Archive for the ‘Sri Lanka Cricket’ Category

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Sri Lanka Crash-land at Dubai in Woeful Effort

September 16, 2018

ONE: Andrew Fidel Fernando:: Mushfiqur stars in 137-run rout of Sri Lanka,” 16 September 2018, at ESPNcricinfo

Mushfiqur Rahim‘s sublime 144 hauled Bangladesh kicking and screaming to 261, then a fired-up Mashrafe Mortaza set in motion a Sri Lanka collapse, and the first match of the Asia Cup soon turned into a thrashing – Bangladesh claiming victory by 137 runs, after Sri Lanka crashed to 69 for 7, then 124 all out.

Mushfiqur Rahim celebrates after reaching his sixth ODI century ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

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Sri Lanka’s Journey to Test Status via Alston Mahadevan’s Video Documentaries

September 15, 2018

ABSORB … setting aside about four hours

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Tamil Union’s Mixed Bag recalls its Season Coup of 1982/83

September 11, 2018

Somachandra Skandakumar, presenting this tale under the title “When agony followed ecstasy!”

S. SKANDAKUMAR, a former Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka and skipper of the Tamil Union Cricket Club recounts their key game against Bloomfield and how Tamil Union won the game and ultimately lost the trophy on re-scrutiny.

Seated L to R– Athula Samarasekera, S. Skandakumar , Kushil Gunasekera
Standing- Ashley De Silva, Wayne Jansz, Dushan Soza, Sittampalam Shivaraj, Channa Wijemanne, Sudath Munaweera, Sujeeva Rajapakse, Chandika Hathurusinghe, Lakshman Aloysius
Absent – Indrajit Coomaraswamy (overseas), Upul Sumathipala (Overseas)  Nirmalal Perera (USA) Walter Fernando and Upul Gunasena (Australia) Shantha Jayasekera (Canada )
A.J Samarasekera (Indisposed )

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Wijesinghe and Clementine on the Cricket Scene

September 9, 2018

ONE = Mahinda Wijesinghe: Giving up the game when ‘there’s nothing left in the tank’,” Sunday Island, 9 September 2018

At the moment cricket fans are awaiting the Asia Cup 2018 due to begin on September 15 with Sri Lanka placed in Group B alongside Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Akila Dananjaya

Unfortunately Sri Lanka is starting on the wrong foot with Chandimal on the injured list while Akila Dananjaya will in all probability miss two games and has informed the selectors to excuse him since he wants to be present when he is due to become a father for the first time shortly. Family comes before profession is a motto he is following. In this time and age, modern technology enable doctors to predict births almost to the date. Taking this into account, Dananjaya has taken the right decision by the family and the team. Opting out of the tour, at least where two games are concerned, before the tour begins is the correct decision. Going on the tour and baling out halfway is obviously not this youngster’s style. Well done Dananjaya, you have set an example even to your seniors. Let me wish you the best of luck as a father and as a player when you rejoin the team. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Lanka’s Cricketing Oldies to Receive A Monetary Honorarium

September 3, 2018

Rohit Pawar, in Cricket Age, 3 September 2018, where the title reads Sri Lanka Cricket To Felicitate 49 Former Players”

Sri Lanka Cricket under the guidance of Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapa decided to felicitate 49 past cricketers, who represented Sri Lanka, prior to obtaining full membership of the ICC, as a move to honor them for the services rendered to Sri Lanka Cricket. Accordingly, SLC will offer grant ex-gratia payments for 12 cricketers, who are above 65 years of age and currently living in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka’s ASIA CUP Squad… with Some Surprises

September 3, 2018

Champika Fernando in Sunday Times, 2 September 2018, where the title is “Malinga, Dilruwan recalled for Asia Cup”

Veteran fast bowler Lasith Malinga and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera have been included in the 16-man squad for the Asia Cup in Dubai this month. The 35-year-old Malinga, who retired from Test cricket in 2010, has not played international cricket since last September 2017 when Sri Lanka suffered a 5-0 drubbing at the hands of India at home.

His inclusion in the Asia Cup squad, however, comes as a surprise as he has done too little to earn a recall to the 50-over format, even though he has played T20 cricket regularly. He has averaged a staggering 62.30 on his return to the side in 2017 after a long-injury lay-off.

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Down Memory Lane with Michael Tissera

August 19, 2018

Tilak in Daily News, 26 June 2018

At long last, I got the opportunity through Leo Wijesinghe to meet the much talked about Michael Tissera whom I met at his residence at Nawala. Although aged 78 he still looked the neat smart cricketer I used to epitomize as a budding cricketer.

As we started the ball rolling he mentioned to me that he has nothing to do with the administration of the present set up at the moment, and for very good reasons too, well more of that later.

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