Archive for June, 2017

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United Ethnics to play Cricket for British School of Colombo

June 28, 2017

News Item in Island, 27 June 2017

 

Over 15 Squad : Salman Akbarally (Captain),  Rahul Chigullapalli (Wk),  Kyle Crosland,  Akitha Gunadasa,  Senuka Darmakeerthi,  Dillon David, Tevan Buell,  Chamaka Perera,  Rex Tharindu Nanayakkara, Sadhan Jayasuriya, Vishnu Praveen, Hasan Sohail, Siyath Srikanth,  Kavinda Subasinghe,  Heshan Tharindu Read the rest of this entry ?

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Malinga’s Monkey Bouncer draws Ministerial Castration

June 25, 2017

Amal Jayasinghe, in Sunday Island, 24 June 2017, with the title “Malinga in hot water over ‘monkey’ comment”

Sri Lanka fast bowler Lasith Malinga faced an investigation this week after he compared a government minister to a monkey following criticism that the country’s cricketers were too fat. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he ordered an inquiry after Malinga lambasted him for questioning the endurance of Sri Lankan players following their failure to reach the Champions Trophy semi-finals. “He is now under investigation for making statements to the media in breach of his contract with Sri Lanka Cricket (board),” Jayasekera told AFP. “In my criticism of the appalling fitness levels of our players, I did not name Malinga, but he has chosen to put the hat on and attack me publicly.”

Malinga told a television network the minister knew nothing about cricket. “I don’t care about criticism from those who are simply warming chairs,” he said. “What does a monkey know about a parrot’s nesting hollow? This is like a monkey getting into a parrot’s nest and talking about it.”

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Ford’s Thoughts on Departure

June 25, 2017

ONE “Sri Lanka will always have a little piece of my heart- Ford,” in Rex Clementine, Sunday Island, 24 June 2017

Sri Lanka’s Head Coach Graham Ford, who parted ways with Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday has said that the country will always be a special place for him. Ford (57) was Sri Lanka’s Head Coach from 2012 to 2014 and rejoined the SLC last January. He was contracted with SLC until the 2019 World Cup. However, deviation of the Head Coach’s duties to the newly created position of Cricket Manager is believed to have left a bad taste in the much respected coach’s mouth. He quit the Sri Lankan coaching job after the recent Champions Trophy. SLC made the announcement yesterday. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Fernando on Graham’s Ford’s Resignation

June 25, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando. courtesy oF ESPNcricinfo, 24 June 2017, where the title is Ford steps down as Sri Lanka coach”

Graham Ford has stepped down as Sri Lanka coach, ending his second tenure with the side after 15 months. SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala said the decision had been arrived at mutually, “after careful consideration and deliberation”. Ford’s relationship with SLC was understood to have been strained due to what he felt were unacceptable intrusions into team matters by the board. Ford had already left the island on leave, which would have ended early next week. One of his grievances was the expanding powers of Asanka Gurusinha, who in February was appointed “cricket manager” – a position with a broadly defined range of duties, some of which Ford is understood to have felt infringed upon his freedom as a coach. In the time since his appointment, Gurusinha was also made a selector.

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Interference prompts Graham Ford to Resign

June 25, 2017

Rex Clementine, from the Sunday Island, 24 June 2017, with the title “Shame on Sri Lanka Cricket” ... with the highlighting being the intervention of The Editor, Cricketique

On Saturday, exactly at 1:00pm, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed what we all feared. They had parted ways with one of the best coaches in the world – Graham Xavier Ford. Given the national cricket team’s poor run in recent times, that has seen Sri Lanka slip down to number eight in ODI and T-20 cricket and number seven in Test cricket, SLC has faced intense criticism and the easiest thing in any sporting environment under such circumstances is to get rid of the coach. However, for cricket’s present debacles, placing the blame on Ford’s doorstep is as good as changing pillows for headaches. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Radley Claessen: An Appreciation

June 25, 2017

Justin Labrooy

In January this year, Radley Claessen, a founder member and past President of ASLA, passed away peacefully at home after a full and active 85      dley and Brian years. The first twenty seven years of Radley’s life were spent in Colombo.   He distinguished himself at his Alma Mater, Wesley College, where he was Senior Prefect and Captain of a Wesley cricket team which carried all before it in 1952. Radley’s prominence in sport led onto a career in journalism with The Times of Ceylon where he subsequently became Night Editor.  He married Angela in 1954 and the eldest of their children, Desiree, was born in Colombo.  In 1958 the family migrated to Australia, leaving a country undergoing rapid political change to a new life and the challenges of establishing itself in a new environment.

Wesley College Cricket team in 1952 with Radley as Captain      

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Fakhar and the Pasthun Factor in Pakistan’s Champion’s Trophy Campaign

June 25, 2017

Michael Atherton, in The Times & The Australian, 20 June 2017, where the title isChampions Trophy: Fakhar, Amir lead charge as India lose plot”

It is a game of infinite possibilities and surprises. On a sweltering day, in front of a raucous full house of swaying blues and greens, and to a global audience in the hundreds of millions, Sarfraz Ahmed’s ragtag army, the exiles of the international game, outplayed the swaggering House of Kohli to win the Champions Trophy.

 Fakthar Zaman  

Amir

It was a day for underdogs everywhere and you would need a heart as cold and hard as a taxman’s not to have been moved by it. To flourish, cricket must encourage the notion of equality and fair play and we have to believe that any team, no matter the resources or the situation, has a chance of winning on any given day. India are the “haves” of cricket and Pakistan the “have nots”, but here Sarfraz’s side showed that a team prepared to have a go can succeed against the odds. Two weeks ago, they lost to India by 124 runs; now they beat them by the whopping margin of 180 runs. It showed what a sequence of victories, a dash of confidence and a smattering of new faces could achieve.

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