Archive for November, 2013

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Guided by Pubudu Dassanayake NEPAL scrap, scrape and cry their way into the World T20 championship

November 29, 2013

Nagraj Gollapudi, in ESPNcricinfo, 28 November 2013

On November 16, Nepal were chasing 183 against Kenya, who were favourites to win the Group B encounter in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier in Dubai. They needed 17 runs off the final over. In the middle were the captain, Paras Khadka, and Sharad Vesawkar. As soon as the tall Vesawkar hit the first of three sixes to win the match, his team-mate Sagar Pun began to cry. Pun, a 20-year-old batsman, was padded up because he was the next man in, and he cried louder as Vesawkar took Nepal closer to the target.

“Matches like these only bring the emotions out easily. Imagine if a wicket had fallen and he [Pun] was the next man in, what might have happened,” Khadka tells ESPNcricinfo from Abu Dhabi with a chuckle, explaining Pun’s reaction.  “Everybody was so keen. Everybody was pushing themselves. Every one of us believes in fate. Every one of us believes in God.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Lahiru Jayaratne to be a Trainee at the Darren Lehmann Academy in 2014

November 29, 2013

Michael Roberts

LAHIRU JAYARATNESri Lanka Cricket South Australia and Sri Lanka Cricket have combined to sponsor a short-term training stint at the Darren Lehmann Academy for a promising young player from the island in 2014. Sri Lanka Cricket has now selected LAHIRU JAYARATNE for this course. Lahiru has played for Sri Lanka Under 19s and  for the present Under 23 team. He is also a member of the A Team squad selected for the forthcoming series against England A in Sri Lanka. His official profile is detailed below. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Cricket as warfare

November 27, 2013

Don Hodges, courtesy of SPORT, 25 November 2013, where the title is  “Ashes 2013-2014: Sooner or later, arms and ribs will be broken”

 The news that Jonathan Trott is returning to England as a result of a “long-stand stress-related” condition puts England’s defeat in the First Test at Brisbane into perspective. Cricket is not, as Alastair Cook said at yesterday’s post-match press conference, “a war”. It’s a game. A highly professional, intensely contested, increasingly well remunerated game. But a game nonetheless.

Trott_2703718b-460x288It was very clear to everyone watching Trott’s nine-ball innings on Saturday that something was not right with the England number three. Normally so unflappable at the crease, he was unable to cope with the succession of short pitched deliveries fired down at him by Mitchell Johnson. We all thought it was an issue of technique. Now we know better. Comparisons will inevitably be drawn with Marcus Trescothick, the former England opener who was forced to return prematurely from their tour of India in 2006, with his own stress-related issues. But mental illness is by definition a personal condition, and no one but Trott himself is in a position to fully understand his reasons for leaving the tour. The best any outside observer can do is wish him well and leave him in peace. Read the rest of this entry ?

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With Ian Botham’s Walk … Inner Soles and Inner Souls

November 8, 2013

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More Scenes from the Murali Cup on Finals Day

November 7, 2013

Murali being introduced to the St Peters College boys Murali greets St. Peters’ College players Read the rest of this entry ?

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Baila Cricket at Lords, August 1984

November 5, 2013

Janaka Malwatta, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title is different and where you will find comments from Sri Lankan bloggers

August 1984. That rarest of beasts, a hot English summer. Grandmaster Melle Mel’s “White Lines”, the soundtrack of that summer, brought a new music, hip-hop, to the streets. I was 16 years old, on the brink of adulthood, and wherever I looked, change was in the air. Eclipsing all else was the momentous event about to unfurl at Lord’s; Sri Lanka’s first official Test in England. On a hazy Thursday morning, I joined a throng of Sri Lankan supporters at the Grace Gates. It felt as if every Sri Lankan I knew was at the match. Aunties carried foil packets crammed with patties and vadai, uncles sneaked off to the bars as soon as they opened. It had been a long wait for Test status. The Sri Lankans had come to enjoy themselves.

SIDATH Sidath Wettimuny

For the England cricket team, playing a match against a fledgling Test country at the fag end of the summer was probably the last thing they wanted to do. David Gower’s team had been battered in every sense by Clive Lloyd’s West Indians in five brutal Test matches. At The Oval, scene of the final denouement, placards proclaimed the “blackwash”. Perhaps Gower was simply weary when he invited Sri Lanka to bat first on a wicket so placid that Ranjan Madugalle remarked, “Machang, you could go to sleep on this”, shortly before he was bowled. Read the rest of this entry ?

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South African Ball-tampering under the scope

November 4, 2013

BALL TAMPERING