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Muralidaran Marries in India – 21st March 2005 Tsunami Relief Updates


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PO Box 70, Galle, Sri Lanka

February 20, 2005

Dr Quintus L De Zylva


Sri Lanka – Australia Cricket Foundation Medical Team

Dear Dr Zylwa

Tsunami- Aid to the Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, Galle,Sri Lanka

We are deeply touched by the generosity of the Australianpublic that came forward with a variety of donations in kind
to our Hospital at an hour of need.

Our hospital was not quipped to handle disasters of such colossal scale as that of the recent tsunami. However, we
had to shoulder a substantial share of medical services that was needed at the time of the disaster. We have many shortcomings in the healthcare service, including a lack of disaster management plan.

When you visited us in Galle soon after the tsunami we identified some shortcomings in the way of equipment that could be accrued through your Foundation. We are most grateful to you for being instrumental in providing valuable equipment such as a Master Cardiac Monitor (with eight bedside monitors), nineteen Defibrillators, five pulse oximeters, one 2-echocardiography machine, one ventilator, one ultrasound scanner, two electric suction apparatus and six glucometers as well as large amounts of consumable items such as IV needles and syringes, catheters, gloves, dressings, milk foods, soaps and cosmetics. The equipment is now installed and running in different parts of the Hospital.

The Master Cardiac Monitor (with eight bedside monitors) is in the Coronary care Unit.

We are also grateful to your Foundation for providing human resources such as psychiatrists and orthopaedic surgeons.
We would like to extend a special note of appreciation to Philips Medical Systems Australia for sending a Master Cardiac
Monitoring System, 2-D echo machine and nineteen Defibrillators among other pieces of equipment. It was heartening to see how hard Mr Danial Jakimov, the engineer of Philips Medical Systems Australia worked day and night to put the system in place.

Your role as an ambassador of good will of Australian friends and well wishers of Sri Lanka is deeply appreciated. The Teaching Hospital, Karapitya, Galle and in particular the Department of Medicine of the Faculty of Medicine, Galle would like to cement the relationship that has just begun. We are certain that a link programme with a center of excellence like the Royal Melbourne Hospital, would help the Medical School and the Teaching hospital towards institutional strengthening.

We deeply appreciate and respect the help given to us by your Foundation following the tsunami. We look forward to your visit next month.

Yours sincerely

Professor P L Ariyananda MD FRCP (Lond) FCCP

Professor of Medicine

Cc Hon Minister of Health, Sri Lanka

Dean, Faculty of Medicine, Galle

Director, Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya, Galle

Dr RD Madurawe, Cardiologist, Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya,


By Rob F – ( SNNI Melbourne ) photos by Johann J & Vernon T (SNNI) MCG

A crowd of over seventy one thousand came to Australia’s home of Cricket, the MCG to watch the worlds best cricketersdo battle in the Tsunami appeal world cricket match.

The World eleven took on the might of Asians best performers in a tribute to more than 150,000 victims of the Boxing-Day tsunami. Whilst the victor’s scorecard was not so much the focus of the day, the match’s end was less important than the means. A staggering AUD $14.6million was raised by the close of play. The World XI recorded a convincing victory over the Asian team who bore tales about the deaths of loved ones’ and the near misses of others.

Shane Warne back at the MCGRicky
Ponting captain of the World X1 led his team to a massive score of 8 for 344 scoring a brilliant 115 runs himself. Brian Lara 52 and Chris Cairns also contributed well to produce a very impressive team score. Sri Lankas Muralitharan was the best of the Asia X1 bowlers taking 3 wickets for 59 runs off 10 overs. A Kumble and Z Khan both contributed with 2 wickets each.

Asia got off to a good start in their chase with a first wicket partnership of 59 between Jayasuriya and Sehwag, before Jaysuriya was on his way back to the pavilion. Shortly after Sehwag’s innings also came to an end and the score was 2-76. Gangully came to the crease and he too reached double figures, but it was Dravids knock of 75 not
out that was the outstanding innings for the Asian team. Sangakkara was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Asia was all out of 232 losing bye112 runs. Warne and Vettori with 2 and 3 wickets each were the best of the World X1 bowlers. It was not the scorecard that mattered
however. The enthusiasm and excitement shown by the spectators around the ground was electric as they cheered and screamed for their cricketing heroes. It was clear to see however that the real winners were the Tsunami victims.

More Pictures from the World Match


By S Kaluperuma (SNNI ) Photo By – Johann J (SNNI – Melbourne)

Knox Tavern Event Tsunami

Cricket Loving public in Melbourne dug deep to contribute to Sri Lankan Tsunami victims on Tuesday, 11 January 2005 at the Knox Tavern. Almost 150 people paid $100.00 per head to have dinner with three out of four Sri Lankan cricketers who were in Melbourne for the ICC World IX Vs Asia IX Tsunami charity game at the MCG.

Cathy and David Cruse instigated the idea of this fundraiser in association with the Sri Lanka Cricket Foundation of Victoria, who also donated the food and the venue. With official  representation
from Sri Lanka Cricket, it was also the launch of the Sri Lanka Cricket Aid in Melbourne. Officials, C Perera and B H Perera along with the cricketers Chaminda Vaas, Muthiah Muralidaran and Kumar Sangakkara represented the SLC.

The night stared with a Welcome speech By Dr Q De Zylva who was in Sri Lanka after the tragedy along with Dr David Young, Dr Priya Mendis and a team of doctors from Melbourne. This followed by an address from Major General Janaka Perera. Soon after, Derrick J and Alston Koch provided some light entertainment.

Then it was time for the fabulous dinner followed by Dr David Young’s thoughts about his first hand experience in
Eastern Sri Lanka. According to Dr Young the most critical time period for the survivors is fast approaching and his
word is to get much needed surgical equipment to Sri Lankan hospitals.

While Mr C Perera from SLC giving the official launch speech of the Cricket-Aid, the video screen was showing the pictures of the devastation in southern Sri Lanka, which had so many painful scenes including the rubble of much loved Galle international cricket stadium!

Also there was a presentation of Cricket-aid and it’s plans for rehabilitation. SLC must be congratulated for having
such a plan in a hurry. For more information regarding this, please log on to SLC web site and follow the links. According to couple of guests, the most important part of SLC’s cricket-aid program is that
it covered all four corners of the country and the long-term plans for recovery. To answer few of the critics, I am sure
Sri Lanka Cricket will have full transparency of the spending and the progress reports.

Kumar’s speech was very moving and it touched lot of hearts. I couldn’t help but noticing couple of guests reaching for tissues. All three answered questions from the MC for the night, Mr Ian Crawford and the guests.

The night concluded with Cathy Cruse handing over a cheque for A$ 12,200.00 from the night. Selling SLC cricket-aid T-shirt and caps sales and a sports memorabilia auction rased further A$4,290.00, which brought the total funds raised for the night to A$ 16, 610.00

Thank you to all the sponsors and my special tribute to all the people who attended.

More Images from Knox Tavern


Darryl Foster says Muthiah Muralidaran may not tour Australia again – and it’s all our fault.

KEN PIESSE reports.

Behind Muthiah Muralidaran’s wide grin and affable manner is a troubled man seriously considering his future downunder.

Darryl Foster, one of international cricket’s most respected coaches and a long-time Murali confidant says the champion Sri Lankan spin bowler’s threat not to tour Australia again is serious.

“How much can any person take?” says Foster. “For three tours now he has been abused uphill and down dale.

“Why put yourself in that situation again?

“He wants to play as many Tests as he can and the loyalty and team spirit perspective will weight heavily. But in the end all the criticism has been so damaging.

“He has done brilliantly to survive like he has. If this was happening to an Australian and he was abused on three tours of a particular country, he wouldn’t go there a fourth time.

“I feel Murali has to consider it (touring Australia again) very very carefully.”

The Australian Cricket Board is currently in negotiations with its Sri Lankan counterparts for several Tests to be played back in Australia as early as October this year.

One of the Tests seems certain to be in Brisbane where a minority of fans upset Murali with their taunts and barracking during a recent VB Series match.

Ranked the No.1 bowler of the 20th century by Wisden, Murali is his team’s major drawcard and an outstanding player who seems destined to take more Test wickets than anyone in the history of the game.

Foster says Murali suffers nothing but anguish downunder once outside the loyal Sri Lankan community.

“I was with him outside a hotel and a bloke on a tram recognised him and yelled out ‘Chucker!’

“They walk up to him and say, ‘Can we have your autograph chucker?’

“Why should he have to put up with that?”

“We’re not being racist, but the Sri Lankans think we are.”

Foster says continuing condemnation of Murali’s controversial action is at the core of his reluctance to come to Australia again.

He insists his action hasn’t changed from the time he first met Murali in the nets at Kent in the mid-’90s and analysed him in 1995-96, the year he was first called for throwing by umpire Darrell Hair.

His action remains identical, too, when he bowls his alternative delivery, which leaves the right-handers.

“It’s all in the wrist,” says Foster. “What the Good Lord took away in terms of elbow flexibility and extention he gave him a very, very flexible wrist.

“I’d be disappointed if any umpire in the world didn’t think he was different

“He is different to any off spinner I’ve seen from Ian Johnson and Freddie Titmus to John Emburey and Ashley Mallett.

“He uses his God-given talents differently”

Contracted to the Pakistan Cricket Board as a specialist coach during the World Cup, Foster is preparing a soon-to-be-published paper on Murali which he hopes will clear the champion off-spinner once and for all.

“It (the criticism) only every happens in Australia,” he said. “Everywhere else they accept him as a gifted talent. He’s freakish and I mean that in the nicest possible way.”

Murali has a 21 per cent permanent bend in his right elbow. His brother too is similarly afflicted.

Despite his protestations that his delivery is fair, Murali’s remarkable feats continue to be questioned.

Foster referred to umpires who had called Murali in the past as being “pig-headed” and having their own private agendas.

And he believed the recent criticisms from retired umpire, Queenslander Lou Rowan was as poor as an example of journalism as he could remember, as Rowan is almost 80 and has been out of the international game for 30 years.

A long-time lecturer in Human Movement and Exercise Science at the University of Western Australia, Foster is world-renowned for his coaching and tactical expertise.

He coached Western Australia to nine Sheffield Shields and seven one-day titles in two decades. He has also coached and advised extensively overseas and was responsible in 1996 and 1999 for the reports to the ICC from which Murali’s action was given a clean bill.

He says the methods in assessing Murali were vastly different from the first to the second times and he passed every test.

In recent times Foster has been to Kandy helping Murali with the establishment of a Cricket Academy in his home town of Kandy. He also assisted promising paceman Dilhara Fernando with re-modelling his action

He describes Murali as one of his closest cricket friends.

“I admire him and feel for him,” he said. “He hasn’t deserved all of this.”