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The ICC Commentators at the World Cup

June 23, 2019

On the 17th may 2019 the International Cricket Council (ICC)” announced a stellar line up of commentators for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, beginning May 30 in England and Wales. Speaking about the World Cup being played in his home country, former England skipper Nasser Hussain said, “The whole of England and Wales is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the massive summer of cricket ahead. This edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup promises to be the most entertaining one yet and I cannot wait to be part of this event broadcast and witness history in the making, first hand.”

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Pinnacles, Troughs and Trends in Sri Lanka’s Cricketing History

June 6, 2019

Michael Roberts, reprint from Lions of Lanka, produced by the Lanka Monthly Digest, 2019, to coincide with the 2019 Cricket World Cup …. http://www.lionsofsl.lk/article2.html

Cricket was one channel of Westernisation during British colonial rule. But it was also a medium for Ceylon to challenge the ideas of racial superiority so prevalent among the island’s ruling Britons. By the 1920s the Ceylonese team were proving their superiority over the Europeans in annual matches. The Maharaja of Vizianagram was so captivated by all-rounder Edward Kelaart in the early 1930s that he invited him to play for his Indian team. Meanwhile, F. C. de Saram made the headlines when he scored 128 runs out of a total of 218 for an Oxford University side that faced the touring Australians in May 1934.

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Cricketers snapped Extraordinary

October 30, 2018

Rangaiyaa! Rangaaiyya! Budu Ammo! Herath raised aloft after securing a match fo Sr Lanka … or so one can imagine

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Neil Harvey: Wonderful Batsman, Simple Man, Modest Earnings

October 7, 2018

Gideon Haigh, in The Weekend Australian, 7 October 2018

Today, the world’s best batsman is a 29-year-old multi-millionaire with a sizeable portfolio of premium Sydney real estate — he also, of course, languishes under a year’s ban from cricket. Sixty-five years ago, by contrast, the world’s best batsman shared a bedroom with his younger brother. That summer of 1952-53, Neil Harvey had a season even more prolific than Steve Smith’s last: 834 runs in five Tests against South Africa and 1659 runs in 16 first-class matches, a total exceeded only by Donald Bradman.

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Dhananjaya’s Profound Misfortune … Squad for West Indies Tour is One Less

May 28, 2018

Item in Sunday Times, 27 May 2018 … http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2018/05/27/sports/no-replacement-dhananjaya

Sri Lanka’s cricket board will not replace allrounder Dhananjaya de Silva who withdrew from a tour of the West Indies following the murder of his father, officials said Friday.Ranjan de Silva, a local politician, was shot dead near Colombo late Thursday, hours be fore the team was due to leave for the three-match Test series in the West Indies.

 

Sri Lanka’s Dhananjaya de Silva drives to stop the ball during the last day of their first test cricket match against Bangladesh in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad

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Africa-in-Me. Kevin Pietersen’s Reflections

February 19, 2018

Kevin Pietersen, whose preferred title is “Three Hours that changed My Life” .

They say you’re not born in Africa.

Africa is born in you.

It’s true.

You could blindfold me, put me on a plane, fly me somewhere in the world, open the doors and ask me where I was. I would know immediately if I was in Africa.

I can feel it. Smell it. It’s in my blood. It’s home. It’s part of me, I am connected to it, emotionally and spiritually.

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Eight Wickets!! Aussie Leg-Spinner Pope decimates England Under 19

January 23, 2018

ESPNcricinfo Item

Pope befuddles England U 19 … AFTER Sangha scores 56 for Australia in a low-scoring encounter

Quarter-Final, ICC Under-19 World Cup at Queenstown, Jan 23 2018

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