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Sri Lanka Cricket in Humpty-Dumpty Situation

June 23, 2017

Suresh Murugaser, an original essay entitled “What ails Sri Lanka Cricket!” … with highlighting emphasis in the text being an imposition by The Editor, Cricketique

Let’s face it. All is not well with Sri Lanka Cricket – both the organisation and the game itself. I’m simply making a few observations in the hope that the powers- that-be take notice, and make calculated efforts to put things right.

  1. School Cricket

This is the cradle and nursery of our cricket culture, and it even produced cricketers who were able to walk into the Sri Lanka side. What’s happened is that, under the Schools Cricket Association (which, till very recently operated independently of Sri Lanka Cricket), which was under the purview of school Principals and Masters-in-Charge, has become a law unto itself. Read the rest of this entry »

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Champion Bloggers on the Champion’s Finale at the Oval

June 19, 2017

ESPNcricinfo, 19 June 2017

A bailout or a bail-in? Mohammad Hafeez helped Pakistan add 91 in the last ten overs © Getty Images

 

  • @CRICFAN56623542: Luck is part of the game. Better teams make use of luck…Fakhar dropped on 3 made century.. Koli dropped out the next ball. Pakistan is way ahead of india on head to head and yes India was neither the best ever. It was always Australia and West Indies of the old. Things get open now with a not so dominant Australia but frankly speaking i think it is a rare low from them as well as south Africa. And you said “will not ever”, my friend no one can know that. I always thought teams winning on home grounds should not get the same points as those who win as visitors. ICC should review the point system. I believe that teams winning at home should get half the value of points as those winning as visitors. Put that in the system and you will see how your so called big 4 falls to the ground.

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Gods Almighty at the Oval!

June 19, 2017

Errol Fernando

The gods who fix matches are rubbing their hands with glee!!!  They fixed all the matches with consummate skill to achieve their ultimate god-almighty aim. First, they made sure that the best and worst teams were in the same group and were also the greatest arch-rivals in the world.

 

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Galle to host ODI Matches

June 19, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title reads “Galle to host first ODI since 2000 on Zimbabwe visit”

ODI cricket is set to return to Galle after a 17-year hiatus, with the first two of Zimbabwe’s five ODIs to be played there on June 30 and July 2. This is Zimbabwe’s first bilateral tour of Sri Lanka since a two-ODI, three-Test tour took place in December 2001-January 2002. A total of seven ODIs have been played in Galle, but none since July 6, 2000 when Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 37 runs during a tri-series that also included Pakistan.

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Sri Lanka Women’s Team is in England for ICC World Cup

June 14, 2017

Sunday Times, where the title is “Sri Lanka women’s team leaves for ICC WWC in England”

The Sri Lanka women’s cricket team left the island on Tuesday (13) to engage in a 5-day conditioning and acclimatization programme ahead of their ICC Women’s World Cup (WWC) 2017 campaign which commences with a game against New Zealand on June 24 in England. The Sri Lanka women’s team, led by Inoka Ranaweera, have been engaged in an intensive training schedule under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya over the past 45 days, most recently concluding a five-day residential camp at the recently opened SLC Centre of Excellence in Kandy.

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Rare Cricketing Images from Yesteryear: Bodyline

June 13, 2017

W M Woodfull of Australia ducks to avoid a rising ball from Harold Larwood of England during the Fourth Test match at Brisbane on the infamous ‘Bodyline’ Tour of Australia … Photo by Central Press/Getty Images

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Rare Images from the Oval, Colombo 1948

June 13, 2017

 Mariamma, one of the groundsmen (sic)

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