Archive for June, 2011


Sri Lanka Cricket Run Out … and run over by Hambantota

June 21, 2011

Frederica Jansz, in the Sunday Leader, 19 June 2011

Sri Lanka Cricket also known formerly as the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka is in a financial melt down due to political interference, large scale corruption and short-sighted management policies. Cricket  has become a passion for almost every Sri Lankan.  Sadly the gentlemen’s game has been swamped by high finance, leading to persons without the requisite mental and moral make up wanting to be a part of it for upward social mobility and / or financial gain.
The morass that Sri Lanka Cricket is in today has a direct relationship to the recently concluded World Cup 2011, hosted in the sub continent. The 1996 World Cup where Sri Lanka emerged champions was also hosted in the sub continent. Therefore, the Sri Lankan people were expecting a repeat performance which by no mean measure was helped by a nationalistic hype that was being marketed by a government riding high, having defeated the LTTE. Read the rest of this entry ?


Embellishments for Sabina Park

June 20, 2011

Holding, Rowe and Walsh honoured at Sabina Park

Dear ALL

The Jamaica Cricket Association will host a naming ceremony, tomorrow, Monday, during the lunch break on the first day of the First Digicel Test. The two ends of Sabina Parkand the Players Pavilion will be named after three of Jamaica’s premier cricketers – Courtney Walsh, Michael Holding and Lawrence Rowe.

Media will be given access to the field of play for the period of the naming ceremony and Walsh and Rowe will be available for interviews thereafter……..

Kind regards,

Imran Khan (on behalf of the JCA)
Corporate Communications Officer
West Indies Cricket Board

 Sabina Park is the home of the Kingston Cricket Club, and is the only Test cricket ground in Kingston, Jamaica and is often referred to as “The Holiday Home of Cricket”. Read the rest of this entry ?


Prima Donnas in Plenty: West Indian Cricket in Internal Strife

June 20, 2011

Decisions following June 17th meeting of WICB Board of Directors –Kingston: Following are decisions taken by the Board of Directors of the West Indies Cricket Board at the meeting of the Board in Kingston, Jamaica on June 17th.

 Dinanath Ramnarine

 Chris Gayle                         

Sulieman Benn

West Indies Players Association:

1.   The WICB will continue to treat WIPA, the representative body of the players, with the highest degree of respect and as a principal partner inWest Indiescricket and will continue to engage WIPA on matters pertaining to West Indian players.

2.   However, given Mr. Dinanath Ramnarine’s threatening action towards the WICB Chief Executive Officer and the unprofessional conduct of Mr. Ramnarine during a recent meeting on June 14 2011, the Board will no longer engage with Mr. Ramnarine on any issue unless there is a change in his behaviour and conduct. Read the rest of this entry ?


White, Mendis and Rajapaksa give Tharanga kändha in a poisoned chalice

June 13, 2011

Saroj Pathirana, in BBC Sinhala Service

 Eliyantha White


A high profile healer who describes himself as President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s personal physician is not a registered medical practitioner inSri Lanka. Sri Lanka Medical Council’s Registrar Dr NJ Nonis told BBC Sinhala service: “The person named Eliyantha White is not registered in the Council either as a medical practitioner, dentist or an assistant medical practitioner.” Dr Nonis made the revelation when the BBC requested the Council’s response to people who have no qualifications

Dr. Geethanjana Mendis

allegedly prescribing banned substances to national sports personal. Six national sports personalities including cricket star Upul Tharanga have recently failed doping tests.  Tharanga has been tested positive for taking a banned substance after the World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand on 29 March.

‘Eradicate cancer’: Tharanga is facing a two-year ban if found guilty at an ICC hearing to be held next week, according to the Sunday Times published in Colombo.

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Botham, CMJ and Moon evaluate “devastation” in the northern Vanni in different measures

June 12, 2011

Michael Roberts, 12 June 2011

This article can be found as


Preamble: The seeds of this essay lodged in my mind in early March 2009 when still in Lanka after an email exchange with CMJ; but I was too busy to develop the idea till May. The first draft was prepared then. That set me on a course that led to an essay I considered vital to be a backdrop, namely, “The Landscape of the LTTE’s Last Redoubt, May 2009,” which is at http://thuppahi.



Kandyan Dancers shake Lords Cricket Ground

June 12, 2011

Sujeeva Nivunhella, in the Sunday Island, 12 June 


It was a grand occasion on Sunday, June 5, at Lord’s cricket grounds asSri LankaandEngland participated in their second Test match. Spectators were not only treated with a fine game of cricket, where Sri Lankan Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a record 193, but also a dazzling display of  Sri Lankan culture by a Kandyan dance troupe, led by the legendary Mudiyanse Thennakoon during the lunch break. The dancers were clad in gold and orange which represented the colours of the Marylebone Cricket Club which was headquartered at Lord’s. Speaking exclusively to ‘The Sunday Island,’ one of the main organisers of the event, chairman of the British – Sri Lanka Chamber of Commerce, Jayampathi Perera, said that with the help of the Trade Dept. at the SL High Commission here in London, it took months to negotiate with the English cricket board and MCC for a programme of events at both Lord’s and Rose Bowl grounds. Read the rest of this entry ?


Upul Tharanga and Eliyantha White under the gun

June 12, 2011

S.R. Pathiravithana , in the Sunday Times, 12 June 2011

The beleaguered Sri Lanka ODI opener Upul Tharanga will face an official ICC panel of inquiry to explain about his side of the story following reports that he had been tested positive for banned drugs, according to informed sources. The ICC inquiry will be held in Dubaion or about June 24. If the Lankan opener cannot substantiate his innocence at this inquiry, he stands to face a maximum two-year ban, the sources said citing World Anti-Doping Agency rule Sri Lanka Cricket which was keeping mum on the issue last week broke its silence and issued a statement saying, “The ICC, has informed Sri Lanka Cricket that Upul Tharanga has been tested positive for the presence of a prohibited substance during a testing of a urine sample collected from him after the semi final match against New Zealand on March 29, 2011and a disciplinary charge has been initiated. “Since there is an ongoing inquiry to verify this charge, Tharanga will not be making himself available for selection until the conclusion of the inquiry and therefore will not be available for the ODI and T20 matches in England and the Sri Lanka “A” Team tour of England.” Read the rest of this entry ?


Ranjan Madugalle: A fine cricketing ambassador

June 12, 2011

Premasara Epasinghe, in Daily News

The greatness of a leader or a cricket captain is judged by the powerful and pervasive, influence he exercises for the good of his team – mates and the team. In a recent TV interview (Prime TV) I had with former Sri Lankan cricket captains, Kumar Sangakkara, he expressed his sentiment thus: about captaincy and leadership:  “I feel the entire eleven players should think, they are all leaders or captain. They must all exercise their responsibilities for the sake of the country. Everyone of them must put the country before self. “They are all captains or leader.”

Food for thought! : Leadership is one of the most enduring human responsibilities. Captains should have a vision, inspire action and lead from the front.

If you do an in-depth study of leadership, the first and key principle of leadership or captaincy, is the good relationship you maintain with your team. Once, the Bill Bradley, senator and a fine American Basket-ball player mentioned: “Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better”. A good cricket captain’s role is to get the best out of his team. He must lead in front.

The first milestone on the journey to leadership not only demands leaders or captains to be credible, but also, they be forward looking. They have a sense of direction and a vision for the future. A cricket captain, you must be disciplined, committed, pleasant, charming and should always Read the rest of this entry ?


Simon Katich speaks out: “Indecisive, inconsistent, ridiculous”

June 11, 2011

From The Australian, 11 June 2011

SIMON Katich has gripped Australian cricket by the throat and given it a fearful shaking. He claims inconsistency from selectors and administrators is partly to blame for the Ashes failure and labelled his axing as “absolutely ridiculous”.  The opener believes that years of incoherent selection decisions has destabilised the side and confused players, claiming he has spoken out in the hope that changes will be made. Katich said the use of a part-time selection panel on small wages was unprofessional.”You pay peanuts, you get monkeys,” he said.

The gritty batsman came close to quitting in the wake of his sensational axing on Tuesday, but resolved to return to cricket and captain NSW out of respect for his state teammates. Veteran cricket commentators said they had never heard a player – they are restricted by the fear of fines and of losing their place in sides – take aim at the administration in the way the opener did yesterday.

 Katich opened the dressing room door on years of frustration. The NSW captain appeared to speak for Nathan Hauritz, Brad Hodge, James Hopes, Jason Krejza, Phil Hughes and every other player who has been hurt by erratic selection policies in recent times. “There needs to be more consistency,” he said. “The facts are a week or two before the Ashes a squad of 17 was named. Now, in my opinion, if you can’t know what your best XI is a week before our biggest series then that to me reeks of indecision. The fact that we’ve had 10 or 11 spinners in the last three years, that to me is another indicator of the inconsistency in selection.” “There’s been rules for some and rules for others.” Read the rest of this entry ?

Why Sangakkara was chosen for Lord’s Speech: CMJ speaks to Rex

June 10, 2011

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 10 June 2011

 CMJ receives MBE from Prince Charles–Pic from Island

 CMJ at Laureus Media-Event for FOG, 3 April 2009 –Pic by Roberts

Doyen of cricket writers Christopher Martin-Jenkins receives his MBE from Prince Charles in 2009. He’s currently the President of MCC and was responsible for inviting Kumar Sangakkara to deliver the Lord Cowdrey Lecture on Spirit of Cricket at Lord’s on July 4th.  World renowned cricket broadcaster and doyen of cricket writers Christopher Martin-Jenkins added another feather to his cap when he was appointed as the President of the prestigious Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the body that’s responsible for cricket’s laws and owns the historic Lord’s Cricket Ground, last year. CMJ, as he’s fondly known, has a colourful history as a cricket writer and broadcaster having covered cricket in all parts of the world. He has not missed an Ashes series since 1972 and possibly is the only journalist to have covered all ten Cricket World Cups.

The son of a Northamptonshire businessman, he graduated at Cambridge and did his first cricket writing for the Cricketer magazine before moving to the BBC, then to The Daily Telegraph and finally to London Times. “It’s the passion for the game and a determination to write, if I possibly could, that brought me into cricket writing,” CMJ told The Island. “I got a lucky break. I took some catches at short leg off an off-spinner called Jack Davis, who once got Bradman Read the rest of this entry ?