Bit of retail therapy for our boys

Bit of retail therapy for our boys
When the going gets tough, Jade Roberts, Isuru Udana, TT Mirando & Jehan Mubarak (who deserves a special treat after the Aussie match on the previous day)
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20 November 2008
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Cricket's sprinting Turk

Seeing Tommy Simsek sprinting between the pitch and the pavilion and back again has become a common sight wherever Sri Lanka play.

Why does Simsek, the national team's physiotherapist, do it? "Basically," he says, "I come from a soccer background. I hate to see play being interrupted during cricket. When the physio needs to come out and attend to a player's injury play is interrupted. The more I can minimise the interruption in play, the better.

"I am treated half-heartedly as a bit of a joke in the dressing room. Initially all the players were surprised by it, the coaching staff who have been involved with cricket for a long time had never seen such a thing. It was very amusing to them. They insisted I 'do it again and again'. One thing led to another and they wanted me to do it all the time. Whenever I didn't sprint they were disappointed and I was booed.

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