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New ACUSL President Dolawatte out to uplift umpiring standards

Premnath C. Dolawatte the incumbent President of ACUSL (second from left) briefs the media on his future plans. Others in the picture from left-Saman Hewavitharana, Assignment Secretary (ACUSL), Palitha Kulathunga, Assistant Secretary (ACUSL), Wasantha Ariyawickrema, Treasurer (ACUSL).

Premnath C. Dolawatte the incumbent President of ACUSL (second from left) briefs the media on his future plans. Others in the picture from left-Saman Hewavitharana, Assignment Secretary (ACUSL), Palitha Kulathunga, Assistant Secretary (ACUSL), Wasantha Ariyawickrema, Treasurer (ACUSL).     

Parliamentarian Premnath C. Dolawatte assumed duties as the new President of the Association of Cricket Umpires in Sri Lanka (ACUSL) at a ceremony held last Friday at the P. Sara Stadium.

The ACUSL was formed in 1944 to support the game of cricket in all segments, including schools, clubs, mercantile, and other tournaments conducted in the country.

MP Dolawatte highlighted some of the immediate issues the ACUSL faces; one of them being the need for a permanent headquarters. The association is currently using part of the P. Sara Stadium as its headquarters.

“I feel privileged to be selected to take over the ACUSL. This is a body that has existed for over seven decades, but still requires drastic changes. I look to set up a headquarters for the association with the assistance of Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Namal Rajapaksa,” Dolawatte said.

With over 1,200 members, the ACUSL is the only accredited body recognised by the SLC; they officiate at cricket matches held by over 10,000 schools, as well as 4,000 other matches per year.

Until 1996, all umpiring examinations and assignments concerning cricket matches in the country were overlooked by the ACUSL. Afterwards, the SLC joined with them to form their own set of umpires. Moreover, the SLC grants the association a monthly allowance of Rs.200,000 to handle their operations.

“I will formulate a welfare scheme and an insurance plan for the ACUSL. I also plan to raise the standards set for umpires,” Dolawatte added.