ICC comes out in poor light again
International Cricket Council has a liking to come out in poor light.
When the Indian players objected to the 'Umpire decision review system',
in the on going series against Sri Lanka, the ICC acted like lambs and
without a murmur withdrew the system.
Now one could understand the hurry by the ICC to withdraw the system,
when all what they had to do was to stand their ground and tell the
Indian players that the ICC are the ones running the game and that they
have unrolled a system and that the series should be played with that
system in force.
But the ICC did not seem to have the guts to do just that and the
Indian players were having a laugh of having once again cocking a snook
at the sheiks in Dubai. Now the question asked is - when or how will the
ICC get the Indian players to agree to this system?.
While the Indians would be enjoying their success, it is inexplicable
that the ICC has got Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia and West Indies to
agree to play to the new review system in the series now on in New
Zealand and Australia. Why the double standards?
New Zealand, Pakistan, Australia and West Indies would not have been
faulted had they too followed the example of the Indians and refused to
play to the new review system. How the system will go in Kiwiland will
be interesting to watch.
Good on Sri Lanka Cricket
Good that Sri Lanka Cricket has finally decided to take the " Umpire
Decision review system", first mooted by our own Seneka Weeraratne and
seek authorship. It was Weeraratne, an Attorney at law by profession who
first hit upon the idea of this system.
But sadly his appeals to the Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket
to act on his behalf fell on deaf ears and with the IC SLC remaining
silent, the International Cricket Council too did not take note of this
important system and acknowledge that this system was the brainchild of
But after many articles appeared in the local media, the SLC has
finally made it their business to give muscle to this system as coming
from a Sri Lankan and it is hoped that Nishantha Ranatunge will make
strong representations on the Weeraratne Referral System to the ICC and
endeavour to make the ICC see reason and acknowledge and call it the "Weeraratne
Umpire decision review system".
Weeraratne a keen cricket fan worked his brains overtime and came out
with this system. He had many articles published in the media here and
abroad, but could not make the people who matter to see reason.
It is better late than never it is said, and SLC must be
congratulated for deciding to finally move in the matter and get the
recognition that Weeraratne deserves. Had Weeraratne been in some other
country he would have been enjoying celebrity status.
Let's wait and see how the ICC reacts and whether they would accept
that this system was first mooted by an Asian by the name of Senaka
Weeraratne from SRI Lanka.
A surfeit of cricket
At the time of writing there is a surfeit of Test cricket being
played. Sri Lanka is playing India in India, Australia fronting up to
West Indies in Australia and New Zealand hosting Pakistan in New
The First of Three Tests between Sri Lanka and India ended in a high
scoring draw in Ahmedabad. The Second Test is on and it is likely that
the Lankans would have suffered an innings defeat which would be
While Associated Features Press and Reuters are giving the Sri Lanka-
India Test series a lot of coverage, cricket fans are saddened that the
two agencies have been deprived of giving exposure to the Australia-West
Indies and New Zealand-Pakistan series.
The Australia- West Indies series is something special and cricket
fans are dejected because they cannot read the expert comments and enjoy
the pictures that these two agencies provide to all readers.
This is not the first time that it has happened. Apparently the
agencies and Cricket Australia have failed to come to an understanding
on acceptable terms of accreditation.
However it is hoped that the warring parties would not stick to their
guns but indulge in consultation, compromise and consensus because
cricket fans are waiting to read and collect the pictures appearing in
AFP client advisory
We would like to reproduce the AFP client advisory - Australia v
W.Indies cricket series for the information of our readers appearing on
"We regret to inform subscribers that AFP is unable to provide
coverage of the 2009 - 10 Australia cricket season, including the Test
series against the West Indies starting on Thursday, because we have not
been able to reach agreement with Cricket Australia -CA- on the
acceptable terms of accreditation .
CA has declined to amend certain terms that international news
agencies believe impose unreasonable restrictions on news reporting and
distribution. This refusal comes despite an Australian Senate Inquiry's
warning in May that there are real concerns, which affect matters of
public interest and media freedom, arising from recent innovating in
accreditation practices by some sports.
AFP hopes Cricket Australia will review its decision and remains
ready to resume discussions with CA at any time. AFP is disappointed not
to be able to cover Australia cricket for the second year running, but
we cannot sacrifice editorial integrity and principles of press freedom.
We will keep clients advised of developments.
Pallekelle Stadium ready for World Cup
The Pallekelle Stadium where work is on fast track will be completed
in time for the playing of 2011 World Cup matches. Pallekelle along with
the Hambantota and R. Premadasa Stadiums will look a picture when World
Cup time comes around.
There is a lot of infrastructure work to be completed. But according
to former Antonian and BRC cricketer C.P.P. Raj, the Operations Manager
of the Kandurate Cricket Development Centre of Sri Lanka Cricket, every
thing would be tickety boo when the umpires call 'play'.
Thilanga Sumathipala who put up the Dambulla Stadium was the man
behind the creating of the Pallekelle Stadium when S. B. Dissanayake was
the Minister of Sport. But when every thing was ready for work to begin
it ran into problems and work was halted.
Then Lakshman Kirielle when he was Minister of Sport tried his luck
in getting the work going. But he too failed due to various snags and
financial constraints and that was it.
But now finally work has begun apace and the Pallekelle Stadium when
once completed would be able to hold its own with the best cricketing
stadiums in the world.