Vice President, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Mohan de Silva, addressing the media at the Captains’ Brief of the Super Provincial One-Day tournament at the Galadairi Hotel on Thursday, while appreciating the role of the media in giving publicity to this novel concept, said, “We are happy that we got this Super Provincial concept of domestic cricket off to a good start and hope to strengthen this format in the years to come.”
He stated that Sri Lanka Cricket’s wholesome initiative at strengthening the super provincial concept at the one-day level had cost Rs.40 million and happily the first matches of the tournament this year had brought out some good individual performances. Particularly the batsmen had excelled and it was a good experience making ground for young up and coming players tapping on the door for national recognition. Therein the experience derived playing alongside top notch national players was a tremendous blending opportunity for these youngsters to further develop their game. As much it was a good opportunity for senior players who are presently not representing the national side to perform and press for a recall.
The Colombo Team captain, Angelo Mathews said that the initial matches played on Thursday in the super provincial one-day tournament had already proved to be an important factor for Sri Lanka Cricket.
“The tournament is important for Sri Lanka cricket to go forward. Very talented senior players are sharing their talents with up and coming young players. It is therefore an opportunity for young players to make use of. It is good if we can help young players further evolve their pe
The Galle Team Captain, Upul Tharanga said, “This super provincial one-day tournament is an opportunity for young players to showcase their talents for national recognition. Therefore, this is a platform for them to play and raise their confidence. Last year too this tournament proved to be a success. I wish all players to make the most of this opportunity.”
Responding to a question, Mathews said that most of the senior fast bowlers had been injury sidelined from this tournament. Furthermore, it was desirable to evolve further talent in view of future key international tournaments. As to the form of batsman Roshen Silva, Mathews said that Roshen had ‘kept us all for four days on the field by his consistent batting performances in the super provincial four-day tournament. He was happy that he had won national recognition and proved himself. It was unfortunate that he had not gained national recognition much earlier.
Thisara Perera, the Colombo Team stand in captain for regular captain Dinesh Chandimal, said, “It is good to have a tournament of this nature. It will enable further develop player talent. The first day’s match between Colombo and Dambulla proved to be a success in terms of run making. Both sides scored 200-plus totals. It is certainly a good experience for young players and seniors as well.”
The captain of the Dambulla Team, Kusal Janith Perera said, “This tournament provides young players to further develop their game and gain national recognition.’
By Srian Obeyesekere
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-