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Sri Lanka’s World Cup FIFTEEN

April 19, 2019

Sunday Times News Item, 19 April 2019 = http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1084444/slc-releases-name-of-15-member-squad-for-icc-world-cup-2019

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Selection of SL Fifteen for World Cup: the Process … and Beware Fake News

April 16, 2019

Bipin Dani in Asian Age, 15 April 2019,

The Ashantha de Mel-led selection committee will debate the composition of World Cup team for three consecutive days. Captain is a member of the selection committee. De Mel also denied both the media reports stating that (1) Mathews has denied the captaincy (2) Malinga has insisted to be in the squad only, if he is made the captain. (Photo: Sri Lanka Cricket/ Twitter)

We are first meeting the physio and the other support staff members on 16th to ascertain the fitness level of the players. The next day our meeting is scheduled with the head coach (Chandika Hathurusingha) and will seek his inputs”, the chief selector, speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, said on Sunday.

 Captain is a member of the selection committee. De Mel also denied both the media reports stating that (1) Mathews has denied the captaincy (2) Malinga has insisted to be in the squad only, if he is made the captain. (Photo: Sri Lanka Cricket/ Twitter)

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Australia’s Other Touring Squads 2019 including Ashes Tour

April 15, 2019

ABC news

Australia A one day squad named

Touring at the same time as the World Cup will be an Australian A side, which includes a number of players on the cusp of the 15-man World Cup squad,”Given the depth of talent and competition for spots, there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15,” Hohns said.That competition for spots has meant Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson — all members of the squad that won the back-to-back ODI series in Asia — will miss out.

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Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad: Punting from Down Under

April 10, 2019

Michael Roberts

I am venturing bold and proceeding to select fifteen players without the ‘data’ issuing from the trial matches taking place in Sri Lanka. I have taken serious note of Asantha de Mel’s provocative and thoughtful media session and been assisted materially by comments from a pal in Lanka who keeps a close eye on events within the island, but wishes to remain in the background. He will feature in my essay as ‘The Ghost’.

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Premature Thoughts on Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad: The Fifteen

March 24, 2019

Michael Roberts

 PREAMBLE: On the 21/22nd March I organised my thoughts on Sri Lanka’s potential ODI squad for the World Cup in England. This was a premature move – before the final two T20 matches in South Africa and without inside information of what had transpired behind the scenes in New Zealand and Australia in ways that led the new selection Committee headed by Ashantha de Mal to insert some radical changes in the squad for South Africa.  

I sent some queries to cricketing friends as soon as this draft was completed; while also posting it confidentially to some of them. Since then a searching interview with Ashantha De Mel by Champika Fernando in the Daily Mirror has provided some crucial information on the events that led them to recall Chandimal. More vitally, it has provided illuminating insights into the new Selection Committee’s thinking. His comments should serve as a testing yardstick for my reflections below so that we can then move further forward in the light of the second and third T20matches against the Safs.

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Lessons for Our Cricketers & Cricket Managers

March 16, 2019

Rohan Wijeyaratna in Island, 15 March 2019,

Of late, Mangala Samaraweera has been in the news. That is not strange given the colourful character  he is. In a parliament that is progressively getting stuffed with those who are boringly similar, it is not surprising those who dare to be different from the herd hardly get any noteworthy mention. Mangala does not fear to be different. And he does not make any bones about it.

The chief reason why so many Sri Lankan batsmen suffered blows on their heads was the absence of proper technique when playing short pitched bowling. On each such occasion they transgressed two cardinal rules applicable to the issue. They failed to get inside the line of flight, and they took their eyes off the ball. In short, they appeared sitting ducks to get hit.

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Dimuth addresses Press in Colombo

February 26, 2019

News Item in Daily News, 26 February 2019, with heading “We dedicate this win to all who supported us – Dimuth”

Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Dimuth Karunaratne dedicated his team’s historic 2-0 series win in South Africa to all who supported them through thick and thin. Sri Lanka became the first subcontinent nation to win a Test series in South Africa and only the third in history after Australia and England. “We have to dedicate this win to all the guys who supported us, the Sri Lankan fans who supported us. They backed us when we kept losing, we wanted to do something for them,” said Karunaratne at a media briefing held at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters yesterday.

Sri Lanka stand-in Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne (second from right) addressing the media at the SLC headquarters yesterday. SLC secretary Mohan de Silva, SLC president Shammi Silva and SLC Chief Operating Officer Jerome Jayaratne are also present. Picture by Herbert Perera

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