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                      KDCA and CPCA snubbed for upcoming matches

has been a slap bang across the face of the officials of the Kandy District Cricket Association and the Central Province Cricket Association as they have been totally ignored like outcastes by the officials concerned for the forthcoming limited over matches between Sri Lanka and Pakistan which are due to be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on June 7 and 9.The Secretary of the Kandy District Cricket Association Roland Perera who was also the Venue Manager for the World Cup matches played here last year said upto yesterday they had been not informed of these matches and the role they will have to play. They have been totally kept in the dark which is a bad blow to the image of the Kandy District CA as a self respecting organisation.He said a few days back one of the officials had informed him over the mobile phone that by some luck they may have to host these two matches but spelt out no details. An emergency meeting of the Executive Committee of the Kandy District CA was summoned at the Regional Cricket Office at the Asgiriya Stadium last Friday and the members apprised of the situation. The angry members had shown their displeasure by telling the top officials not to go even to witness these matches and if they want they could do so without wearing their clothes.The Secretary of the Central Province Cricket Association Janaka Pathirana said that he has organised over 40 international matches in Kandy against almost all the test playing nations as the Venue Director or Venue Manager and came in for a lot of praise by match referees such as England cricketer Raman Subba Row, West Indian Clive Lloyd, Chris Broad and Basil D’Oliveira just to name a few. It was not only the match arrangements but also the ground arrangements that were handled by him, at the Asgiriya International Stadium. In time of drought he used his influence to water the ground with bowser load of water in the pre-match preparations. Then, security arrangements which included nearly 400 policemen on duty, portable drinking water in plastic shells, mobile toilets, ambulances, doctors in attendance were all arranged by him on a free of charge basis. All this was done in the best interest of cricket so that the game could be played without any hindrance.