Archive for the ‘financial expediency’ Category
Courtesy of Harry De Sayrah
The government had spent Rs. 413 million as administrative expenditure of seven cricket grounds during the past five years, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament yesterday. The cricket grounds were R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Welagedara Cricket Stadium, Surrey Cricket Ground, and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.
Minister Aluthgamage responding to a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake said that in addition to this sum, another Rs. 7054 million have been spent for these stadiums as capital expenditure. Read the rest of this entry ?
Neil Perera, courtesy of The Island
The Sports Editor, The Island
B.C.C.I. Hegemony at the I.C.C… The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have, it appears forgotten the days when the England and Australian Cricket Boards dominated the International Cricket Council till about 2 decades ago, when these 2 countries had Veto Powers which could throw out any proposal put forward by the other countries. Sri Lanka was the country that was worst affected, in that both England and Australian Cricket Boards vetoed our application for Full Membership for nearly ten years. (We first applied for full membership in the early seventies) Thereafter the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) successfully spearheaded a proposal to abolish the Veto Powers of these two dominant members of the ICC in the early 1990′s and was ably supported by the Indian and Pakistan Cricket Boards(PCB) .
Michael Atherton, in The Times, 30 January 2014 with some liberties in altering the title
“A DONE deal,” is how, last Thursday, Giles Clarke, the ECB chairman, described the negotiations over the draft proposal for an overhaul of the finances, governance and future shape of world cricket. He was almost right. Yesterday the ICC issued a statement saying that it agreed, in principle if not yet in fine detail, to the proposal as it prepared to hand control to India, England and Australia.
As a body, the ICC will not be missed. Incompetent, wasteful, as the draft proposal hammered home time and again, and self-interested, the directors had a chance to make a stand for something better and brighter, but chose instead to accept the scraps and the concessions on offer. In this, of course, there was absolutely no surprise. Read the rest of this entry ?
Tri Nation Unofficial Tour
Upul Tharanga & Ajantha Mendis replaces Dilshan & Thissara Perera for the Tour
28th June – vs. West Indies – Sabina Park Jamaica
2nd July - vs. India – Sabina Park Jamaica
7th July - vs. West Indies - Queens Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad
9th July – vs. India - Queen’s Park Oval Port of Spain Trinidad Read the rest of this entry ?
Gideon Haigh, in The Weekend Australian, 28 Decmber 2012
IN a 10-team competition unfolding over years, you can neither fall nor rise all that far or all that fast. But you can also look around one day and find that a lot has changed almost by stealth. Such is the case with the World Test Championship, which, for tracking fortunes in a game that is the epitome of subtle shifts and gradual advantages, has undergone a remarkable shift in the past two years.
A calamitous Boxing Day Test, concluded less than halfway through its allotted time, suggests that shift is ongoing. Thirty months ago, Test cricket looked very much an Asian game. India and Sri Lanka ranked numbers one and three respectively after a phase of prolonged success at home and defensible results abroad. While unable to host visiting teams, Pakistan was rebuilding, and had probably the world’s hottest pace attack; Bangladesh, a perennial underachiever, had nonetheless not long beaten the West Indies in the Caribbean. Read the rest of this entry ?