Archive for April, 2014

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“BLACK CUNTS” !! A Racial Outburst from Lehmann becomes a lesson for all time

April 29, 2014

Daniel Brettig, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

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Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann has called his racial outburst against Sri Lanka in 2003 “the biggest mistake” of his life, and also offered an insight into how he manages the diverse personalities and egos present within the national team, from Mitchell Johnson to David Warner. Lehmann has returned to work at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane following a long and wildly successful summer with the Test team, and is currently planning for the challenges ahead over the next two years, including the 2015 World Cup in Australia and the defence of the Ashes in England a few months later. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Who should new England coach Peter Moores pick for Test series against Sri Lanka? Hughes inquires, Bloggers serve up

April 27, 2014

Simon Hughes in The Daily Telegraph

MOORES COOK

Alastair Cook insists he and returning head coach Peter Moores will be free to forge a new England without undue influence from Andy Flower. Moores, who was sacked from the same job in 2009 after less than two years in charge, will join captain Cook in attempting to reinvigorate a side that has limped to the lowest of ebbs this winter. The task in front of the pair is a sizeable one, with a raft of decorated senior players having exited the stage and a winter of dreadful results – including an Ashes whitewash – to put right.

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Eight Lankan Captains assembled in the 1980s

April 27, 2014

pVI Eight Captains

from left facing we see Michael Tissera, C I Gunasekera, Vernon Prins, Sathi Coomaraswamy Ranjan Madugalle, Gamini Goonesena, Anura Tennekoon and Bandula Warnapura

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Remembering Neil Chanmugam. Two More Appreciations

April 27, 2014

Mahinda Wijesinghe: “Neil Chanmugam: A Distinguished Cricketer of Yesteryear”

Celebrated alumnus of S. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia, cricketer, Neil Chanmugam (1940–2014) who passed away on the eve of celebrating his 74th birthday, first made his mark as a fresher in the Royal-Thomian cricket encounter  of  1958. S. Thomas’ having been dismissed for a modest 192 runs was in danger of letting Royal amass a comfortable total but Chanmugam coming on first change dismissed 3 of the top 4 Royal batsmen with his wily off-spinner and restricted the Royalists from running away to a big total, and eventually the match petered out to a tame draw. Neil played for S. Thomas’ College in 1958 & 1959. Read the rest of this entry ?

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“DH”! A cricket theoretician without peer. In Memoriam

April 27, 2014

Mahinda Wijesinghe, whose essay has appeared elsewhere with the title “There was never a truer servant of the game” 

Dandeniyage Hemachandra de Silva, universally known simply as ‘DH’, passed away a few days ago in Melbourne, Australia, aged 81 years after a brief illness. His brothers ‘DP’, ‘DS’, & ‘DG’ too were outstanding cricketers. Without fear of contradiction, as a cricket theoretician who assiduously (and honestly) practised what he preached,   I can claim, ‘DH’ has no peer.  At a time when commercialism had not gripped the game of cricket, as it is today, here was a man who dedicated his time, expense – he was not endowed with endless riches either –  and energy, to discover/help budding cricketers. His theory being : “ help a 100 players and you may discover one champion.”  Well he did discover a champion in Daya Sahabandu. The former Royal College left-arm opening bowler later became a champion leg-spinner under the tutelage of ‘DH’, and was a tower of strength for Nomads Cricket Club captained by ‘DH’ . The captain, whilst fielding at leg-gully for instance, used to sometimes indicate to Sahabandu the bowler, with three of his extended fingers which stump to bowl at! It was not fun watching this charade if one was the non-striker. Read the rest of this entry ?

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As Determined as Sporting as Fervent: An Indian Reading of Sri Lanka’s Ardent Cheerleader, Pissu Percy

April 26, 2014

Nihal Koshie in the Indian Express where the title reads “Meet Percy Abeysekera, the indomitable Sri Lankan fan

“For when the One Great Scorer comes to write against your name, he marks not that you won or lost, but how you played the game.” This line** was written by Grantland Rice, the American sports writer but has been Percy Abeysekera’s life story over 18 years; ever since he watched Arjuna Ranatunga’s side win the 1996 World Cup title.

PERCY FACE TO FACE

Since that glorious night, Percy, the most famous non-playing Sri Lankan at a cricket ground, has suffered heartbreaks at Bridgetown, Lord’s, Wankhede and Colombo as his team lost four of four finals at World Cups – 50 and 20 over cricket. But after his side broke the jinx by beating India in the final of the World T20 on Sunday, Percy had this to say: “Winning is not the only thing, it is everything.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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A Dynamic Cricketer, Neil Chanmugam

April 25, 2014

CHANMUGAN

I. “Debonair cricketer Neil Chanmugam is no more” —Lal Gunasekera in The Island, 25 April 2014

Former S. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia, Tamil Union and SSC cricketer Neil Chanmugam is no more. He was 74 at the time of his death. After his retirement from cricket, he took to golf. He passed away on Tuesday (22) and his funeral took place at the General Cemetery Kanatte, yesterday (24), amidst a large gathering of relatives, friends, former cricketers and employees of Maharaja Organisation, where he was Group Director at the time of his retirement. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Neil Chanmugan is no more: In Memoriam in Pictures

April 24, 2014

A Tribute by Michael Roberts

23.Triumphant SSC side NEIL on left (facing) and Ian Pieris lead a victorious side back to the pavilion  24a  Chanmugan bowling Neil bowling

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Sri Lanka Cricket Team Future Tour Programs

April 19, 2014

Courtesy of Harry De Sayrah


May2014
Sri Lanka tour of Ireland 2014
Matches: 2 ODI
Venue: Ireland

May-Jun 2014
Sri Lanka tour of England 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: England
July 2014
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI
Venue: Sri Lanka
August 2014
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2014
Champions League T20 2014
Matches: 29 T20
Venue: India
Nov-Dec 2014
England tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Dec 2014-Jan 2015
Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2014-15
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: New Zealand
Jan-Feb 2015
Australia Tri Series 2015
Matches: 5 ODI
Venue: Australia
Feb-Mar 2015
Cricket World Cup 2015
Matches: 49 ODI
Venue: Australia/New Zealand
Apr-May 2015
Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Jul-Aug 2015
New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2015
Champions League T20 2015
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2015
West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Dec 2015-Jan 2016
Sri Lanka tour of India 2015-16
Matches: 3 Test
Venue: India
Feb-Mar 2016
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Mar-Apr 2016
T20 World Cup 2016
Matches: 27 T20
Venue: India
May-Jun 2016
Sri Lanka tour of England 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: England
May 2016
West Indies Tri Series 2016
Matches: 7 ODI
Venue: West Indies
Jul-Aug 2016
Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2016
Champions League T20 2016
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2016
Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2016
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Zimbabwe
Nov 2016-Jan 2017
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2016-17
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: South Africa
June 2017
World Test Championship 2017
Matches: 3 Test
Venue: England
Jul-Sep 2017
India tour of Sri Lanka 2017
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2017
Champions League T20 2017
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Dec 2017
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2017
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Pakistan/UAE
January 2018
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2018
Matches: 3 ODI
Venue: Bangladesh
Mar-Apr 2018
Sri Lanka tour of India 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: India
Jun-Jul 2018
Sri Lanka tour of West Indies 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: West Indies
September 2018
Champions League T20 2018
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2018
England tour of Sri Lanka 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
December 2018
Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: New Zealand
Jan-Feb 2019
Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2019
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Australia
Feb-Apr 2019
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: South Africa
May-Sep 2019
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2019
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Jun-Jul 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Matches: 48 ODI
Venue: England
Sep-Oct 2019
Champions League T20 2019
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
October 2019
Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2019
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
February 2020
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2020
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Bangladesh

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Roy Dias: master class, elegant and text-book batsman

April 15, 2014

Stuart Wark, in ESPNcricinfo, April 2014

ROY DIASIn recent articles I looked at the first great batsman from India and Pakistan. After watching Sri Lanka’s meritorious victory in the World T20 recently, I was motivated to continue this wander through the history of some of my favourite cricket-playing countries and move on to consider who was Sri Lanka’s first great with the blade. As I have noted previously, one of the difficulties in such an endeavour is trying to evaluate performances across eras and times, and particularly for players we may not have witnessed personally and for whom there is no available video footage to review. However, Sri Lanka are easier in this regard than either India or Pakistan, as they are a relatively recent introduction to the family of Test-playing nations.

I am using the same criteria as with the previous pieces in only considering batsmen who have played at Test level. Sri Lanka made their debut in 1982. This means that many undoubtedly very good players are not eligible. Batsmen such as MK AlbertLDS Gunasekera, Nihal Gurusinghe, Frederick C de SaramMahadevan SathasivamSargo JayawickremeTCT EdwardMano PonniahStanley JayasingheAnura TennekoonSunil Wettimuny and Ievers Gunasekara all have excellent reputations and are worth acknowledging for their performances for both Ceylon and Sri Lanka prior to their country becoming a Test nation. Read the rest of this entry ?