No Doubting Nondescripts Cricketers

  • 10 Feb 2010 06:47:37 GMT

    Very surprising to note that, former great and a stalwart of NCC, Aravinda De Silva, is not involved with any of the club`s activities.

  • 10 Feb 2010 06:55:07 GMT

    [The club was fortunate to have the services of Hemantha Devapriya as the coach]

    What a player he was, and Hemantha is one of those few Nalandians who did not turn up for Bloomfield instead for the Gymkhana Club (CCC) and now coaches the Maitland Place club (NCC).

  • 10 Feb 2010 06:55:53 GMT

    [Very surprising to note that, former great and a stalwart of NCC, Aravinda De Silva, is not involved with any of the club`s activities.]

    hmmmm,,, but, he is busy with national duties........ he is hunting for younger tallents.....

    yes,, this is infra-strucute development of cricket,,, we need it badly,,,, we need a Aussie type domestic circle to produce future cricketers......

    anyway, we need a good money for that,,, most importantly a corrupt free and competent administration.........

  • 10 Feb 2010 09:37:56 GMT

    Zaha,

    Assalamu Alaikum!

    After a long time I am back but unable to contribute on a regular basis but can comment on a dali basis though.

    [Hemantha Devapriya]

    He is one of the most stylish batsmen. As I recall he had a slight defect in his walk but that did not stop him from being a classy player. Also a real gentleman.

    Aravinda is busy with national duties but I am sure he is involved with the club behind the scene.

    On the Club system, in my view it the best format to have as the national league or tournament at the moment. Many pundits are promoting provincial level cricket as the first class tournament in Sri Lanka (like English County and Australian State system) but at present it is a very difficult thing to do. Even if we had such a league it is these same club players who will have to represent the regions.

    For the time being it is better to have provincial T20 and 50 over tournaments and then gradually develop a regional first class cricket tourney. We will be able to have such a system only when the regions are developed and all major provinces are equipped with first class cricket grounds. As you can imagine that will take quite some time and until then we need to continue with the club system as our main cricket tournament that will produce national cricketers.

    We must have a strong school tounrney as well (like we had 20 years ago) that will produce players who will be able to walk in to the team at the conclusion of each tournament. We had this system in the past where players simply walked in to the national side and made an immediate impact - players such as Duleep Mendis, Anura Ranasinghe, Sidath Wettimuny, Sidath Pasqual, Roger Wijesooriya, Ranjan Madugalle, Arjuna Ranatunga, Asantha De Mel, Ravi Ratnayake, Rumesh Ratnayake, Aravinda De Silva, Russel Arnold and Chaminda Vaas.

    In recent times we do not see this trend, which means we need to strengthen our school cricket system.

  • 10 Feb 2010 09:57:06 GMT

    [What a player he was, and Hemantha is one of those ]

    Hi Zaha,

    I used to play badminton with him at St Joseph`s about 10 years ago, but have lost touch now.

  • 10 Feb 2010 10:20:42 GMT

    Walaikum Salam Bongs,

    Good to see you, and do your best to drop in whenever possible.

    I agree with your statements on Aravinda and Hemantha.

    Regards to provincial cricket currently in place, it is a good thing to happen for our cricket where all the contracted cricketers are involved plus in the process pitting the schools boys (Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI) with the national players is another good decision by the SLC.

    True that, we do not see immediate talent like those days but as a result of the current system, atleast we have a reasonable amount of players capable enough to carry our cricket forward.

  • 10 Feb 2010 10:26:21 GMT

    [I used to play badminton with him at St Joseph`s about 10 years ago]

    Hi XFactor,

    Glad to know your connections with Hemantha.

    BTW, if you are Josephian, where is that classy all-rounder Lakshman Aloysious now?

    In fact, i have been following Joes cricket from the time of Gary Melder, Dushan Soza, Trevor Croner, Carlton Bernadus to name a few.