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Cricket Team’s Problems in Selectors’ Gunsights

January 16, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 14 January 2019, where the title is De Mel urges SLC to stamp out indiscipline”

Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel has urged Sri Lanka Cricket to not to tolerate indiscipline after two senior players were involved in a public spat last week while on tour in New Zealand. ODI captain Lasith Malinga and ex-skipper Thisara Perera were settling scores through social media bringing the game into disrepute.

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Gamini Goonesena’s Brilliant Journey through the Green Fields of Cricket

January 14, 2019

Mahinda Wijesinghe, in Sunday Times, December 2019 where the title is “A ‘net’ bowler storms the cricket world”

Royal College right-arm leg-spinner Gamini Goonesena (1931–2011) first made a dramatic appearance in the 1947 ‘big match’ against S.Thomas’s – and thereby hangs a tale. A bare two weeks earlier, Goonesena had celebrated his 16th birthday and was merely considered a ‘net’ bowler for the first team, and was hard at practice in the final week preceding the annual Royal-Thomian cricket encounter.

Conducting practices on that fateful day was Coach Saram. Watching Goonesena bowl, wily de Saram insisted that the leg-spinner be picked for the ‘Big-Match’ despite the fact that the leg-spinner has not been played in a single first XI game previously – a tradition that has not been broken since this encounter began in 1879. Obviously this move must have upset many in this tradition steeped school. Read the rest of this entry ?


ICC Investigation of Corruption in SL Cricket Scene in Full Bore

January 10, 2019

News Item in Island, 10 January 2019  ….

ICC Anti Corruption Unit officer Steve Richardson, Sports Minister Harin Fernando, SLC chief Ashley De Silva and other officials address Sri Lanka’s First Class players and officials.The International Cricket Council yesterday held a meeting for all First Class cricketers at the Sports Ministry premises urging them to provide details if they are aware of any corrupt practice in Sri Lankan cricket.

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Expanding Reach of Cricket in Sri Lanka?

January 8, 2019

Using the Sri Lankan Under 9 Team that played the last ODI match vs Australia Under 19 at the P Sara stadium on 7th January 2019 as a preliminary yardstick,  it seems that the pool of leading cricketers in Sri Lanka continue to be drawn from the southwestern quadrant. The schools from where THREE of the Eleven come are not indicated; but that probably indicates that they are not from Colombo. Only three of the other eight are from Colombo.


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A New Year Resolution: Sri Lankan Players now Training at Junction Oval in Melbourne

January 1, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 1 January 2019

Saliya Ahangama

Sri Lanka’s Test cricketers will not come back home after the Test leg of the tour of New Zealand that concluded in Christchurch on Sunday and instead will be based in Melbourne, Australia undergoing training ahead of the two match Test series there. Accordingly, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera and Roshen Silva will be based in Melbourne for two weeks, SLC’s High Performance Manager Asanka Gurusinha confirmed yesterday.

Thirimanne Roshen Silva

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Maturing: ESPN reaches 25

January 1, 2019

Original Title: =The A to Z of ESPNcricinfo” …..

This is an updated version of an article originally published to mark ESPNcricinfo’s 20th anniversary in 2013

QUIZ: identify these stars

Cricket’s early amateur spirit was reflected in ESPNcricinfo’s first avatar. Students, in American universities, and also in the UK and Australia, starved of cricket and desperate for scores of matches being played across the world, used Internet Relay Chat to post and search for score updates. After Simon King, a student at the University of Minnesota in the early 1990s, who was the first to realise the value of automated updates, developed the CricInfo bot that would send users a private message every time they asked for scores, several people in various universities volunteered to keep the scorecards updated, later taking the time to add old scorecards, match reports and other information to Cricinfo’s database. Read the rest of this entry ?


Trent Boult tips the Bowler Scales

December 27, 2018

In taking six wickets in 11 balls Trent Boult has swung his way to be ahead of Monty Noble (in 1902), Jacques Kallis and Kemar Roach in the available statistics on Test cricket for the least number of runs for the most number of wickets.

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