Archive for March, 2017


That wicked ball! THE CHINAMAN!!! The Racist Origins of a Technical Term

March 31, 2017

Karthikeya Date28 March 2017, at

The term ‘Chinaman’ depicts not just a left-arm wrist-spinner, but the latent racism that originated it. It’s time the ICC takes steps to bowdlerise the word from the cricketing lexicon. 

Left-arm wrist-spinners are saddled with an unfortunate label that brims with colonial-era racism turned into a casual word. | The Hindu Archives

In cricket, wrist spin delivered by a left-arm bowler is termed ‘Chinaman’. The story goes that on one of the MCC’s colonial era Test tours to the West Indies, Walter Robins (who later went on to become England’s Chairman of Selectors in the 1950s) was out stumped against Ellis Achong, a slow left-arm finger spinner, when he bowled a wrist-spin delivery as a variation. Robins failed to notice the change from the hand (that the ball was being spun with the wrist and not the fingers, a fairly obvious change) and was stumped. On his return to the pavilion, Robins is said to have remarked “Fancy being done by a Chinaman!” There is some dispute about whom he said this to. One version of the story has him saying this to Learie Constantine, the great West Indies all-rounder of that era. Another version of the story has him saying this to the Umpire

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The Perera behind the Raval

March 27, 2017

Firdos e Moonda with Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 27 March 2017 where the title is The making of a Kiwi” 

One of the first things Jeet Raval from Ahmedabad did when he arrived in Auckland was try to find a job. He was only 16 years old, so it had to be a casual, holiday gig, but his father Ashok encouraged it as a way for him to interact with people in his new home and improve his limited English. “I went to Subway and they asked me if I could hand in my CV. I didn’t know what a CV was, so I called my mom and asked, ‘What’s a CV?’ In India they call it biodata, so my mom told me that and then I understood. I asked for a piece of paper and a pen and they didn’t have any paper, so they gave me a tissue paper. I wrote the word ‘biodata’ on the top and I put my name, my mom’s name, my dad’s name, my date of birth, and I said there’s my CV. And I never heard back from them,” Raval said to ESPNcricinfo during his first series as a Test cricketer in November last year.

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ICC Directorate: Sumathipala’s Inflated Ambitions in Pieces

March 26, 2017

What made Shashank Manohar take back his resignation as ICC chairman? He likes to tell people that, once he has made up his mind, he does not change it. Indeed, after his resignation, he told ESPNcricinfo he would not reconsider his decision. Yet, less than 10 days later, Manohar is back, ultimately persuaded by a vast majority of the ICC Board directors to return.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JUNE 30: ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar (L), and David Richardson ICC chief Executive during the ICC Full Council meeting at The Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian on June 30, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

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Evaluating Sri Lankan ODI Team before the Bangla Series

March 26, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando at ESPNcricinfo on Saturday 25 March 2o17  

 Sabbir Rahman

Big picture:  Bangladesh have exulted, the Sri Lanka team have been verbally flagellated, and after Sunday’s result, a tour that had been flying under the radar on the island has suddenly sparked widespread interest.

While Bangladesh’s second major Test victory in the space of a few months has been interpreted as a another sign of the team’s arrival at the top level, Sri Lanka’s loss has split opinion at home. Some have suggested Sri Lankan cricket has entered a death spiral; others have argued that while there is cause for significant concern, there is hope yet. Whatever the case, the limited-overs series have become doubly important for Sri Lanka now. If they lose here as well, there may not be many rushing to defend this team. Read the rest of this entry ?


Cricket in Hambantota during World Cup 2011 — in Pictures

March 22, 2017


Mahela at a critical junction

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Momentous Cricketing Moment. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in Riveting Match

March 19, 2017

Bangladeshi cricket fans at a university campus in Dhaka celebrate their national team’s victory over Sri Lanka on March 19, 2017.
Bangladesh pulled off a historic four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo on March 19. / AFP PHOTO / – (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Best of Sundays, 19th March 2017

March 19, 2017

Karthik: “Can’t get a better Sunday than this. Test cricket at its best. Ind v Aus” … A COMMENT from a Bangla cricket fan … JUST AFTER the first ball over 112 of the Sri Lankan second innings

112.1 — Miraz to Lakmal, 1 run, tossed-up offbreak, worked on the back foot to the right of midwicket” 

Courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

 Mehedi Hasan

Mustafizur Rahman

10.57am The 80-run stand for the ninth wicket between Dilruwan and Lakmal has lifted Sri Lanka’s lead to 190. Bangladesh need 191 in a minimum of 74 overs to square the series. Be back for the last innings.


10.57am The 80-run stand for the ninth wicket between Dilruwan and Lakmal has lifted Sri Lanka’s lead to 190. Bangladesh need 191 in a minimum of 74 overs to square the series. Be back for the last innings


ANOTHER FAN’S COMMENT:  Jugnoo: “What a coincident Suranga Lakmal was the last wicket in first inning at over 113.3 and second inning 113.2 scoring 35 and 42 respectively. Both are on his top scores. Keep it up Suranga Lakmal”