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BCCI Reform on the Boil: Ramachandra Guha’s Letter of Resignation

July 27, 2017

ESPNcricinfo ….

Dear Vinod,  It has been a pleasure working with Diana, Vikram and you in the Supreme Court Committee of Administrators. It has been an educative experience, spending long hours with three top-flight professionals from whom I have learned a lot in these past few months. However, it has been clear for some time now that my thoughts and views are adjacent to, and sometimes at odds with, the direction the Committee is taking as a whole. That is why I eventually decided to request the Supreme Court to relieve me of the responsibility, and submitted my letter of resignation to the Court on the morning of the 1st of June. Read the rest of this entry ?


Herath and Ashwin and Finger-spin

July 24, 2017

Siddharth Mongia, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, July 2917, where the title is “Making Finger spin great again


On July 2, 2009, Rangana Herath was about to go to his gym in Stoke-on-Trent in northern England. He was 31, a veteran of 94 first-class matches, but only 14 of them were Tests. He wasn’t really expecting to add to that tally any time soon.

herath on songNot yet an international cricketer, having made his IPL debut two months previously, R Ashwin was perhaps going through the previews to gear up to watch India play an ODI in the West Indies on July 3 and then the Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan in Galle from July 4. Read the rest of this entry ?


Timid Display from Sri Lanka vs Safs–Sanga

June 6, 2017

Kumar Sangakkara, in The Island, 5 June 2017 -where the title is “Timid Sri Lanka let South Africa off the hook”

It was an extremely disappointing start to the tournament for the Sri Lankans. Missing captain Angelo Mathews badly, they showed all the reasons why they have been so inconsistent in the past 18 months.  The bowlers started strongly and then fought-back well in the final death overs after a wonderful partnership between Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis. There were also glimpses of promises with a lively start from Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga. However, there was also a lack of clarity in purpose and a confusion in role identification. The players were too timid to decisively commit to their strengths or the situational requirements. As a Sri Lankan, I hope they are able to regroup and commit to a brand of cricket the fully displays the wonderful talents and abilities I know they possess.

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Sri Lanka Cricket in Full Frontal Q and A

June 2, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando for ESPNcricinfo, 31 May 2017,  … where the title is ‘We don’t want to miss out on anyone’

Thilanga Sumathipala has been president of Sri Lanka Cricket since January 2016. He talks ESPNcricinfo through several of his board’s decisions, his plans for Sri Lanka’s domestic cricket, and the national team’s prospects.

Why did the board scrap the zonal (provincial) tournaments that had been designed and scheduled by the previous administration for the 2016 season?
I have no idea whatsoever about the so-called zonal, or cluster tournament. Those are not researched, or board-initiated ideas. Those are vendor-driven, television-company driven documents, based on some cricketing background.

Even to date, my cricket committee and our tournament committee are not very much in favour of clustering people without any ownership. We started the SLPL and we had to shut it down. It was a failure. We don’t want to start something to shut down again. The thing is, if you’re building up a domestic tournament, you have to have ownership. What we have done now is got 600-odd schools, more than 12,000 games – 20,000 students are playing cricket. That is the quantity.

“We are building the capacity at the bottom” © AFP 

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That wicked ball! THE CHINAMAN!!! The Racist Origins of a Technical Term

March 31, 2017

Karthikeya Date28 March 2017, at

The term ‘Chinaman’ depicts not just a left-arm wrist-spinner, but the latent racism that originated it. It’s time the ICC takes steps to bowdlerise the word from the cricketing lexicon. 

Left-arm wrist-spinners are saddled with an unfortunate label that brims with colonial-era racism turned into a casual word. | The Hindu Archives

In cricket, wrist spin delivered by a left-arm bowler is termed ‘Chinaman’. The story goes that on one of the MCC’s colonial era Test tours to the West Indies, Walter Robins (who later went on to become England’s Chairman of Selectors in the 1950s) was out stumped against Ellis Achong, a slow left-arm finger spinner, when he bowled a wrist-spin delivery as a variation. Robins failed to notice the change from the hand (that the ball was being spun with the wrist and not the fingers, a fairly obvious change) and was stumped. On his return to the pavilion, Robins is said to have remarked “Fancy being done by a Chinaman!” There is some dispute about whom he said this to. One version of the story has him saying this to Learie Constantine, the great West Indies all-rounder of that era. Another version of the story has him saying this to the Umpire

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How Dubai training assisted Aussies in India: Nullifying Jadeja rather than Herath

March 4, 2017

Daniel Brettig, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Australia enjoy fruits of Dubai detour”

The advantages derived from a visit to Dubai before the India Tests have become clear. Here’s how Australia ended up in the UAE, and what they had on offer there,
Australia had the chance to hit the ground running in India, after the time spent preparing for the series in Dubai © AFP


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The DRS in Cricket and Senaka Weeraratna’s Early Initiatives

January 29, 2017

The authorities in the cricketing world in the 20th century were highly conservative. They delayed the admission of Sri Lanka to the Test field till 1981. They  stubbornly insisted on sustaining the authority of the Umpires within the boundaries and resisted the introduction of new technology in aid of correct decisions.  Even these innovations have been adopted piecemeal (so that, for example, the discussions between DRS Third Umpire and onfield umpires have been open to the public only in recent years).

senaka-udrs Senaka Weeraratna mooted the virtues of DRS (also called UDRS)  early in the day. He has been assiduously pressing a campaign for his role to be recognised and recently initiated a web site devoted to that purpose: Visit

We are in need of an uncommitted historian to work out the intricacies of this reform process within the ICC and MCC, but I introduce some of the material presented by Senaka Weeraratna as an initial ‘taste’ of the data that can be seen within his web site. Michael Roberts

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