ALEX KOUNTOURIS physiotherapist extraordinary & one of the mentors for SL cricketers in 1996 et seq… http://www.espncricinfo.com/usa/content/player/49508.html AND http://neoskosmos.com/news/en/Kontouris-physiotherapist-cricket Read the rest of this entry ?
Archive for the ‘confrontations on field’ Category
Steven Lynch, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where this delightful essay bears the title ‘“You’re fired”
Roy Gilchrist was probably the fastest bowler to emerge from Jamaica before Michael Holding – and he mixed up his express deliveries and bumpers with the odd very nasty high full-toss – the now-banned “beamer”. But not long after taking 6 for 55 against India in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1958-59, Gilchrist unleashed one beamer too many – at an old Cambridge team-mate of his captain, Gerry Alexander. He was sent home from the tour, and never played for West Indies again.
A hard-hitting allrounder seemingly made for the one-day game, and who latterly made a mark in Test cricket, Queenslander Andrew Symonds often sailed close to the wind: in England in 2005 he was dropped after a night out, which wouldn’t have made so many headlines if Australia hadn’t promptly lost to Bangladesh. Then, in August 2008, he achieved the unlikely feat of being sent home from a series at home – Bangladesh (again) were about to provide the opposition in a one-day series in the “top end” (Darwin and Cairns) of Australia, when Symonds missed a team meeting as he had gone fishing. Protests that he’d left the hotel before the meeting was called fell on deaf ears. He was welcomed back that time, but fell out with the Australian hierarchy for good a year later. Read the rest of this entry ?
I insert a series of opinions on the working of the DRS system from ex-cricketers and knowledgeable observers, commentary that is spiced at the end by Mahela Jayawardene’s response to questions from Tony Greig at a critical point during the Second Test match versus England in Sri Lanka. The sequence here is as follows
A: A web site reference to my slashing criticism of Indian cricketers and the Indian board for their position on the DRS in cricket, namely, Hegemonic Idiocy: BCCI and Dhoni on the DRS in cricket http://thuppahi.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/hegemonic-idiocy-bcci-and-dhoni-on-the-drs-in-cricket/
B: my “Exploring Reader Opinion, an Addendum” in http://www.islandcricket.lk/columns/michael_roberts/168720221/exploring-reader-opinions-an-addendum ……………..which, alas, drew no comment. Read the rest of this entry ?
Sri Lanka the gentlest, most languorous country of Asia, where everybody smiles beguilingly – Arthur C Clarke thought it was the best place in the world from which to view the universe. Legend has it that this is where butterflies come to die. But currently Graeme Swann seems rather less enamoured with the country.
After a satisfactory opening match for the tourists, Swann confided afterwards that he “wanted to kill” Dilruwan Perera. He accused the Sri Lankan of cheating and questioning the integrity of the England captain. Perera had stood his ground after Andrew Strauss, at first slip, had claimed a catch off the bowling of Jimmy Anderson in the final innings of the warm-up game in Colombo. The umpire declined to raise his finger, there was no DRS in use, and, according to Swann, Perera “stood right next to me with a smug look on his face”. Swann lamented: “We live in an age where cheating is accepted.”
Swann, we know, can be a delight. He is an admirable cricketer, who plays the game in the right way. Afterwards he pitches up for press conferences with a smile and once they are over dutiful correspondents are rarely left scratching their heads for something to write. He likes to entertain; for him a good one-liner is as irresistible as a wide half-volley; he is prepared to speak his mind often with colourful images. And we are grateful. Read the rest of this entry ?
ONE: “Geneva issue won’t upset England tour of SL” by Rex Clementine, in Island, 15 March 2011
England skipper Andrew Strauss yesterday stressed the need to act responsibly before making up their minds when he was asked about the ongoing US-led efforts to move a resolution against Sri Lanka at the current session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The first English captain to win back to back Ashes titles since 1986 was responding to Paul Newman of the Daily Mail at his first media briefing in Colombo since arriving here two weeks ago to prepare for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
Those behind ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ and ‘War Crimes Unpunished’ scheduled to be telecast Wednesday night campaigned in the UK to pressure the England team to cancel the tour over accountability issues.
UK Minister for human rights Jeremy Browne on the opening day of the UNHRC sessions on Feb. 27 called for UN intervention in Sri Lanka to help change the situation here.
“We have seen atrocities taking place all over the world. In war, a lot of unsavoury things happen on both sides. I personally think that these sort of political issues are best dealt by the politicians and administrators. But that doesn’t mean that we should stick our heads in the sand. If the UK government feels that there are cases to answer and the situation is serious enough that the England cricket team should not be touring somewhere, then that’s the call they have to make. Until then, it’d be wrong for us to focus on anything other than cricket,” the England captain said.
“As I said, we should not stick our heads in the sand. But you’ve got to be careful that if you start investigating, you investigate very thoroughly. There are people to look into these things and it’s important they do their job and it’s even important that I do my job, which is to win cricket matches,” Strauss added.
TWO: “Prasanna and Kandamby to captain Lankan teams”
Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene will lead Sri Lanka Board XI in a warm up game against the touring England cricket team that will get underway at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today at 10am.
Jayawardene returned half way through Sri Lanka’s tour of the UAE and missed the series in South Africa as he was forced to undergo surgery for hernia. Jayawardene was one of Sri Lanka’s successful batsmen with Test hundreds against England and Pakistan.
Middle order batsman Thilina Kandamby, who was Sri Lanka’s vice-captain during the ODI leg of last year’s tour of England has been named captain for the second warm up game that gets underway on the 20th at SSC.
Sri Lanka Board XI for today’s warm up game: Prasanna Jayawardena (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne (Vice-Captain), Banuka Rajapakse, Roshen Silva, Sachithra Serasinghe, Malinga Bandara, Dilruwan Perera, Tyronne Gamage, Nilanka Premaratne, Kanishka Elvitigala and Ashen Silva.
Sri Lanka Board XI for the second warm up game:Thilina Kandamby (Captain), Chamara Silva (Vice-Captain), Malintha Warnapura, Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Perera, Kushal Janith, Sajeewa Weerakoon, Kaushaliya Lokuarchchi, Tharanga Lakshitha, Vishwa Fernando and Isuru Udana.
Quite a furore was created in the current CBN series game between India and Sri Lanka played in Brisbane when Sri Lankan batsman Lahiru Thirimanne, at the non-striker’s end, was run out by Indian off-spinner Ashwin when the batsman was found to have left the crease before the ball had been delivered. In other words, Thirimanne was found to be taking a ‘foul start’. When Ashwin appealed to umpire Paul Reiffel – with Thirimanne well out of his crease – the latter without doing his avowed duty of giving his decision walked across to his partner Billy Bowden. After a three-way discussion, with Bowden and the Indian skipper Sehwag, Thirimanne was permitted to continue. Despite this let-off, Thirimanne still continued with his walkabouts. Something that confused most. Indeed the Laws of Cricket are very clear on this issue. Last year, to dispel any doubts on this vexed matter, the MCC reiterated and stated very clearly that “the bowler is permitted before releasing the ball and provided he has not completed his usual delivery swing, to attempt to run out the non-striker.” Can it be any clearer?
Hence, the Indian bowler Ashwin was not doing any act that even bordered on questionable sportsmanship. That question should be posed to the Sri Lanka batsman who was wittingly or otherwise taking an unfair advantage by taking a foul start. Remember, just one run could quite easily make the difference between victory and/or defeat, and more so in the shortened version of the game.
The Witticisms of Crowds: For the Indian cricket team, 4 January was a long and frustrating day. At the SCG Australia scored 366 runs and lost only a single wicket. At stumps Michael Clarke was 251 not out from 342 balls, with 31 fours and a single six. Brilliant as the innings was, none of these statistics was as remarkable as another number of the day, one that was provided by the mouth of a Cricket Australia spokesman rather than the bat of the team captain. For the first time since CA had been keeping such records, not a single spectator had been thrown out of the ground during the day’s play. Read the rest of this entry ?
Arjuna Ranatunga reprimands the umpire Ross Emerson during the infamous contretemps at Adelaide Oval on 23 January 1999 after Eemrson –in what is now known to be a pre-planned move — no-balled Muralitharan for chucking the ball.
For clarification of the events leading up to this incident and a ‘post-mortem’ See Michael Roberts, “Saving Murali: Action On-field and Off-field, 1995-2005, in Roberts, Incursions and Excursions in and around Sri Lankan Cricket, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications, 20011, pp. 111-38 … ISBN 978-955-53198-0-5
Also see articles by Rohit Brijnath, Peter Roebuck, Bernard Whimpress, Glucka Wijesuriya and Michael Roberts in Roberts, Essaying Cricket. Sri Lanka and Beyond, Colombo: Vijitha Yapa Publications, 2006 …. ISBN 955-1266-25-0 (pbk) and 955-1266-26-9 (hbk) …………………… where some other striking photographs can be viewed.
4,500 cows imported from Australia
…… Headline in The Island 10 September 2011