Archive | September, 2014


BOI venture to invest $ 200 m for SL’s first luxury cruise line with Colombo as home port

Posted on 26 September 2014 by admin

Giving a major boost to the post-war rebounding tourism sector, Sri Lanka will soon have its first-ever luxury cruise line with Colombo as its home port via an investment of over $ 200 million. Spearheading this pioneering initiative is Royal Asian Cruises (RAC), which yesterday signed the agreement for the initial investment of $ 33 million with the Board of Investment (BOI). The company said of the envisaged $ 200 million investment over the medium term, $ 33 million will come in as Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). It will start off with two luxury cruise liners and long term plan is to upsize the investment to $ 720 million to have a fleet of five liners.

With marketing offices in US and India, RAC will make Colombo as the home port for the cruises with weekly calls.
“We hope to cater to the global leisure travel markets with special emphasis on the Indian and Sri Lankan Diaspora. We will also focus on European and Southeast Asian markets such as Toronto, Staten Island, the UK, Russian, China, Japan, the Philippines, Australia and Singapore,” Royal Asian Cruises Chairman and Managing Director Mano Sinnarajah said after signing the agreement with BOI Chairman and Director General Dr. Lakshman Jayaweera in the presence of Investment Promotion Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena.
Sri Lankan-born RAC Chairman Sinnarajah was also enthusiastic on returning to his homeland to invest in a large-scale project.
“It gives me pleasure in knowing that Sri Lanka is now a safe country, conducive for investment and business opportunities. This venture will have many direct and indirect benefits on the economy. Starting from the provisioning services from local businesses the cruise vessel will require in operating from Sri Lanka to the natural shopping and spending capability of the passengers and crew that will arrive on a weekly basis,” he said.

RAC’s first ship, ‘Asian Pride,’ will have a passenger capacity of 800 and will launch its first cruise in late 2015. The second ship to be deployed in 2016 will accommodate 1,500-2,000 people. The interior of the ships will be crafted by Tillberg Design, an internationally renowned marine architecture and interior design company. The cruise line will have year round cruises and will call on ports such as Maldives and Cochin on seven-night cruises. RAC also plan to offer shorter cruises, of three to four nights, around Sri Lanka and longer cruises, 10 to 11 nights) to Singapore and back. BOI Chairman Jayaweera noted that by catering to a sector in the leisure travel industry that has not been previously addressed, Royal Asian Cruises will help Sri Lanka meet the targets in tourism set by the Government and will contribute towards making Sri Lanka a major maritime hub, which is a strategic objective of the Government.”

Courtesy: Daily FT

Comments Off on BOI venture to invest $ 200 m for SL’s first luxury cruise line with Colombo as home port


Sri Lanka exports surged 14 percent in first eight months of 2014

Posted on 26 September 2014 by admin

Sep 26, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s exports have surged by 14.3 percent to 7.34 billion US dollars in the first eight months of 2014 in comparison to 2013 January-August official of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka said.“As committed exporters, it is your valuable efforts that can help us, to move our target, of 20 billion US dollar exports, by 2020,”said Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka.

He was speaking at the fifth national exporter’s forum organised by the Export Development Board yesterday (25) in Colombo.

More than 110 exporters and Chamber reps have thronged the forum.

Bathiudeen says Sri Lanka sees a positive export growth trend.

“I am pleased to say that even monthly exports for August 2014, have increased by 2.4 percent, to 978 million dollars, from July 2014’s 955 million and according to the latest provisional data, this increase is seen across all sectors.”

The eight months increase of 2014 have been led by agricultural products at 1.778 billion dollars up by 3.1 percent while manufacturing at 1.623 billion dollars up by 2.5 percent, apparel at 3.24 billion dollars up by 0.65 percent, industrial products at 5.343billion dollars up by 0.91%, Ceylon tea at 1.07 billion dollars grew by 3.09 percent.

Coconut exports grew 4.2 percent to 356 million dollars and other export crops at 315 million dollars, up by 4.7 percent.

Due to international rubber price decline, natural rubber exports show a decline, the ministry said in a media release.










Comments Off on Sri Lanka exports surged 14 percent in first eight months of 2014


Marvan Atapattu gets nod as Sri Lanka Cricket National Head Coach

Posted on 26 September 2014 by admin

The newly appointed Sri Lanka Cricket’s National Head Coach Marvan Attapattu said today he would not wish to bring in any politics to cricket and asserted that he would try his level best to stay away from politics.

“I am someone who likes to have everything transparent. Working in a group is so important. As a nation, we strive towards one goal. My way of doing things are not to get anything affects the players. I do not wish to bring in any politics to the game and will try my level best to stay away from politics,” Mr. Attapattu said.

When asked what his plans for the upcoming 2015 World Cup would be, Mr. Attapattu said he hoped to face the world cup with a proper plan.

“We have 15 one day matches before the world cup so I hope to win those matches and gain experience from them,” he said.

Comments Off on Marvan Atapattu gets nod as Sri Lanka Cricket National Head Coach


VAT scam: 8 convicted get 20 years RI

Posted on 26 September 2014 by admin


The eight accused convicted in the VAT case were today sentenced to 20 years rigorous imprisonment by the Colombo High Court. The sentences imposed on the several charges they faced were to run concurrently.

The convicts were also fined three times the amount the convicts had defrauded with the case being held in absentia.

The eight convicts — Mohamed Kamil Kuthubdeen found guilty of having defrauded the Government of Rs.1,822,301,753.76 was fined Rs.5,466,905,261.28; Rasheed Mohamed Mursheed had defrauded Rs.2,117,062,596.40 was fined Rs.6,361,187, 789.20; Bakeer Mohamed Rifaz alias Riyas had defrauded Rs.3,680,641,111.65 was imposed a fine of Rs.11,041,923,334.65; A.S.M. Awamy had defrauded Rs.251,302,387.60 was fined Rs.753,907,162.80; M.M.A Irshad alias Mohamed Naseer Cader had defrauded Rs.1,187,762,968.11 was fined Rs.3,563,288,904.33; N.A.

Mohamed Nasmi alias Abdul Ibrahim had defrauded Rs.831,807,226.80 was fined Rs.2,495,421,680.40; A.W.M.P Safie alias Meera Sahibo Liyakath Ali had defrauded Rs.208,678,248.95 was fined Rs.626,034,746.85 and M.K.M. Sakine had defrauded Rs.29,900,194 was fined Rs. 89,700,584.40.

High Court Judge Kumudini Wickramasinghe also ordered the CID to seek the assistance of Interpol to arrest the convicts. She also directed the CID to check the assets owned by the convicts in and outside the country so that they could be confiscated.

The convicts were charged under the Public Property Act. Senior State Counsel Shanyl Kularatne prosecuted. The case was postponed for October 3.

The former Inland Revenue Deputy Commissioner Agampodi Gnanasiri De Soysa who faced trial earlier was found guilty and sentenced to jail while several of the other accused pleaded guilty to the charges at various stages of the trial. (T. Farook Thajudeen – Courtesy: Daily Mirror)


Comments Off on VAT scam: 8 convicted get 20 years RI


Leisure Golfers from 18 countries to tee-off at the SriLankan Golf Classic

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin


Colombo September 24, 2014: Considering SriLankan Airlines’ consistent overseas promotional drive to promote leisure golf combined with family holidays, over 100 amateur golfers from 18 nations across the globe will fly into Sri Lanka, to take part in the 15th SriLankan Airlines’ Golf Classic at the stunning Victoria Golf and Country Resort course in Digana, Kandy, from September 24th- 28th 2014. A contingent of local and international media representing India, Asia Pacific and South East Asia will be closely following the action on the green for four days. 

 The international line-up of keen, consistent golfers will be joined by over 100 Sri Lankan golfers which will increase the total number of participants to around 200 players, creating a great challenge and an opportunity to enjoy two consecutive days of leisure golf on the par 73, 18-hole course overlooking the picturesque Victoria Reservoir. The tournament will be played on two consecutive days by each player and points will be allocated for a player’s Gross and Nett Stableford scores over their two rounds.  

The SriLankan Golf Classic has attracted golfers from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India, Malaysia, Kuwait, Canada, USA, Singapore, Thailand, China, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Italy, England, Spain, Australia, Japan and Saudi Arabia and our own players in Sri Lanka.

Spread across 520 acres, Victoria was the first course to be built in Sri Lanka in over a century. Nestled amidst the scenic hills of Digana, near the ancient city of Kandy, the 18-hole course was designed by world famous golf course architects, Donald Steel and Martin Ebert. Since then, it has been among the world’s 100 most beautiful golf courses according to the Golf Digest Magazine, and the best in South Asia according to the Asia Golf Monthly.

Apart from the Golf Tournament Package which is on offer to the players, several excursions and tours to places such as Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kitulgala, Horton Plains, Minneriya and Uda Walawe are also available for accompanying families and friends on holiday.

Corporate Communications Department – SriLankan Airlines, September 24, 2014.

Comments Off on Leisure Golfers from 18 countries to tee-off at the SriLankan Golf Classic


PM Stephen Harper to attend United Nations General Assembly in New York

Posted on 22 September 2014 by admin


September 22, 2014.
Ottawa, Ontario

  • Introduction

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper will lead the Canadian delegation to the United Nations General Assembly in New York City from September 23 to 25, 2014.

    In New York, the Prime Minister will re-affirm Canada’s global leadership in championing the health of women and children in developing countries. At the Every Woman Every Child event, the Prime Minister will join Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and fellow world leaders to ensure the international community maintains its focus and momentum on this priority development issue.

    In addition to the Every Woman Every Child event, the Prime Minister will address the General Assembly, participate in a moderated question and answer session with business leaders, and attend a dinner on climate change with other world leaders. The Prime Minister will be accompanied by John Baird, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, and Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular).

    The primary objectives for Canada’s overall participation at this year’s United Nations General Assembly are to advance international cooperation on maternal, newborn and child health, and to discuss a range of pressing international issues, including Iraq, the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, and the situation in Ukraine.

    Quick Facts


    “The world that Canada strives for is the world that the UN founders wanted from the beginning; a world where life, liberty, independence and religious freedom are defended, and where all will join in a common struggle against savage and brutal forces seeking to subjugate the world.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

    “The development of trade between nations and the delivery of effective development assistance to people living in poverty – simple practical aid – these things have become the signature of our Government’s worldwide outreach. In New York and beyond, Canada will continue to champion saving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable mothers, newborns and children and press for it to remain a top global priority.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

    “Canada has always been ready and willing to join with others to challenge affronts to international order and the rule of law which we have been witnessing in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. It is a duty we accept and a record of which we are immensely proud.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

    Associated Links

    • The last time the Prime Minister addressed the United Nations General Assembly was in September 2010.
    • Maternal, newborn and child health is Canada’s top development priority. Our continued global leadership, beginning with the 2010 Muskoka Initiative of world leaders and reconfirmed at the 2014 Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach Summit in Toronto, is ensuring that this important issue remains at the forefront of the world’s attention. The Every Woman Every Child event will continue this momentum, and seek to build a strong coalition of global partners committed to anchoring maternal, newborn and child health in the post-2015 agenda.
    • In response to the situation in Ukraine, Canada has imposed 12 rounds of sanctions on close to 190 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities. Canada’s efforts in support of Ukraine to date include a commitment of financial assistance to support the economic and democratic reforms necessary to ensure the country’s long-term security, stability and prosperity.
    • Canada’s response to the crisis in Iraq includes support in the forms of humanitarian assistance, security programming, and in-kind donations. Canada is providing Royal Canadian Air Force transport aircraft for the delivery of critical military supplies and has announced the deployment of several dozen military advisers to assist Iraqi security forces confronting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the northern part of the country. In June 2014, Iraq was added to the list of Canada’s development country partners.
    • Canada’s Forward Strategy Saving Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm’s Reach


Comments Off on PM Stephen Harper to attend United Nations General Assembly in New York


Bloomberg reports tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka for August up by 13.8 percent

Posted on 22 September 2014 by admin




Highest number of August arrivals from India.
On track to achieving 1.5 m tourist target for 2014.



Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals recorded a growth of 13.8 percent in August 2014 compared to the same period in 2013, Bloomberg stated citing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

Bloomberg states a total of 140,319 tourists had arrived in Sri Lanka in August.

Achieving a remarkable milestone in the country's booming tourism industry, Sri Lanka Tourism welcomed the arrival of the 1,000,000th tourist at the Bandaranaike International Airport on August 28.

With the arrival of the one millionth tourist, the booming tourism industry of Sri Lanka has shown early signs of achieving its goal of 1.5 million tourist arrivals target set for 2014, marking an unprecedented boom in tourism in this country. According to the Bloomberg, the highest number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were from India in August and the corresponding number was 17,912.

There had been 15,532 tourist arrivals from the UK, 14,274 tourist arrivals from China, 10,364 tourist arrivals from Germany and 8,746 tourist arrivals from France in August. In terms of growth, Chinese tourist arrivals had shown a growth of 139.9 percent during this month.

The cumulative total of foreign tourist arrival for the first eight months of 2014 is 1,001,643.

Sri Lanka met its tourist arrival target of 1.2 million for 2013 with the numbers up by 26.7 percent from the 1,005,605 arrived in 2012 and earning US$ 1.718 billion in 2013.

The main focus of the tourism industry for the next two years is to attract 2.5 million arrivals by the end of 2016.

This strategic development plan of Sri Lanka will achieve its core objectives serving the needs of all stakeholders and ensuring the economic benefits of the industry distributed to a larger cross section of the society being in line with the national effort of making Sri Lanka, the emerging Wonder of Asia.




Comments Off on Bloomberg reports tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka for August up by 13.8 percent


$ 331.5 m boost for Sri Lanka Govt. from World Bank

Posted on 14 September 2014 by admin

  • Deals signed $ 147 m for Strategic Cities Development Agenda; $ 101.5 m for Skills Sector Development Program and $ 83 m for Water Resources Planning Activities extension project.

Key development projects of the Government have got a fresh boost, with the World Bank (WB) agreeing to extend a staggering $ 331.5 million financing support. The funds will be used to support the Government’s Skills Sector Development Program, Water Resources Planning Activities which includes Dam Safety and Strategic Cities Development, the Ministry of Finance said.

The Financing Agreements on these programs were signed last Friday by Treasury Secretary Dr. P.B. Jayasundera on behalf of the Government, and WB Country Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives Francoise Clottes, on behalf of the agency.
To support the implementation of the Skills Sector Development Program (SSDP) 2014-2020 themed ‘Towards Employable Skills for Everyone,’ the International Development Association (IDA) of the WB has agreed to finance $ 101.5 million (apart from $ 100 million from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
The SSDP aims at provide the overarching strategic framework for building an efficient skills development system by 2020 that can meet local and foreign labour market demand. The total investment estimated by the Government for the project was $ 980 million (Rs. 127,000 million). The funds will be integrated with the Annual Budget of the Government from 2014- 2018.
The financing of $ 101.5 million (Rs. 13,195 million) from the WB is targeted to help at least 825,000 youths to get the chance to enrol in public and private vocational training institutions to gain a value-added, job-oriented training suiting the local and international Job market.

Courtesy: Daily FT, Sri Lanka

The Government’s development policy framework ‘Mahinda Chinthana – Vision for the Future’ has recognised the importance of investing in human capital in an integrated manner from early childhood development through higher education. It will support Sri Lanka’s transition to a knowledge-based economy where Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector has a vital role to play. The TVET sector being a branch of education coupled with skills development is expected to play a major role in making this vision a reality.
Accordingly, the Government has launched the ‘Skills Sector Development Program (SSDP) of Sri Lanka 2014-2020: Towards employable skills for everyone’ as a part of its Public Investment Strategy 2014-2016. It will provide the overarching strategic framework for building an efficient skills development system by 2020 that can meet local and foreign labour market demand
For the Strategic Cities Development Agenda, the IDA and the WB have agreed to provide a credit of $ 147 million (Rs 19,110 million). The program will be implemented through the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development. The project will help to plan, design and develop two selected strategic cities, namely Galle and Kandy, with the intention of considering other cities in the future and their surroundings to facilitate a guided economic transformation of these cities into major regional economic centres focusing on growth and employment generation.
Constructing a well-planned and connected network of cities and townships throughout the country by 2020 is an important pledge in the ‘Mahinda Chinthana – Vision for the Future’. This network of cities which will be connected through the expressway and national highways is expected to be economically competitive, environmentally sustainable and culturally vibrant, facilitating regional economic growth.
The strategic city development program will be implemented in line with the Government’s urban development strategy preserving the identity and uniqueness of each city with the appropriate blend of financing modalities to make the entire development program viable and sustainable.
The Government has identified Colombo, Kandy, Galle, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee and Jaffna as large cities to be developed under the Strategic Cities Development Program. At the meantime, nine other cities covering entire country will be developed as urban growth centres.

Accordingly, priority has been given to improve the liveability and competitiveness of the selected cities. Several development partners including the Asian Development Bank, Agence’ French Development (AFD) and the World Bank have agreed in principle to support the Governments’ efforts in developing strategic cities.
For the Water Resources Planning Activities that includes dam safety, the IDA has agreed to provide $ 83 million for the extension of the project that was implemented from 2008-2013. During that period the IDA supported the initiative by providing $ 65,000 million (for the implementation of Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project.
Under the project, 32 selected high-risk large dams were rehabilitated and operational efficiency of 80 dams was improved. Based on the progress, the Government further decided to scale-up the project activities to include rehabilitation and modernisation of dams in Northern and Eastern Provinces that were not included under the original project, and to finance some incomplete activities in the original project.
The Government in its long-term development strategy recognises irrigation and water resources management as a national priority. Accordingly, rehabilitation and modernisation of irrigation infrastructures have been given high national priority under the Government’s Public Investment Strategy 2014-2016.
This is mainly because of the rising importance of agrarian economy and sustainable livelihood development, access to quality drinking water, electricity generation, and mitigation of the impacts of floods and droughts, and biodiversity. Dam safety, reliability and efficiency of their operations have been identified as the key to achieve these goals.
To this end the Government-initiated the Dam Safety and Water Resources Planning Project (DSWRPP) in 2008 to improve the safety of a number of high risk dams and also to improve the capacity of water resources planning.

Comments Off on $ 331.5 m boost for Sri Lanka Govt. from World Bank


Analysis – Tight at the top five months out from World Cup 2015

Posted on 14 September 2014 by admin

SYDNEY (Reuters) – After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the five-month countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday.

With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version of the quadrennial showpiece of 50-overs cricket, which is being co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, looks like being one of the closest ever.

We look at how the 10 test-playing nations (in order of world ranking) are shaping up 154 days before New Zealand meet Sri Lanka in Christchurch to launch the Feb. 14-March 29 tournament.


Led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and boasting some fearless strokemakers in their ranks, the top-ranked ODI side in the world look serious contenders to defend their title.

A much-improved fielding side, India appear to have benefited from the Indian Premier League, which has given their players the opportunity to play regularly against the leading bowlers in the world.

Even the most junior batsman in the Indian side has faced the likes of Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson in the Twenty20 tournament and have gained enough confidence to hit them out of the park when the need arises.

With their pace bowling underwhelming, India will once again build their attack around their spinners, who made a big impact in their World Cup win at home in 2011.

A lot will depend, though, on how the likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and the plethora of part-time spinners fare on the relatively bouncy pitches in Australia and New Zealand.


Recent series victories in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, where they played a triangular tournament involving Australia, have boosted the confidence of the Proteas, even if both were achieved in conditions they will not find at the World Cup.

Their strong batting line-up has been solidified by the emergence of Faf du Plessis at number three, coming in after proven openers Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock.

In AB de Villiers they have arguably the best one-day batsman in the world, but there is concern over their one genuine power-hitter, David Miller, who is out of form.

The South Africans also lack an all-rounder to bat at seven, with this duty shared in recent times by Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell with mixed success.

Dale Steyn remains the lynchpin of the bowling line-up and rarely has an off-day, and in JP Duminy and Imran Tahir there are also genuine spin options too.


Sri Lanka will be hoping next year is third time lucky after being beaten in the final of the last two World Cups and the 1996 champions seem to have the resources to achieve that.

Mahela Jayawardene, 37, and Kumar Sangakkara, 36, got a fitting 20-over farewell when Sri Lanka won the World Twenty20 title in Bangladesh in April but winning the 50-over event in Australia would be an even better parting gift.

Sri Lanka's compact batting side is complemented by a balanced bowling unit which is likely to include the mercurial Lasith Malinga, whose yorkers, delivered with his sling-shot action, can make him almost unplayable on occasions.

The rise of Thisara Perera and Dhammika Prasad have eased the pressure on Malinga but Sri Lanka have been forced to have a fresh look at their spin options after off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake was banned for an illegal action.


Australia relinquished the number one ranking, lost captain Michael Clarke to injury as well as a match against Zimbabwe on their recent trip to Harare but that will do little to dent optimism they can win a fifth world title next March.

With the likes of openers David Warner and Shane Watson to return to the side before the World Cup, Australia can afford to be circumspect about the setbacks suffered by an understrength and experimental side in Zimbabwe.

There remain concerns, not least about whether Clarke's back will be up to the amount of cricket he will be asked to play over the next five months and whether they will ever unearth another world-class spinner.

On the plus side is the prospect of Mitchell Johnson and his fellow pacemen renewing their often lethal relationship with Australia's hard and bouncy decks.

Coach Darren Lehmann has laughed off talk of a split with Clarke over selection and will be satisfied that the likes of all-rounder Mitch Marsh have given him more depth in his squad should he need it next year.


England go into the World Cup, which they have never won, with minimal expectations after a dismal run of form in the 50-over game.

The lowest average net run rate of all test-playing nations in recent times, an outdated approach to the format and huge question marks over the captaincy and make-up of the team hardly inspire confidence.

Former spinner Graeme Swann said recently the team have "no chance" of winning the tournament and there is a strong case for replacing Alastair Cook as skipper due to doubts about his leadership style and limitations with the bat.

England do have talented one-day players. Alex Hales is a destructive opening batsman, Eoin Morgan a specialist finisher, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler a flamboyant middle-order player and Harry Gurney a potentially imposing death bowler.

With test batsmen Joe Root and Ian Bell also skilled in the one-day game, there is a solid core to the team but the approach needs to change because 240 metronomic runs do not win 50-over matches at international level in the modern game.


A bunch of talented but unpredictable players with a tendency to implode inexplicably, Pakistan suffered a huge blow to their preparations when spinner Saeed Ajmal was banned for an illegal bowling action earlier this month.

Ajmal has about five months to correct the action and seek a reassessment but whether he will ever again show the form that has made him the top-ranked ODI bowler in the world is something only time will tell.

The 1992 champions are also grappling with a captaincy dilemma. Misbah-ul-Haq has remained a rare stable figure in a volatile dressing room but his modest sub-74 strike rate is no longer tailor-made for the format.

After last month's ODI series defeat in Sri Lanka, the clamour has grown to replace him with all-rounder Shahid Afridi, whose batting and personality are the polar opposite to Misbah's.


New Zealand's batting has been settled for a number of years with Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and captain Brendon McCullum likely to fill four of the top-five positions.

The biggest issue is finding a new opening partner for Guptill with few expecting hard-hitting batsman Jesse Ryder to be recalled to the side due to his behavioural issues.

Tim Southee, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult and Mitchell McClenaghan are likely to be the main pace bowlers with young quicks Adam Milne and Matt Henry vying for the fifth spot.

Former captain Daniel Vettori, who is still one of the most economical bowlers in limited overs cricket and a handy lower-order batsman, is also likely to be included, if fit.


West Indies are without a coach after the sudden departure of Ottis Gibson last month and caretaker Richie Richardson could still be in place when they warm up for the World Cup with trips to India and South Africa.

A series of top-order collapses in recent limited overs matches mean the fitness and availability of the often brilliant opener Chris Gayle would appear to be vital to the hopes of the twice champions enjoying any success at the World Cup.

Likewise, persuading mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine to put West Indies before lucrative Twenty20 contracts would further bolster an otherwise solid bowling unit.


The 50-over format remains Bangladesh's best chance to impress at the world stage but their growth as a force in world cricket has stagnated in recent years.

The team rely heavily on spinners, who might find it difficult to ply their trade effectively on the seamer-friendly conditions in Australia and New Zealand.

Bangladesh also have had their problems with all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan over disciplinary issues but the former captain remains their best bet to surprise a higher-ranked opposition and cause an upset during the World Cup.


Zimbabwe showed they can be competitive in the recent home triangular series against South Africa and Australia where they defeated the latter and came close to upsetting the Proteas.

The batting line-up could be described as flakey at best but they do have decent hitters and in Brendan Taylor, who relinquished the one-day captaincy to Elton Chigumbura last month, a player to build an innings around.

Consistency in performance with both bat and ball has been elusive and that is not something likely to change between now and the World Cup.

(Additional reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi, Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai, Ed Osmond in London, Nick Said in Durban, Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Nick Mulvenney and Sudipto Ganguly)

Courtesy: Nick Mulvenny – Reuters



Comments Off on Analysis – Tight at the top five months out from World Cup 2015


Havelocks Sports Club to celebrate centenary next year

Posted on 12 September 2014 by admin


Havelock Sports Club will celebrate their centenary in 2015. Havelock Sports Club has a long history and rugby is the club's main sporting activity. The "Havies", as they are known, is situated in Colombo and the club's ground is known as Havelock Park. and is one of the famous and friendliest club's in the country.

The club has produced some excellent ruggerites and teams and also there is change which came in with the help of Asanga Seneviratne who is the current head of the Sri Lanka Rugby Football Union. He has changed the face of Havies Rugby over the last two yeas by helping them with sponsors through companies he controls, which has helped lift the standards of the club on-field and off-field.

A new stadium has been built with games being played under lights. They also went on to win the league championship in 2012 defeating the mighty Kandy Sports Club. This came after a lapse of many years.

The Havis have fixed their Annual General Meeting for 28th of this month, and former ruggerite, committee member, and one time SLRFU Treasurer Lal Silva is tipped to take over the presidency from Roshan Deen.

Havelock Sports Club has been playing rugger for well over ninety years and has a proud history behind them. Not only have they produced champion teams in the early days, they have also served the cause of Sri Lanka rugby.

Historically, in fact, success came routinely to the 1915-founded club in rugby, though they played Football, Hockey and also cue sport. This Club is one of the premier rugby playing clubs in Sri Lanka with a history of rich traditions., and they are one of the oldest. Havelock Park was opened in 1901. It was a sandy pitch until 1915 when the Havelock Sports Club was formed under Dr. V.R. Schokman as its first president. The club took to rugby in 1920 with Col. E.H.Joseph as its president and J.C.A. Prins as secretary. Won the inaugural inter-club Clifford Cup tournament in 1950, led by Ian Labrooy. It won in 1951 too – and in both years the Havelock Sports Club goal was not crossed. The 1950/51 teams team included the four Aldon brothers, all of whom were three quarters; among the others were Dr. C O Foenander, Eustace Matthysz and Dr Bob Sourjah. B.S.Hanricus, H.E.V. Metzelling, S.B.Pilapitiya, V. Kelly, A. Drieberg, I. Bartholameusz, L. Eprhums, D. Ernest and D.K. Goonawardene.

The final placing of the League – Havelock SC played seven won all games, scored 100 points for and against 6 (one drop and a penalty) points and gained 14 points in their seven games, two points ahead of the nearest rival CH and FC. Number two CH and FC played seven won six lost one scored 123 points against 11. Third team in the league was CR and FC followed by Dimbulla ACC, Kandy SC, Uva Gymkhana Club, Dickoya MCC and KV. And the 1951, but that was the last of its successes in the 50s.

In the early days, they also played Football and Hockey and dominated football at one time. Today these two games have been a forgotten sports.

It came out of a slump in early`1960s. Thanks mainly to a some of the fine young players from Trinity College turning out up for the club among the enlistments of young Trinitians was Ken de Joodt the famous back division player who deserves the honorary life membership of this club, He was the 1959 Trinity skipper. It was to CR and FC that some of these ruggerites from Kandy went. At practices the treatment was not that good, and they came over to the Park Club.

The Havelock Sports Club had then been pretty much something of an Old Peterites club, including as it did a majority of schoolboy players from St Peters College, Trinitians very rarely joined the Havies. The finest package of yesteryear schoolboy talent that landed at the Park Club were Nimal Maralande, Mike de Alwis, Ken de Joodt, Nihal Dias de Singhe, Vernon Boteju and Ana Medonza. After their entry, the Havelock Sports Club ended a ten-year drought when in 1961, under the leadership of Dr Hubert Aloysius, won the Clifford Cup. In 1960's was Havelock Sports Clubs most glorious period winning the League in 1961 and 63 under Lorenz Sumanasekera, 1964 under Dickey Jayatilleke, 1967 Gamini Fernando and 1968 Noel Brohier. Then in 1970's too produced five successes 1970 joint champions with the Police S.S. under Jeff Ratnam, 1974 under Desmond Harridge, 1976 under Thajone Savanghan, 1977 Jeff de Jong and 1978 triple champions under Anton Benedict.

In 1980 under Frank Hubert won the knockout but not the league. In 1981 Led by Angelo Wickremarthne won the triple – Sevens, Clifford Cup and the President's Trophy. Won Sevens Championship twice – "A" and "B" winning Cup finals. 1984: Won SLRFU President's Trophy – since then the Park Club had not won a major trophy, although clinching the 7's in 1986, 1987, 1995, 2000 and 2003. Their next league win was in 2012 after thirty one long years When speaking about the Havelocks one cannot forget the contributions made by some of the stalwarts – Ian Labroy first Clifford cup winning captain, R. Sourjah, F. Aldons, E. Mathayasz, L. Ephraums, S.B. Pilapitiya, D.K. Goonawardene, J. Rodriguesz, Gamini Fernando, Y.C. Chang, Quentin Israel, Denzil Kobbekkduwa, Dr. Hubert Aloysius, Nimal Maralande, M.L. Sourjah, Lal Silva, Gogi Tilakarthne, Tyrone Hodenbottle, S. Sundaralingam, Cavern Gauder, F. Caldera, Nilam Saleem, Dickie Jayatilake, Frankie David, Lucky Witharne, Travis de Jong, Ana Saranapala, Rodney de Silva, I. Hamid, Noel Brohier, Jupana Jayawardene, Glen Vlengenberg, Maurice de Silva, Raja Dias Sumanasekara, Maurice Fairweather, Randy Piertersz (the first Isipathanian to play for the country).

Hiran Fernando, M.N. Shockamna, Frank Hubert, Hanzil Samad, Shafi Jainudeen, Thajone Savanghan, Hisham Abdeen, Ratnam brothers Jeff and Dan, Roshan Deen, Hazari Hameed, Lal Silva, Wimal Senanayke, Ovil Fernando, Ravi Mendis, Dilroy Fernando, Jeffrey Yu, Jeffrey de Jong, Anton Benedict, Lanil Tennekoon, Rajiv Sorneratnam, Alex Chanaka, Michael Jayasekara, P.L. Munaisnghe, Thusitha Peries, Leonard de Zilva, Sanjeewa Jayasinghe, Ravi Ganapathy, Omar Sheriff, M.P.F Saly, Desmond Harridge, Marco de Silva, T.V. Morseth, Y.S. Ping, D. Selvaraj. David Nicolle, Kolitha Gunatilleke, Anura Uduwellagedera, N.H. Karunaena. Tony Amith, Thusitha Peries, Chaminda Rupasinghe, Jeffrey Sahid, Sandy Hameed , Kavinda Jayasena, Washim Thajudeen. are some of the players who come to my mind.

– See more at:

Comments Off on Havelocks Sports Club to celebrate centenary next year

Advertise Here
Advertise Here



“What Matters To You, Matters To Us" .


In the world of online advertising, the success rate of creating brand awareness is 91%. Call 416-445-5390 or email and let us offer you introductory rates and get you going! Our audience is primarily South Asians expat community and the Sri Lankan expat community globally.

Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 5 other subscribers




“E-Mail " .