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Sri Lanka’s Plans for the England Encounter

June 21, 2019

Ava Gardner, at ESPNcricinfo, 21 June 2019, with this title “ Sri Lanka banking on ‘out of the box’ methods to stop England’s batsmen”

So far in this World Cup, Sri Lanka have been following the English blueprint. Unfortunately, it is not the one that has made the host nation one of the favourites to lift the trophy; rather, they appear to have channelled the spirit of various England campaigns between 1996 and 2015, in which last-minute changes to captaincy and personnel paved the way for predictably underwhelming results.

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Sri Lanka’s Cricket Dissected

June 15, 2019

Sidharth Monga, in ESPNcricinfo, 16 June 2019, where the title reads Dysfunction, hope, more dysfunction; Sri Lanka’s World Cup rolls on”

The wife of Sri Lanka’s once-captain has accused – on Facebook – one of their players of being a political appointment made by the sports minister of the country. That captain – one of the seven ODI captains tried by Sri Lanka since the last World Cup – is not the captain anymore. He has been accused of picking and choosing games, and has been forced to switch between IPL and domestic cricket in Sri Lanka, and is eventually here at the World Cup. Barely.

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Pinnacles, Troughs and Trends in Sri Lanka’s Cricketing History

June 6, 2019

Michael Roberts, reprint from Lions of Lanka, produced by the Lanka Monthly Digest, 2019, to coincide with the 2019 Cricket World Cup ….

Cricket was one channel of Westernisation during British colonial rule. But it was also a medium for Ceylon to challenge the ideas of racial superiority so prevalent among the island’s ruling Britons. By the 1920s the Ceylonese team were proving their superiority over the Europeans in annual matches. The Maharaja of Vizianagram was so captivated by all-rounder Edward Kelaart in the early 1930s that he invited him to play for his Indian team. Meanwhile, F. C. de Saram made the headlines when he scored 128 runs out of a total of 218 for an Oxford University side that faced the touring Australians in May 1934.

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Sania Mirza applauds Pakistan’s Defeat of Favourites England

June 5, 2019

Item in TimesNowNews, 4 June 2019, with this title ‘World Cup just got interesting,’ Sania Mirza lauds Pakistan’s comeback against Eoin Morgan-led England”

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza congratulated Pakistan cricket team after their well-fought victory over favourites England in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 on Monday. Pakistan, who are being touted as one of the dark horses in the showpiece event, bounced back in a terrific manner to prove why they are one of the most unpredictable sides in world cricket. Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men stunned the hosts in a close contest to win the game by 14 runs after both the batsmen and the bowlers produced a combined effort to outclass Eoin Morgan & Co.

ICC World Cup 2019: Sania Mirza was impressed by the strong comeback from ‘unpredictable’ Pakistan, as the Men in Green defeated hosts and favourites England by 14 runs in their second game on Tuesday.

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Appraissal of the Ten World Cup Teams …. In Brief

May 31, 2019

Item in OUTLOOK INDIA, 16 May 2019, with this title “ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Strengths And Weaknesses Of All Ten Teams”

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will be played in the United Kingdom from May 30 to July 14. Ten teams will play a round-robin league with the top four advancing to the semifinals. Australia are the defending champions. Here are the strengths and weaknesses of the teams.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Strengths And Weaknesses Of All Ten Teams

All the 10 teams competing in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 are fully prepared. While the Indian cricket team players were busy fulfilling their IPL commitments, hosts England are busy playing a ODI series against Pakistan while Ireland is hosting a triseries with West Indies and Bangladesh. (FULL ICC WORLD CUP 2019 SCHEDULE)

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Stand Steadfast Together: Cricket’s Message to Sri Lanka and FOR Sri Lanka

May 29, 2019

Nuwan Ranasinghe, in The ROAR, 29 May 2019, where the title is “What Cricket Really means to Sri Lanka”

Contrary to popular belief, cricket has never actually been viewed as a religion in Sri Lanka. Whilst Sri Lankans do love their cricket, they are not essentially a cricket-mad people as is so often stereotypically coined by the Western media. Decades of civil war, a devastating tsunami, soul-destroying floods, monsoon rains and now this latest terror bombing has reminded Sri Lankans that there certainly are more important things in life than a simple game of cricket.

 Lasith Malinga spearheads Sri Lanka’s attack at the 2019 World Cup. (Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

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Captaincy Stakes: How the Burden landed in Dimuth’s Lap

April 22, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 17 April 2019, with this title How Sri Lanka’s search for a World Cup captain ended with Karunaratne”

Where most teams are merely working out which of their fringe players will make the trip to the World Cup, Sri Lanka had a bigger question to answer: who will captain the team? Over the past two years, the captaincy has changed hands at a dizzying rate, with Angelo Mathews having had it in two stints, Dinesh Chandimal also helming the ship twice, Lasith Malinga getting the job in late 2018 (after having been stand-in captain once, in 2017), while Thisara Perera and even Chamara Kapugedara have also led the team. It’s been like a game of spin-the-bottle, except instead of embarrassing teenage consequences, Sri Lanka have had embarrassing losses. Since the start of 2017, they have lost 41 and won only 11 ODIs.

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