History awaits Jayasuriya
Teran Jayasuriya, known as the ‘ Master Blaster’ or the ‘Matara Mauler’
is no doubt god’s gift to the game. From the time he was knee high to a
bat at St. Servatius College, Matara, big run making came naturally to
natural promise began to grow and representative honours was not long in
coming. He first served notice when he toured Pakistan with the Sri
Lanka ‘A’ team and reeled off two double centuries.
That was his launching pad and since then has mesmerized the cricket
world with his unbelievable and amazing stroke play with the willow that
has made everyone watch in awe and applaud his brilliance.
Records came naturally to him and now he is in line to create another
world record when he becomes a Member of Parliament from Matara in the
coming General Election.
Sporting the cap of the UPFA gifted to him by the sports loving and
promoting President Mahinda Rajapaksa, he will now take his stance and
strike it rich for his party. President Rajapaksa has the god given
ability to spot a winner, and in Jayasuriya he has certainly picked an
Jayasuriya’s next record will come when he takes the field for Sri
Lanka at the next 50 over World Cup tournament to be conducted in the
sub-continent as a Member of Parliament. He will be the first in the
world to do so. He has promised to make his bat do the talking by
scoring heavily and then taking his rightful place in the team.
Cheers to Michael Beloff QC
Loud cheers should be given to the Independent Appeals Commissioner
of the International Cricket Council Michael Beloff QC for dismissing
the appeal made by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The appeal was made after ICC Chief Match Referee Ranjan Madugalle
and ICC General Manager -cricket- Dave Richardson as per the regulations
decided to declare the pitch at the Feroz Shah Kotala Ground unfit and
to impose a suspension until the end of 2010.
This was a sequel to the one-day international match between India
and Sri Lanka on the ground in December 27 last year which was abandoned
after 23.4 overs were bowled.
In his judgment Beloff said that following due consideration of all
the evidence and submissions from both the ICC and the BCCI, the correct
decision was taken by Madugalle and Richardson to declare the pitch to
be dangerous and, therefore,unfit.
What happened on December 27 last year when the game was called off
was a disgrace to not only the game, but for all what it stands for. The
BCCI when they asked the Feroz Shah Kotala authorities to host the one-dayer
should acted more responsibly and followed the preparation of the pitch.
No ordinary game
After all the BCCI should have realized that this was no ordinary
game, but an international and the wicket should have been prepared in
keeping with the standard of the game.
To do the cry baby act after making the mistake and then appealing is
not what was expected of the BCCI. They should have taken to task the
culprits and punished them so that it would have served as a deterrent.
Michael Beloff QC must be applauded for standing tall and siding with
Madugalle and Richardson and not falling to pressure. India, are slated
to conduct the bulk of World Cup matches next year and we hope they will
It is now up to the BCCI to see that the pitches that are being
prepared for the World Cup would not suffer a similar fate like did the
Feroz Shah Kotala. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have also been entrusted
with hosting World Cup matches and this should serve as a lesson to them
to be on guard. Madugalle and Richardson made their decision the way
they saw it and they too must be appreciated for not going soft, but
doing their job and making the right decision. Madugalle and Richardson
were known to play straight when batting and in this instance too played
More scorn on ball biter
We stated that the two one-day match suspension on ball biter and
Pakistan one-day captain Sahid Afridi was insufficient and that he
should have been given an even stronger punishment.
But chief of match referees Ranjan Madugalle had to go by the rules,
and the rules allowed only a suspension of two twenty20 matches. That is
how far Sri Lanka’s former captain and stylish batsman could go and no
Former Australian captain Alan Border sided with us and said he too
felt the two-match suspension was insufficient and a more harsher
penalty should have been slapped on the offender. Border was expressing
what most others felt too.
Now comes the news that Pakistani senators have demanded ‘strict
action’ against Afridi who was caught tampering the ball in a one-day
match against Australia.
After discussing Pakistan’s disgraceful show on their tour of
Australia where they lost the three test series three-nil and the
one-day series five-nil, the senate standing committee on sports made
According to AFP this is what Senator Tariq Azeem said- ‘ We should
not select Afridi for some time and tell the world that we are not
cheats and we know how to deal with undisciplined players’, calling for
a five-year ban on Afridi.
But the committee had stopped short of calling for such a hefty
punishment, instead demanding that the Pakistani Cricket Board take
‘strict action’ against Afridi and ban him for at three series.
According to Ijaz Butt the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman, premature
action cannot be taken against Afridi.’ Once the report of the
evaluation committee comes, then only we can take any action on the
matter. Under the ICC rules you can’t punish a player twice for one
offence’, said Butt.
What has angered the Pakistanis was that the whole world saw Afridi
committing this ugly act by biting the ball.
A thrilling draw
In these columns last week headlined - Bens - Joes play out a
thrilling draw - and the good time the old boys of the two schools
enjoyed at a party after the game, I failed to mention the name of
another Old Benedictine Alan Gerreyn who had the gathering cheering him
lustily for his eye catching dancing.