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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 ?

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Bangladesh can beat Sri Lanka –Take Care

March 5, 2017

Rex Clementine in the Island, 4 March 2017,where the title is 

Should Sri Lanka fear Bangladesh really? On paper the hosts are a far better side. In their top seven, Bangladesh have just two players who average over 40 in Test cricket – Shakib Al Hasan (40) and Mominul Haque (49) and in bowling, they lack the variety or the experience of Sri Lankans. Yet, many fear that this two match series – that gets underway on Tuesday in Galle – as the one where the tourists could turn the tables. There are valid reasons for such concerns. herath

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Andrew Fernando on Lanka’s T20 Squad

January 20, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, January 2017 with the title “Sri Lanka pick uncapped Thikshila de Silva for SA T20Is”

Who is Thikshila de Silva?Uncapped batting allrounder Thikshila de Silva has been named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the T20 series against South Africa, which starts from January 20. Thikshila is yet to play international cricket in any format; the other new member of the T20 squad is the left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who has played three Tests and an ODI.

sandakan Lakshan Sandakan made a promising start to his Test career last year but has only 16 wickets in 15 domestic T20 games © Associated Press

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Wasim Akram in Praise of Sri Lanka and Its Cricket

December 2, 2016

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 2 December 2016, where the title is Sri Lanka is Heaven on Earth – Wasim Akram”

Pakistan hero in their 1992 World Cup triumph, Wasim Akram, recalled fond memories of touring Sri Lanka as a Test cricketer and claimed the future is bright for country’s cricket during a media briefing at SLC headquarters at Maitland Place, Colombo yesterday. Former great Aravinda de Silva, who heads SLC’s Cricket Committee, had requested Akram’s services to conduct a workshop for the national cricket team, SLC coaches and fast bowlers. Akram is expected to do a couple of more stints next year as well. I first toured Sri Lanka in 1986 with Pakistan Under-23 team. I have happy memories here of lovely places and people. Sri Lanka is heaven on earth,” Akram said addressing the media briefing.

aa-wasimat  Sri Lankan cricketer Kasun Rajitha (R) speaks with former Pakistan great Wasim Akram during a training session at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) grounds in Colombo on December 1, 2016.(Pic by Ishara Kodikara

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Enter Captain Herath: A Rare Instance of a Spinning Captain

October 31, 2016

Rex Clementine, in the Island, 24 October 2016, where the title runs “King Herath leads Sri Lanka”
Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has been bestowed with the rare honour of leading Sri Lanka in Test cricket after captain Angelo Mathews was ruled out of the tour of Zimbabwe with a calf strain yesterday. Herath, the 38-year-old 73 Test veteran is the most experienced cricketer in international cricket. He is also the only current international cricketer to have made his Test debut in the last millennium. He will become the 14th man to lead Sri Lanka in Test cricket and only the second spinner after D.S. de Silva.

rangana-herath-008 Pic from Guardian

“I am absolutely delighted with this honour,” Herath told The Island. “Chairman of Selectors Sanath Jayasuriya called me up today and informed that Angelo has been ruled out of the series and that I will have to step in as captain,” Herath added. “Having said that, these are difficult circumstances having lost two of our leading players. Both Angelo and Chandi have done remarkably well for us over the years,” Herath further said. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Rangana Herath: A Leftie Lovable

October 6, 2016

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of THE CRICKET MONTHLY, where the title is “Left-arm lovable”

It was perfect that Rangana Herath‘s parents bought the family their first television shortly before Aravinda de Silva‘s 1984 debut, because soon de Silva was Herath’s favourite player. “When Aravinda is smashing sixes and fours,” Herath remembers, “who doesn’t want to watch?”

There was sometimes a crowd in the house. In the lush village of Waduwawa, on the southeastern tip of the Northwestern Province, this was one of the first black-and-white television sets. Matches drew friends and neighbours to the lime-green living room, and when games finished, the mob scattered into the front yard. Beneath thambili palms, with birdsong in the trees, and the Buddhist temple’s bana on the breeze, they poured out pent-up aspirations into matches of their own.

herath-with-his-son-in-galle-2014-afp With his son in Galle, 2014 © AFP

When no friends were around, older brother Deepthi was cajoled into games. “Aiyo I could never get away from him,” Deepthi says. “He was always wanting to play. I had to learn batting left-handed even, so that I wasn’t breaking windows when I hit to the leg side. He batted left-handed from the small days, so he was always whacking balls into the trees. If I couldn’t play, he’d hang a ball in a sock from the mango tree, and hit it by himself. He had more than enough shots.”

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Sri Lankan Squad Celebrates at SSC

August 20, 2016

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