Archive for June, 2010

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Sri Lanka Cricket reaches out to the North

June 28, 2010

Michael Roberts, 27 June 2010

Cricket grounds, St. John’s College, U19 trial match for SLC

D. S. de Silva entered the administration of Sri Lanka Cricket several years back at President Rajapakse’s behest, being tasked with the extension and improvement of school cricket throughout the island. From personal knowledge I can assert that this was a role he pursued assiduously. An Excel chart (collected by me in May 2010 from SLC admin) showing the distribution of cricket kits and provision of side-nets and various types of wickets to schools in the period 2009-early 2010 confirms that SLC has reached far and wide.

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On battlefields of Jaffna, a new roar: cricket

June 28, 2010

G. S. Vivek

Courtesy of Indian Express: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/on-battlefields-of-jaffna-a-new-roar-cricket/639285/

The ruins of a once majestic fort built by the Dutch may be a testimonial to the three decades of civil war that this region has seen, but Jaffna now is on the path of rebuilding. And as it takes its first, tentative steps towards normalcy, one of the projects on the agenda of the Sri Lankan district is cricket — a game that gave it rare solace through those long troubled years.

    With the weight of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board behind it, associations are being formed in Jaffna and plans being put in place for matches with other provinces as well as age-group games, even an own premier division team, and finally, Jaffna’s first international cricketer. Muthiah Muralitharan and Russel Arnold have been the only Tamils to have played for Sri Lanka.[1]

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