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Mike Marqusee from his Grave: Reviewing the 2011 World Cup

February 17, 2015

Mike Marqusee **  originally published in The Hindu20 March 2011 and http://www.mikemarqusee.com/?p=1154 and then presented in cricketiue

At the outset of this World Cup, both the format and the event were on trial. Questions about its pre-eminence in the global game had been raised not only by the best forgotten 2007 instalment but even more by the rise of T20 and the IPL. While it’s too early to say, at the half way point the tournament seem to be answering these questions in the affirmative. At least that’s what it looks like sprawled in front of a TV screen in faraway London.

Mike Marqusee in 2009.First, it’s clear, surely, that the 50 over format has plenty of life left in it and remains a much richer, more satisfying spectacle than T20. Fifty overs allows the batsman to build an innings; indeed, it demands it. It’s not just a question of the amount of time but how to use it effectively. Changing gears – which means having more than one or two gears to change through – is an art unique to cricket batting and it plays no role in T20. What’s more, to succeed over the longer duration batters need to play strokes all around the wicket, exploiting the full 360 degrees. It might be said that whereas T20 matches are won by the field placings thwarting the batsman, 50 over matches are won by the batsman thwarting the field placings.The new wrinkle of the batting “powerplay” (I wish they had thought up a less macho name) has proved unpredictable, tactically demanding and in some cases decisive. This moveable five over stretch has expanded the room for comebacks – real comebacks from a losing position that are much more convincing than the helter-skelter swings of the pendulum of T20.

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Australia’s International Cricket Season kicks off at Adelaide Oval

November 7, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Allan Donald and Safs in their dug-out

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA some 26,000 odd fans watched this one-sided T20 match between Australia and South Africa … half the house capacity

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA … among them were Ronali, Anu, Charitha, Hewan and Madu and a budding young cricketer Dinan Perera Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka Cricket Team Future Tour Programs

April 19, 2014

Courtesy of Harry De Sayrah


May2014
Sri Lanka tour of Ireland 2014
Matches: 2 ODI
Venue: Ireland

May-Jun 2014
Sri Lanka tour of England 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: England
July 2014
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI
Venue: Sri Lanka
August 2014
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2014
Champions League T20 2014
Matches: 29 T20
Venue: India
Nov-Dec 2014
England tour of Sri Lanka 2014
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Dec 2014-Jan 2015
Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2014-15
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: New Zealand
Jan-Feb 2015
Australia Tri Series 2015
Matches: 5 ODI
Venue: Australia
Feb-Mar 2015
Cricket World Cup 2015
Matches: 49 ODI
Venue: Australia/New Zealand
Apr-May 2015
Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Jul-Aug 2015
New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2015
Champions League T20 2015
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2015
West Indies tour of Sri Lanka 2015
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Dec 2015-Jan 2016
Sri Lanka tour of India 2015-16
Matches: 3 Test
Venue: India
Feb-Mar 2016
Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Mar-Apr 2016
T20 World Cup 2016
Matches: 27 T20
Venue: India
May-Jun 2016
Sri Lanka tour of England 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: England
May 2016
West Indies Tri Series 2016
Matches: 7 ODI
Venue: West Indies
Jul-Aug 2016
Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2016
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2016
Champions League T20 2016
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2016
Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2016
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Zimbabwe
Nov 2016-Jan 2017
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2016-17
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: South Africa
June 2017
World Test Championship 2017
Matches: 3 Test
Venue: England
Jul-Sep 2017
India tour of Sri Lanka 2017
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
September 2017
Champions League T20 2017
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Dec 2017
Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan 2017
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Pakistan/UAE
January 2018
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2018
Matches: 3 ODI
Venue: Bangladesh
Mar-Apr 2018
Sri Lanka tour of India 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: India
Jun-Jul 2018
Sri Lanka tour of West Indies 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: West Indies
September 2018
Champions League T20 2018
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
Oct-Nov 2018
England tour of Sri Lanka 2018
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
December 2018
Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: New Zealand
Jan-Feb 2019
Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2019
Matches: 2 Test, 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Australia
Feb-Apr 2019
Sri Lanka tour of South Africa 2019
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: South Africa
May-Sep 2019
South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2019
Matches: 3 Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
Jun-Jul 2019
ICC Cricket World Cup 2019
Matches: 48 ODI
Venue: England
Sep-Oct 2019
Champions League T20 2019
Matches: 23 T20
Venue: N/A
October 2019
Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2019
Matches: 5 ODI and 2 T20
Venue: Sri Lanka
February 2020
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh 2020
Matches: 2 Test, 3 ODI and 1 T20
Venue: Bangladesh

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Sri Lanka’s Costly Cricket Stadiums

February 20, 2014

The government had spent Rs. 413 million as administrative expenditure of seven cricket grounds during the past five years, Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage told Parliament yesterday. The cricket grounds were R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium, Dambulla International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Galle International Cricket Stadium, Welagedara Cricket Stadium, Surrey Cricket Ground, and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium.

Minister Aluthgamage responding to a question raised by UNP Colombo District MP Ravi Karunanayake said that in addition to this sum, another Rs. 7054 million have been spent for these stadiums as capital expenditure. Read the rest of this entry ?

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R. I. P. Cricket ….. courtesy of Indian hegemony in the ICC

February 15, 2014

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Neil Perera challenges Indian hegemony in the governance of cricket

January 30, 2014

Neil Perera, courtesy of The Island

The Sports Editor, The Island
Colombo.

Dear Sir,                              

B.C.C.I. Hegemony at the I.C.C…  The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have, it appears forgotten the days when the England and Australian Cricket  Boards dominated the International Cricket Council till about 2 decades ago, when these 2 countries had Veto Powers which could throw out any proposal put forward by the other countries. Sri Lanka was the country that was worst affected, in that both England and Australian Cricket Boards vetoed our application for Full Membership for nearly ten years. (We first applied for full membership in the early seventies) Thereafter the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) successfully spearheaded a proposal to abolish the Veto Powers of these two dominant members of the ICC in the early 1990’s and was ably supported by the Indian and Pakistan Cricket Boards(PCB) .

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Atherton’s Initial Response: a power grab damn it!

January 30, 2014

atherton  22Michael Atherton, 29 January 2014 in the Sydney Morning Herald, where the title reads “Atherton blasts ‘big-three’ plan

Former England captain Michael Atherton and a leading global anti-corruption watchdog have joined the chorus of criticism regarding plans to effectively cede control of world cricket to India, Australia and England.

Leaked draft proposals to be discussed at a two-day International Cricket Council (ICC) board meeting in Dubai on Tuesday and Wednesday call for more decision-making powers for a three-strong group of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board, who between them represent the game’s wealthiest nations. Read the rest of this entry ?

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