Archive for October, 2012


Irish Cricket — from Samuel Beckett to World Stage

October 21, 2012

Padraig Colman, in Sunday Island,  21 October 2012  and

I was recently invited to a reception at the Galadari Hotel in  Colombo to meet the Irish cricket team participating in the T20 tournament. Our  boys in green were rather glum at the Galadari, following a defeat by Australia  (in a joust truncated to ten overs each). Captain William Porterfield had been  dismissed with the first ball (he had suffered the same fate against England in  Bangalore last year and he repeated the same trick against the West Indies in  Ireland’s next and final game 2012 T20 game). I had heard rumours about a   stomach bug but that did not stop the glum players tucking enthusiastically into  the spicy buffet.

 Samuel Beckett is second from left

It was quite a quirk of fate that Ireland’s cricket team should  depart from a tournament in Sri Lanka partly because torrential rain prematurely  ended their match against the West Indies. When I first came from Ireland to  live in Sri Lanka ten years ago, a friend asked me if I missed the Cork rain. I  said that I missed its moderation. Up in the mountains where we live, the  monsoon season generally seems to last for 13 months each year. Hiding indoors,  it seems as if we have been living underwater. However, this year there has been  a prolonged drought even at our mountain retreat. Read the rest of this entry ?


The Class of Roy Dias

October 19, 2012

Arunabha Sengupta from

 Pic by Getty Images

The first Test: As they walked into the ground, taking their first apprehensive steps into the harsh world of Test cricket, the Sri Lankans could not have asked for a worse start. Captain Bandala Warnapura had opted to bat on a damp wicket at the Saravanamuttu Stadium, Colombo. After 35 minutes of struggle, he became the first Lankan batsman to be dismissed in Test cricket, edging one from Bob Willis. Two runs later, a severe blow was struck as Roy Dias walked back for a blob, caught by Geoff Cook off the same bowler. Read the rest of this entry ?


Murali Cup forges an Unity Team with aid from Emirates

October 16, 2012

The “Unity Team” which toured Singapore from 12-16th October 2012. This squad was selected after the “Murali Harmony Cup 2012” played in the North from 08-12 September’ 2012. 07 players from the North/East and 07 players from the rest of the Country were selected on their performances during the Murali Harmony Cup.  Kumar Sangakkara went as the Head Coach and Ravindra Pushpakumara as his deputy. Murali joined the team in Singapore.

Tour Squad

1. Jason Buultjens (captain) / St Peters’ College-Colombo

2. Tharindu Kaushal (vice captain) / Seenigama FOG Academy

3. L.P.Dilantha / Debarawewa Central College-Debarawewa

4. Yohan De Silva / Dharmasoka College-Ambalangoda

5. Rasanjana Jayaratne / Maliyadeva College-Kurunegala

6. Sandeep Nissansala / Anuradhapura Central College-Anuradhapura

7. Chemila Obeyesekera / St Peter’s College-Colombo

8. Guster Tuder / Jaffna Combined Colleges

9. Edward Edin / Jaffna Combined Colleges

10. S.Sanjeeve / Trinco & Batticalore Combined Colleges

11. L.G.Asela Sampath / Trinco & Batticalore Combined Colleges

12. Gahnesh Lakitharan / Kilinochchi Combined Colleges

13. Paramakuru Aruna / Mullativu Combined Colleges

14. Koneswaran Haripranvan / Vavuniya & Mannar Combined Colleges


For the Northern Empowerment Project being pursued by the Foundation of Goodness, see

ICC and others who helped Murali Cup and Northern Empowerment — via Sanga’s ESPN interview

October 11, 2012

THIS IS AN AUDIO ONE MUST LISTEN TO … it is about the Sri Lankan cricketers, aspects of theie cricket, the work of the Foundation of Goodness and so many aspects of the ramifications of cricket in Lanka and its promotion of reconciliation  Alison Mitchell and Kumar Sangakkara in conversation.

Summary Points of interview presented here by Michael Roberts

* ICC invested 100,000 dollars towards the Murali Harmony Cup

* MCC continued its support

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Darren Sammy’s Audio Interview after Windies beat Kiwis to enter T20 semi-finals

October 10, 2012


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Filename: WICB Media 2012-09-30 Darren Sammy audio Eve of ICC World T20 vs NZ

Duration: 3 mins, 45.332 secs


ICC Umpires raise their hands

October 3, 2012

ICC Press Release … Island, 4 October 2012

The Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires today made a donation of one million  Sri Lanka Rupees to the Chitra Lane School for the Special Child & Children  Resource Centre in Colombo. The cheque was presented by the umpires during a visit of the centre where  they also spent considerable time with under-privileged and disadvantaged  children, as well as the dedicated staff. The Chitra Lane organisation is an approved charity which first started in  1968 as a day school for children with special needs. It has now reached out to  over 2,000 children and young adults annually from across Sri Lanka providing  much needed services and facilities for the early detection of disabilities.

“We are delighted to visit the Chitra Lane School for Special Child &  Children Resource Centre. We have been extremely impressed and touched with the  outstanding work which is being done here and surprised at the same time on how  this service to local community has gone unnoticed.

“Our visit to this centre is a show of support, solidarity and commitment  that we are with them in this noble cause, be it in terms of contribution,  creating awareness about their great work in the masses or increasing their  profile. Not only do the umpires wish to contribute towards a successful  cricketing event in Sri Lanka but also towards some of the disadvantaged within  the local community,” a spokesman of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires  said after the visit.