Archive for February, 2014

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Across Generations: Sri Lanka’s Dream Team from County Cricket across the Ages

February 22, 2014

Bill Ricquier, courtesy of The Island, where it is entitled “The Sri Lankan Masters

ARI for KENTEnglish county cricket owes a huge debt to its overseas players. Particularly since the qualification rules were liberalised in 1968, county supporters have been able to watch the world’s greatest cricketers plying their trade on a daily basis. In that first year, Gary Sobers, Rohan Kanhai, Farokh Engineer, Majid Khan, Barry Richards and Mike Procter were among the stars to adorn the domestic game. And they were often as loyal as any local boy. It was length of service as much as talent that led to Gloucestershire becoming known as Proctershire: after him Courtney Walsh stayed there for many years. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Kevin Pietersen: as troubled and troubling as gifted

February 22, 2014

Ed Smith, courtesy of the New Statesman, where the title reads Kevin Pietersen: the man who fell to earth”

— Five years ago, researching a book about Fortune, I came across the following paragraph in a scholarly essay about Renaissance conduct. The author was defining a particular type of Renaissance man, the so-called fortunato, or “Fortunate One”. It read:

The Fortunate Man, unlike the virtuous man, does not need a code of conduct; he has only to follow his impulses and be carried to the highest goals … The fortunati often lose their occult powers when they begin to study or try to work out a course of action … In all they do, they act without caution and close their ears to advice and admonition. They violate all dictates of reason and prudence, and yet they never fail.

In the margin, I wrote one word: “Pietersen”. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Hail Mary as the Irish stump the Windies

February 20, 2014

Where the Afghan Under 19 thanked Allah and themselves in Pashtun as they beat the Aussie Under 19 in the Middle East, the best of the Irish raised there voices in brogue and thanked their Guinness as they trumped the Windies and their patois in their own backyard in a T 20 encounter! The cricket world is truly changing !

I: Brutal Analyst in ESPNcricinfo: Not that big an upset for those that follow cricket closely both Cod and Wirus called it.I was disappointed Santokie didn’t start when he has consistently been the stand out T20 bowler domestically. I couldn’t tell 100% from the stream but it looked like Sammy was limping/struggling ? if so it’s ridiculous he’s rushed himself back what else is absurd is W.I have chosen the squad for WC before Ire Eng tours and some guys in WC squad are not in this squad, Charles an Cottrell and when you think it can’t get any worse Cottrell has never played a T20I game is not in the squad yet is off to Bangladesh ? Equally saddening as mentioned before is the scheduling of T20’s midweek during the day giving no atmosphere or home support and to top it off no TV coverage. All in all it’s one big tragic comedy of errors and to think this is the state right now when they’re World Champs things are unlikely to get any better and forget defending the title I’ll be surprised if W.I make it out the group. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka’s Costly Cricket Stadiums

February 20, 2014

The government had spent Rs. 413 million as administrative expenditure of seven cricket grounds during the past five years, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament yesterday. The cricket grounds were R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Welagedara Cricket Stadium, Surrey Cricket Ground, and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.

Minister Aluthgamage responding to a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake said that in addition to this sum, another Rs. 7054 million have been spent for these stadiums as capital expenditure. Read the rest of this entry ?

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“Suranganeeta Maalu genaava” initiates World Cup 2015 Launch in Melbourne City

February 19, 2014

https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?shva=1#inbox/14448eaccf8e05e9?projector=1

casting net Pic by Michael Roberts

Sri Lankan Fishermen Pic b janaka Gallangoda (?)

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Halle Luiya in the Desert: Afghanistan Under 19 stun the Aussies

February 18, 2014

Courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

afghans celebrate Abudllah Adil and  team mates express their effervescent  joy

Afghanistan Under-19s pulled off a major upset by defeating Australia Under-19s by 36 runs in Abu Dhabi. Afghanistan’s top order were at the forefront of the victory, as Mohammad Mujtaba (75), Ihsanullah (63) and Hashmatullah Shaidi (57) all scored half-centuries to propel the team to 253. The team had lost Usman Ghani in the first over of the innings, but Ihsanullah and Mujtaba steadied the innings with a second-wicket stand worth 126 that gave Afghanistan a solid platform to build on. For Australia, James Bazley and Cameron Valente picked up three wickets each. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Bangladeshis commit suicide against Sri Lanka!

February 18, 2014

Well, not wholly true … Thisara Perera and Sachitra Senanayake deserve considerable credit for the batting recovery effected as the ninth-wicket pair. Michael Roberts

THISARA PERERA 33 I – Bangladesh implode by Mohamed Isam, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

Two spectacular batting collapses adorned the first ODI, one more dramatic than the other, causing amusement, ridicule and fear at a half-filled Shere Bangla National Stadium. Sri Lanka first slipped to 67 for 8 in 21.3 overs, after which Thisara Perera put together a proper rescue act and gave the visitors a lifeline, a score of 180 in 40 overs. The home side fell the other way, from 114 for 2 to 167 all out – losing 53 for 8 when they were cruising. It was the latter that had more impact on the result, as Sri Lanka ended up winning by 13 runs in a match shortened by rain to 43 overs. Read the rest of this entry ?