tipped to be the new skipper
By Marlon Fernandopulle
Thirty-two-year old Marvan Atapattu, Sri Lanka's stylish opening
bat is tipped to take over the captaincy following Sanath Jayasuriya's
resignation as skipper on Friday.
Sanath Jayasuriya handed his letter of resignation to the Chief
Executive Anura Tennekoon on Friday morning and it is believed that
the Chairman of Selectors Lalith Kaluperuma has been informed of
this .The Selectors are expected to meet later this week to accept
the resignation and also appoint a successor for the forthcoming
two Test series against New Zealand which begins in the third week
of this month. The selectors will also have to appoint a vice captain
It was the
second time that the skipper had tendered his resignation following
his first letter of resignation soon after the World Cup. However
at that time Jayasuriya was forced to stay on as skipper for the
Sharjah Limited over tournament.
asked to continue for Sharjah but after this they will have to find
someone else to captain. I will continue as a player,",Jayasuriya
was quoted as saying soon after Sri Lanka's exit in the Limited
Over tournament. Explaining his decision Jayasuriya said, "After
the World Cup I thought the time has come to groom someone else
for the 2007 World Cup".
With a new
coach also to be appointed soon, the Selectors are likely to accept
the resignation of Jayasuriya and appoint a new captain as it will
form a new combination that will augur well for the future of Sri
It was under
similar circumstances that Jayasuriya took over the Sri Lanka captaincy
in 1999. After Sri Lanka’s poor performance at the 1999 World
Cup in England the Selectors axed Arjuna Ranatunge and opted for
Sanath Jayasuriya with the intention of grooming a new leader for
the 2003 World Cup. Jayasuriya feels that this trend must continue
and he has wisely stepped down as skipper before the selectors could
With 61 tests
and 193 one day Internationals under his belt, Marvan Atapattu,
Jayasuriya's long time deputy is set to take over the reins as captain.
Atapattu was always captaincy material. He has led his school Ananda,
his club SSC and Sri Lanka A successfully and proved that he has
the credentials to captain Sri Lanka. Apart from that he is extremely
talented and is an immaculate stroke player who has delighted crowds
around the world. A quality person who is simple, unassuming and
always a back stage person Marvan Atapattu enjoys a healthy relationship
with the local and foreign media.
Jayawardene, Russelll Arnold and Kumar Sangakkara were spoken of
earlier as future captains of Sri Lanka the trio have today failed
to cement their positions in the team followin poor performances
with the bat . It is very likely that the trio will be overlooked
for the vice captaincy as well. Opening bowler Chaminda Vaas who
became the leading wicket keeper in the World Cup is a front runner
for the vice captaincy.
Referees Society felicitate ‘Golden Oldies’
The Sri Lanka Refs. Society celebrated their Golden Jubilee Anniversary
with a get-together at the Havelocks SC on Friday, April 4. Fifty
years of dedicated services, be it on and of the field cannot go
unnoticed. It's a rare milestone and Tony Amit is the present president
of the Society.
a senior member of the Society said they are honouring the past
presidents of the Society who contributed a lot for the game and
its uplift. Some of them have played the game at the highest level.
After hanging up their boots, despite exigencies of duty (personal)
have joined the fraternity to help develop the game. No referees
means no rugby. Yes. Some of them received bouquets and brickbats
but acted without fear or favour.
The likes of
Quentin Israel (one of the best schools rugby coaches) served the
game well, be it at Trinity or S. Thomas'. Gamini Fernando, C.H
Seneviratne, Anton Benedict, Brig. J.P.A. Jayawardena, Lionel Almeida,
Mohan Balasuriya, S. Sivendran, Air Marshal Harry Gunatilleke, M.R.
Moosa, Metha Abeygunawardena, Nimal Lewke etc., were past presidents
who served under trying times.
schools have taken to the scrum, and with it has cropped up more
problems. There is quantity, but no quality. The Refs. should command
respect. He is the one who controls not the ones from the touch
line. This is one reason why the Refs. Society in their endeavour
is striving to get some past players, who played at the national
level to take to the whistle.
cricket umpires - the Refs. serve in an honorary capacity. Those
who are committed could make it to the international level. Today
Dilroy Fernando is one of them. He even officiated in the World
Cup qualifying round matches. He is in the elite panel, along with
another Isipathanian Asoka de Silva (Cricket). Asoka officiated
at the recent World Cup held in S. Africa.
said, the purpose of this get-together with the "golden oldies"
is to build a bridge of fellowship among all. The Society needs
their service and advice. (BW)
Sussex Roffley team to tour Sri Lanka
Sussex Roffley Cricket Club, last year's Under 13 champions in the
London Circuit, will be touring Sri Lanka from April 12 to April
28. The team is managed by Deepal Ahangama while the co-ordinator
in Sri Lanka will be Mr. Nelson Mendis.
Their tour itinerary
is as follows: April 15 - vs Lyceum International at D.S. Senanayake
Turf; April 16 -vs CCC School of Cricket at the CCC turf; April
18 - vs Matale Province Under 14 XI at the Dambulla International
Stadium; April 19 - vs Dharmaraja College at the Peradeniya Campus
Grounds; April 20 - vs Maliyadeva College at the Welagedera Stadium
Kurunegala; April 22 - vs Matara District Under 14 XI at the Sanath
Jaysuriya Grounds, Matara; April 25 - vs Brendon Kuruppu School
of Cricket at Bloomfield Grounds; April 26 - vs S. Thomas' College
at Mt. Lavinia