Archive for the ‘Sri Lanka Cricket’ Category

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Captaincy Stakes: How the Burden landed in Dimuth’s Lap

April 22, 2019

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, 17 April 2019, with this title How Sri Lanka’s search for a World Cup captain ended with Karunaratne”

Where most teams are merely working out which of their fringe players will make the trip to the World Cup, Sri Lanka had a bigger question to answer: who will captain the team? Over the past two years, the captaincy has changed hands at a dizzying rate, with Angelo Mathews having had it in two stints, Dinesh Chandimal also helming the ship twice, Lasith Malinga getting the job in late 2018 (after having been stand-in captain once, in 2017), while Thisara Perera and even Chamara Kapugedara have also led the team. It’s been like a game of spin-the-bottle, except instead of embarrassing teenage consequences, Sri Lanka have had embarrassing losses. Since the start of 2017, they have lost 41 and won only 11 ODIs.

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Rex on Warpath — slashes Asantha’s Selections

April 21, 2019

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 21 april 2019, with this title

This week, Sri Lanka Cricket announced their World Cup squad. Ironically, they had chosen Maundy Thursday to make the announcement. Maundy Thursday is an important day in the calendar for Christians as this day marks the betrayal of Jesus by two of his disciples – Judas Iscariot and Simon Peter. Judas openly betrayed his master while Peter, Jesus’ most trusted disciple, denied knowing him three times and later repented. Several Sri Lankan cricketers must have felt betrayed on Thursday by the very man who is supposed stand by them. Ashantha De Mel is his name. The Chairman of Selectors played both Judas and Peter at the same time. Like the latter, he still has an opportunity to rectify some of his errors.

Chandimal Dickwella

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Rex Clementine’s Appraisal of World Cup Selections

April 19, 2019

Rex Clementine, Island, 19 April 2019, with the title SLC justify Malinga axing”

Sri Lanka Cricket big wigs justified the axing of Lasith Malinga as the captain of the national cricket team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 during a media briefing yesterday. The fast bowler was named captain in December 2018 but after the team failed to win a single game under his charge, the national selection panel promoted Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne as the ODI skipper for cricket’s showpiece event in England and Wales. Under Malinga, Sri Lanka had suffered 12 straight losses in New Zealand and South Africa in ODI and T-20 cricket.

Sri Lanka Cricket President Shammi Silva, flanked by captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel, stresses a point during a media briefing to announce the squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup in Colombo yesterday.

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Sri Lanka’s World Cup FIFTEEN

April 19, 2019

Sunday Times News Item, 19 April 2019 = http://www.sundaytimes.lk/article/1084444/slc-releases-name-of-15-member-squad-for-icc-world-cup-2019

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Harin Fernando’s Clarification on SL World Cup Selections

April 19, 2019

N. Krishnamurthy in Cricket Age, 18 April 2019

As some people in social media are questioning the appointment of Dimuth Karunaratne as the captain for the Sri Lanka’s world cup campaign, young and dynamic Sports Minister Harin Fernando has issued a statement, clarifying all the baseless allegations [accusations, it seems, that are rooted in (A) personal malice and muckraking and (B) Sinhala Buddhist chauvinist thinking and (C) perhaps the tactical moves by outsiders from neighbouring lands seeking to create dissension .. …….. Editor Roberts’ NOTE]

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Selection of SL Fifteen for World Cup: the Process … and Beware Fake News

April 16, 2019

Bipin Dani in Asian Age, 15 April 2019,

The Ashantha de Mel-led selection committee will debate the composition of World Cup team for three consecutive days. Captain is a member of the selection committee. De Mel also denied both the media reports stating that (1) Mathews has denied the captaincy (2) Malinga has insisted to be in the squad only, if he is made the captain. (Photo: Sri Lanka Cricket/ Twitter)

We are first meeting the physio and the other support staff members on 16th to ascertain the fitness level of the players. The next day our meeting is scheduled with the head coach (Chandika Hathurusingha) and will seek his inputs”, the chief selector, speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo, said on Sunday.

 Captain is a member of the selection committee. De Mel also denied both the media reports stating that (1) Mathews has denied the captaincy (2) Malinga has insisted to be in the squad only, if he is made the captain. (Photo: Sri Lanka Cricket/ Twitter)

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Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad: Punting from Down Under

April 10, 2019

Michael Roberts

I am venturing bold and proceeding to select fifteen players without the ‘data’ issuing from the trial matches taking place in Sri Lanka. I have taken serious note of Asantha de Mel’s provocative and thoughtful media session and been assisted materially by comments from a pal in Lanka who keeps a close eye on events within the island, but wishes to remain in the background. He will feature in my essay as ‘The Ghost’.

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