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The Kolkata Contretemps: Dickwella clarifies

November 23, 2017

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 23 November 2017, under title Dickwella opens up on Calcutta antics”
article_imageSri Lanka’s wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella engages in an altercation with Indian captain Virat Kohli as the umpires try to intervene.

Sri Lanka’s young wicketkeeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella, who was the talking point for his antics in the opening Test against India in Calcutta, revealed that he tried to get under the skin of the Indian players in a bid to kill time. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Cricketing Talents that were undermined from Within: Ceylon in the 1960s

November 19, 2017

Michael Roberts

Rex Clementine has done Lankan cricket fans a great favour by reminding us of the 0ccasion when the Ceylon team of yesteryear beat India at Ahmedabad at the tail-end of 1964. He tapped Michael Tissera for the central details. Typically, Michel did not dwell on his bold captaincy and the magnificent gamble of declaring their first innings closed when they had some wickets in hand in order to aim for an Indian batting collapse in their second innings and  to then snatch a win. So it transpired.

Back row: TCT Edward, DP de Silva, Norton Fredrick, Ranjit Fernando, Lareef Idroos

Mid-Row: M. Devaraja, Neil Chnamugam, Mano Ponniah, Darrel Lieversz, Lasantha Rodrigo, Sylvester Dias, Danasiri Weerasinghe

Seated: Stanley Jayasinghe, Abu Fuard, Michael Tissera, HIK Fernando, Anuruddha Polonowita, Nisal Senaratne (Manager)

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Mellawa’s Inside/Outside View of Sri Lankan Cricket

November 11, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, reviewing Ranjan Mellawa’s Wind Behind the Willows… for ESPNcricinfo, http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/21203302/ranjan-mellawa-winds-willows

First, allow me to lay out a bias: I was probably always going to like this one. Sri Lanka does not, alas, produce a wealth of cricket books. Where Ben Stokes already has a hardcover in circulation, Muttiah Muralitharan is yet to flog a 400-page grievance – the likes of which have recently become the prerogative of so many retired cricketers. (And of endured hardships, who could possibly have a greater store than Murali?)

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Thisara’s Humane Touch captivates Umpire Raza

November 2, 2017

Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observerhttps://pakobserver.net/pak-umpire-wins-heart-sri-lankan-skipper/

The 43-year-old Pakistani umpire Ahsan Raza has all praise for the Sri Lankan captain Thisara Perera. Before taking the field in the the last T-20 match between the two nations in Lahore on Sunday, Ahsan Raza became emotional and had tears in his eyes when Thisara Perera consoled him.

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Ahsan Raza: Unbowed and Foursquare on Cricket Pitch as Umpire

November 2, 2017

Ahsan Raza was a wicketkeeper and tailend batsman who moved across to umpire after retiring as a player, making his first appearances as an international reserve official in the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2008-09. He was travelling to the Gaddafi Stadium on the third day of the second Test when he was shot in the back and critically wounded in a terrorist attack aimed at the Sri Lanka squad.

He was one of thr four officiating umpies at the recent T20 match in Lahore.

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Darrell Hair plumbs the Depths Again: A Çonviction for Stealing

October 30, 2017

 Quintus de Zylva

Our Murali was tormented in the Boxing Day test match at the MCG by Darrell Hair when he called Murali for “chucking” as shown in the photograph. Hair was hailed as the ultimate courageous umpire for his action which stunned the cricketing world. Hair rode high for some years until Murali was finally cleared by the ICC of having an action that was within the fifteen degree limits of bending his arm. The Sri Lanka Cricket Foundation of Victoria supported Murali through several episodes of this torment. Hemaka Amarasuriya the then President of the Sri Lanka Cricket Board arrived in Australia to lend support to us as we had Murali visit several well-known defamation lawyers in Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Rex guillotines Sumathipala as Source of Sri Lankan Cricket’s Cancer

October 30, 2017

Rex Clementine, in Island, 30 October 2017, where the title is striking: Ä fish rots from the head”

Sri Lanka have succumbed to yet another series defeat this year. Friday’s loss in the second T-20 in Abu Dhabi was a bitter pill to swallow. To point at numbers will be a tedious task so we refrain from doing so, but to put it bluntly, it was Sri Lanka’s 15th defeat in a row in limited overs cricket. There doesn’t seem to be a way out of the mess. And the World Cup is less than two years away. Our administrators keep giving us the assurance that everything will be tickety-boo by the time the injured trio of Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Kusal Perera return. But the reality is far from that. Here’s why.

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