by Trevor Chesterfield
There is a growing feeling, for some of us, even a heavy touch of nostalgia, of how the national practice sessions in leafy Maitland Place will soon not be quite the same.
Maybe not this year, but sometime in the not too misty future, two familiar left-hand athletic figures will have departed the scene. One is Chaminda Vaas, aka the high priest of left-arm swing. The other is Sanath Jayasuriya, aka the Matara Mauler.
While the first named – now edging close to 35 - is missing from the Sri Lanka T20 team for a quadrangular in far off Canada from October 10 to 13, the 39 year-old flamboyant Jayasuriya is not only pencilled in the squad. He also when he returns has a confirmed date in South Africa where he has been signed by the Durban based Natal Dolphins.