Sri Lanka news February 18, 2012

Sri Lanka Cricket tells clubs to prepare bouncy pitches

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has made a request to all clubs playing in the first-class Premier League competition to prepare pitches with grass and consistent bounce for the ongoing 2011-12 season in order to encourage longer fast-bowling spells and avoid the frequent recurrence of injuries.

Not a series or tour by the senior Sri Lankan team goes by without one or more fast bowlers returning home due to injury, thus upsetting the balance of the team and sometimes well-laid down plans to counter the opposition. This new development has been taking place in the past couple of years and it has prompted the cricket board to find a remedy.

The result, according to SLC's vice-president in charge of cricket, K Mathivanan, has been "very encouraging".

"We had to find a remedy to stop fast bowlers from getting injured constantly and our coaching unit, after a study, found that the preparation of pitches at domestic matches was part of the problem," said Mathivanan.

"When clubs prepare virtually grassless pitches it discourages the fast bowlers, and captains are reluctant to use them for longer spells. This has resulted in these fast bowlers becoming unfit to bowl even 20 overs a day at international level without breaking down."

Mathivanan said that SLC took a decision to request the clubs, especially the ones playing in the Premier League Tier 'A' to prepare pitches with pace and bounce to encourage fast bowlers to bowl longer spells.

"I am happy to note that the majority of the clubs have got the message and have started preparing good tracks," Mathivanan said.

"We took this decision also with the 2015 World Cup in mind. We need to have our fast bowlers free from injury for the World Cup, which will be held in seamer-friendly and fast and bouncy pitches of Australia and New Zealand," he said.

Following the World Cup final last April, fast bowlers Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Dilhara Fernando, Chanaka Welegedara and Shaminda Eranga have constantly been on the injury list.

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  • on February 20, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Nuwan pradeep brokedown after bowling in the nets at the prev IPL season!

  • ranilranathunga on February 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    It took this long to realize this...funny..

  • stormy16 on February 20, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Interesting but I dont see SA, Aus or England calling for spin friendly wickets. No doubt this is why they struggle against spin and dont have too many quality spinners but this is the home advantage. Not sure what the solution is but this is a good start but a better option may be to have a few venues that offer pace and bounce which gives the opportunity to home in the skills. What you dont want is to concentrate on a skill SL doesnt have and neglect the traditional strength. Finally if you look at Aus for example, they are mising probably 4 fast bowlers due to injury and there is no talk about wickets.

  • on February 20, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Well done. Better late than never

  • yorkslanka on February 19, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    good decision as long as its not instead of spinning wickets as we need to maintain these as a home advantage- as every other home team for their own strengths...

  • Deepfreezed on February 19, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep is done. He hardly can finish an over without breaking down.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Congratulations SLC for this good move !!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    It should not be just a request. Board shoud take stern action for the Clubs who do not follow it and make proper response. We should look to the overseas conditions where our seamers are lacking experience. A great move...!

  • on February 19, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    This is a bit of passing balls. It is a good thing to do this in the long run. But the immediate remedy should be to give the players the right physical training and nutrition to stand the demands of International cricket.

  • Sinhaya on February 19, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    I hope Nuwan Pradeep stays fit. The foot injury he sustained while in England last year wont recur often. What is sad is that Pradeep had to return home in the first week that SL were in South Africa!

  • on February 20, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    Nuwan pradeep brokedown after bowling in the nets at the prev IPL season!

  • ranilranathunga on February 20, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    It took this long to realize this...funny..

  • stormy16 on February 20, 2012, 8:38 GMT

    Interesting but I dont see SA, Aus or England calling for spin friendly wickets. No doubt this is why they struggle against spin and dont have too many quality spinners but this is the home advantage. Not sure what the solution is but this is a good start but a better option may be to have a few venues that offer pace and bounce which gives the opportunity to home in the skills. What you dont want is to concentrate on a skill SL doesnt have and neglect the traditional strength. Finally if you look at Aus for example, they are mising probably 4 fast bowlers due to injury and there is no talk about wickets.

  • on February 20, 2012, 2:52 GMT

    Well done. Better late than never

  • yorkslanka on February 19, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    good decision as long as its not instead of spinning wickets as we need to maintain these as a home advantage- as every other home team for their own strengths...

  • Deepfreezed on February 19, 2012, 16:07 GMT

    Nuwan Pradeep is done. He hardly can finish an over without breaking down.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:03 GMT

    Congratulations SLC for this good move !!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    It should not be just a request. Board shoud take stern action for the Clubs who do not follow it and make proper response. We should look to the overseas conditions where our seamers are lacking experience. A great move...!

  • on February 19, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    This is a bit of passing balls. It is a good thing to do this in the long run. But the immediate remedy should be to give the players the right physical training and nutrition to stand the demands of International cricket.

  • Sinhaya on February 19, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    I hope Nuwan Pradeep stays fit. The foot injury he sustained while in England last year wont recur often. What is sad is that Pradeep had to return home in the first week that SL were in South Africa!

  • TheRedox on February 19, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Way to go SLC!SL's future mostly in hands of fast bowlers now!

  • miles100 on February 19, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    I was talking about this with a friend yesterday why SL don't prepare fast pitches. They read my mind. This is one of the best things that can happen to SL cricket. They must genuinely do this. They should also do the same thing to school cricket pitches. So that young fast bowlers will be encouraged to put their hearts into it. If they can do this, Sri Lanka could easily become the best team in the world in each world cup. Even our batting will improve further. They still should also maintain a few test wickets with real turn for our spin bowlers as spin bowling is a great asset of Sri Lanka.

  • on February 18, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Surely a proper physical fitness routine would help stop them breaking down?

  • the_wallster on February 18, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    While Sri Lanka has a rich tradition of producing excellent spin bowlers, from Murali to Mendis, I hope this doesn't mean an end to Test matches in the likes of Columbo and Galle being spinning pitches. Part of being a touring team is being tested in such conditions, and adapting to the challenges of foreign conditions. That being said, it is clear that there is now a conscious effort from both Sri Lanka and India to develop fast bowling resources, with the knowledge that their cricket cannot progress without such quality. It is much needed from the pair, and very welcomed arsenal from the Test match watching public.

  • Meety on February 18, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    This is an awesome move by SL. The long term affects of this SHOULD see better performances out of Asia. Very progressive IMO!

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    SLC planning for 5 years, thats odd but nice to hear. This whole country needs that

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Some encouraging news after a long time. Hope they can keep this going at least for 5 years. SLC is well known for changing their plans so suddenly and doing completely the opposite.

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  • on February 18, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Some encouraging news after a long time. Hope they can keep this going at least for 5 years. SLC is well known for changing their plans so suddenly and doing completely the opposite.

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    SLC planning for 5 years, thats odd but nice to hear. This whole country needs that

  • Meety on February 18, 2012, 20:25 GMT

    This is an awesome move by SL. The long term affects of this SHOULD see better performances out of Asia. Very progressive IMO!

  • the_wallster on February 18, 2012, 21:40 GMT

    While Sri Lanka has a rich tradition of producing excellent spin bowlers, from Murali to Mendis, I hope this doesn't mean an end to Test matches in the likes of Columbo and Galle being spinning pitches. Part of being a touring team is being tested in such conditions, and adapting to the challenges of foreign conditions. That being said, it is clear that there is now a conscious effort from both Sri Lanka and India to develop fast bowling resources, with the knowledge that their cricket cannot progress without such quality. It is much needed from the pair, and very welcomed arsenal from the Test match watching public.

  • on February 18, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Surely a proper physical fitness routine would help stop them breaking down?

  • miles100 on February 19, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    I was talking about this with a friend yesterday why SL don't prepare fast pitches. They read my mind. This is one of the best things that can happen to SL cricket. They must genuinely do this. They should also do the same thing to school cricket pitches. So that young fast bowlers will be encouraged to put their hearts into it. If they can do this, Sri Lanka could easily become the best team in the world in each world cup. Even our batting will improve further. They still should also maintain a few test wickets with real turn for our spin bowlers as spin bowling is a great asset of Sri Lanka.

  • TheRedox on February 19, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    Way to go SLC!SL's future mostly in hands of fast bowlers now!

  • Sinhaya on February 19, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    I hope Nuwan Pradeep stays fit. The foot injury he sustained while in England last year wont recur often. What is sad is that Pradeep had to return home in the first week that SL were in South Africa!

  • on February 19, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    This is a bit of passing balls. It is a good thing to do this in the long run. But the immediate remedy should be to give the players the right physical training and nutrition to stand the demands of International cricket.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    It should not be just a request. Board shoud take stern action for the Clubs who do not follow it and make proper response. We should look to the overseas conditions where our seamers are lacking experience. A great move...!