Archive for the ‘terrorist intrusions’ Category

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Stand Steadfast Together: Cricket’s Message to Sri Lanka and FOR Sri Lanka

May 29, 2019

Nuwan Ranasinghe, in The ROAR, 29 May 2019, where the title is “What Cricket Really means to Sri Lanka”

Contrary to popular belief, cricket has never actually been viewed as a religion in Sri Lanka. Whilst Sri Lankans do love their cricket, they are not essentially a cricket-mad people as is so often stereotypically coined by the Western media. Decades of civil war, a devastating tsunami, soul-destroying floods, monsoon rains and now this latest terror bombing has reminded Sri Lankans that there certainly are more important things in life than a simple game of cricket.

 Lasith Malinga spearheads Sri Lanka’s attack at the 2019 World Cup. (Michael Bradley/AFP/Getty Images)

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Barmy Army’s Potent Brew in Sri Lanka 2018

December 7, 2018

Beer Consumption brings Barmy Army a Cricket Match with Lion  Brewery

Lion Brewery PLC hosted a friendly T20 cricket match between the Brewery and England’s Barmy Army at the Colts Ground in Colombo recently. The world renowned ‘Barmy Army’ squad was in Sri Lanka to support their home team at the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour…. Item in Island, 6 December 2018

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Terrorist Tragedy Back Home. Cricketing Massacre of Kiwis in their Home — Afghanistan U19 Cricket

January 26, 2018

Shashank Kishore in ESPNcricinfo, 26 January 2018

Naveen-ul-Haq, the Afghanistan Under-19 captain, has dedicated the team’s maiden entry into the World Cup semi-finals to the victims of the attacks that have rocked Jalalabad and Kabul over the last two days. The entire team wore black armbands to mourn those who lost their lives during the quarter-final against hosts New Zealand in Christchurch on Thursday.

The targets of the attacks were the UNICEF’s Save the Children office in Jalalabad on Wednesday and the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul on Thursday. “It was very sad for us to hear of the attacks on children in Jalalabad and at the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul,” Naveen said. “We wore black armbands to show our support [for the grieving families and friends of the victims].”

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World Cricket in Chaotic Times: A List of Abandoned Cricket Tours

November 23, 2017

An Item in The Island, 18 October 2017 with the title “Wars, riots and abandoned tours”
article_image A Sri Lankan player boards a Pakistan military helicopter after terrorists opened fire on the team bus during the 2009 tour.

The dramatic announcement on Friday (October 17), that West Indies would be cutting short their tour of India because of a pay dispute, was not the first time a major international cricket series had come to an unexpected end. Here’s a snapshot of several other tours that ended abruptly in unusual circumstances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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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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Forgotten Scores in An Unforgettable Test Match at Lahore, 1-2 March 2009

October 31, 2017

From ESPNcricnfo

Did you know that Murali scored 22 runs in 16 balls at a rate of 137.50?

Mind you this was because Sangakkara, Samaraweera and Dilshan had set up a platform over most of two days by scoring 104, 214 and 145 respectively !

So: Sri Lanka built up a first innings total of 604 runs after being sent in …. and perhaps established another record in having two centurions run themselves out in the same innings!

Samaraweera batting …. and injured by shrapnel in ambulance

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Huge Welcome and Massive Security swamps Sri Lankan Team in Lahore

October 30, 2017

Rex Clementine reporting from Lahore, Island, 29 October 2017, with title “Huge welcome and massive security awaits Sri Lankan team”

When Thisara Perera lands in Lahore, he will be stunned at the hospitality awaiting him. He is a star here. His billboards are all over Lahore. Posters of his players also are seen all over the road with Punjab Government in Lahore set to put up a great show as the Sri Lankan cricket team brings international cricket back to the country. Read the rest of this entry ?