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Lahiru Kumara rapped on the knuckles and ankles

November 13, 2018

Bipin Dani, in Daily Mirror, 13 November 2018, where the title is Heavy fine imposed on Kumara for breaking curfew”

Sri Lankan fast bowler Lahiru Kumara has not only been axed from the squad on disciplinary grounds but is has been heavily fined too, it is learnt here. This was according to highly placed sources close to the team management. Kumara broke the team curfew just two days prior to the Galle Test and was replaced by another fast bowler, Dushmantha Chameera.

Players are supposed to be in their rooms before 11.00 pm on non-match days. On match-days, they can’t be out of team hotel after 10.00 pm. It could not be verified if and who Kumara, who came to team hotel after 11.00pm on November 4 had met. “He (Lahiru Kumara) is yet to pay the fine which was imposed by the team’s Fine Committee”, sources said. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Fare Thee Well Rangana

November 12, 2018

Item in Daily Mirror, 10 November 2018, with this title Rangana’s swansong and Lanka’s future in spin bowling”

When Rangana Herath takes the field for one last time in Galle today, there will be tributes for the gentleman cricketer who has an unblemished record on and off field. Sri Lanka will host England in a three-match Test series but Herath will only play the first Test starting on November 6, thereby ending a career spanning nearly two decades.

With 430 wickets and counting, Herath can walk off the field with his head held high. He has achieved what no other left-arm bowler has done in the history of the game. With five more wickets in his last appearance, he will become number seven in the all-time list of highest wicket takers, led by our own Muttiah Muralidaran (800). It is a phenomenal achievement for a late bloomer. Among them are 34 five wickets hauls out of which 26 came off in home conditions. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Accolades Aplenty for Rangana Herath

November 7, 2018

Lankan cricket greats witness Herath’s farewell Test

Sri Lankan cricket legends Arjuna Ranatunga, Muthiah Muralitharan and Sidath Wettimuny along with other former cricket board officials were present at the historic Galle International Cricket Stadium to witness veteran spinner Rangana Herath’s farewell Test appearance on the first day of the first cricket Test against England yesterday. In fact Muralitharan also made his final Test appearance at this same venue eight years ago. Seated from left: Arjuna Ranatunga, Muthiah Muralitharan, Kushil Gunasekara, Nishantha Ranatunga and Sidath Wettimuny.

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Bloodletting in Cricket Australia Management Continues

November 7, 2018

ONE: Vipin Darwade, in CricketAge, 7 November 2018

Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday that High Performance chief Pat Howard will leave his role next week as the fallout from a scathing cultural review into the governing body continues. Howard, who has been in the role since 2011, had intended to stay until the Ashes tour of England next year, CA announced last month, a week before releasing the Longstaff review. “While Pat Howard has previously made clear his intentions not to renew his contract next year, it has been decided to bring forward his departure which will take effect next week after a handover,” CA said in a statement.

Belinda Clark has agreed to take on the role of Interim EGM, Team Performance until Pat’s permanent replacement is announced in the new year.

Kieran McMillan will step into the Interim EGM, Community Cricket role until such time that Belinda returns to her post.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Zimbabwe in Comprehensive Test Victory over Bangladesh

November 6, 2018

Mohamed Isam, in ESPNcricinfo, November 2018

Zimbabwe 282 (Williams 88, Moor 63*, Taijul 6-108) and 181 (H Masakadza 48, Taijul 5-62) beat Bangladesh 143 (Ariful 41*, Chatara 3-19, Raza 3-35) and 169 (Mavuta 4-21, Raza 3-41) by 151 runs

  Brandon Mavuta celebrates a wicket with his teammates Getty Images

The moment arrived at 1.46pm on the fourth afternoon in Sylhet. Ariful Haque swung hard at Wellington Masakadza, but suffered a fate that most Bangladesh batsmen have off late, his top-edge being caught by a jubilant Regis Chakabva. Zimbabwe fought odds that were stacked against them, but won most sessions in the game with patient batting and bowling. They held their catches too, and dismantled Bangladesh for a 151-run win. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Both Jayasuriya and Zoysa charged by ICC Anti-Corruption Unit

November 3, 2018

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Sri Lanka batting great Sanath Jayasuriya has been charged with two counts of breaching the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption code, the world governing body has announced.The former captain and explosive opening batsman has refused to cooperate with any investigation conducted by the ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACU), the ICC said in a statement.

Charges: Sanath Jayasuriya, seen here back in his playing days, is under investigation.Charges: Sanath Jayasuriya, seen here back in his playing days, is under investigation.CREDIT:TIM CLAYTON

The 49-year-old has also been charged with trying to conceal, destroy or tamper with evidence that could be crucial to an anti-corruption investigation.”Mr Jayasuriya has 14 days from 15 October 2018 to respond to the charges. The ICC will not make any further comment in respect of these charges at this stage,” the ICC statement said.

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Ball-tampering: A Fine-grained Legal Analysis

November 3, 2018

Peter Hunt, 14 September 2018, THE ROAR  where the title is  Ball tampering – a legal analysis and a call for reform”

It’s lunch on the third day of the third Test between Australia and South Africa in Cape Town and the Test series is at a critical stage.

A day which will live in infamy 
Australia won the first Test and South Africa won the second. Now, in the third, South Africa enjoys a 56-run lead on the first innings and at lunch, they have lost one wicket in accumulating 65 precious runs. So, with a lead of 121 runs and with nine second-innings wickets in hand, South Africa will resume shortly and look to block, cover drive, leave and square cut themselves into a position of comfort.

Cameron Bancroft of Australia talks to the umpire on the third day of the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia at Newlands Stadium, in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, March 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Halden Krog)

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