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  SRI LANKA MALAY ASSOCIATION
PERSATUAN MELAYU SRI LANKA
ESTD. 1922
Annual Planing Meeting
At the Malay Rally held on 25th November 1972 commemorating the Centenary Celebrations of the CMCC, His  Excellency William Gopallawa, President of the Republic of Sri Lanka in his speech referred to the sentiments  expressed by the then Governor of Ceylon, Sir William Gregory PC, in the Legislative Council about the abolition of the  Ceylon Rifle Regiment of Malays in 1873. Sir Gregory said, “I abolished the Ceylon Rifles (the Malay Regiment) with so  much regret. It was an excellent Regiment in a high state of discipline most creditable of its officers and had done  excellent service. They had become a luxury: still I regretted being the author of the overthrow of an institution long  connected with the colony and which it was justly proud of and I regretted losing a team of such excellent cricketers”  In 1925, with a generous donation from the late Mudaliyar Jainudeen, the foundation was laid for a hall and pavilion at  the Rifle Green. When World War II broke out in 1939, Rifle Green and the pavilion were requisitioned by the British  Government for Military purposes. When the war was over in 1945, it was then used for Police Barracks. However, in  1950 the pavilion and the Jainudeen Memorial Hall were returned to the CMCC and 1953 saw Rifle Green grounds  being restored to the club by the Government.  It was here in 1953 that the great showman benefactor, late Donovan  Andree organized a grand carnival and donated part of the proceeds to the CMCC for its development. In 1954, the  grounds were once again taken over by the Government – this time for building and relocating the Slave Island Police  Station.  The pavilion and the Jainudeen Memorial hall was also vested in the government in 1956 to make way for the  Slave Island Police quarters to meet the housing needs of the personnel attached to this precinct. A temporary site – a  ‘Police Hut’ – was provided by the government to the CMCC in lieu of the takeover of its Rifle Green home.   Notwithstanding this, the then General Committee led by its President B Zahire Lye pursued the need for a Cricket  ground resulting in a new site being made available by the government in 1959 – the land adjoining the “Police Hut” –  for a Ground and Pavilion to the CMCC  which is where the Padang now proudly stands. Once construction of the  pavilion was complete with much passion and zeal, the general committee went about the task of making preparations  for the cricket ground. In this regard special mention should be made of Brown & Co. Ltd. for their support and  assistance in leveling and laying of the ground.  Many regret the loss of the Rifle Green which was the cricket ground of the Malays inherited during the days of the  British Military Command for several decades, but rejoiced when on 23rd December 1961, their new ground which is  situated in close proximity to the former, was declared open by the then Inspector General of Police  M W F Abeykoon  with the new Cricket Ground of the CMCC completing the Padang.