Yorkshire players’ meet Sangakkara & Jayawardene— 25 February 2013
The Yorkshire contingent, currently in training at the P Sara Oval in Colombo, Sri Lanka, are currently hitting their straps in the sweltery conditions of the sub-continent.
Led by captain Andrew Gale and new signing Jack Brooks, the players have been netting up to eight hours a day utilising the excellent facilities. They even met with Sri Lanka legends Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
“The trip so far has been fantastic, the lads have worked very hard in each session, although the double days have been tough in the afternoon,” explained Yorkshire’s second team coach Paul Farbrace, who is heading the Headingley delegation to Sri Lanka.
“Through connections we have out here, both Kumar (Sangakkara) and Mahela (Jayawardene) have met the lads and talked to them about the game in general, which has been good for all of us.
“Mahela entertained us all for dinner on Friday with his wife, he sat between Karl Carver and Jack Leaning, he was excellent. Kumar came to nets on the second day and chatted to all the lads and then had myself Galey (Andrew Gale) and Dammsy (Richard Damms) to his house for dinner and spent a long time chatting to Galey about batting.
“We have an excellent mix in the group. The nets have been good and we have had the use of some excellent local net bowlers, The local first-class team in the City, Tamil Union headed up by Australian Stan Nell, has been sending players’ not playing in the current three-day game at the ground over to the nets to bowl at our lads. We have had Mirando, the left arm quick who has played 10 tests and 40 ODIs, bowling at us and other quality bowlers too.”
To continue preparations ahead of the new season, the seven Yorkshire players along with players from Tamil Union will take on a Sri Lanka Board XI at the P Sara Oval this week and the players are relishing the prospect of playing in match conditions.
“We have arranged a match at the P Sara Oval, the test ground, which is where we have been each day for nets,” added Farbrace.
“We are playing the Sri Lanka Board XI, which will be a good test for us. It will give our lads a great insight into match conditions against some of Sri Lanka’s best cricketers. The opposition are coached by Romesh Kaluwitharana, who was Sanath Jayasuriya’s opening partner at the 1996 World Cup.”
Farbrace has been impressed with the attitude of the young players that have made the trip and he feels that all the players can build on this experience both on and off the field.
“I would like to think each player has not only enjoyed the trip but has learnt a lot, they have been pretty honest in the feedback meetings each night, and have embraced the culture of the place,” said Farbrace.
“The second day here Karl (Carver) and Barney (Gibson) took themselves off in a tuc tuc to have a look round, which is brilliant.
“They haven’t just sat in their rooms or round the pool, but have got out to see the sights, which is an important part of their development.”
The players will return to Yorkshire on Thursday.
Yorkshire squad at the Sri Lanka training camp:
Senior squad members
Andrew Gale (captain), (LHB)
Jack Brooks, (RMF, RHB)
Alex Lees (LHB)
Jack Leaning (RMF, RHB)
Academy squad members
Eddie Wilson (LHB, WK)
Barney Gibson (RHB, WK)
Karl Carver (SLA, LHB)
Paul Farbrace, second team coach
Richard Damms, development manager