Archive for the ‘player selections’ Category


Cricket Team’s Problems in Selectors’ Gunsights

January 16, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 14 January 2019, where the title is De Mel urges SLC to stamp out indiscipline”

Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel has urged Sri Lanka Cricket to not to tolerate indiscipline after two senior players were involved in a public spat last week while on tour in New Zealand. ODI captain Lasith Malinga and ex-skipper Thisara Perera were settling scores through social media bringing the game into disrepute.

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Gamini Goonesena’s Brilliant Journey through the Green Fields of Cricket

January 14, 2019

Mahinda Wijesinghe, in Sunday Times, December 2019 where the title is “A ‘net’ bowler storms the cricket world”

Royal College right-arm leg-spinner Gamini Goonesena (1931–2011) first made a dramatic appearance in the 1947 ‘big match’ against S.Thomas’s – and thereby hangs a tale. A bare two weeks earlier, Goonesena had celebrated his 16th birthday and was merely considered a ‘net’ bowler for the first team, and was hard at practice in the final week preceding the annual Royal-Thomian cricket encounter.

Conducting practices on that fateful day was Coach Saram. Watching Goonesena bowl, wily de Saram insisted that the leg-spinner be picked for the ‘Big-Match’ despite the fact that the leg-spinner has not been played in a single first XI game previously – a tradition that has not been broken since this encounter began in 1879. Obviously this move must have upset many in this tradition steeped school. Read the rest of this entry ?


“God Awful ODI Squad” says Shane the Warne

January 4, 2019

Abhishek Patil in Cricket Age, 4 January 2019, where the title runs “Shane Warne Slams Australian Selectors After ODI Team Announcement”

A fuming Shane Warne slammed the Australian selectors after the One-day International (ODI) squad for the upcoming three-match series against India was announced on Friday. The selectors axed five players — Travis Head, Chris Lynn, D’Arcy Short, Ben McDermott and all-rounder Ashton Agar — on basis of current form. Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins were rested for the limited-over series while Nathan Lyon, Usman Khawaja and veteran Peter Siddle were brought back into the ODI setup.


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A New Year Resolution: Sri Lankan Players now Training at Junction Oval in Melbourne

January 1, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 1 January 2019

Saliya Ahangama

Sri Lanka’s Test cricketers will not come back home after the Test leg of the tour of New Zealand that concluded in Christchurch on Sunday and instead will be based in Melbourne, Australia undergoing training ahead of the two match Test series there. Accordingly, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera and Roshen Silva will be based in Melbourne for two weeks, SLC’s High Performance Manager Asanka Gurusinha confirmed yesterday.

Thirimanne Roshen Silva

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Sri Lankan Squads facing Ireland in Lanka this month

January 1, 2019

Item in Daily News, 1 January 2018, =

Ashan Priyanjan and Upul Tharanga will captain the respective Sri Lanka ‘A’ sides for the two 4-day unofficial tests and five unofficial ODIs against the touring Ireland ‘A’ team. Former Sri Lanka under 19 cricketer Hashan Dumindu will lead the Board XI side against the tourists in their two-day warm-up match beginning at Katunayake today.

Ashan  Upul

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Sri Lanka under the Pump in Wellington

December 16, 2018

New Zealand 311 for 2 (Latham 121*, Taylor 50*) lead Sri Lanka 282 (Mathews 83, Dickwella 80*, Karunaratne 79, Southee 6-68) by 29 runs

One of Sri Lanka’s two Test wins in New Zealand has come at the Basin Reserve. At the end of the second day’s play, it looks increasingly possible that they are unlikely to reprise that stunning win from 2006, after Kane Williamson and Tom Latham deflated them on a batting day as New Zealand nudged ahead by 29, with eight wickets in hand.

In that Test, Sri Lanka had Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga to call upon after posting close to the 282 they managed here. On Sunday, barring Lahiru Kumara’s bristling pace and bounce, there was little bite in the bowling. This meant a party for large parts of a three-hour passage in the afternoon for Williamson, who put together 162 with Latham at more than four runs per over.

Dickwella’s upper cut

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Lasith Malinga to Skipper Sri Lankan ODI Squads

December 15, 2018

News item in Daily News, 14 December 2018,

A change in selection committee has brought yet another change in the limited-overs leadership, with Lasith Malinga named captain of the ODI and T20 squads to New Zealand. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been named vice-captain. President Maithripala Sirisena has approved the squad for the Tour in the absence of a functioning Sports Minister.  Sri Lanka play three ODIs and a T20I in New Zealand. The first of those matches is scheduled to be played on January 3, at Mount Maunganui.

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