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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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ICC Directorate: Sumathipala’s Inflated Ambitions in Pieces

March 26, 2017

What made Shashank Manohar take back his resignation as ICC chairman? He likes to tell people that, once he has made up his mind, he does not change it. Indeed, after his resignation, he told ESPNcricinfo he would not reconsider his decision. Yet, less than 10 days later, Manohar is back, ultimately persuaded by a vast majority of the ICC Board directors to return.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JUNE 30: ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar (L), and David Richardson ICC chief Executive during the ICC Full Council meeting at The Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian on June 30, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

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Cricket in Hambantota during World Cup 2011 — in Pictures

March 22, 2017


Mahela at a critical junction

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Momentous Cricketing Moment. Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka in Riveting Match

March 19, 2017

Bangladeshi cricket fans at a university campus in Dhaka celebrate their national team’s victory over Sri Lanka on March 19, 2017.
Bangladesh pulled off a historic four-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the second Test in Colombo on March 19. / AFP PHOTO / – (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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The Best of Sundays, 19th March 2017

March 19, 2017

Karthik: “Can’t get a better Sunday than this. Test cricket at its best. Ind v Aus” … A COMMENT from a Bangla cricket fan … JUST AFTER the first ball over 112 of the Sri Lankan second innings

112.1 — Miraz to Lakmal, 1 run, tossed-up offbreak, worked on the back foot to the right of midwicket” 

Courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

 Mehedi Hasan

Mustafizur Rahman

10.57am The 80-run stand for the ninth wicket between Dilruwan and Lakmal has lifted Sri Lanka’s lead to 190. Bangladesh need 191 in a minimum of 74 overs to square the series. Be back for the last innings.


10.57am The 80-run stand for the ninth wicket between Dilruwan and Lakmal has lifted Sri Lanka’s lead to 190. Bangladesh need 191 in a minimum of 74 overs to square the series. Be back for the last innings


ANOTHER FAN’S COMMENT:  Jugnoo: “What a coincident Suranga Lakmal was the last wicket in first inning at over 113.3 and second inning 113.2 scoring 35 and 42 respectively. Both are on his top scores. Keep it up Suranga Lakmal”


Ford and Clementine in Praise of Kusal Mendis

March 12, 2017

Rex Clementine in The Sunday Island, 16 March 2017

The Galle International Cricket Stadium has witnessed some remarkable moments in Test cricket. Chris Gayle hitting sixes to the Galle bus stand on his way to a remarkable  333, Muttiah Muralitharan picking up a wicket in his last ball in Test cricket to complete 800 Test wickets, Kumar Sangakkara being left stranded on 199 having run out of partners, Brian  Lara’s stunning 178 in 2001, Nathan Lyon taking five  wickets on debut  are all firmly etched in the memories of  cricket fans. Earlier this week, young Kusal Mendis gave everyone another moment to relish with his stunning 194 that contained some of the finest cricket shots that you will ever witness.

 Sri Lankan cricketer Kusal Mendis raises his bat and helmet celebrating his century during the first day of the opening Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on March 7, 2017

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A Cricketing Century between Trinity and St. Anthony’s … Hallelujah!

March 11, 2017

Lalin Fernando,  in Daily News, 9 March 2017,where the title runs “A century of friendly rivalry’: Trinity-Antonian big match”

It will not just be a historic moment for Kandy’s two great educational institutions, but a milestone in Sri Lankan school cricket when Trinity College takes on St. Anthony’s College in their Centenary Battle of the Blues in Kandy on March 10 and 11 under the theme of ‘A century of friendly rivalry’ at the Pallekekke International Cricket Stadium.

 Joint Committee heads, Asela Herath (President – Old Antonian Cricket Wing – right extreme) and Nilantha Ratnayake (President – Trinity Cricket Foundation – second from right) handing over the John Halangoda Challenge Trophy to the two principals

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