Archive for the ‘fair play’ Category

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Thisara’s Humane Touch captivates Umpire Raza

November 2, 2017

Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observerhttps://pakobserver.net/pak-umpire-wins-heart-sri-lankan-skipper/

The 43-year-old Pakistani umpire Ahsan Raza has all praise for the Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera. Before taking the field in the the last T-20 match between the two nations in Lahore on Sunday, Ahsan Raza became emotional and had tears in his eyes when Thisara Perera consoled him.

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Sanga stirs Surrey Cricket Scene 2017

September 24, 2017

Having been presented with his honorary life membership of Surrey CCC, Kumar Sangakkara took to the stage to deliver a rousing speech that will live long in the memory of all present on the evening. Here it is in full:

First of all, with the honorary life membership; I think someone has read my mind. About three days ago I was thinking about whether I should ask for the chance to be a fee paying member at Surrey. When I received honorary life membership at the MCC I thought nothing could top that because that was something that was on my list but this, from Surrey, has actually topped that so thank you very much.

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Unruly Cricket Crowds a Slur on Our Country– Indrajit Coomaraswamy

August 29, 2017

Indrajit Coomaraswamy in Sunday Times and elsewhere

Sports lovers, particularly cricket fans, must be highly concerned about the unruly crowd behaviour at recent ODIs. Last week, there was the wholly unbecoming experience of the Sri Lanka cricketers being booed at a home match and then having to remain in their dressing room until they were escorted away from the stadium by the Police. Then there was the unacceptable episode where play had to be suspended because of unruly crowd behaviour. Fortunately, it was possible to complete the game eventually.

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Five Brave Men who saved Murali’s Doosra

May 1, 2017

Muttiah Mutralitharan’s imminent induction into the ICC Hall of fame encourages a reflective step backwards to study why and how his magnificent bowling capacities had to be protected and rescued from the piranhas of the cricketing world. There were three different stages in the prejudiced attempts to execute Murali — with several Australians as the forefront of this fundamentalist current in cricket. I reproduce an article that was published in the South Asia Masala on 29th April 2010 (one of the more open Aussie institutions) … where the title was different: viz.Saving Murali’s ‘doosra’: Five unsung heroesThe focus here is on the the third stage of the process that protected Murali’s skills.

 Murali bowls with brace Dr Dhillon & Murali

Michael Roberts

Gunasekara, Wijesinghe, Dhillon, Wijesuriya, Foster. These are five names that should be etched into the commemorative epitaph marking the third stage of the saga around Muttiah Muralitharan.

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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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Kaboom bats thinned and creamed from late 2017

March 8, 2017

Robert Gould, in Herald Sun, 8 Decmeber 2016, anticipating a new MCC/ICC rule that willcome into force soon

DAVID Warner’s giant Kaboom bat could be turned in to a mere “Kaboo” when cricket laws are changed to reduce their size next year. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, as part of the MCC World Cricket Committee, has formally proposed limits to bat thicknesses after watching willow-wielders whack attacks too easily

Ponting’s group want the MCC main committee, which governs the Laws of the Game, to approve a limit to bat edges of 40mm and depths of 67mm, which would come in to force from next October.

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Herath caught with his Pants DOWN

November 10, 2016

He will not mind. He has got another five-wicket haul!!! … and yesterday he became the first bowler to take 50 wickets in 2016.

aa-herath Rangana Herath and his team celebrate a wicket, Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Harare, 4th day, November 9, 2016 ©AFP

ALSO SEE Herath joins Murali and Steyn in An Unique Little Crow’s Nest in Cricket” = https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/herath-joins-murali-and-steyn-in-an-unique-little-crows-nest-in-cricket/