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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.
                                                                                   by Trevor
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.

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