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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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Rare Images from the Oval, Colombo 1948

June 13, 2017

 Mariamma, one of the groundsmen (sic)

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Mellawa sails with the Sri Lanka’s Cricketers Yesterday and Today

May 15, 2017

Mahinda Wijesinghe, in The Island, 14 May 2017, where the title reads Winds behind the willows: An encyclopaediac Mellawa’s history of SL cricket with warts and all”

Almost a century ago, S.P.Foenander, referred internationally as the ‘Wisden of the East’, authored his 268-page classic tome ‘Sixty Years of Ceylon Cricket’ (Ceylon Advertising & General Publicity – 1924). That was the first book which authoritatively enlightened the cricket world about cricket and cricketers between the years 1863 to 1923, in the then fair isle of Ceylon. One must also remember that Foenander, who even rubbed shoulders with the legendary Bradman – see photo below- must have experienced the difficulties at that time in collecting/collating information and statistics and so on in compiling his book. After all, the print media at that time was not developed; TV nor Internet was not even thought of. In short sophisticated communication systems were not even in its infancy. So the accolade of being the pioneer of cricket journalism in Ceylon falls squarely on the shoulders of the late S.P. Foenander.

 A rare photo taken in Colombo (October 1930) of S.P. Foenander, then the Sports Editor of ‘Ceylon Observer’, gifting a replica of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (Temple of the Tooth) to Don Bradman. Foenander is carrying Australian skipper Bill Woodfull’s son, Jack, in his arms.– Courtesy State Library of South Australia – PRG 682/16/108

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A Lankan’s Pictorial Odyssey with Cricket

April 29, 2017

“Have Cricket. Will Travel,” says Ranjan Mellawa

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English Cricket Governors target Kolpak Imports

April 19, 2017

Simon Burnton,  courtesy of THE SPIN, where the tile is “ECB’s Kolpak clampdown is the latest gambit in 100 years war”

News the England and Wales Cricket Board is planning to tighten regulations to prevent county sides becoming flooded with Kolpak imports marks the start of another skirmish in the never-ending battle between domestic cricket’s governing body, the counties and the international sides the latter would like to plunder. The words of Haroon Lorgat, chief executive of Cricket South Africa, when Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw announced their moves to Hampshire in January were particularly striking. “We invest huge sums of money in every individual,” he said, “and if you take Rilee, by way of example, in the last I don’t know how many months we’ve been treating his injuries, we’ve been investing in him. Sadly there’s no return for us in the years to come.”


 Rilee Rossouw, whose Kolpak move to Hampshire was announced in January, along with that of his South Africa team-mate Kyle Abbott. Photograph: Gallo Images/Getty Images

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Ravi Wijeratne to captain Harrow in Elite School Match vs Eton

April 13, 2017

Sa’adi Thawfeeq, in Daily News. 12 April 2017 

Sri Lankan-born Rahul Wijeratne will be creating history when he leads Harrow this year in their traditional cricket match against Eton at the home of cricket – Lord’s Cricket Ground on June 24, a 55-overs-a-side contest. Rahul, son of Sri Lanka business tycoon Ravi Wijeratne has been appointed captain of Harrow School for the current English school cricket season.
Seldom has a Sri Lankan had the honour of leading such a prestigious institute which is over 400 years old and in the oldest of all cricket fixtures – Eton v Harrow which will be the 177th contest between the two schools this year. The Eton v Harrow cricket match is an annual fixture between Eton College and Harrow School and is one of the longest-running annual sporting fixtures in the world and, the only annual school cricket match still to be played at Lord’s.
   Indrajit Coomaraswamy stumped at 65 playing for Harrow — Getty images

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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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