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ICC Directorate: Sumathipala’s Inflated Ambitions in Pieces

March 26, 2017

What made Shashank Manohar take back his resignation as ICC chairman? He likes to tell people that, once he has made up his mind, he does not change it. Indeed, after his resignation, he told ESPNcricinfo he would not reconsider his decision. Yet, less than 10 days later, Manohar is back, ultimately persuaded by a vast majority of the ICC Board directors to return.

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – JUNE 30: ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar (L), and David Richardson ICC chief Executive during the ICC Full Council meeting at The Waldorf Astoria, The Caledonian on June 30, 2016 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

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Lanka’s Durban Heroics in 2011

December 19, 2016

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 18 December 2016, where the title isThe Durban drubbing” … The highlighting emphasis is by The Editor, Cricketique.

With Sri Lanka’s cricketers touring South Africa, supporters reminisce the team’s stunning success in that country five years ago when Tillekeratne Dilshan’s side surprised many by recording their first ever Test win on South Africa soil. South Africa is perhaps the hardest place for Asian teams as conditions heavily favour the host country’s fast bowlers. All three sub-continent teams have poor records in South Africa and Sri Lanka has the worst. Prior to the 2011 series, Sri Lanka had played seven Tests in South Africa and had lost six games, three of them by an innings. Very few gave the tourists a chance. The first Test at Centurion was an absolute nightmare as the hosts completed an innings win inside three days.

aakumar-s-in-durban Star batsman Kumar Sangakkara is all fired up after his sensational century set up Sri Lanka’s maiden Test win on South African soil in 2011.

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Afghanistan & Sri Lanka at Opposite Ends about Two-Tier System

September 8, 2016

ESPNcricinfo, 7 September 2016,….. SLC president Thilanga Sumathipala pushes for four-day Tests _ Cricket … 

iccWhile expressing differing views on the ICC’s decision to withdraw the proposal for two-tier Test cricket, Full Member boards welcomed the discussions opened up at Wednesday’s chief executives’ meeting on ways to sustain the longest format of the game. Thilanga Sumathipala, the SLC president, called for boards to market Test cricket more vigorously, and suggested four-day Tests as a step towards increasing the excitement around the format.

“[Withdrawing the two-tier proposal is] a very wise decision as far as SLC is concerned,” Sumathipala said. “It’s going to give us more time to revisit and to see how, while we are maintaining our top 10 Test-playing nations, we could allow emerging Test-playing nations to join, while making sure that the tournament effect is taking place. We’re going forward together in this. I’m happy with the new line of thinking, and I’m happy we are not pursuing the seven-five two-tier system.”

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“Death of A Gentleman” — Lamenting the Assassination of Our Gentleman’s Game

May 8, 2016

Sit back, digest and … ponder these thoughts from Reflective Personnel in


….. You Tube … with Michael Holding, Gideon Haigh et cetera spearheading the charge … and is it an accident that we come across SRNIVASAN
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Graham Ford’s Appointment as Coach and His Thoughts for Sri Lanka

February 6, 2016


I. Sa’adi Thawfeeq: Ford calls for patience as Sri Lanka rebuild,” item in ESPNcricinfo, February 2016

Sri Lanka’s new coach, Graham Ford, who is set to begin his second stint with the team, has cautioned against expecting quick fixes. The team, he said, is in transition, so he expects the job to be challenging. “Sri Lanka is in the early part of a rebuilding phase, so don’t expect any quick fixes,” Ford said on arrival in Sri Lanka. “I am very aware what a huge challenge it is. A lot of hard work needs to be done. It’s very important that this team building is done on a very solid foundation, so patience is required.  FORD 11


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Nishantha Ranatunga in Carlton Network netted with Yoshitha Rajapaksa

February 1, 2016

Item in Daily News, 1 February 2016

UPDATE : The five suspects including former President’s son Yoshitha Rajapaksa have been remanded till 11 February, after being presented before the Kaduwela Magistrate by the police. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, Shiranthi Rajapaksa, former Minister Basil Rajapaksa and former defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa attended the court proceedings at the Kaduwela Magistrate Court.  Navy officer Yoshitha Rajapaksa, Chairman of the Carlton Sports Network Rohan Weliwita, Nishantha Ranathnga, Ravishan Dissanayake and R.M. Fernando were arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID) and produced before the Kaduwela Magistrate this afternoon.   The five were arrested in connection with the investigation into the alleged financial irregularities at the Carlton Sports Network. 
Yoshitha Rajapaksa

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Reconstituting the Administration of Sri Lanka Cricket on the Cards?

January 29, 2016

Former interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny is hopeful that the proposal put forward by some of the interim committee members to change the Sri Lanka Cricket constitution would be implemented soon by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. “When I handed over a copy of the constitution proposal to the Prime Minister and to the Sports Minister they both accepted that there needs to be a change and showed a keenness for it,” said Wettimuny.


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