seed), At a simple ceremony
Shyamal Ambawatte last Friday at the MCA
(Mackwoods/Bottom seed), boardroom, the Business
Roshan Inddamalgoda Development Manager of
(Mabroc Teas/3rd seed) , Tea Infusions (Pvt) Limited
Janadhipathi Balika Vidyalaya Nawala emerged ‘C’ Division champions at the All Island Milinda Mallikarachchi handed over the sponsorship
Under 15 Badminton Doubles tournament 2007, held at the Welagedara Stadium, (Mackwoods/4th seed), cheque to MCA President,
Kurunegala. The winning team - front row from left to right: Upuli Rathnayake, Maheshi Sajitha Jayawardena (NDB Tissa Madigasekera.
Perera, Gimhani Weerasekara, Moneesha Lakshani, Dilakhi Kularathna, D. Kumudumali Bank), H.U.U. Buddhima Associated with the event
(Prestige Automobile) , were, Ameer Muthuwappa,
Middle row - from left to right: Nuwanthika Dias (Captain), M. Udeni Shanthilatha (Teacher-
Lalith Gonalagoda and Chairman, Indoor Recreation
in-Charge). D. S. M. D. Abeysekara (Principal), Saman Wijesinghe (Coach). Back row - from Ridmal Fernando Committee/MCA and Roshan
left to right: Sonali Kaldera, Samindi Gayoga, Thisala Algama and Viduni Chathunima. (Emerchemie), Chaminda Iddamalgoda, Tournament
(Pic. by Anton Fernando, Battaramulla) Fernando (J.L. Morison), Co-ordinator, MCA.