Archive for the ‘cricket governance’ Category

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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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Sanga to star in STAR SPORTS Commentary Team

November 3, 2018

Abhisek Patil in CRICKET AGE, April 2018 where the title is Kumar Sangakkara Joins Star Sports India Commentary Team

Sri Lankan Legend Kumar Sangakkara has joined the illustrious Commentary team of Star Sports. The channel has just yesterday secured the Television Rights of BCCI’s Home bilateral series for next five years, in a whopping 6138.1 Crore bid. The channel has already secured media rights for the Lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL).

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Piyal Nandana Charged in Sri Lanka Cricket Fraud Case: Huge Ramifications looming

November 2, 2018

N Krishnamurthy, in Cricket Age, 2 November 2018,

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has found several shocking details about Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) chief financial officer Piyal Nadana in the 11.1 million dollars attempted fraud case, Cricket Age reliably learns. After new findings, the CID has extended his remand till November 15.  A Few days ago, the CID had arrested Piyal in the ongoing investigation of the attempted fraud. According to sources, in the investigation, CID has found that Piyal was using 7 different mobile phones while working at SLC. More surprisingly, CID has found Piyal’s 18 different bank accounts along with his wife.

The investigative CID officials are confident that these findings will help them to find real culprit behind this attempted fraud. It is noteworthy that, Piyal was a employee of former SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala few years back.

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Reflections on Sri Lanka’s Topsy-Turvy Journey in Cricket — Mark Nicholas

October 22, 2018

Mark Nicholas in ESPNcricinfo, 22 October 2018, where the title runs “Sri Lanka’s cricket legacy is glorious, but what does the future hold?”

The first two Sri Lankan cricketers to catch this observer’s eye were Roy Dias and Duleep Mendis. Dias, slim and elegant at the crease, played the game in beautifully straight lines and had a hand in important moments during Sri Lanka’s early days at the top table, most especially against Pakistan and India. Mendis was a bull of a fellow on first look but the most genial of cricketers, whose explosive strokeplay at Lord’s in 1984 won him many a heart. It was for the Indians, however, that he reserved his very best cricket, making hundreds in both innings of the 1982 Madras Test and then leading his country to a famous series win in 1985 with a match-saving hundred in the final Test at the Asgiriya Stadium in Kandy. It is close to impossible to describe how much this meant to his people. It was more than a victory for cricketers; it was a victory for character and for relevance – a precursor to the days when Arjuna Ranatunga would bow before no one in the pursuit of his country’s place in the world order.

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Rex Clementine demands Wholesale Change in ODI Cricket Selections

September 24, 2018

Rex Clementine, in Island, 19 September 2018, where the title is  “World’s most boring cricket team”

A proud cricketing nation has been brought to its knees twice inside three days here in the Arabian desert as Sri Lanka crashed out of the Asia Cup in such an embarrassing way. Defeat to Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi Monday night was perhaps the lowest point in the history of Sri Lankan cricket. It remains to be seen whether it is a point of no return?

The current side has no depth in batting, their bowling is toothless while fielding remains the worst in the world. Less said about the team’s running between the wickets the better. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Attempts to exclude Our 1996 Cricketing Heroes

September 21, 2018

N Krishnamurthy, in Cricket Age, 21 September 2018. with this headline Ravin Wickramaratne Instructs Rupavahini To Avoid 1996 World Cup Heroes For ICC Trophy Events”

During Thilanga Sumathipala’s disastrous two years regime at Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), one of his particular associates,  Ravin Wickramaratne, was the most controversial administrators, as his involvement was exposed in domestic match fixing and countless overseas tours as assistant secretary of the board. Now, Sumathipala has perished, but Ravin is still flying high, though in different field. Few days ago, the country’s President Maithripala Sirisena had ‘mysteriously’ appointed him as his representative at Rupavahini Corporation to look after his ‘interests’.

Immediately, Ravin has started manipulating things!

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Sri Lanka’s Journey to Test Status via Alston Mahadevan’s Video Documentaries

September 15, 2018

ABSORB … setting aside about four hours

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