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Tamil Union’s Mixed Bag recalls its Season Coup of 1982/83

September 11, 2018

Somachandra Skandakumar, presenting this tale under the title “When agony followed ecstasy!”

S. SKANDAKUMAR, a former Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka and skipper of the Tamil Union Cricket Club recounts their key game against Bloomfield and how Tamil Union won the game and ultimately lost the trophy on re-scrutiny.

Seated L to R– Athula Samarasekera, S. Skandakumar , Kushil Gunasekera
Standing- Ashley De Silva, Wayne Jansz, Dushan Soza, Sittampalam Shivaraj, Channa Wijemanne, Sudath Munaweera, Sujeeva Rajapakse, Chandika Hathurusinghe, Lakshman Aloysius
Absent – Indrajit Coomaraswamy (overseas), Upul Sumathipala (Overseas)  Nirmalal Perera (USA) Walter Fernando and Upul Gunasena (Australia) Shantha Jayasekera (Canada )
A.J Samarasekera (Indisposed )

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Tendulkar’s Plaudits for Alastair Cook

September 4, 2018

Item in Cricket Age,  4 September 2018,

Sachin Tendulkar has paid tribute to former England captain Alastair Cook, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Monday. “#AlastairCook has been one of the finest batsmen to have represented @ECB_cricket, and his conduct on-field and off it, has been impeccable,” said Tendulkar in his tweet. Tendulkar is just one of many current and former cricketers who have paid tribute to Cook, who will play his final Test, his 161st, at the Oval starting on September 7.

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Lanka’s Cricketing Oldies to Receive A Monetary Honorarium

September 3, 2018

Rohit Pawar, in Cricket Age, 3 September 2018, where the title reads Sri Lanka Cricket To Felicitate 49 Former Players”

Sri Lanka Cricket under the guidance of Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapa decided to felicitate 49 past cricketers, who represented Sri Lanka, prior to obtaining full membership of the ICC, as a move to honor them for the services rendered to Sri Lanka Cricket. Accordingly, SLC will offer grant ex-gratia payments for 12 cricketers, who are above 65 years of age and currently living in Sri Lanka.

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Pulsating Test Cricket in England says Joe Root

September 3, 2018

Vipin Darwade in Cricket Age, 3 September 2018, with this title “India-England series shows Test cricket is alive and kicking”

The hard-fought five-match series against India shows that Test cricket is still alive and kicking, said skipper Joe Root after England secured a 60-run win in the fourth rubber to take a series-clinching 3-1 lead. “I think it’s a really good sign for Test cricket. It shows that for me Test cricket is still alive and kicking — very much at the pinnacle of the sport,” Root said.

Credit to India — they’ve played some really fine cricket throughout, not just this game but the whole series. It must have been great viewing for people at home to see the way that especially the first game and this one, how tight they’ve been, how it swung both ways.”

Pic from Getty Images

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Sri Lanka’s ASIA CUP Squad… with Some Surprises

September 3, 2018

Champika Fernando in Sunday Times, 2 September 2018, where the title is “Malinga, Dilruwan recalled for Asia Cup”

Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera have been included in the 16-man squad for the Asia Cup in Dubai this month. The 35-year-old Malinga, who retired from Test cricket in 2010, has not played international cricket since last September 2017 when Sri Lanka suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of India at home.

His inclusion in the Asia Cup squad, however, comes as a surprise as he has done too little to earn a recall to the 50-over format, even though he has played T20 cricket regularly. He has averaged a staggering 62.30 on his return to the side in 2017 after a long-injury lay-off.

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Rangana Herath: Affable and Lethal

August 26, 2018

Champika Fernando, in Daily Mirror, 26 August 2018, with title as Retired or not; lethal but affable Herath is a living legend”

The timing and manner of a cricketer’s retirement can often tell you much about the player’s career. In Rangana Herath’s case, both seem, if not perfect, nearly so.

Herath is still at the top of his game, arguably the world’s number one spinner at present. It may justifiably be asked why he chose to retire. His aging legs, however, seem to offer him a message that they cannot take the physical strain any longer. His knees were operated on and he often takes injections for relief from constant pain.

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Don Bradman and Old Aloysians: Chance Exchanges

August 20, 2018

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