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Ruchira’s Split Second Escape does not suggest a Helmet

September 12, 2017

Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observer, 13 September 2017, with the title Won’t use helmet, I am fit enough to move out of danger area: Ruchira

Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge had a “lucky escape” on Wednesday night.The 50-year-old field umpire could survive the serious injury on Wednesday’s only T-20 match between Sri Lanka and India at the R. Premeadasa Stadium. The powerful straight drive shot from Kohli’s bat (off Lasith Malinga, 16th over of India innings) was “nearly a killer”. Thanks to Palliyaguruge, who fell down on the ground an ugly incident was avoided.

Sri Lankan umpire Ruchira Palliyaguruge (C) speaks with Indian captain Virat Kohli (L) and coach Ravi Shastri (R) at the R. Premadasa Stadium after rain delayed the start of the Twenty20 international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo on September 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Turbulence in the Boardroom of Sri Lanka Cricket

September 11, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, September 2017 where the title isSLC looks to get de Silva, Jayawardene on board”

Aravinda de Silva, Roshan Mahanama, Brendon Kuruppu, Graeme Labrooy, perhaps even Mahela Jayawardene – these are the names Sri Lanka Cricket is attempting to align itself with as the board looks to arrest the decline of the national team. Even more crucially for SLC, getting former players with good reputations on board may also help turn around its ailing public reputation. The board is now not only widely believed to be detrimental to the development of cricket, it is also seen as one of the most toxic governing bodies in the country.

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Dark Clouds loom over Sri Lankan Cricket

August 27, 2017

Sidharth Monga, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 27 August 2017, where the title reads “How Sri Lanka went from being a fortress to a phantom”

In the end, what stays with you the longest from cricket in Sri Lanka is the crows. The papare band can fade away, Galle Fort can seem run-of-the-mill after a while, Percy can sometimes grate, you can get away from the shouts of “Aluwa aluwa”, but the crows stay with you long after you have gone. They are looking for worms in the warm, moist grass while cricket is on, but they could easily be doing what crows do: wait to feast on carcasses; in this case, those of the opposition after the home team is done with them.

 Dusk looms over SL cricket today

The crows always seem to sneak up on you in Sri Lanka. And so does Test cricket. Tests here just start. You wake up, have your pol roti and chilli-onion sambal at the National Tea Room in the fort, or in one of the tea rooms near the station outside, and walk in to watch the highest form of cricket (so they say) for free. If you are on a motorbike, you don’t even need to remove your helmet. Just stand outside the fence and watch. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Mahinda and Neil in Critical Commentary on Cricket Scene

August 20, 2017

ONE  = Mahinda Wijesinghe, in Sunday Island, 20 August 2017, where the title is “Will Humpty-Dumpty’s fate be repeated?

At last – and thankfully – the three-Test series against India is over. Sri Lanka was outplayed, out-planned and out-distanced by many a mile as the visitors sauntered to a 3-0 series win seemingly without raising a sweat. Watching this massacre from a Sri Lankan point of view was excruciatingly painful to say the least. To think that not too long ago Sri Lanka humbled the mighty Australians 3-0 before this tumble. Hopefully, after this great fall, unlike the fate that befell Humpty-Dumpty, can the powers-that-be put our cricket together again? It is going to be a very difficult task.

Sri Lankan chief cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya (R) and Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala attend a press conference in Colombo on August 16. India will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 game in Sri Lanka. The first one-day internationals starts today, August 20 in Dambulla.(Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP)

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Chandimal OUT!! ODI Squad named

August 16, 2017

Daily News, 16 August 2017

Sri Lanka named a 15-man squad for the five-match One Day International (ODI) series against India, which will begin with the first game at Dambulla on Sunday (20). Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) selectors have not named the Test captain Dinesh Chandimal in the ODI squad , which includes two uncapped players and two more recalled.  Allrounders Thisara Perera and Milinda Siriwardana have been recalled into the ODI squad after a brief lapse while left-arm spinner Malinda Pushpakumara and the left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando are the two rookies to earn a calling.

Vishwa Fernando — AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena  

 Milinda Siriwardena–Getty

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Mahadevan on Sri Lanka’s Struggle for Test Status: A DVD

August 13, 2017

Former Sri Lanka cricket captains (from left) Anura Tennekoon, Michael Tissera and Bandula Warnapura at the launch of the documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s journey to Test status’ by Alston Mahadevan at the NCC pavilion on June 24.The 120 minute DVD is a comprehensive documentary, which includes interviews of most of the living legends who made a significant contribution to Sri Lankan cricket during the pre-Test era. Mahadevan is an old boy of St Anthony’s College, Kandy and an accountant by profession who is domiciled in Australia… see Daily News, 1 July 2017 … http://dailynews.lk/2017/07/01/sports/120604/%E2%80%98sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-journey-test-status%E2%80%99-launched

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Pallekele still in Infancy as a Test Venue in Lanka

August 13, 2017

Aubrey Kuruppu, in Sunday Times, 13 August 2017, where the title Pallekele – Still cutting its teeth as a Test venue””

It may surprise one and all to know that Pallekele has staged a mere five Test matches in a span of nearly seven years. There were a few two test tours, during which the Kandy venue invariably lost out. Spin-friendly Galle was always a first choice as the hosts liked to get off the blocks, fire the first salvo, in a truncated series. Quaint, old fashioned Asgiriya had her charms. Accessibility was a factor in her favour. Yet the draw backs outweighed the advantages. The media box was cramped and a bit of a shambles. Modernised Pallekele has much more space, and the pavilion and the grass-banks evoke memories of South African Grounds. The Hantane and Hunnasgiriya mountain-ranges offer a beautiful backdrop to the action.

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