Archive for August, 2017

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Chandimal OUT!! ODI Squad named

August 16, 2017

Daily News, 16 August 2017

Sri Lanka named a 15-man squad for the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India, which will begin with the first game at Dambulla on Sunday (20). Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors have not named the Test captain Dinesh Chandimal in the ODI squad , which includes two uncapped players and two more recalled.  Allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana have been recalled into the ODI squad after a brief lapse while left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara and the left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando are the two rookies to earn a calling.

Vishwa Fernando — AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena  

 Milinda Siriwardena–Getty

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Paranavitana for a Pakistan Tour

August 15, 2017

Bipin Dani, courtesy of  Pakistan Observer, where the title is  “Sri Lanka’s Lahore terror attack victim Tharanga Paranavitana welcomes move to play cricket in Pakistan”

Tharanga Paranavitana

Former Sri Lanka opener Tharanga Paranavitana, who was one of the six victims in the March 3, 2009 terrorist attack on the team’s bus in Lahore, said Sri Lankan players going to play in Pakistan should only concentrate on the game. After a security assessment, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief Thilanga Sumathipala cleared the team to play three T20s, including at least one in Lahore.

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Outstanding Cricket Songs

August 14, 2017

Benjamin Golby  ….. https://benjamingolby.bandcamp.com/track/in-memoriam-p-m-r

So far as I know, there are two great cricket songs.  Writing on Roy Harper’s ‘When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease’ in (the now defunct) The Word magazine, David Hepworth said that it,  summons the shade of every village cricket pitch we have ever gazed hungrily upon or glimpsed from a passing car… Both John Peel and John Walters wanted this song played after their deaths. There is scarcely an Englishman who wouldn’t wish for the same honour. [1]

Like most reflections on cricket, the song is more than the mechanics and narrative of the game. From depicting everyman’s park cricket match in dear, gentle hues, the lyric strides to the elevated plain of existence and death. The game is not used merely as an allegory though. It would be a dull, unsporting soul who held so. Rather, cricket is recognised as the superb use of existence that it is, as delivered in the second verse,

… as those footsteps trace for the last time out of the act
Well this way of life’s recollection, the hallowed strip in the haze
The fabled men and the noonday sun are much more than just yarns of their days.

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Remembering Peter Roebuck

August 14, 2017

Benjamin Golby  courtesy of https://benjamingolby.bandcamp.com/track/in-memoriam-p-m-r ….. where the title reads In Memoriam – P​.​M​.​R.””

 Peter Roebuck died on the 12th of November 2011. He is among a good many eminent men in cricket, including AE Stoddart, Albert Trott, Sid Barnes and Jack Iverson, to take their own lives.  Given the wretched and mute circumstances in which these men died, it is to be hoped that, if there is some existence beyond this, they have there fared better.

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Nine Fielders on the Boundary for Hardik Pandya…. A Record ?

August 13, 2017

As I watch Lahiru Gamage run up, I see that Chandimal has placed nine fielders in a ring äround Hardik Pandya … sort of!!  ….. they are all on the boundary lines. Pandya had just mauled left arm spinner Pushpakumara — hitting threee sixes and a four in one over. Some were not mere sixers, but HUGE SIXERS.

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Mahadevan on Sri Lanka’s Struggle for Test Status: A DVD

August 13, 2017

Former Sri Lanka cricket captains (from left) Anura Tennekoon, Michael Tissera and Bandula Warnapura at the launch of the documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s journey to Test status’ by Alston Mahadevan at the NCC pavilion on June 24.The 120 minute DVD is a comprehensive documentary, which includes interviews of most of the living legends who made a significant contribution to Sri Lankan cricket during the pre-Test era. Mahadevan is an old boy of St Anthony’s College, Kandy and an accountant by profession who is domiciled in Australia… see Daily News, 1 July 2017 … http://dailynews.lk/2017/07/01/sports/120604/%E2%80%98sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-journey-test-status%E2%80%99-launched

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First Test Ever in Kandy: The Teams and Key Personnel

August 13, 2017

 Gamini Dissanayake, President of the board of Control for Sri Lankan Cricket, in the centre of the seated row , is the most signifiicant figure here — because he was because he was a key figure in marshaling forces that enabled Sri Lanka to secure Test Status in 1981. … an d because he was, alas, assassinated by the LTTE in 1994 when campaigning for the President of the country. Read the rest of this entry ?