Archive for May, 2014

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Lord’s legendary captains’ dinner

May 29, 2014

 

LORDS CAPTAINS DINNER

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Outstanding Men from beyond the shores who have assisted Sri Lankan Cricket

May 23, 2014

SOBERS -- pa photosGary Sobers as youngster 1. Satha greets SobersSobers greets Sathasivam in Sri Lanka with gift GARY SOBERS-- PA photos Sobers in his prime –murdering bowlers sobers in action Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka’s First Test Encounter at Lords, 23-28 August 1984, on Video

May 23, 2014

Lords 1984 ………….  Not many had TV at the time, so these clips are memorable !

http://www.islandcricket.lk/videos/sri-lanka/cricket/sl-cricketers-at-lords-in-1984-famous-bothammendis-battle-and-sidaths-century

SIDATH AT LORDS Sidath Wettimuny scored 190 impeccable runs

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Essaying Cricket: Sri Lanka and Beyond

May 22, 2014

Michael Roberts

warne hugs Arjuna

  • Articles on World Cricket, Sri Lankan Cricket politics, sledging and chucking
  • Comments on partisan TV coverage and cricket team reactions to bomb blasts
  • 35 Articles by Guest Authors including Harsha Bhogle, Peter Roebuck, Mike Coward, Mike Marqusee & Sambit Bal and a range of Lankan authors, names familiar as well as surprising
  • A breathtaking collection of 157 photographs

Publisher: Vijitha Yapa Publications, Colombo, 2006

Web:www.vijithayapa.com

Softcover: ISBN 955-1266-25-0   AUD $65 / pd 25

       Hardcover: ISBN 955-1266-26-9       AUD $90 / pd 35 

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‘Playing Cricket: What a privilege!’ — says one of the giants of Sri Lankan Cricket,Kumar Sangakkara

May 22, 2014

donald_mcrae_140x140 Donald McRae, in The Guardian, 17 May 2014, where the title is “Kumar Sangakkara: ‘It’s been an amazing privilege to play the game’.”

Kumar Sangakkara is freezing at the end of an abandoned day of county cricket in Sussex. Wearing a huge borrowed jumper from the visitors’ dressing room occupied by Durham, for whom he played two matches while preparing for Sri Lanka’s one-day and Test series against England, the great batsman still smiles through the rainy cold. The longer he talks, and the deeper he thinks, the more his eloquent intelligence and personal warmth crackles like a small fire of hope.

After an hour in his company it is hard to avoid a nagging contrast. England’s team is full of bright and engaging men but, lately, it has become absurdly difficult to talk to them. Access to England’s best cricketers has been so controlled that even a request, in the recent past, to interview a junior player has had to be tied to “a sponsorship opportunity”. Such encounters often feel like a carefully managed exercise to curb honesty and personality. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Unique Pictures in ESSAYING CRICKET

May 22, 2014

01 Satha NOT Guilty

SATHA not guilty — standing beside his lawyer Colvin R de Silva Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reflections from Roy Dias: Q and A with Rex Clementine

May 22, 2014

Rex Clementine, in The Sunday Island, May 2014

ROY DIAS today 2014 --island

Sri Lankans have not produced stellar performances in Test cricket away from home over the years and the team’s bowling deficiencies has been pointed out as the sole reason for that. However, the team has never been short of batting talent and the best thing is they come in pairs. In the last ten years, we have had Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara dominating having taken over the mantle from Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya. Previously the burden was shared by Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga who took over the reins from Duleep Mendis and Roy Dias. Dias was an accomplished batsman with style put ahead of efficiency. His technical brilliance was the reason for Sri Lanka Cricket to draft him as the Head Coach of the national cricket team in 1998. He had a remarkable time teaming up with Ranatunga the captain and Ranjit Fernando the Manager as Sri Lanka won their maiden Test Match in England in 1998. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reviewing Sri Lankan Cricket Today

May 22, 2014

Scyld Berry, courtesy of The Daily Telegraph where the title is “Sri Lanka emerge as rivals to resurgent Australia as leaders in world cricket, albeit belatedly”

ScyldBerry_60_1782356jTake the opposite of a bow, you gentlemen of the International Cricket Council – for there has never been a woman involved at a high level, let alone now, which may be one of the causes of its inherent failings. Why was cricket in Sri Lanka not encouraged when England and Australia ruled the ICC and the global game, as they did until less than 20 years ago?

Sri Lanka has become a vital force in world cricket. England supporters may think they are the lesser touring side this summer, because they have been granted only two Tests whereas India play five. But maybe Sri Lanka are making a bigger contribution to the sport’s health and growth than India, given its obsession with the IPL – or England. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Hemā. Cricketing Memories and More. An Appreciation of DH de Silva

May 13, 2014

DH-De-Silva-copy Michael Roberts, courtesy of http://www.islandcricket.lk

HEMA de Silva was my skipper, a compatriot in cricketing arms and a pal — a true mate in the best Australian sense of the term. He is known in the Lankan cricketing world as “DH.” But, to me and others at Ramanathan Hall in Peradeniya University, he was “Hemā.” He remains Hemā.

Our association did not quite begin that way. As a fresher in the Aloysian cricket team at Galle I faced him as opponent, the captain of Mahinda. I dropped him at third slip off Vernon Regis; but, if my memory serves me right, ran him out with a direct hit from fine leg after Percy Amendra had glanced the ball from a spin-bowler and I ran from first slip and threw the ball as I turned — with the angle & distance of my run indicating the direction & length required. Later he returned the ‘favour:’ getting me out caught and bowled after I made 65 runs. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Aloysian Allrounder Chaturanga De Silva’s Emergence

May 12, 2014

Ranjan Anandappa, courtesy of a news item in 2013 with title Chaturanga de Silva – good investment for future Sri Lanka”

 

CHATHU 33 At a time when Sri Lanka are in search of quality all-rounders, Moors Sports Club cricketer Chaturanga de Silva is no doubt a good investment for the country’s future cricket. Chaturanga hails from Galle and played for St. Aloysius College, Galle and was an outstanding member in their cricket teams from the junior level to the first eleven.

As an all-rounder who bats and bowls left handed, he made a big impact in the recently concluded Mercantile Premier Cricket Tournament by excelling in all three departments of the game which enabled him to proceed on a scholarship to the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Australia. Read the rest of this entry ?