Archive for the ‘player selections’ Category

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Wijesinghe and Clementine on the Cricket Scene

September 9, 2018

ONE = Mahinda Wijesinghe: Giving up the game when ‘there’s nothing left in the tank’,” Sunday Island, 9 September 2018

At the moment cricket fans are awaiting the Asia Cup 2018 due to begin on September 15 with Sri Lanka placed in Group B alongside Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Akila Dananjaya

Unfortunately Sri Lanka is starting on the wrong foot with Chandimal on the injured list while Akila Dananjaya will in all probability miss two games and has informed the selectors to excuse him since he wants to be present when he is due to become a father for the first time shortly. Family comes before profession is a motto he is following. In this time and age, modern technology enable doctors to predict births almost to the date. Taking this into account, Dananjaya has taken the right decision by the family and the team. Opting out of the tour, at least where two games are concerned, before the tour begins is the correct decision. Going on the tour and baling out halfway is obviously not this youngster’s style. Well done Dananjaya, you have set an example even to your seniors. Let me wish you the best of luck as a father and as a player when you rejoin the team. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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“A Floating Allrounder” — That is My Role and Goal says Ashton Agar

August 26, 2018

Ashton Agar wants to be as good as he can at everything. He wants to be adaptable, to be able to pad up at any time for his side, and be the floater who can go bang from the first ball.

Agar introduced himself to the world in 2013 as a 19-year-old left-arm spinner who smacked a 98 on Test debut, while batting at No. 11, on an Ashes tour. His career didn’t quite take off from there as expected. He has played only 26 international games so far, and has only become a limited-overs regular in recent times.

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Chop-Chop Kohli Selection Policy

August 20, 2018

Aakash Chopra, in Cricket Age, 14 August 2018, where the title is “Virat Kohli’s Team Selection Policy Bewildering”

As much as Virat Kohli is revered and will be remembered as one of the finest batsmen to grace this game, he’ll also be remembered as a captain who didn’t play an identical XI in two consecutive games for 37 games and counting, and also as someone who made some interesting choices!

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Bayliss suggests that Stokes should front-up with a Public Apology

August 19, 2018

George Dobell & ESPNstaff, August 3018, at  http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/24389030/trevor-bayliss-urges-ben-stokes-make-public-apology

England coach Trevor Bayliss has urged troubled all-rounder Ben Stokes to make a public apology after his acquittal for affray following his involvement in a brawl in Bristol last September. Stokes was cleared of any affray charges on Tuesday following a trial in Bristol Crown Court, putting an end to a court case that went on for nearly 11 months.

Following his acquittal, Stokes, who had missed England’s innings and 159-run win in the second Test against India at Lord’s, was included to the 13-member team for the third Test starting on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Down Memory Lane with Michael Tissera

August 19, 2018

Tilak in Daily News, 26 June 2018

At long last, I got the opportunity through Leo Wijesinghe to meet the much talked about Michael Tissera whom I met at his residence at Nawala. Although aged 78 he still looked the neat smart cricketer I used to epitomize as a budding cricketer.

As we started the ball rolling he mentioned to me that he has nothing to do with the administration of the present set up at the moment, and for very good reasons too, well more of that later.

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Danushka Gunathilaka under the Gun: Three Items

July 24, 2018

ONE=ESPNcricinfo News Item, July 2018

Sri Lanka batsman Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended from all forms of international cricket by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) pending an inquiry. The development came at the end of the third day’s play in the second and final Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa in Colombo. Without offering details or much comment, an SLC statement said: “The decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player had violated the ‘Code of Conduct’.”

 Danushka flying

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