England in Sri Lanka 2011-12 April 18, 2012

Sri Lanka trapped in a whole new ball game

A cricket match starts at 5pm
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A cricket match starts at 5pm. Every one learns of this by word of mouth and the players are ready to play a match next to Galle fort. The game starts with XI players on each side, two umpires and a scorer. They use a tape ball, marking out the pitch by drawing lines and using someone’s sandals. If a ball is hit out of the ground, it’s replaced in less than two seconds. The umpire is strict with no balls and wides, maybe too strict. The batting team stands at point while the game goes on so that when a batsman is dismissed the next batsman will face within 30 seconds. It’s fast and hectic, there are no crowd sponsors nor media interest. It’s a high-quality amateur game played by cricket lovers.

I’ve only seen one of these games up close, but from this one game I’d say that the quality of cricket in Sri Lanka is high, and when people who love the game and have no agendas are running it, it can be administrated well.

Unfortunately at the top end of the game Sri Lankan cricket couldn’t be run much worse. Of late the Sri Lankan players have been thrown into two largely useless and forgettable tournaments, the tri-series in Australia and the Asia Cup. This is how they prepared for a Test series against the number one Test team. With no first-class warm ups and seemingly endless weeks of ODIs. But what is way worse is that they did some of this unpaid. It’s partly because of the US$20 million SLC lost (they also lost the disk auditing why they lost the $20 million) while hosting what the ICC describes as “the most successful world cup ever”. Or the fact the board is roughly $45 million in debt. It’s hard to see success when a small cricket board loses $20 million on what should have been a money-making event.

One way Sri Lanka Cricket went about making some cash was with sponsors, one of which is a health product that helps cure penile dysfunction in men. Did the SLC think it was a good idea to get their heroes to endorse it?

Another way the board thought it could make money was by starting its own Twenty20 Premier League. But even though the SLC has signed away the tournament for 25 years to Somerset Entertainment Ventures, which seems to be a shell company that deals with Hotmail accounts based in Singapore, the tournament remains an idea. Many blame the BCCI for withdrawing its players and making it less appealing for the TV markets. While that may be the case, the Twenty20 leagues in Australia, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh, West Indies and even Zimbabwe seem to work without Indian players. As it stands they are losing money by just not having it at all.

Luckily they can find other ways to make some money. During the Tests against England they tried to cover even more of their debt by upping the ticket price from 300 Sri Lankan rupees – which it was not six months ago – to LKR 5000. That was a staggering grab at cash.

In England the prices are consistently too high, and quite often rule out families at the cricket. But they didn’t go from five quid to 75 quid in six months. You can see why English fans who assumed they were getting their tickets at the old rates were complaining about the new prices. It was made worse by some fans being sent away before the ground was sold out. Most local fans at Galle were in a segregated standing zone having paid far less. Originally members of the Galle Cricket Club were even told they could not sit in their own stand to cater to the English fans.

Mind you, the organisation at the ground was so bad that many English and Sri Lankan fans just walked in. As long as you weren’t trying to see the first few overs of the day, you could easily find one gate that no one was attending to and just walk straight through. It doesn’t really matter how much you charge for tickets if you don’t check people for tickets as they enter. It also doesn’t say much for security.

Not that I saw that much security. Yes, there were armed men all around the ground but no one was checked for any kind of weapons on their way in. Had any fan, drunken idiot or fundamentalist nutbag wanted to go out to the middle he could have done so with ease. Fans even helped put the covers on at the end of the day’s play. And any ground with open gates is not exactly putting security at the forefront. Nothing happened, and from what I could tell nothing close to happening happened, but something only has to happen once for you to look bad forever.

Not that the SLC is terribly worried about how it looks. Nishantha Ranatunga is the secretary of the SLC. Nishantha Ranatunga is the CEO of Carlton Sports Network. This network sprung up overnight and won the right to show cricket in Sri Lanka while it was still bolting in satellites.

Of all the conflicts of interest in cricket none seems so blatantly obvious. In many parts of the world cricket and TV are just a bit too close. In Australia, Mark Taylor commentates and is also on the board for Cricket Australia. In India N Srinivasan runs the BCCI and owns shares in an IPL team. But compared to a CEO of the TV company with the rights being on the SLC, Taylor and Srinivasan seem like minor offenders. Ranatunga’s position brings up any number of issues, the first being quite obviously if this is a cricket board in financial crisis, and cricket makes so much of its income from TV, is the SLC getting the most out of its home TV deal?

Before this tour by England I’d only had one bad encounter with the SLC – when they decided not to have a press conference without telling any of the media. Considering press conferences mean more work for me, I wasn’t too sad to see one not exist. This time it all started so well. Brian Thomas, SLC’s media manager, went out of his way to help us with filming the Two Chucks show inside the ground after the day’s play. My press pass was the coolest one I’d received from any board. And on the last day at Galle we were invited into SLC president Upali Dharmadasa’s room because of our Sri Lankan ODI-coloured suits.

It was a fairly odd moment. Suddenly we were in the inner sanctum, having beers, chatting about the cricket and wearing these suits. During the chat we mentioned that we were making a film on the future of Test cricket called Death of a Gentleman, and we’d love to have the president interviewed for it. He was more than happy to oblige.

Earlier in the Test we’d even chatted to Kumar Sangakkara about appearing in the film. He’d said he love to, but that he would need permission from the SLC as they had banned him from speaking to the press. We were told that all the Sri Lankan players had been banned from talking to the press, except at press conferences. Sangakkara is probably the most eloquent and thoughtful current speaker in world cricket. As well as being a lawyer he’s also the only current player on the ICC Cricket Committee – why would he need to get permission to speak to the media?

A recent SLC press release states: “Kumar is a role model to be emulated by all young hopefuls.” The SLC told us he was banned for speaking for his own good because, as it was put to us, “players at his stage of his career need to be protected from themselves”. And that it was “dangerous” for him to talk to us about anything controversial. Or, as we read it, it was dangerous for him to repeat what he had said at the Cowdrey lecture. Even with all this danger that he may actually admit there were problems with cricket in the country he had previously proudly captained, we were allowed to speak to him. Just not about administration or politics.

Strategically, we then made a mistake by interviewing Dharmadasa before we had a chance with Sangakkara. After not allowing us to film him at P Sara Oval because there wasn’t enough shade and the ground didn’t show Sri Lankan Cricket in the best possible light (rusted metal was a big concern), we were taken to his timber factory’s board room. We thought our interview, where we questioned him about the future of cricket in Sri Lanka, cricket administration and cricket politics, went quite well. Dharmadasa was polite, answered all our questions and even organised a car to take us back to the cricket.

Later that afternoon we were told that the Kumar Sangakkara interview had been cancelled. It felt like suspicious timing, so we asked Dharmadasa directly what the reason was for the cancellation. He told us honestly, and in a surprisingly friendly way, that it was cancelled because of our interview with him.

Our questions for him were less extreme than the many vitriolic editorials written in the Sri Lankan press, and weren’t anywhere as damaging as the Sri Lankan Sports Minister calling the SLC corrupt. Was it because it was going to be aired abroad?

Cricket in Sri Lanka is not in a great state. Bad management, an over-reliance on India and political interference are all major factors. Sri Lanka is a place that all cricket fans should try and travel to, as it’s a great place to watch cricket. When you have a situation where players are picked for political reasons, conflicts of interest are blatant, players aren’t paid, officials mute people and no one is checking tickets at the gate, it’s hard to be optimistic about the future of the game.

There are reasons why Sri Lanka may not be as important to the world of cricket as the bigger countries. But what it lacks in financial clout it more than makes up for in cricket innovation. It was Sri Lanka who changed one-day cricket by sending out batsmen without fear to get the game started. With Murali they have given Test cricket one of its most controversial and successful players. Aravinda De Silva was cricket’s first minnow hero. Arjuna Ranatunga was an ideal pantomime villain. Ajantha Mendis has changed finger spin forever. Lasith Malinga showed us a new way to bowl fast. And Tillakaratne Dilshan invented a shot you needed to be suicidal to try.

The tape ballgame by Galle Fort was seen by about 12 spectators. One player was a phenom. He bowled like Mitchell Johnson trying to imitate Lasith Malinga and cartwheeled the stumps of at least six batsmen. When he batted it was with a stance copied from Shivnarine Chanderpaul and he put two balls onto the road.

I didn’t need to see this tape ball match to know how special cricket in Sri Lanka could be. I just wish like that, all cricket was run because of the love of the sport and not as a political or financial tool by those who should know better.

Jarrod Kimber is 50% of the Two Chucks, and the mind responsible for cricketwithballs.com

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  • Sasee on April 21, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    If only "god" can put some thoughts to this thik headed sri lankan politicians to not to interupt the gentlemens game. We all only want watch our country play cricket not some idiotic politician who's making utterly rubish comments. Those people who do such things please let the game to be played as a sport. Please.

  • Chirath on April 21, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Very well said Jarrod. As a Sri Lankan and a great cricket enthusiast,I would love these political bastards to get out of the game and let the gentlemen play and administrate the game. Some of the people who have commented here should know that you should support and hope for the best in Sri lanka cricket rather than blindly following a certain person. I live in Galle and went to the match. I know that all of this is true. So sad about where Sri Lanka Cricket administration is going

  • Anonymous on April 21, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    It was correct & truthful account. Corruption mix with politics will ruin this fun game in beautiful Srilanka.--- A cricket Lover

  • mark on April 21, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    watching Test cricket in the UK is a "rip Off" , but as long as people are prepared to be "ripped off" it will continue. and of course its only the middle and upper class who can go watch , Cricket at professional level is becoming what football has become RIP

  • CricketPissek on April 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @Amit - SLC's overreliance on the BCCI isn't purely IPL related. It's also that SLC goes with a begging bowl to India and had organised ~50 matches during a 2-3 year period, remember? BCCI bailed SLC out of debt on many occasions and SLC used them like a loan shark! Good article, but it's not complete. As Gaya says, it feels more like memoires than serious journalism.

  • Ruchir on April 20, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    I don't agree to the fact that cricket is being ruined in SL cos of BCCI's dominance, get over it plz! You are writing abt the success behind the t20 in all countries, surprisingly in Zimbabwe !! It is a management issue, there is no necessity to always make sure that x-players of the national team should represent the board, managing a body is not everybody's cup of tea, you need skills to convert the resources into success! Most of the members in the SL board are x-players who have won WC'96 and they are considered to b god in SL.

  • gopal vashistha on April 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    asian teams will never be free from politics.

  • Mark Perera on April 19, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Yes I too agree with @ Gaya..this article more of authors pesonal ideas than reality. it is true some administrative and financial problems in SLC. but certain points he makes like over reliance on india, and people coming to ground without checking ticket etc..and saying 'this is how they prepared for test series angainst number 1 test team''....we saw how so called #1 team performed during last 6 month.. my be trying to save englishmen pride... sadly after loosing even galle test..all this seems his lack of knwoledge.This article is pasted from picking up points here & there as authors wants to paint his picture than realitis specialy in terms of SLC.One thing i like to remid you if you are stil in SL Mr Kimber... just ask from local person what it means by in local language (sinhala)your 'surname'... you'd surprise..!!!

  • Jonathon on April 19, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I was always wondered why Sangakkara went unpunished after his legendary and revolutionary speech at the MCC. A country like Sri Lanka that has gone under an intense civil war and which censors almost anything in bad light about the government could not let a high profile speech by Sangakkara to go awry. Some buddies of mine speculated that he might be fired as a cricketer or his family may have been kidnapped. Now, thanks to the author, we find out that Sangakkara's interviews are under close scrutiny by the government and they have complete control over the media. Something has to be done about this. Politics are mixing with Sri Lankan cricket and it is not good

  • mg on April 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara is not a lawyer. He briefly studied law, before taking up full-time cricket.

  • Sasee on April 21, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    If only "god" can put some thoughts to this thik headed sri lankan politicians to not to interupt the gentlemens game. We all only want watch our country play cricket not some idiotic politician who's making utterly rubish comments. Those people who do such things please let the game to be played as a sport. Please.

  • Chirath on April 21, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Very well said Jarrod. As a Sri Lankan and a great cricket enthusiast,I would love these political bastards to get out of the game and let the gentlemen play and administrate the game. Some of the people who have commented here should know that you should support and hope for the best in Sri lanka cricket rather than blindly following a certain person. I live in Galle and went to the match. I know that all of this is true. So sad about where Sri Lanka Cricket administration is going

  • Anonymous on April 21, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    It was correct & truthful account. Corruption mix with politics will ruin this fun game in beautiful Srilanka.--- A cricket Lover

  • mark on April 21, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    watching Test cricket in the UK is a "rip Off" , but as long as people are prepared to be "ripped off" it will continue. and of course its only the middle and upper class who can go watch , Cricket at professional level is becoming what football has become RIP

  • CricketPissek on April 20, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @Amit - SLC's overreliance on the BCCI isn't purely IPL related. It's also that SLC goes with a begging bowl to India and had organised ~50 matches during a 2-3 year period, remember? BCCI bailed SLC out of debt on many occasions and SLC used them like a loan shark! Good article, but it's not complete. As Gaya says, it feels more like memoires than serious journalism.

  • Ruchir on April 20, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    I don't agree to the fact that cricket is being ruined in SL cos of BCCI's dominance, get over it plz! You are writing abt the success behind the t20 in all countries, surprisingly in Zimbabwe !! It is a management issue, there is no necessity to always make sure that x-players of the national team should represent the board, managing a body is not everybody's cup of tea, you need skills to convert the resources into success! Most of the members in the SL board are x-players who have won WC'96 and they are considered to b god in SL.

  • gopal vashistha on April 20, 2012, 6:30 GMT

    asian teams will never be free from politics.

  • Mark Perera on April 19, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Yes I too agree with @ Gaya..this article more of authors pesonal ideas than reality. it is true some administrative and financial problems in SLC. but certain points he makes like over reliance on india, and people coming to ground without checking ticket etc..and saying 'this is how they prepared for test series angainst number 1 test team''....we saw how so called #1 team performed during last 6 month.. my be trying to save englishmen pride... sadly after loosing even galle test..all this seems his lack of knwoledge.This article is pasted from picking up points here & there as authors wants to paint his picture than realitis specialy in terms of SLC.One thing i like to remid you if you are stil in SL Mr Kimber... just ask from local person what it means by in local language (sinhala)your 'surname'... you'd surprise..!!!

  • Jonathon on April 19, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    I was always wondered why Sangakkara went unpunished after his legendary and revolutionary speech at the MCC. A country like Sri Lanka that has gone under an intense civil war and which censors almost anything in bad light about the government could not let a high profile speech by Sangakkara to go awry. Some buddies of mine speculated that he might be fired as a cricketer or his family may have been kidnapped. Now, thanks to the author, we find out that Sangakkara's interviews are under close scrutiny by the government and they have complete control over the media. Something has to be done about this. Politics are mixing with Sri Lankan cricket and it is not good

  • mg on April 19, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    Kumar Sangakkara is not a lawyer. He briefly studied law, before taking up full-time cricket.

  • Pradeep on April 19, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    Don't think either the Aus Tri-Series or the Asia Cup were irrelevant. But the management could have rotated the players better. The team was brilliant in Aus, and fatigue just took it's toll in Banglasdesh, and in the Tests. Yes, again: Management at fault.

  • A Hitman on April 19, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    Hats off for you for the article. Great one If only cricket was loved by the people who loves the game :)

  • James on April 19, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The article is a reflection of a politically administered affaires of Sri Lankan cricket. But the million dollar quest is who has the courage or guts to step in to remedy this state of affaires ?

  • roarster on April 19, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    As it's no doubt libellous (or are webposts classed as slanderous?) to brand the SLC as "criminal" we'll have to settle for titles like "bungling" or "catastrophically incompetent". To turn a money spinning event like a sub-continental World Cup into a massive loss maker takes a special level of ineptitude/creative book-keeping. To compound this by placing a gagging order on a man who along with R Dravid is the most respected voice among current players portrays them as some kind of backwater dictatorship. A coup must come and it must come soon!

  • Theena on April 19, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    I have little to say about the article except a thank you, Jarrod. Means a lot when writing like this comes from an outsider who obviously cares for our place in cricket. Thanks again.

  • Roshan R on April 19, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Players of the likes of sangakkara needing to take permission to speak to the media is just plain ridiculous..

  • Clarence Threepwood on April 19, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Jarrod Kimber has a small mention in Wikipedia. He is described briefly as a cricket writer who came to only minor prominence as the founder of the cricketwithballs blog. I am guessing that this article is shadow written.Still its highly and correctly informative although I must say that most people already know that the organisation behind SL cricket is murky and leading the country into cricket ruin. One thing I dont agree about the article is the second para where Kimber says after watching a softball yard match 'I’d say that the quality of cricket in Sri Lanka is high'. As with the corruption most everyone KNOWS that SL cricket IS of the highest quality. Kimber must be alienated to only realize this after watching one makeshift softball cricket 'match'.

  • Oshada on April 19, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    A great write up, I can't help but agree with nearly all your points. It's telling that Sri Lanka have been consecutive World Cup finalists despite being hamstrung by feckless administration. Us fans can only wait, and hope.

  • Ahamed Nishadh on April 19, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    agree with this article 1billion%... as die hard SL fans, its disheartening for us to see SLC in this state and we are proud that are players still continue to play on without being paid unlike certain other countries where players began strikes..

    one thing i must say.. SLC didnt go lose $20million because of the CWC11. they earned much more than $20million in that tournament but it was the day light robbery by some in higher posts that caused these loses... there is tournament fee that ICC needs to pay SL but that can be paid only after SLC provides audited accounts to them for the tournament which still hasnt been done.. y?? because of robberies done by the administrators..

    CHANGE THE ADMINISTRATORS AND BRING ON CRICKET LOVERS LIKE ARJUNA, ARAVINDA, VAAS, SANATH, ARNOLD INTO THE BOARD AND GIVE THEM INDEPENDENT CONTROL AND LOOK HOW SLC WILL EVEN BE READY TO CHALLENGE THE BCCI..

  • sajeewa on April 19, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Nice article, as a Sri Lankan it really sad to see this stupid politicions and political administrators are ruining the game. Nishantha Ranathunga should be in jail for what he has done for SL cricket.

  • MyMastersProse on April 19, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Well done Kimber for writing this that shows you have the courage to write what you think. It is important for Sri Lankan cricket fans (and fans of cricket everywhere) to understand how Sri Lankan cricket manages to entertain us NOT BECAUSE of their cricket administration but IN SPITE OF it. If you had really called the SL President a "weird Dictator with funny moustache", my respect for you can only increase. Anyone who thinks that a leader who tries to silence dissenting voices in the press by FORCE AND FEAR (while his immediate family members are in charge of the the country's financial/infrastructure/military departments!) is not a dictator has a disconnect with reality. If they then try to attack Kimber by calling him an sympathizer, it only serves to HIGHLIGHT THE TACTICS of those with an agenda. I hope Sri Lankan people are too smart to fall for such tactics and I also hope that cricinfo would publish this. I am looking forward to seeing your documentary.

  • MyMastersProse on April 19, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Well done Kimber for writing this that shows you have the courage to write what you think. It is important for Sri Lankan cricket fans (and fans of cricket everywhere) to understand how Sri Lankan cricket manages to entertain us NOT BECAUSE of their cricket administration but IN SPITE OF it. If you had really called the SL President a "weird Dictator with funny moustache", my respect for you can only increase. Anyone who thinks that a leader who tries to silence dissenting voices in the press by FORCE AND FEAR (while his immediate family members are in charge of the the country's financial/infrastructure/military departments!) is not a dictator has a disconnect with reality. If they then try to attack Kimber by calling him an sympathizer, it only serves to HIGHLIGHT THE TACTICS of those with an agenda. I hope Sri Lankan people are too smart to fall for such tactics and I also hope that cricinfo would publish this. I am looking forward to seeing your documentary.

  • Paran on April 19, 2012, 2:46 GMT

    Honestly - why doesn't everyone wake up and smell the roses. Cricket/nothing in this world is run for the love of it - if anything doesn't make money, it ceases to exist.

    Now that we have sorted out the basics, where were we?

  • SL CRICKET LOVER on April 19, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    Way to go SIR. The exact situation of SL cricket in terms of administration. The worst part is that Kumar Sangakkara has been prevented from addressing the media. How pathetic it is when your own administration keeps away the best ever ambassador of SLC cricket from the media. It's his right & it has been omitted ridiculously. This shows the state of SLC which is run by a set of clowns & thugs! Mr. KImber - Much appreciation :)

  • Anush on April 18, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Very very well written, hard hitting article. Wish we had more strong journalists like you.

  • Sad Srilankan on April 18, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    As a SL only Reason that I'm proud about my country is SL cric, but I'm extremely sad to say the bunch of Geniuses who run the country and the game of cric in SL have enrich their welfare and the fame on the expense of SRILANKAN CRICKET.........the inevitable truth is the future of SL cric is nothing more different to that of WI cric .

    thank you very much for this article let the world knows and laugh at our misery.....................R.I.P Srilankan cricket.

  • Mahinda Bada on April 18, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Again, a well written article. BTW, Carlton TV has a special link with the royal family of Sri Lanka.

  • RD on April 18, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    This wrtiter has a serious issue with Sri Lankan presdent..He just over emphasize the situation to put the blame on SL gov,,There is nothing wrong in price increase for tickets..What about Eng government charging millions from international students who come there to study ?

  • akila on April 18, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    this article couldnt have been more accurate

  • Anonymous on April 18, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    SLC "over-reliance", Now Chandi and Mathews following their seniors in IPL. These guys have a bright future..trust me

  • kevin on April 18, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    such a thougtful article, well written mate. It really is a shame, a country with so much passion for cricket and so much potential. I fear the administrators could ruin the game in SL for good

  • Gaya on April 18, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Well..Good insight about some parts of SL cricket.But i feel this is more a collection of personal ideas of the author than for the sake of well being of SL cricket.Jarrod Kimber doing well in two chucks but at the same show he called SL president as "Weird Dictator with funny moushtach" which clearly states his attitude towards SL government.I don't know the reason for this,but for me this artcle has things that far from reality and any outsider reading this don't make your judgement depending on this article.And i don;t know whether you approved this or not but truth is SL cricket fans who are connected with media gimiks know all about you,as a sadist english/aus pathetic reporter.

  • Gaya on April 18, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Well..Good insight about some parts of SL cricket.But i feel this is more a collection of personal ideas of the author than for the sake of well being of SL cricket.Jarrod Kimber doing well in two chucks but at the same show he called SL president as "Weird Dictator with funny moushtach" which clearly states his attitude towards SL government.I don't know the reason for this,but for me this artcle has things that far from reality and any outsider reading this don't make your judgement depending on this article.

  • Dinesh Perera on April 18, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Mr Kimber

    You beauty Nr Kimber. Can not agree more on this article. It was very very true. We as Sri Lankans are in very sad situation since we do not have the enough weight age on our voices to stop all these corrupt things in Sri Lankan Cricket. I firmly believe they will not let Kumar to speak again in public about there corrupt behaviors. Well Done mate.

  • Amit on April 18, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Jarrod, You don't offer any explanation where the over reliance on India comes from? The only thing I can think of is IPL feeding the lankan cricketers that participated, esp when their own board didn't pay them for a year.

  • Vikram Dravid on April 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    If only all cricket was run for the love of the game.

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  • Vikram Dravid on April 18, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    If only all cricket was run for the love of the game.

  • Amit on April 18, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Jarrod, You don't offer any explanation where the over reliance on India comes from? The only thing I can think of is IPL feeding the lankan cricketers that participated, esp when their own board didn't pay them for a year.

  • Dinesh Perera on April 18, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    Mr Kimber

    You beauty Nr Kimber. Can not agree more on this article. It was very very true. We as Sri Lankans are in very sad situation since we do not have the enough weight age on our voices to stop all these corrupt things in Sri Lankan Cricket. I firmly believe they will not let Kumar to speak again in public about there corrupt behaviors. Well Done mate.

  • Gaya on April 18, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Well..Good insight about some parts of SL cricket.But i feel this is more a collection of personal ideas of the author than for the sake of well being of SL cricket.Jarrod Kimber doing well in two chucks but at the same show he called SL president as "Weird Dictator with funny moushtach" which clearly states his attitude towards SL government.I don't know the reason for this,but for me this artcle has things that far from reality and any outsider reading this don't make your judgement depending on this article.

  • Gaya on April 18, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Well..Good insight about some parts of SL cricket.But i feel this is more a collection of personal ideas of the author than for the sake of well being of SL cricket.Jarrod Kimber doing well in two chucks but at the same show he called SL president as "Weird Dictator with funny moushtach" which clearly states his attitude towards SL government.I don't know the reason for this,but for me this artcle has things that far from reality and any outsider reading this don't make your judgement depending on this article.And i don;t know whether you approved this or not but truth is SL cricket fans who are connected with media gimiks know all about you,as a sadist english/aus pathetic reporter.

  • kevin on April 18, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    such a thougtful article, well written mate. It really is a shame, a country with so much passion for cricket and so much potential. I fear the administrators could ruin the game in SL for good

  • Anonymous on April 18, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    SLC "over-reliance", Now Chandi and Mathews following their seniors in IPL. These guys have a bright future..trust me

  • akila on April 18, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    this article couldnt have been more accurate

  • RD on April 18, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    This wrtiter has a serious issue with Sri Lankan presdent..He just over emphasize the situation to put the blame on SL gov,,There is nothing wrong in price increase for tickets..What about Eng government charging millions from international students who come there to study ?

  • Mahinda Bada on April 18, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Again, a well written article. BTW, Carlton TV has a special link with the royal family of Sri Lanka.