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Vale: Dean Jones, A Straight-Talking, Hard-Hitting Aussie

September 26, 2020

Rex Clementine

The Aussies were in Galle for the first Test of the series in 2004 and Dean Jones joked in commentary. He said that it took him less than four hours from Singapore to Katunayake but five hours to get to Galle from Katunayake! He was driving home some pertinent points. Travel in Sri Lanka before the highway days was a nightmare. Sri Lanka Cricket did not raise objections with the television company that employed Jones nor did the Sports Ministry. His criticism was well taken by all and sundry. Jones didn’t mince any words. He was a bold critic. As The Island’s former Editor Mr. Gamini Weerakoon used to say, ‘A good journalist works with his resignation letter in the pocket.’

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Still Batting in Life’s Ways: Old Cricketers’ Gathering

September 25, 2020

Tall Stories, True Stories ….. and Gahapan Machang … as they passed the arrack and beer around

Courtesy of Somasundaram Skandhakumar …. and presented here in memory of Michael De Zoysa

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“Michael Holding is shooting blind” – Jof Archer

September 15, 2020

Jofra Archer has claimed Michael Holding “doesn’t know anything that is going on behind the scenes” after he criticised England and Australia for failing to take a knee during their limited-overs series.

Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler, has been a vocal advocate of the Black Lives Matter movement in recent months. As well as providing impassioned testimony of his experiences on Sky and with ESPNcricinfo, he welcomed the decision of the England, West Indies and Ireland teams to register their respect for the movement by taking a knee ahead of their Test and ODI fixtures earlier this season.

 Jofra Archer, back in the light blue of England’s ODI team Getty Images

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Bangladesh Tour with Shortened Quarantine

September 12, 2020

Mohamed Islam, in ESPNcricinfo, 12 September 2020, ….https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/29866940/sl-v-bangladesh-2020-slc-says-bangladesh-need-one-week-quarantine-according-bcb-ceo

SLC has told the BCB that the Bangladesh contingent will have to be quarantined for a week on reaching Sri Lanka, before they can step out of their hotel to train, according to BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury. Initially there had been reports of the team perhaps not having to quarantine at all, and so travelling to Colombo on September 27 and hitting the nets the next day for the Test series that is scheduled to begin on October 23. Now, with the seven-day quarantine plan, the tour schedule could change to meet the directives of the local health authorities, which the BCB is happy to adhere to.

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Azeem Rafiq’s Racist Travails at Yorkshire CC

September 5, 2020

George Dobell, in ESPNricinfo, 3 September 2020, where the title is “Azeem Rafiq was ‘on brik of sucide’ after experiencing racism at Yorkshire”

Azeem Rafiq has claimed his experiences of racism at Yorkshire left him on the brink of suicide. Rafiq, a former England U19 and Yorkshire captain, says he “lost faith in humanity” after his reports of racist behaviour were “ignored” by the club. Originally seen as a symbol of the club’s desire to embrace the ethnic diversity of the urban areas around its Leeds home, Rafiq came to believe that “institutional racism” at the club is “worse than it’s ever been”.

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Australian Implosion permits England Victory

September 5, 2020

ESPN Report, 4 August 2020, entitledEngland storm back to choke chase and take 1-0 series lead”

England 162 for 7 (Malan 66, Buttler 44, Richardson 2-13) beat Australia 160 for 6 (Warner 58, Finch 46, Rashid 2-29) beat by two runs

Australia imploded in their first international game since March at the Ageas Bowl, falling two runs short against England despite needed 39 from the final 36 balls with nine wickets remaining in their chase. David Warner and Aaron Finch had put on 98 for the first wicket in the space of 11 overs to break the back of the chase, before Steven Smith flew out of the blocks at No. 3. But four wickets in the space of 14 legal deliveries gave England a foothold, as Australia went 5.4 overs without a boundary.

Glenn Maxwell reacts to his dismissal AFP

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Lanka Premier League Shoot-Out Re-Jigged

September 3, 2020

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPNcricinfo, 2 Septmber 2020

Sri Lanka Cricket has announced fresh dates for the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which has now been scheduled between November 14 and December 6. However, government approval for a shorter quarantine period for players, officials and broadcast staff is yet to be secured; it is this hurdle that had forced the postponement of the LPL, originally slated to begin in late August. The SLC officials have asked that the quarantine period for those arriving in the country for this tournament be reduced to seven days, from the present 14-day period.

There is no known community spread of Covid-19 in Sri Lanka at present, but quarantine protocols have been incredibly strict PA Photos/Getty Images

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An Appreciation of PI Pieris …. Ian to Some, “PI” to Others

August 31, 2020

Mevan Pieris of S. Thomas College & SSC

Dear Michael, ……  Read with interest Gerry Suraweera’s appreciation of Ian Pieris. Indeed when Arpico beat Lever Brothers in the Mercantile A Division cricket Final in 1976, PI was really happy. I still carry happy memories of this match having captained the Arpico team that year. The whole team ended up at my home that night for drinks and to share a simple meal of bread, butter and meat curry.

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A Love Affair with the Colombo Oval

August 30, 2020

S. Skandakumar, in The Sunday Island, 30 August 2020 where his chosen title is “The Colombo Oval and I”

The majestic Oval scoreboard clock showed ten minutes to three on a Sunday afternoon when our final wicket fell. We had conceded first innings points by a small margin to Moors in a P. Sara Trophy encounter. The year was 1973 and it was my first game for the club. The many Moors supporters hugged each other and left the venue to return to Braybrook Place to celebrate. With just half an hour left to tea, and two hours thereafter to the end of the game, their optimism was justified.

In our dressing room our skipper Benedictine Tony Appathurai had other ideas. “I want five by tea,” he thundered as he briskly led us back on to the field for that half an hour. I admired his arrogance!

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kent and Middlesex in High-Scoring T20 Tie

August 29, 2020
209/4
(20 ov, target 210)
209/5

Match tied

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