Archive for March, 2013

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Emma Levine on pulsating cricket and the Royal-Thomian

March 29, 2013

Emma Levine from http://emma-levine.com/journey.asp … Cricket a Kind of Pilgrimage

If I were to be asked what I thought was the best example of audience participation in sports, it would be a close-run finish between a Calcutta Test match (an occasion I had the pleasure of witnessing in 1993, and provided the nearest feeling to a religious experience 1 have had) and school cricket in Sri Lanka.  

11 Classic Catch on StreetTwo years ago I had the good fortune to learn of the unique and mad world of the Royal-Thomian (the most notorious and best known match in the country) and during England’s tour of Sri Lanka I broke off from their Test match to go and see it. It was beyond my wildest expectations, and I made sure that the next time I went I would be better prepared for it. It was one of the highlights when I returned for a grand tour of Sri Lanka’s end of year big matches. It was a tour that took me to many of the school matches, which were usually between rival colleges placing a highly competitive and celebrated two- or three-day match. My first taste of these matches was at the Royal Thomian, which is the most famous cricket match in the country. For this reason it is also the match responsible for the greatest number of hangovers that a cricket match could ever be responsible for! This is because the whole occasion is one great drunken tradition. This should have come as no surprise, as the very nature of cricket is conducive to tradition, whichever country it is played in.  Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lankan Cricketers to be targetted in Chennai

March 25, 2013

Special Correspondent

Tamilstudents Chennai-The Students Federation for Free Eelam is planning to petition the city police commissioner to urge him not to grant permission for the IPL cricket matches in Chennai, if Sri Lankan players are participating. The first IPL match this season is to be played between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium on April 6. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association’s application seeking a public resort licence to conduct the match is pending with the city police.

The federation’s state coordinator, V. Prabhakaran, said letters would be written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, IPL team owners as well as stadium authorities to not permit Sri Lankans to play in Chennai as it would hurt the sentiments of Tamils in the State. “A decision to this effect was taken after a majority of youth, who responded to a questionnaire in Chennai on Sunday, concurred with our view that Sri Lankan players should not be allowed to play in Chennai,” he said. Earlier in the day, several teams of students went around distributing hundreds of questionnaires to youth in the city. Some of the questions were – are you aware of the Sri Lankan issue? Should Sri Lankan players be allowed to play IPL in Chennai? Do you support the ongoing students’ protests? Read the rest of this entry ?

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Kusal Perera’s Giant Stride in Domestic Cricket, Lanka

March 25, 2013

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam, in The Island, 26 March 2013 where the title isKusal Perera’s awesome achievement”

 

KUSAL PERERAA hurricane hit Sri Lankan cricket last week, but it was barely mentioned. Kusal Perera, a 22 year-old left-handed batsman and wicket-keeper blasted 336 off 275 balls for Colts CC against Saracens at Havelock Park, Colombo. The innings featured savage hitting with 14 sixes and 29 fours. The innings is the highest score in the Sri Lankan domestic competition. It is also the only triple century in the 75 year history of the Sri Lankan domestic competition. Domestic cricket in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) was not recorded as first-class until the 1988-89 season, but there were no triple centuries in club cricket before that. The only other triple centuries in Sri Lankan first-class cricket were at Test level – Sanath Jayasuriya’s 340 against India in 1997 and Mahela Jayawardena’s 375 against South Africa in 2006. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Adieu THILAN. Farewell Plaudits for Thilan Samaraweera

March 25, 2013

Nirantha Edirisinghe, in The Island, 25 March 2013

thilan samaraweeraThilan Samaraweera will never play cricket for Sri Lanka again. Sad, but true, to see such a wonderful servant of the game exit so with so much cricket left in him. In the last couple of months, a lot was written in the print media of his horrendous tour of Austrlia. I came across many irrational comments, some going to the extremes. One such occasion, I saw a letter where it was mentioned that “Why Thilan should not be selected to play Test cricket again.” Maybe it was written by a rare human being who had never made any mistake in his whole life. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Peter Siddle is an Indian

March 24, 2013

Peter Siddle established an unenviable record in accumulating two half-centuries in one Test Match at position Number NINE. that he could cope with Indian spin ona difficult Indian pitch is due to the fact that he was an Indian in his previous birth; and remains attached to Indian-ness TODAY: he is a strict no-nonsense vegetarian unlike his team-mates!

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A RESOUNDING SILENCE: The DRS in the India-Australia Test Series

March 24, 2013

Michael Roberts

In watching this televised series on and off Iwas struck by the care with which the TV commentators avoided any refrence to that dreaded term DRS. There was at least one horrible decision when Iwas watching –Pujara in the Third Test; and another understandable but yet poor decision in the Fourth Test (Wade). But what did we receive from the venerable analysts behind the media presentation: RESOUNDING SILENCE on this issue. Obviously a decison from up above one can surmise.

But does it not indicate complicity in the obstinate idiocy on this point in India and the position of imperial domination they have establsihed in the cricket world?  A RESOUNDING YES in my opinion. To be expected that answer — my question was rhetorical! Read the rest of this entry ?

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Should GOD retire from the cricket arena?

March 24, 2013

ENDULAKR -AGENCY IMAGES

NO !! say the Indian devotees Read the rest of this entry ?

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Polonowita retires from the Cricket Scene

March 24, 2013

Tilak de Silva, in Sunday Island, 24 March 2013

ANURA POLONOWITAAnura (or Anuruddha) Polonowita had three facets in his illustrious career, they were as follows: brilliant schoolboy cricketer at Ananda College, a versatile club cricketer at the SSC and represented All Ceylon, and last but not the least, was The National Curator. ‘Polonowita Sir,’ as this writer used to call him because he coached this writer during his formative years as a budding all-rounder at Ananda College, taught his understudies to be humble even in moments of glory; swollen heads, publicity pranks and playing for the gallery were not often heard of those days.He always stressed the fact that an “Airplane gets smaller as it rises into the sky.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Percy is not PISSU, but he is still THERE

March 19, 2013

PISSU PERCY Cheerleader Percy Abeysekera holds the Sri Lankan flag as Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews, front right, and Lahiru Thirimanne walk back to pavilion after winning the second cricket Test against Bangladesh in Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium, Tuesday, March 19. Sri Lanka won by seven wickets. In the match, Mathews led Sri Lanka for the first time in Test cricket. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Way back in those halcyon days Pissu Percy used run round the boundary every time a Ceylonese and thereafter Sri Lankan batsman scored a four. He is now more sedate but… …..remains sharp=tongued …. and, like Peter Sellars, he is STILL THERE.

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Gone fishing — not playing for Australia!

March 19, 2013

Steven Lynch, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where this delightful essay bears the title“You’re fired”

Bowling beamers
Roy Gilchrist was probably the fastest bowler to emerge from Jamaica before Michael Holding – and he mixed up his express deliveries and bumpers with the odd very nasty high full-toss – the now-banned “beamer”. But not long after taking 6 for 55 against India in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1958-59, Gilchrist unleashed one beamer too many – at an old Cambridge team-mate of his captain, Gerry Alexander. He was sent home from the tour, and never played for West Indies again.

SYMONDS AND FISH--gETTY iMAGES SymondsPic by Getty Images

Going fishing
A hard-hitting allrounder seemingly made for the one-day game, and who latterly made a mark in Test cricket, Queenslander Andrew Symonds often sailed close to the wind: in England in 2005 he was dropped after a night out, which wouldn’t have made so many headlines if Australia hadn’t promptly lost to Bangladesh. Then, in August 2008, he achieved the unlikely feat of being sent home from a series at home – Bangladesh (again) were about to provide the opposition in a one-day series in the “top end” (Darwin and Cairns) of Australia, when Symonds missed a team meeting as he had gone fishing. Protests that he’d left the hotel before the meeting was called fell on deaf ears. He was welcomed back that time, but fell out with the Australian hierarchy for good a year later. Read the rest of this entry ?