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Thisara’s Humane Touch captivates Umpire Raza

November 2, 2017

Bipin Dani, in Pakistan Observer

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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Viral flow for Sighting of Khawaja poking Zampa’s Behind?

February 10, 2016

“Australian cricketers get personal during anthem”, February 10, 2016, …

Australian opening batsman Usman Khawaja squeezes team-mate Adam Zampa’s behind ahead of the ODI against the Black Caps in Wellington.Some of the players were getting more than a little touchy-feely as they linked arms while Advance Australia Fair was played.

  • Test, a short video clip has emerged of some emotional scenes during the national anthem before their ODI win over the Black Caps at the Cake Tin last weekend.
Australian opening batsman Usman Khawaja squeezes teammate Adam Zampa's behind ahead of the ODI against the Black Caps ...Australian opening batsman Usman Khawaja squeezes teammate Adam Zampa’s behind ahead of the ODI against the Black Caps in Wellington. Opening batsman Usman Khawaja certainly got busy calming the nerves of rookie spinner Adam Zampa. Khawaja laughed off being caught grabbing Zampa’s behind, playing it down when asked about the video on Twitter. “hahaha oh boy. Didn’t realize there were cameras filming from behind,” he tweeted. “haha it was all consensual. Just have a joke with the debutant #playon”.

Australia won that match to square the series, but lost the decider in Hamilton on Monday. The video clip was posted on Facebook and tweeted by The Crowd Goes Wild and was certainly proving a hit on the internet. …

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The Murali Cup Climax at Oddusuddan in 2015 … A Forgotten Moment of Reconciliation

January 13, 2016

Amil Shamit, in Daily Mirror, 12 October 2015, …

Defending champions Ananda College underwent some anxious moments and had to dig deep to overcome Richmond College by 24 runs in the final of the 4th Murali Harmony Cup at the IODR Oval in Oddusuddan yesterday to retain the title for yet another year.

Ananda College

Richmond the runners-up last year had to play second fiddle again and they will have to blame themselves as they faltered after being in a winning position and were left ruing a spectacular late collapse having appeared to be on course for victory mid-way through their run chase. Ananda the only unbeaten side in the tournament struggled with the bat after winning the toss and electing to take first lease of the wicket and managed to post a modest 137 runs.

They started positively with a 31-run opening stand but then lost three quick wickets, slumping to 32 for 3 and then 50 for 4. Throughout the tournament their middle order, led by the outstanding Kaveeshka Anjula (28), had rescued Ananda but this time they could not fully repair the top order damage. Richmond also started unconvincingly, slipping to 32 for 3, before Kalindu Siriwardana steadied the innings with 36 from 35 balls. With Richmond sitting pretty on 84 for 3 in the 12th over the game looked lost for Ananda but then Krishan Anjula’s dismissal of Siriwardana sparked a collapse.

Seven wickets tumbled for just 29 runs and Ananda were left jubilant for the second consecutive year. Dinuka Jayaratne was outstanding with the ball for Ananda, taking 3 for 10 from his four overs to follow a useful 26 off 22 balls earlier in the afternoon which earned him the player of the final award.

Ananda 137 for 8 in 20 overs (Krishan Anjula 28, Dinuka Jayaratne 26, Rahal Avishka 20, Lahiru Attanayake 19: Avindu Theekshana 2 for 25, K.K. Kaveen 2 for 27)

Richmond 113 in 18.5 overs (Kalindu Siriwardena 36, Kamindu Mendis 21, Dhananjaya Lakshan 20, Pasindu Bimsara 15: Dinuka Jayaratne 3 for 20, Supun Waragoda 2 for 20, Krishan Anjula 2 for 32, Achila Iranga 2 for 34)


UNITY team forged from Murali Cup to play in UAE in KP’s Initiative

November 25, 2015

The Foundation of Goodness confirmed Tuesday that it is organising a Murali Harmony Cup Unity tour to the United Arab Emirates following an invitation from Kevin Pietersen’s KP24 Foundation. The Unity Squad includes exceptionally talented under 18 cricketers from different schools island-wide, including five boys from previously war-affected areas in the North and East. The young cricketers were invited to participate in the tour after their outstanding performances during the 2015 Murali Harmony Cup completed in October.

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Kumar’s Insightful Appreciation of Mahela as Cricketer and Person

October 9, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara, whose preferred title is Mahela Jaywardene –The Master Architect,” in

The retirement of Mahela Jayawardene marks the end of an era in Sri Lankan cricket – an era in which records were chased, winning became a habit, and standards reached new heights. The baton has passed to a new generation to emulate the standards he took such pride in.


MHELA KUMAR FAREWELL Mahela and Kumar say farewell to the Sri Lankan fans

Very few batsmen in the world played with the same ease, grace and technique. Mahela had these qualities even as a teenager – and carried them through an international career that lasted 17 years. When, aged 16, I first saw Mahela bat during a school match, his natural skill and flamboyance were strikingly evident. He was an instinctive batsman, aggressive but with a sound defence, and possessing an extraordinary combination of touch and power. Though he is only five months older than me, he had already appeared in 21 Tests by the time I played my first, and had a double-century under his belt. On my debut, against South Africa at Galle in July 2000, he made 167. More than two decades on from his school days, his game was still the same. Read the rest of this entry ?


Sangakkara’s Ecumenical Farewell at the Oval

August 28, 2015

Do take time off to watch and listen to this meaningful moment at the P Sara Stadium or Colombo Oval where Sri Lanka’s first Test Match had been played in the 1980s. It was serendipitous that the other cricket team surrounding the moment, so to speak, was from India. Sri Lanka had been peopled way back in the first millennium BC (if not earlier) by migrants from the Indian subcontinent. Its foundational culture was of varied Indian origins and its principal religions are rooted in the Indian dispensation…. …. AND …

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An Arranged Marriage in Cricket Today in 2015? Pakistan-Sri Lanka

June 15, 2015

Ahmer Naqvi,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title reads “Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s arranged marriage”

Some time over the past decade, in a way both subtle and inevitable, Pakistani and Sri Lankan cricket embraced the familiarity, intimacy and resignation of an arranged marriage. For most of the outside world, their relationship is probably defined by the 2009 terrorist attack.*** Yet perhaps the greater truth has been what has happened since. Since 2011, what used to be a biennial cycle of Test tours has become an annual one for the two sides. Moreover, in the past ten years, Sri Lanka have been Pakistan’s most common opponent in Tests and ODIs, and the T20s they’ll play soon will give Sri Lanka the clean sweep as Pakistan’s most regular opponents.MAHELA AND PAKS The teams have more in common than you think, and that includes friendships off the pitch © AFPThe two countries have quite a few things in common, particularly a disdain – both politically and in cricketing terms – for India. Indeed, one of the reasons that Sri Lanka’s cricket fraternity and society at large have been so forthcoming towards Pakistan is because (according to several of them) they know the experience of cricket isolation caused by a state of war. The cricketing culture in both countries is marked by a high tolerance for the unusual, and each of bowling’s latest innovations/sins frequently involves their players.

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