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England have taken a Leaf from Sri Lanka’s Ranatunga Book

October 9, 2018

Tanya Aldred in The Spin,8 October 2018  where the title is “How Sri Lanka’s magical 1996 cocktail paved the way for Morgan’s men”

Echoes of Arjuna Ranatunga’s World Cup-winning blueprint – potent spinners, pinch-hitting openers, bucket loads of confidence – can be seen in the England ODI side today

As England and Sri Lanka prepare for the five-match one-day series starting on Wednesday in Dambulla, a warm-up of sorts for the World Cup now less than eight months away, it feels the right time to stumble backwards 22 years, to one of cricket’s greatest stories.

On 17 March 1996, in the sultry atmosphere of Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium, Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka’s captain, lifted the World Cup high into the air. No one could quite believe it. Sri Lanka, the baby brother of the Asian block, the international whipping boys, had popped out of the hat, brandishing a party popper, a grin and a new kick-ass way of playing the game.

Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga celebrates with his team after winning the Cricket World Cup final against Australia in Lahore in 1996. Photograph: John Parkin/Getty Images

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Sri Lankan Squad for Over Fifties in Sydney

October 4, 2018

Over-50s Cricket World Cup

Come watch Sri Lanka play against the following teams :
Vs England- 21st November, Hurstville Oval
Vs Canada- 22nd Nov- Alan Davidson Oval, Mascot
Vs Wales- 25th November- Joe McAleer Oval, Glendenning
Vs Pakistan – 26th November ..

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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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Memories: Trinity vs St. Anthony’s 1959

June 12, 2018

Errol Fernando: BIG MATCH 1959

My strongest memory of the Big Match 1959 is that our captain, Nimal Maralande, was banned from playing because he would be twenty on the second day of the game.  This rule had been implemented by the Principal of Trinity because for years we suspected that the Anthonians included overage players in their teams.  It was therefore ironical that in 1959 this very rule dealt a massive blow to Trinity.

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Under 19 Cricketing Stars in the Past who made the World Stage

January 29, 2018

Nishi Narayanan in The Cricket Monthly

Age-group cricket is an established path to the senior game, with performances here occasionally getting more attention than those on the first-class circuit. Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hashim Amla, Michael Clarke, Cameron White and Denesh Ramdin are some of those who shone in junior cricket and went on to captain their countries in top-level cricket.

India's junior class of 2003India’s junior class of 2003 KM Chaudary / © Associated Press
 The photo above, from the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Tournament in Pakistan in 2003, has seven players who went on to play for India: (from left) Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Dinesh Karthik, Ambati Rayudu and VRV Singh. Their coach, Robin Singh, (centre, back) himself played national U-19 cricket – for Trinidad & Tobago – before moving to make a career in India.

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Surprises and Losers at the IPL Auction 2018

January 29, 2018

Indian Express News Item, http://indianexpress.com/photos/sports-gallery/ipl-auction-2018-live-player-price-sold-5041190/

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Millionaire Cricketers: The Top Ten

December 2, 2017

SEE https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/16016600b592c39f?projector=1

1. Sachin Tendulkar  = US$ 118 million

2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni = US$ 103 million

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