Sri Lanka's bowlers spent a couple of hours working on their
severe no-ball problems on Friday, the rest-day of their inaugur-
al test match against Zimbabwe.
Before bad light, and then rain, brought a premature close to the
third day's play at Harare Sports Club on Thursday, the three Sri
Lanka seam bowlers had contributed 30 no-balls as Zimbabwe
reached 172 for two in response to Sri Lanka's 383.
Manager Ranjit Fernando said the team were happy with the way the
practice went, but added: ''It was disappointing that Pramodya
Wickremasinghe was unable to work out because of an ankle strain
he picked up in the last session yesterday (Thursday). He bowled
the most number of no-balls yesterday (15)."
Fernando put the no-ball problem down to two factors: ''Our
bowlers haven't bowled a lot of overs between them recently and
the practice nets we used at Harare Sports Club didn't really
permit our bowlers to bowl at full pace. When they ran in at
speed during the test, they were then overstepping. But I think
we've resolved much of the problem now.''
Thanks :: Reuter reports
UMass, Oct 17, 1994