Archive for the ‘politics and cricket’ Category

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Cricket Team’s Problems in Selectors’ Gunsights

January 16, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 14 January 2019, where the title is De Mel urges SLC to stamp out indiscipline”

Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel has urged Sri Lanka Cricket to not to tolerate indiscipline after two senior players were involved in a public spat last week while on tour in New Zealand. ODI captain Lasith Malinga and ex-skipper Thisara Perera were settling scores through social media bringing the game into disrepute.

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A New Year Resolution: Sri Lankan Players now Training at Junction Oval in Melbourne

January 1, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Island, 1 January 2019

Saliya Ahangama

Sri Lanka’s Test cricketers will not come back home after the Test leg of the tour of New Zealand that concluded in Christchurch on Sunday and instead will be based in Melbourne, Australia undergoing training ahead of the two match Test series there. Accordingly, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Suranga Lakmal, Dilruwan Perera and Roshen Silva will be based in Melbourne for two weeks, SLC’s High Performance Manager Asanka Gurusinha confirmed yesterday.

Thirimanne Roshen Silva

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Maturing: ESPN reaches 25

January 1, 2019

Original Title: =The A to Z of ESPNcricinfo” …..http://www.espncricinfo.com/25/content/story/1151771.html

This is an updated version of an article originally published to mark ESPNcricinfo’s 20th anniversary in 2013

QUIZ: identify these stars

Amateur
Cricket’s early amateur spirit was reflected in ESPNcricinfo’s first avatar. Students, in American universities, and also in the UK and Australia, starved of cricket and desperate for scores of matches being played across the world, used Internet Relay Chat to post and search for score updates. After Simon King, a student at the University of Minnesota in the early 1990s, who was the first to realise the value of automated updates, developed the CricInfo bot that would send users a private message every time they asked for scores, several people in various universities volunteered to keep the scorecards updated, later taking the time to add old scorecards, match reports and other information to Cricinfo’s database. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Machinations in Sri Lanka Cricket …. Dharmadasa and Shammi Silva in the Spotlight

December 20, 2018

N Krishnamurthy in Cricket Age, 20 December 2018, where the title is The inside story of Dharmadasa and Shammi Silva meeting”

As the election time has arrived at Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), the candidates and certain camps have also started to tighten up their strategy. Obviously, the attempts have also been started to bring opposite camp’s stalwart! In one such scenario, few days ago the notorious and controversial treasurer of Thilanga Sumathipala camp Shammi Silva tried to convince Jayantha Dharmadasa!

  Dharmadasa Shammi Silva

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The Kohli Roar targeted by Justin Langer for Double Standards

December 16, 2018

Justin Langer believes if the Australia players were to react in the same manner Virat Kohli celebrated the wicket of Aaron Finch, they would be considered “the worst blokes in the world”. Langer also fended off criticism from Sachin Tendulkar over Australia’s slow batting in the first innings.

Langer’s comments showed the level of scrutiny that surrounds Australia on two distinct levels: their style of play and their on-field behaviour. Amid all the swirling fallout from the Newlands scandal, the question is hovering: can the Australian team win without resorting to the sort of behaviour that led to a widespread public backlash? When Fox Sports replayed Kohli’s celebration after Ishant Sharma bowled Aaron Finch, Langer’s answer suggested the team is still trying to find the right balance.

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Lasith Malinga to Skipper Sri Lankan ODI Squads

December 15, 2018

News item in Daily News, 14 December 2018,

A change in selection committee has brought yet another change in the limited-overs leadership, with Lasith Malinga named captain of the ODI and T20 squads to New Zealand. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been named vice-captain. President Maithripala Sirisena has approved the squad for the Tour in the absence of a functioning Sports Minister.  Sri Lanka play three ODIs and a T20I in New Zealand. The first of those matches is scheduled to be played on January 3, at Mount Maunganui.

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Fernando marks Significant Changes in Lanka’s ODI Squads

December 15, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando in ESPNcricinfo, 14 December 2018, where the title is Malinga to lead ODI and T20I squads in New Zealand”” ….. Highlighting emphais is from Editor, Cricketique

A change in selection committee has brought yet another change in the limited-overs leadership, with Lasith Malinga named captain of the ODI and T20 squads to New Zealand. Wicketkeeper-batsman Niroshan Dickwella has been named vice-captain.

  Malinga –Pic fr Getty

Dinesh Chandimal had most recently led Sri Lanka’s ODI team, against England, while Thisara Perera was the T20 captain in the same tour. But with Graeme Labrooy’s selection committee ousted, and Ashantha de Mel’s panel freshly installed, Malinga has been handed the captaincy, only three months after he made his return to the international level. Malinga had been dropped from Sri Lanka’s teams for over a year, due to form and fitness concerns. He had made his return to the top level during the Asia Cup in September, and has had some success with the ball since then. Read the rest of this entry ?