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Mellawa sails with the Sri Lanka’s Cricketers Yesterday and Today

May 15, 2017

Mahinda Wijesinghe, in The Island, 14 May 2017, where the title reads Winds behind the willows: An encyclopaediac Mellawa’s history of SL cricket with warts and all”

Almost a century ago, S.P.Foenander, referred internationally as the ‘Wisden of the East’, authored his 268-page classic tome ‘Sixty Years of Ceylon Cricket’ (Ceylon Advertising & General Publicity – 1924). That was the first book which authoritatively enlightened the cricket world about cricket and cricketers between the years 1863 to 1923, in the then fair isle of Ceylon. One must also remember that Foenander, who even rubbed shoulders with the legendary Bradman – see photo below- must have experienced the difficulties at that time in collecting/collating information and statistics and so on in compiling his book. After all, the print media at that time was not developed; TV nor Internet was not even thought of. In short sophisticated communication systems were not even in its infancy. So the accolade of being the pioneer of cricket journalism in Ceylon falls squarely on the shoulders of the late S.P. Foenander.

 A rare photo taken in Colombo (October 1930) of S.P. Foenander, then the Sports Editor of ‘Ceylon Observer’, gifting a replica of the Dalada Maligawa in Kandy (Temple of the Tooth) to Don Bradman. Foenander is carrying Australian skipper Bill Woodfull’s son, Jack, in his arms.– Courtesy State Library of South Australia – PRG 682/16/108

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The Full Monty: Sri Lankan Squad for Champions Trophy

May 9, 2017

Sri Lanka Squad / Players … http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-champions-trophy-2017/content/squad/1094362.html

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Training Camp at Pallekele as Prep for Champions Trophy in England

May 9, 2017

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 7 May 2017, with title “Sri Lanka begin preparations for Champions Trophy”

The national cricket team will head to Kandy today to begin a week long residential training camp at the Pallekele International Stadium as preparation for Champions Trophy tournament, that will be played in England and Wales next month. Captain Angelo Mathews is expected to join the team on Tuesday from India having completed his IPL duties. Sri Lanka Cricket will also open a new indoor cricket facility at Pallekele on Tuesday to help the training.

“Our Head Coach Graham Ford has focused a lot on fielding during the last few days. The residential camp at Pallekele will help us keep the team together and we will do lot of planning ahead of the Champions Trophy,” Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manager Asanka Gurusinha told The Island. Read the rest of this entry ?

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The Indian Squad for the Champions Trophy: Reflections

May 9, 2017

Sidharth Monga, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 8 May 2017, where the title runs “Selectors bank on experience over glamour quotient”

Manpreet Gony. Karn Sharma. Jasprit Bumrah. Hardik Pandya. Axar Patel. Sanju Samson. Some success stories, some not. They all first played for India based on their IPL performances. Many a comeback has been made based on IPL. Some have flourished, some have not. However, this selection for the Champions Trophy, the first time since 2013 that the IPL is being followed immediately by a big one-day tournament, has shown clear signs that the Twenty20 performances are not going to sway the selectors. The clear message from MSK Prasad’s team of selectors is that the unglamorous domestic cricket holds more importance than the IPL, at least when it comes to selections for formats longer than just 20 overs. 

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Sri Lanka Sweating on Malinga’s Fitness

May 4, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 2 May 2017, where the title runs Malinga’s fitness in focus for Sri Lanka”

Early signs suggest Lasith Malinga will be fit enough to bowl ten overs per match by the time the Champions Trophy rolls around, according to Sri Lanka’s head coach Graham Ford, though he also hinted there was a possibility Malinga could play even if not quite fully fit. Effectively, the feeling in the Sri Lanka camp seems to be this: they need Malinga. They need him bad.

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga, left and coach Graham Ford chat during a practice session ahead of the second Twenty20 cricket match against Australia in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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Hathurasinghe on Bangladesh Cricket in Q and A with Mohamed Isam

April 25, 2017

 

 Mohamed Isam, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 25 April 2017, where the title is Whatever Bangladesh achieves in Champions Trophy will be big’
In your stint as Bangladesh coach since 2014, where would you rate Bangladesh’s recent tour to Sri Lanka?
I think it is up there as one of the best tours we’ve had in my time, in terms of results and performance. It is on par with the 2015 World Cup, which was a bit of a challenge to play in those conditions. Winning a Test in Sri Lanka is really tough. I am a bit disappointed that we didn’t win the ODI series. I was expecting to win the ODI series in Sri Lanka. In terms of attitude, it is also up there, after the first game
I.“Always as coaches, we want them to take their own decisions in the middle” © AFP

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India’s Rise to Heavyweight Status in Cricket, 1970s-2010s

April 17, 2017

Ian Chappell, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 16 April 2017, where the title is “How India became a cricketing heavyweight”

India’s Umesh Yadav, left, Karun Nair, second from left, celebrate with teammates the dismissal of Australia’s Matt Renshaw during the third day of their fourth test cricket match in Dharmsala, India, Monday, March 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Watching India defeat Australia in a highly entertaining series reconfirmed how far the home side has progressed as a cricket nation in the years since I played against Tiger Pataudi‘s men in 1967-68. Pataudi led a side that had two fine spinners, Erapalli Prasanna and Bhagwath Chandrasekhar (much like the current Indian team does), and they soon added a third in Bishan Bedi. The one advantage Pataudi’s team had over Virat Kohli‘s group was close catching; no one could match the bravery and skill of Eknath Solkar. He used to field so close at leg slip, you felt like telling him, “Ekky get out of my back pocket.” Read the rest of this entry ?