Sri Lanka Cricket Board considers new proposal

Sa'adi Thawfeeq

28 June 1998

THE Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka was seriously considering to continue rain affected matches the following day after another Singer-Akai Trophy triangular game was washed out without a ball being bowled at the Galle International Stadium.

BCCSL president Thilanga Sumathipala said the proposal by his board would be put across to the captains of the three participating teams shortly, and if they agree, the third leg matches beginning on July 1 at the SSC grounds would be continued the next day if rain interrupts play.

Sumathipala said it was the only option left to overcome the long list of abandoned matches which has greatly affected the tournament held to celebrate the country's 50th year of independence.

Incessant rains continued to ravage the Galle grounds, forcing the Sri Lanka-New Zealand game to be abandoned yesterday, making it is the third consecutive match to end in this manner in the 10-match tournament.

The India-New Zealand match at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday and the Galle International Stadium on Thursday also ended in no results due to rain.

Umpires K. T. Francis and W. A. U. Wickramasinghe saved the trouble of going out to the middle to inspect the conditions as rains lashed out accompanied by gale-forced winds to leave the ground in a quagmire.

The decision to call off play was taken at the scheduled start at 10 a.m.

Sri Lanka and New Zealand took one point each from the match. By virtue of gaining the solitary point, Sri Lanka drew level with India in the points with four points from four matches.

India also have the same number of points but having played one match less. New Zealand have two points from three matches.

The next match in the triangular is between India and New Zealand at the same venue on Monday but considering the state of the weather over the past three days here and what it has already done to the venue, this game too is doubtful of getting off the ground, unless the weather pattern changes quite dramatically over the next two days.

Source: The Daily News

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Date-stamped : 07 Oct1998 - 04:16