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New chief vows to take Sri Lanka No. 1

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

April 17, 2013

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Jayantha Dharmadasa after being appointed SLC president, Colombo, April 16, 2013
SLC's new president Jayantha Dharmadasa has plans for Sri Lanka to become world No. 1 in all formats © AFP
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Sri Lanka Cricket's (SLC) new president Jayantha Dharmadasa has vowed to make Sri Lanka the best cricket team in the world in all three formats during his two-year tenure. His plans are to start at the grassroots level, specifically with the 'A' and Under-19 teams, where he hopes to form a strong contingent.

Dharmadasa also hoped to have the support of the executive committee that handles SLC affairs. Furthermore, he wanted to send scouts to the rural regions, outside the major centres, as most of the recent talent has come from these areas.

"I hope to get the cooperation of all the members of the executive committee in my endeavour to bring the Sri Lanka team to the highest level in world cricket and make them the best team in the future," Dharmadasa said after being elected president for a second time. He had served as chairman of the interim committee from 2005 to 2008.

"I will ensure that we will give much needed foreign exposure to our cricketers by arranging for more 'A' and Under-19 tours. Our Under-19 team is the one that forms the nucleus of future national sides. We will also obtain the services of qualified coaches, which will go a long way towards improving the standard of our cricketers."

Nishantha Rantunga, who was re-elected SLC secretary, called the newly elected members to shed their differences and to work as a team towards making Sri Lanka the No. 1 team in the world.

"We have been elected to serve Sri Lanka cricket. We should shed our differences and work towards achieving that goal," Ranatunga said, "If we can do that, it will be Sri Lanka cricket and its cricketers who will benefit. About 80% of the cricketers who play in the national team come from outside Colombo."

One of the two vice-presidents Mohan de Silva, who was elected from the opposing camp, said he saw no difficulty in working with the other members of the elected executive committee, although there were differences between the two factions prior to the elections.

"When we thought that cricket was not being administered the way it should be, we raised objections," said de Silva. "But I see no difficulty in working with the members of the executive committee. We have to work together for the sake of Sri Lanka cricket."

De Silva had filed a case against the appointment of Jayantha Dharmadasa to the presidency, stating that it was unconstitutional. The case is to be taken up in court later this month.

"After what has happened today, where I was elected to serve as a vice-president of the SLC, I don't personally see any point in going ahead with the case. But I cannot take a decision on it immediately because I am now working with a team." The new executive committee will hold their first meeting on April 23.

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Posted by   on (April 19, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

best team in all three formats..?? in 2 years ...b please !!

Posted by King_Ravanaa on (April 18, 2013, 14:42 GMT)

Fast_Track_Bully... first of all Big LOL @ You. if you compare SL & India with the size, and compare it with it's Cricket team Sri Lanka still 1000 times better than India, look at the talents SL found being so small, Muttaih Muralidharan world's highest wicket taker in any format. representing 1/6 of world population, your country will newer find any one like him. Sanath jayasuriya, i can continue the list. came to 4 consecutive world cup finals, ....are you questioning SL talent??? India is so far behind having huge population, will newer reach SL records. that's why this country is praised by everyone, being so small still producing remarkable talents which your huge country will newer have.. and SL will continue to produce Talents..

Posted by   on (April 18, 2013, 11:13 GMT)

gsingh- we saw these same blah blah when we travel in south africa too. tell some thing new. before ask how sri lanka doing can you find whats the reason india take 20 years to win their first test match.

ashes- we know bangladesh only can jump on regarding u19 , you know what u19 world cup not guarntee for take the place in international cricket arena, your have to prove it . if u19 is the sole reason for national duty please go and check what happened to mohommed kaif from india (u19 wc winning team captain) sanath jayasuriya ( greatest allrounder in odi cricket) have very average u19 career . i hope you dont ask that how about u19 career of wasim akram or sachin tendulkar lol.

3rd man- please kindly refer the chandimal's record in england , south africa, and australia you can realize what is his impact there, and i can answer for your hillarious claims but your knowledge regarding current youngsters of lankan team very poor so going to answer to you pointless lol

Posted by 3rd_man on (April 18, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

No 1 is bit ambitious specially looking at current team and players. I can see them successful in T20 & ODI cricket, but looking at the IPL how SL best players performing there makes me wonder. specially guy like Mathews find it difficult to live up to expectations. there are no big strikers of cricket ball, just bit and pieces cricketers. Thisara perera and Kusal Perera are the only one who showed some talent with the ball striking. But big young hopes like Mathews, Chandimal failed to make big impact in shorter format should be concerning. they will score runs in test cricket, but do they have bowlers to take 20 wickets in tests? I think SL should be realistic and see which format they can do well. I read an article saying 80%of SL cricketers coming form out station. but most of them from wetern province. I think for SL to become No 1 they have to find real talent from out side Colombo. current team I cant see much of real talent from Colombo. they have to look for it outside.

Posted by ajithabey on (April 18, 2013, 6:24 GMT)

Good vision and thinking as long as it is put to practice.We have to focus and improve the formats,coaching and facilities in our school cricket and club cricket structures which have been the cradle of SL cricket and have produced an array of good cricketers for many years.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 18, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

It is easy for a small country like SL (65,610 km) to provide good facility to its cricketers. Less than 10 academy will be enough for them compared to India (3,287,263 km) which need around 50 times more than that. But still SL not able to provide good facility and lack of talent in their team. Hence they are always placed in the 4,5,6 rankings. Forget about T20 rankings which will not test the real ability of a cricket team.

Posted by Udendra on (April 18, 2013, 4:09 GMT)

@wibblewibble you are absolutely correct! Referring to the 'A' team as grassroots is so senseless.

Posted by nzcricket174 on (April 18, 2013, 1:45 GMT)

Becoming #1 in two years is just unrealistic. Getting to #2 or #3 would be a more realistic goal.

Posted by gsingh7 on (April 17, 2013, 20:48 GMT)

a long way to go before reaching top spot in tests. results such as 3-0 whitewash in australia push them back about 6 months. if sl win all future series then they can reach top spot in all formats in 4 years. but since they have zero test wins in india and aus in their history, this seems improbable if not impossible.

Posted by goldeneye075 on (April 17, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

impossible !!! He was the main man behind to postpone the 3-Test match series with South-Africa , he does not understand the value of it, will not make the Sri Lanka cricket go forward.

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