Archive for the ‘player selections’ Category


Afghan Mountain Men bury the Bangla Deltaic Men

September 10, 2019
Only Test, Afghanistan tour of Bangladesh at Chattogram, Sep 5-9 2019

Mohammed Isam, in ESPNcricnof,  9 September 2019, .”Afghanistan showcase benefits of long-term planning and fortitude,”  ,,,

If a team has just performed poorly at a World Cup, a structural overhaul of some kind is usually in order. With Afghanistan, there was a sudden change in captaincy just prior to the event, which hadn’t gone down well with some of the senior players. But, as they crashed out after losing all their nine games, other issues came to the fore, and even the players’ temperament was called into question. Changes were inevitable. In the period since, the ACB handed the captaincy reins to Rashid Khan, and when Phil Simmons left as head coach, they put Andy Moles, the chief selector, in his place on a temporary basis.

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A Spinner We Miss

August 27, 2019

Rangana Herath was at the Colombo Oval on Day Two of the match vs the New Zealanders, together with his son Rangaru

Alas, Embuldeniya was unable to repeat the sort of feat that Rangana excelled in …but we hope he will develop in the same direction.

NOW if these two lads develop in the same direction, it will be, alas, for Lancashire and England. No matter, we can claim maternal links via Ranjit Fernando –especially if they become wicket-keeper batsmen.




August 26, 2019

Sri Lanka Emerging Team …………………………………304/7

Bangladesh Emerging Team ……………………………………………….… 118                                                                                                              SL Emerg won by 186 runs


SRI LANKA EMERGING TEAM ……………………………..304/7(50 OVERS)

BANGLADESH EMERGING TEAM …………………………………..118(28.3 OVERS)

Player Of The Match  = Wanindu Hasaranga

Pathum Nssanka

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The ICC Amputation of Sri Lanka’s Spinners — Sharda Ugra in Chat with Piyal Wijetunga in 2015

August 21, 2019

Sharda Ugra of ESPN in ESPNcircinfo, 12 October 2015, where the title is  “The man preparing Sri Lanka for life after Herath”

If there was ever an opposition against whom Sri Lanka could consider a set of try-outs, West Indies would be it. In the light of Tharindu Kaushal‘s current entanglements over his action, Sri Lanka will certainly need to test the spin options that will be available to them in a post-Rangana Herath world.

The team’s strength at home in the era after Murali has revolved around Herath. In 20 Murali-less home Tests, Herath cleaned out 136 wickets, Sri Lanka winning eight and drawing five. Herath, Sri Lanka’s most successful spinner after Mr 800 is currently held together by crepe bandages and hope, his creaking knees and the rest of a generously proportioned 37-year-old body testing his ability to play through pain. The next two Sri Lankan front-line spinners after him have played eight (Dilruwan Perera) and six Tests (Kaushal); the latter has now been given a rap on his doosra fingers by the ICC.

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The Pathirana Factor in Sri Lankan Cricket Politics

August 21, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 21 August 2019, where the title reads “SLC removes spin bowling coach, offie faces lengthy suspension”

Off-spinner Akila Dananjaya faces a lengthy suspension from international cricket after his bowling action was reported as suspect for a second time following the opening Test match against New Zealand at the Galle International Stadium on Sunday. The Sri Lankan team management was provided with footage of about six deliveries which caused suspicion and one delivery in particular is sure to get him into trouble, a source privy to the exchanges between the International Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket told The Island.

Piyal Wijetunge coaching

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Capricious Cricket Governance in Lanka: Koheydha Yanney, Malley Pol!

August 20, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, August 2019 where the title runs “Sri Lanka are winning, but it’s in spite of the system”

ri Lanka have won another Test, their third in a row chasing a tough score. Their captain dug in for a tenacious fourth-innings hundred. The victory has yielded 60 Test Championship points – an excellent start to their campaign in that competition. Away from Tests, they have comfortably won their most-recent ODI series, against Bangladesh, and performed better than expected at the World Cup, finishing sixth. With young players suddenly coming through, and a capable captain at the helm, it is tempting to believe Sri Lanka have begun to recover following a several-year lull.

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Day One in Galle: Taylor stands firm as Dananjaya takes five wickets on the first day

August 19, 2019

Danny Byrne’s Review

I discovered that the ticket they refused to give me yesterday for “an unavoidable circumstance” was not due to the Galle CC Stand being closed, but rather that the authorities realised they could make more money by selling access to the Galle CC Stand in a more creative manner. As the Galle CC Stand is principally a Member’s Stand it has suddenly become possible to purchase membership for a week for the sum of 7500 Rupees. All I had to do was try to locate the office of the Club Secretary Mr. Pitigala and hand over the money after 8.30 am and I would have access to a Bar, a Restaurant and comfortable seating for five days. It would have been nice to have handed it over in used 20 Rupee notes in a brown paper bag, but I didn’t have time to go to the bank and a stationary shop in advance. On arrival at the ground I was looking for a sign saying “Tourist fleecing – this way,” but the operation was a bit more discreet and I was fortunate to have been tipped off by an existing Life Member. I now have a nice credit card sized bright blue temporary membership card and I was even issued with a receipt for the 7500 Rupees. Naturally there was no explanation as to what passed as “an unavoidable circumstance” or why my initial purchase of a 5 Day pass for 5000 Rupees wasn’t sufficient to gain entry. Once I climbed the stairs and reached the members enclosure I was promptly informed that the Bar would remain closed due to a religious holiday. 

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