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Fare Thee Well Rangana

November 12, 2018

Item in Daily Mirror, 10 November 2018, with this title Rangana’s swansong and Lanka’s future in spin bowling”

When Rangana Herath takes the field for one last time in Galle today, there will be tributes for the gentleman cricketer who has an unblemished record on and off field. Sri Lanka will host England in a three-match Test series but Herath will only play the first Test starting on November 6, thereby ending a career spanning nearly two decades.

With 430 wickets and counting, Herath can walk off the field with his head held high. He has achieved what no other left-arm bowler has done in the history of the game. With five more wickets in his last appearance, he will become number seven in the all-time list of highest wicket takers, led by our own Muttiah Muralidaran (800). It is a phenomenal achievement for a late bloomer. Among them are 34 five wickets hauls out of which 26 came off in home conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Accolades Aplenty for Rangana Herath

November 7, 2018

Lankan cricket greats witness Herath’s farewell Test

Sri Lankan cricket legends Arjuna Ranatunga, Muthiah Muralitharan and Sidath Wettimuny along with other former cricket board officials were present at the historic Galle International Cricket Stadium to witness veteran spinner Rangana Herath’s farewell Test appearance on the first day of the first cricket Test against England yesterday. In fact Muralitharan also made his final Test appearance at this same venue eight years ago. Seated from left: Arjuna Ranatunga, Muthiah Muralitharan, Kushil Gunasekara, Nishantha Ranatunga and Sidath Wettimuny.

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Bloodletting in Cricket Australia Management Continues

November 7, 2018

ONE: Vipin Darwade, in CricketAge, 7 November 2018

Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday that High Performance chief Pat Howard will leave his role next week as the fallout from a scathing cultural review into the governing body continues. Howard, who has been in the role since 2011, had intended to stay until the Ashes tour of England next year, CA announced last month, a week before releasing the Longstaff review. “While Pat Howard has previously made clear his intentions not to renew his contract next year, it has been decided to bring forward his departure which will take effect next week after a handover,” CA said in a statement.

Belinda Clark has agreed to take on the role of Interim EGM, Team Performance until Pat’s permanent replacement is announced in the new year.

Kieran McMillan will step into the Interim EGM, Community Cricket role until such time that Belinda returns to her post.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Day One of Galle Test Match elongs to Foakes

November 6, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando

Ben Foakes was largely in the team for his wicketkeeping. That, at least, was one of the arguments. But following a morning session in which England’s more highly rated batsmen tangled themselves up in aggressive strokes and left the side at 103 for 5, it was debutant Foakes whose steady hand raised them gradually out of the ditch they had been in at lunch.

Foakes used the crease, skipped out to meet the spinners, and he swept as well, but he did each of these in a much more measured fashion than the men who batted above him. Thanks to him, and the men who batted well in his company – Jos Buttler, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid – England can even claim to have grasped a position of strength in this match. A score of 321 for 8 at stumps on day one is not shabby, in a Galle Test. Foakes himself was not out, 13 runs short of what would be a plucky century in his first Test innings.

Foakes

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Zimbabwe in Comprehensive Test Victory over Bangladesh

November 6, 2018

Mohamed Isam, in ESPNcricinfo, November 2018

Zimbabwe 282 (Williams 88, Moor 63*, Taijul 6-108) and 181 (H Masakadza 48, Taijul 5-62) beat Bangladesh 143 (Ariful 41*, Chatara 3-19, Raza 3-35) and 169 (Mavuta 4-21, Raza 3-41) by 151 runs

  Brandon Mavuta celebrates a wicket with his teammates Getty Images

The moment arrived at 1.46pm on the fourth afternoon in Sylhet. Ariful Haque swung hard at Wellington Masakadza, but suffered a fate that most Bangladesh batsmen have off late, his top-edge being caught by a jubilant Regis Chakabva. Zimbabwe fought odds that were stacked against them, but won most sessions in the game with patient batting and bowling. They held their catches too, and dismantled Bangladesh for a 151-run win. Read the rest of this entry »

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Both Jayasuriya and Zoysa charged by ICC Anti-Corruption Unit

November 3, 2018

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Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code, the world governing body has announced.The former captain and explosive opening batsman has refused to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU), the ICC said in a statement.

Charges: Sanath Jayasuriya, seen here back in his playing days, is under investigation.Charges: Sanath Jayasuriya, seen here back in his playing days, is under investigation.CREDIT:TIM CLAYTON

The 49-year-old has also been charged with trying to conceal, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to an anti-corruption investigation.”Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” the ICC statement said.

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Sanga to star in STAR SPORTS Commentary Team

November 3, 2018

Abhisek Patil in CRICKET AGE, April 2018 where the title is Kumar Sangakkara Joins Star Sports India Commentary Team

Sri Lankan Legend Kumar Sangakkara has joined the illustrious Commentary team of Star Sports. The channel has just yesterday secured the Television Rights of BCCI’s Home bilateral series for next five years, in a whopping 6138.1 Crore bid. The channel has already secured media rights for the Lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

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