Archive for October, 2013


Nek Muhammad of the Taliban jailed for attack on Sri Lankan team at Lahore

October 29, 2013

Courtesy of Daily Mirror and Tribune

A Lahore High Court division bench on Monday dismissed the bail application of Zubair alias Nek Muhammad, who has been accused of attacking the Sri Lankan cricket team.He had been granted bail earlier by an anti-terrorism court. The court dismissed his bail on the request of the government which had challenged his bail before the Lahore High Court.

The bench, comprising Justice Anwarul Haq and Justice Abdul Sattar Asghar, remarked that the bail granted earlier by the trial court was not ‘justified’. The bench said  the trial court had granted bail under the law of consistency which was not applicable in this case.

At a previous hearing, a division bench comprising Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Anwarul Haq had declined to hear the government’s appeal and referred the case to the chief justice, requesting that it be assigned to another bench.A deputy prosecutor general said Nek Muhammad had a key role in the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team. He said Nek Muhammad was arrested based on CCTV footage. The law officer said the trial court had released Nek Muhammad on bail even though the government had produced evidences of his involvement in the attack. He asked the court to cancel the bail granted to the alleged terrorist who is in detention under the Maintenance of Public Order (MPO) since he was granted bail by the anti-terrorism court (ATC). Read the rest of this entry ?


Award Winners at local cricket tournament: Kumar and Sachitra star

October 29, 2013

Sunday Island, 27 October 2013

Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the following awards winners of  the SLC 4-day Domestic Triangular Tournament 2013.

Best Batsman – Kumar Sangakkara

Best Bowler – Sachithra Senanayake

Best Fielder – Ashan Priyanjan and

Man of the Final – Kumar Sangakkara.

Sachitra_Senanayake_353-300x0 Sachitra Senanayake in action Read the rest of this entry ?


Edin and Tudor from Jaffna boost Seenigama’s advance into Division 3 Finals

October 29, 2013

Ragtag Club- Ceylon Today


West Indian cricket news

October 27, 2013


WICB President, Mr Whycliffe “Dave” Cameron’s Message, October 2013

Whycliffe ‘Dave’ Cameron GYT — Guyana Times

This is a special occasion as we celebrate Women’s Cricket in the West Indies and across the world. The game has developed rapidly in the last five years and it will continue to grow, will earn respect and admiration, and win over millions of fans. At the WICB we are particularly pleased to see the development of our players and our team in women’s cricket. Since 2009 we have moved up the rankings and are now in the top tier of women’s cricket in both the 50-over format and the T20 format. We reached the semi-finals of the 2010 and 2012 ICC World T20 and placed second in the 2013 World Cup. We have in our team some of the leading players in the world at the moment and also a crop of young players who we believe will take the world by storm in the not too distant future. Read the rest of this entry ?


Speaking with SANATH on Sri Lankan Cricket

October 27, 2013

S. R. Pathiravithana in The Sunday Times, 27 October 2013

SANATH J-AFPThere needn’t be any beating around the bush. Sri Lanka’s cricket chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has been involved with the game long enough to know the prevailing ground situation and what ammunition should be used to fight the battle and win the war. The Sunday Musings took this opportunity to pick his cricketing brains and get that great cricketer who changed the face of the game at one juncture to talk about what he and his band of selectors are up to and how they see the game of cricket progressing in the country.

The narration was segmented into three parts. The present situation, the short term plan and the long term plan. First to go through the magnifying glass was the junior segment – school cricket and where it has gone wrong. Initially Jayasuriya did not seem to agree with the statement that things have gone wrong with the schools segment. He said, “The schools segment is progressing and there are a lot of young cricketers with talent coming out of the mill.” However, the chief selector agreed that the culture of cricket had changed with a majority of parents putting a lot of emphasis on the education of their children. Read the rest of this entry ?


Murali Harmony Cup returns to the Northern Sri Lanka

October 25, 2013

DSC_0260x Kushil, Sanga, Murali and Mahela at Media Event

murali cup crowd at KILI Crowd at one venue –Murali Cup 2012

MEDIA RELEASE, 24 October 2013 Sri Lanka cricket legends Muttiah Muralidharan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena announced the return of the Murali Harmony Cup to Northern Sri Lanka from 1-5 November at a media conference on Thursday night. The Murali Harmony Cup is a 20-team reconciliation cricket tournament staged to promote community-building and friendship in post-war Sri Lanka. The schoolboy tournament will follow the same format as the inaugural event held in 2012 with twelve U19 boy’s teams and eight U23 ladies’s club teams competing against each other in the northern towns of Jaffna, Oddusuddan, Mankulam, Kilinochchi and Vavuniya. Read the rest of this entry ?


Michael Clarke and the team: what Ponting and Michael Hussey say in their books

October 20, 2013

Gideon Haigh in The Australian, 19/20 October 2013 — where the title is “Clarke lbw to Ponting and Hussey as captaincy is put to literary test

NOTHING in football hurts as much as the truth, says Tony Cascarino in his memoir Full Time: “It is like being caught off side.” The truth hurts in cricket, too, but it is perhaps a bit more like being given out lbw — a matter of interpretation, an invitation of disagreement. It has been an unhappy few weeks for Michael Clarke, adjudged leg-before by the autobiographies of two players who a year ago were his staunchest liegemen, Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.

michael-clarkeAs cherry-picked extracts have emphasised, Ponting’s At the Close of Play reveals doubts he entertained about Clarke’s attitude to team responsibilities when he was a player, while Hussey’s Underneath the Southern Cross presents a bleak view of a selfish Australian team culture under Clarke’s captaincy. And while Ponting subsequently comes down on the side of the view of Clarke that “captaincy was the making of him”, Hussey airs misgivings from the very beginning, when Clarke acted as locum for Ponting in the West Indies in July 2008. Hussey recounts how old friends Clarke and Andrew Symonds were estranged during the ODI series in question by the former’s decision to fine the latter for missing a team bus: “From that moment, they were never the same. If Pup was up one end of the dressing room, Simmo was up the other.” These opposite ends reflected their careers’ “opposite directions”, Hussey recounts: “While Simmo was drifting away from international cricket, Pup was being groomed as the next Australian captain.” The former evidently had a good deal to do with the latter. Read the rest of this entry ?


Meckiff – Murali – and now Johan Botha

October 19, 2013

Quintus de Zylva 

Johan-Botha-6435317 Fifty years have passed since Ian Meckiff’s fast bowling action was “called” by leg umpire Col Egar during the test match against South Africa in Brisbane in 1963. His second, third, fifth and ninth balls were considered illegitimate by Col Egar. Captain Richie Benaud did not give Ian Meckiff another over to bowl and so ended the 18-Test career of this fast bowler at the age of 28. Richie Benaud’s spineless action was in contrast to that of Captain Arjuna Ranatunga who stood by Murali’s bowling action and threatened to take his team off the Adelaide cricket ground some years later. Biomedical expert Darryl Foster at the school of human movement at the University of Western Australia conducted tests that showed Murali’s flexion to be within a fifteen degree range that was considered acceptable. Read the rest of this entry ?


Thriving Nathan Lyon turns his thoughts to Ashes

October 19, 2013

Peter Laylor, in The Australian, 19-20 October 2013

-nathan-lyon- Getty Nathan Lyon–Pic by Getty Images

IF selectors are looking for another excuse to drop Nathan Lyon he is giving them none and raising them one as the off-spinner says he wants to play all three forms of the game.  Back playing for his native NSW in the Ryobi Cup, the 25-year-old produced a couple of delightful deliveries during a compelling spell against Queensland on Thursday. First he lured Usman Khawaja from his crease to have him stumped and the following ball ripped one back into Greg Moller, who held the bat above his head as the ball crashed into his stumps. Khawaja admitted later that the Bulls decided Lyon was bowling so well he was best seen off — even on the postage-stamp-size North Sydney Oval. Read the rest of this entry ?


Sachin the best batsman since Bradman says Michael Clarke

October 19, 2013

Courtesy of ThatsCricket and The Advertiser, 12 October 2012

Australia captain Michael Clarke paid rich tributes to the retiring
Sachin Tendulkar , calling him the second best batsman in cricket history after
Sir Don Bradman. Tendulkar announced his retirement from international cricket
on Thursday (October 10). The Master Blaster will play two more Tests,
completing a historic 200 next month against West Indies in Mumbai before he
bids adieu to the game. He has played at the highest level for 24 years.
Clarke, who has played against Tendulkar on several occasions since making Test
debut against India in Bangalore in 2004, saluted the batsman writing a tribute
to him in “Herald Sun” newspaper. “…the only conclusion to
draw is that he (Sachin Tendulkar) is the best batsman the world has seen since
The Don (Bradman),” Read the rest of this entry ?