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Australian Bullies against the Spirit of Cricket

September 15, 2018

ESPNcricket staff, September 2018, “Moeen Ali: ‘Rude’ Australia only team I disliked”

England allrounder Moeen Ali has called the recent Australia team “rude” and that they are the only one he has “disliked” following the 2017-18 Ashes series and a previous tour three years ago.Shortly after the Ashes, which Australia won 4-0, they w ere sent into crisis by the ball-tampering saga in South Africa which led to 12-month bans for Steven Smith and David Warner and a nine-month ban for Cameron Bancroft.

Cricket Australia commissioned a review into the culture around the team while much criticism was leveled on them, both for what happened at Newlands and also the environment that built up beforehand

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Sri Lanka’s Journey to Test Status via Alston Mahadevan’s Video Documentaries

September 15, 2018

ABSORB … setting aside about four hours

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Lanka’s Cricketing Oldies to Receive A Monetary Honorarium

September 3, 2018

Rohit Pawar, in Cricket Age, 3 September 2018, where the title reads Sri Lanka Cricket To Felicitate 49 Former Players”

Sri Lanka Cricket under the guidance of Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapa decided to felicitate 49 past cricketers, who represented Sri Lanka, prior to obtaining full membership of the ICC, as a move to honor them for the services rendered to Sri Lanka Cricket. Accordingly, SLC will offer grant ex-gratia payments for 12 cricketers, who are above 65 years of age and currently living in Sri Lanka.

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Rangana Herath: Affable and Lethal

August 26, 2018

Champika Fernando, in Daily Mirror, 26 August 2018, with title as Retired or not; lethal but affable Herath is a living legend”

The timing and manner of a cricketer’s retirement can often tell you much about the player’s career. In Rangana Herath’s case, both seem, if not perfect, nearly so.

Herath is still at the top of his game, arguably the world’s number one spinner at present. It may justifiably be asked why he chose to retire. His aging legs, however, seem to offer him a message that they cannot take the physical strain any longer. His knees were operated on and he often takes injections for relief from constant pain.

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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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Ponting sees Good in the Ball-Tampering Bans

August 8, 2018

 Vipin Darwade in Cricket Age, 8 August 2018 ,where the title is “Ball-tampering Bans a ‘Beneficial Shock’ To Cricket, Says Ponting”

Ricky Ponting believes the lengthy bans given to former Australia captain Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for their roles in March’s ball-tampering scandal in South Africa have been a beneficial “shock” to world cricket.

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David Richardson delivers MCC Cowdrey Lecture: Sane Blokes to balance Ebullient Characters

August 8, 2018

ONE = Item in CRICKET AGE,  7 August 2018 with title “MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid as important as ‘larger than life’Virat Kohli, Ben Stokes, says ICC CEO Dave Richardson

ICC CEO David Richardson said that while cricket needs the likes of Virat Kohli and Ben Stokes, it also needs an MS Dhoni or Rahul Dravid as a balancing act. Richardson, while giving his MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture on Monday, said that cricket needs its “larger than life characters” and its more mellow exponents so as to “stay on the good side of that line.”

“On the field the cricket needs its larger than life characters. Its Colin Milburns, Freddie Flintoffs, Shane Warnes, Virat Kohlis, Ben Stokes but we equally it needs its Frank Worrells, its Mahendra Singh Dhonis, its Rahul Dravids, its Colin Cowdreys to make sure that we all stay in the good side of that line,” said Richardson.

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