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Turbulence in the Boardroom of Sri Lanka Cricket

September 11, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, September 2017 where the title isSLC looks to get de Silva, Jayawardene on board”

Aravinda de Silva, Roshan Mahanama, Brendon Kuruppu, Graeme Labrooy, perhaps even Mahela Jayawardene – these are the names Sri Lanka Cricket is attempting to align itself with as the board looks to arrest the decline of the national team. Even more crucially for SLC, getting former players with good reputations on board may also help turn around its ailing public reputation. The board is now not only widely believed to be detrimental to the development of cricket, it is also seen as one of the most toxic governing bodies in the country.

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Brian Lara’s Cowdrey Lecture Revealing Reflections

September 5, 2017

George Dobell,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Embarrassed by how West Indies played in the nineties – Lara”

Brian Lara has implored the top sides in world cricket “to ensure that the integrity of the game is upheld” and admitted there were times he was “truly embarrassed” by the behaviour of the West Indies side he represented.

  Michael Holding kicks the stumps in anger Getty Images

Lara, delivering the MCC Spirt of Cricket Cowdrey lecture at Lord’s, not only called on batsmen to “walk” but suggested the leading sides had a responsibility to “show the way and lead the way” in which the game is played.And, despite the outstanding record of the West Indies sides of the 1980s and early 1990s, Lara felt they were occasions when the tactics they employed resulted in them “playing the game in a way it should never, ever be played.” Read the rest of this entry ?

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Lasith Malinga pondering His Future Ooptions

September 2, 2017

ONE: Sa’adi Thawfeeq,Malinga to take a call on retirement,” Daily News, 2 September 2017

Slinga Malinga said that he will take a call on whether he should continue playing for his country or quit depending on the form he is in.“I’m playing after 19 months following a leg injury. In the Zimbabwe and India series I couldn’t play well. I’ll see where I’m at after this series, and evaluate how long I can play given the way my body is,” said the 34-year-old Malinga.“No matter how experienced I am – if I can’t win a match for the team and do what the team needs, there’s no point in me being here. I’ll see if I can make up for that 19 months and regain that form over the next three or four months.

 Lasith Malinga celebrating his 300th ODI wicket. AFP 

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Dark Clouds loom over Sri Lankan Cricket

August 27, 2017

Sidharth Monga, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 27 August 2017, where the title reads “How Sri Lanka went from being a fortress to a phantom”

In the end, what stays with you the longest from cricket in Sri Lanka is the crows. The papare band can fade away, Galle Fort can seem run-of-the-mill after a while, Percy can sometimes grate, you can get away from the shouts of “Aluwa aluwa”, but the crows stay with you long after you have gone. They are looking for worms in the warm, moist grass while cricket is on, but they could easily be doing what crows do: wait to feast on carcasses; in this case, those of the opposition after the home team is done with them.

 Dusk looms over SL cricket today

The crows always seem to sneak up on you in Sri Lanka. And so does Test cricket. Tests here just start. You wake up, have your pol roti and chilli-onion sambal at the National Tea Room in the fort, or in one of the tea rooms near the station outside, and walk in to watch the highest form of cricket (so they say) for free. If you are on a motorbike, you don’t even need to remove your helmet. Just stand outside the fence and watch. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Mahinda and Neil in Critical Commentary on Cricket Scene

August 20, 2017

ONE  = Mahinda Wijesinghe, in Sunday Island, 20 August 2017, where the title is “Will Humpty-Dumpty’s fate be repeated?

At last – and thankfully – the three-Test series against India is over. Sri Lanka was outplayed, out-planned and out-distanced by many a mile as the visitors sauntered to a 3-0 series win seemingly without raising a sweat. Watching this massacre from a Sri Lankan point of view was excruciatingly painful to say the least. To think that not too long ago Sri Lanka humbled the mighty Australians 3-0 before this tumble. Hopefully, after this great fall, unlike the fate that befell Humpty-Dumpty, can the powers-that-be put our cricket together again? It is going to be a very difficult task.

Sri Lankan chief cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya (R) and Sri Lanka Cricket President Thilanga Sumathipala attend a press conference in Colombo on August 16. India will play five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 game in Sri Lanka. The first one-day internationals starts today, August 20 in Dambulla.(Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP)

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Paranavitana for a Pakistan Tour

August 15, 2017

Bipin Dani, courtesy of  Pakistan Observer, where the title is  “Sri Lanka’s Lahore terror attack victim Tharanga Paranavitana welcomes move to play cricket in Pakistan”

Tharanga Paranavitana

Former Sri Lanka opener Tharanga Paranavitana, who was one of the six victims in the March 3, 2009 terrorist attack on the team’s bus in Lahore, said Sri Lankan players going to play in Pakistan should only concentrate on the game. After a security assessment, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief Thilanga Sumathipala cleared the team to play three T20s, including at least one in Lahore.

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Mahadevan on Sri Lanka’s Struggle for Test Status: A DVD

August 13, 2017

Former Sri Lanka cricket captains (from left) Anura Tennekoon, Michael Tissera and Bandula Warnapura at the launch of the documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s journey to Test status’ by Alston Mahadevan at the NCC pavilion on June 24.The 120 minute DVD is a comprehensive documentary, which includes interviews of most of the living legends who made a significant contribution to Sri Lankan cricket during the pre-Test era. Mahadevan is an old boy of St Anthony’s College, Kandy and an accountant by profession who is domiciled in Australia… see Daily News, 1 July 2017 … http://dailynews.lk/2017/07/01/sports/120604/%E2%80%98sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-journey-test-status%E2%80%99-launched

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