Mahinda and Neil in Critical Commentary on Cricket Scene

August 20, 2017

ONE  = Mahinda Wijesinghe, in Sunday Island, 20 August 2017, where the title is “Will Humpty-Dumpty’s fate be repeated?

At last – and thankfully – the three-Test series against India is over. Sri Lanka was outplayed, out-planned and out-distanced by many a mile as the visitors sauntered to a 3-0 series win seemingly without raising a sweat. Watching this massacre from a Sri Lankan point of view was excruciatingly painful to say the least. To think that not too long ago Sri Lanka humbled the mighty Australians 3-0 before this tumble. Hopefully, after this great fall, unlike the fate that befell Humpty-Dumpty, can the powers-that-be put our cricket together again? It is going to be a very difficult task.

Sri Lankan chief cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya (R) and Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala attend a press conference in Colombo on August 16. India will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 game in Sri Lanka. The first one-day internationals starts today, August 20 in Dambulla.(Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP)

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Sri Lanka’s Prospects at Dambulla in First ODI

August 19, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, August 19 2017 where the title readCan ailing Sri Lanka spring a surprise?”

India were monumentally dominant in the Tests, while Sri Lanka are in turmoil and have a new full-time limited-overs captain, but if there is still a wisp of hope that the ODIs will be competitive, it is based on the outcome of the Champions Trophy match between these sides. Remember that? It seems so long ago now, and so difficult to imagine. But it’s true. Sri Lanka did defeat India on June 8, after orchestrating a record tournament chase. The way, unsurprisingly, was led by Kusal Mendis. Chasing, and a big score for Mendis, again represent Sri Lanka’s best chance of an upset in Dambulla. While they lost a home series 3-2 against Zimbabwe in July, they will at least take a little encouragement from the fact that none of those losses came when they were batting second.

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Chandimal OUT!! ODI Squad named

August 16, 2017

Daily News, 16 August 2017

Sri Lanka named a 15-man squad for the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India, which will begin with the first game at Dambulla on Sunday (20). Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors have not named the Test captain Dinesh Chandimal in the ODI squad , which includes two uncapped players and two more recalled.  Allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana have been recalled into the ODI squad after a brief lapse while left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara and the left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando are the two rookies to earn a calling.

Vishwa Fernando — AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena  

 Milinda Siriwardena–Getty

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Paranavitana for a Pakistan Tour

August 15, 2017

Bipin Dani, courtesy of  Pakistan Observer, where the title is  “Sri Lanka’s Lahore terror attack victim Tharanga Paranavitana welcomes move to play cricket in Pakistan”

Tharanga Paranavitana

Former Sri Lanka opener Tharanga Paranavitana, who was one of the six victims in the March 3, 2009 terrorist attack on the team’s bus in Lahore, said Sri Lankan players going to play in Pakistan should only concentrate on the game. After a security assessment, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief Thilanga Sumathipala cleared the team to play three T20s, including at least one in Lahore.

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Outstanding Cricket Songs

August 14, 2017

Benjamin Golby  ….. https://benjamingolby.bandcamp.com/track/in-memoriam-p-m-r

So far as I know, there are two great cricket songs.  Writing on Roy Harper’s ‘When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease’ in (the now defunct) The Word magazine, David Hepworth said that it,  summons the shade of every village cricket pitch we have ever gazed hungrily upon or glimpsed from a passing car… Both John Peel and John Walters wanted this song played after their deaths. There is scarcely an Englishman who wouldn’t wish for the same honour. [1]

Like most reflections on cricket, the song is more than the mechanics and narrative of the game. From depicting everyman’s park cricket match in dear, gentle hues, the lyric strides to the elevated plain of existence and death. The game is not used merely as an allegory though. It would be a dull, unsporting soul who held so. Rather, cricket is recognised as the superb use of existence that it is, as delivered in the second verse,

… as those footsteps trace for the last time out of the act
Well this way of life’s recollection, the hallowed strip in the haze
The fabled men and the noonday sun are much more than just yarns of their days.

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Remembering Peter Roebuck

August 14, 2017

Benjamin Golby  courtesy of https://benjamingolby.bandcamp.com/track/in-memoriam-p-m-r ….. where the title reads In Memoriam – P​.​M​.​R.””

 Peter Roebuck died on the 12th of November 2011. He is among a good many eminent men in cricket, including AE Stoddart, Albert Trott, Sid Barnes and Jack Iverson, to take their own lives.  Given the wretched and mute circumstances in which these men died, it is to be hoped that, if there is some existence beyond this, they have there fared better.

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Nine Fielders on the Boundary for Hardik Pandya…. A Record ?

August 13, 2017

As I watch Lahiru Gamage run up, I see that Chandimal has placed nine fielders in a ring äround Hardik Pandya … sort of!!  ….. they are all on the boundary lines. Pandya had just mauled left arm spinner Pushpakumara — hitting threee sixes and a four in one over. Some were not mere sixers, but HUGE SIXERS.

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