Ratnayake plays second innings
Minister of Livestock Development and MP for Nuwara Eliya District C.
B. Ratnayake was unanimously elected as the President of the Nuwara
Eliya District Cricket Association for the second year in succession at
the Annual General Meeting held at the Bretas Garden Hotel in
Minister Ratnayake thanking the members for the confidence reposed on
him by electing for the second year in succession said that, it is not
only playing cricket but also the clubs should have meeting point where
they could meet and plan their strategy and also regular meetings will
preserve their unity which is strength. To achieve these objectives they
must have a club house where the cricket materials could also be stored.
He said that the smaller clubs may not have the resources to purchase
land and put up a club house. Towards achieving this end, he intends
exploring the possibility of providing each club with a few perches of
land and cash for the construction of a club house in their respective
areas. This will stabilise their position and encourage more clubs to
take to cricket. It is not only cricket, they could move into other
sports too if they have a place to meet and discuss.
Minister Ratnayake also thanked President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri
Lanka Cricket for the steps taken to distribute cricket materials among
17 schools in the Nuwara Eliya District and this was an unique occasion
and these schools could now play the game with confidence as they have
the much needed cricket materials.
Jagath Jayasundera who was elected as the Secretary for the second
year in succession said that Sri Lanka Cricket provided this Association
with the much needed funds in the form of administrative expenses with
which they were able to run the inter club tournaments.
They hope to organise a six-a-side cricket tournament in the future.
It is heartening to note that many schools in the Kotmale area have
taken to cricket - a game which was hitherto unknown and two of the
schools were also planning to play a big match this season.
The following were elected office-bearers for the year 2009/10.
President: C. B. Ratnayake - Minister of Livestock Development; Vice
Presidents: V. Puthirasigamoney (Deputy Minister), Wasantha de Silva,
Chandana Gamage, S. V. Nawaratne; Secretary: Jagath Jayasundera;
Assistant Secretary: Sashi Ratnayake; Treasurer: Sankar Manivarnan;
Chairman Tournament Committee: A. A. Lakshman Silva; Chairman
Disciplinary Committee: D. Sivapalasubramaniam; Chairman Coaching
Committee: V. Sivanathan; Chairman Selection Committee: R.
Wimalaneswaran; Chairman Umpires Committee: D. G. Jayasena.