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ICC – ODI and T20 Rankings — Men

May 18, 2017

From BBC Listing =

ODI rankings

Rank Name Matches Rating
1 South Africa 44 123
2 Australia 46 118
3 India 31 117
4 New Zealand 40 115
5 England 43 110
6 Sri Lanka 46 93
7 Bangladesh 25 91
8 Pakistan 36 88
9 West Indies 30 79
10 Afghanistan 28 52
11 Zimbabwe 36 46
12 Ireland 21 43

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SL Cricket in Humpty-Dumpty Condition

May 15, 2017

Rex Clementine:, in The Island, 14 May 2017, with title “The price people pay for their arrogance”

The moment Hitler had France under his control, he had the whole of Western Europe at his beck and call. It gave him a massive adrenaline rush and he thought he could do just about anything. Instead of consolidating in Western Europe, Hitler invaded Russia. That proved to be a fatal mistake. The price people pay for their arrogance!

 Sri Lanka go into Champions Trophy as the worst fielding team in the competition. They have been hard at work in Kandy to lift their fielding standards.Picture credit Sameera Pieiris/ The

In cricket, the West Indies thought that they would continue to produce world class players. Natural talent was enough to dominate world cricket they believed. Australia shook them up by using sports science to good effect. Other teams soon took a leaf out of the Aussies’ book by setting up Centres for Excellence and world class cricket academies. It took a while for the West Indies to realize that the times were fast changing and they needed to embrace technology. Despite the brilliance of Brian Lara, West Indies struggled. Since Lara they are no more world class. No Champions Trophy for them and they might even get kicked out from making it to the 2019 World Cup. The price people pay for their arrogance! Read the rest of this entry ?


Training Camp at Pallekele as Prep for Champions Trophy in England

May 9, 2017

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 7 May 2017, with title “Sri Lanka begin preparations for Champions Trophy”

The national cricket team will head to Kandy today to begin a week long residential training camp at the Pallekele International Stadium as preparation for Champions Trophy tournament, that will be played in England and Wales next month. Captain Angelo Mathews is expected to join the team on Tuesday from India having completed his IPL duties. Sri Lanka Cricket will also open a new indoor cricket facility at Pallekele on Tuesday to help the training.

“Our Head Coach Graham Ford has focused a lot on fielding during the last few days. The residential camp at Pallekele will help us keep the team together and we will do lot of planning ahead of the Champions Trophy,” Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha told The Island. Read the rest of this entry ?


Murali to be inducted into ICC Hall of Fame in May 2017

April 26, 2017

ESPNcricinfo staff, 

Former Sri Lanka offspinner Muttiah Muralitharan has become the first player from his country to be voted into the ICC Hall of Fame. He will be formally inducted into it later this year, along with the late England fast bowler George Lohmann, the late Australia opener Arthur Morris and former Australia Women captain Karen Rolton. Read the rest of this entry ?


Hathurasinghe on Bangladesh Cricket in Q and A with Mohamed Isam

April 25, 2017


 Mohamed Isam, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 25 April 2017, where the title is Whatever Bangladesh achieves in Champions Trophy will be big’
In your stint as Bangladesh coach since 2014, where would you rate Bangladesh’s recent tour to Sri Lanka?
I think it is up there as one of the best tours we’ve had in my time, in terms of results and performance. It is on par with the 2015 World Cup, which was a bit of a challenge to play in those conditions. Winning a Test in Sri Lanka is really tough. I am a bit disappointed that we didn’t win the ODI series. I was expecting to win the ODI series in Sri Lanka. In terms of attitude, it is also up there, after the first game
I.“Always as coaches, we want them to take their own decisions in the middle” © AFP

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Arjuna the Indomitable: Challenging Aussie Skulduggery in 1995-98 … and More

April 25, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of The Cricket Monthly, at ESPNcricinfo … …where the title is “Arjuna Versus”

 January 1999: Sri Lankan supporters show Ranatunga some love outside Adelaide Oval, where he was facing a disciplinary hearing

v Australia, 1995-96
Sri Lanka have played in higher-octane, better contested and far more watchable series, but for pure watershed value none has left its mark on the island’s cricket like this pre-World Cup thrashing in Australia. If Ranatunga had not been at the helm, things might have gone very differently; it was the kind of tour that can run teams aground.

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English Cricket Governors target Kolpak Imports

April 19, 2017

Simon Burnton,  courtesy of THE SPIN, where the tile is “ECB’s Kolpak clampdown is the latest gambit in 100 years war”

News the England and Wales Cricket Board is planning to tighten regulations to prevent county sides becoming flooded with Kolpak imports marks the start of another skirmish in the never-ending battle between domestic cricket’s governing body, the counties and the international sides the latter would like to plunder. The words of Haroon Lorgat, chief executive of Cricket South Africa, when Kyle Abbott and Rilee Rossouw announced their moves to Hampshire in January were particularly striking. “We invest huge sums of money in every individual,” he said, “and if you take Rilee, by way of example, in the last I don’t know how many months we’ve been treating his injuries, we’ve been investing in him. Sadly there’s no return for us in the years to come.”

 Rilee Rossouw, whose Kolpak move to Hampshire was announced in January, along with that of his South Africa team-mate Kyle Abbott. Photograph: Gallo Images/Getty Images

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