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Sri Lankans at Cricket for Fringe Countries in Cricket World

May 23, 2017

Bhavindu Shakya AdhihettyBhavindu Adhihetty …. Canada

Full name Bhavindu Shakya Adhihetty

Born February 29, 2000

Current age 17 years 83 days

Major teams Canada Under-19s

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Left-arm medium

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Windies Guard of Honour for Younis Khan

May 11, 2017

Indian Express News Item ...and A Note from Errol Fernando** of Kandy & Melbourne: On a rain-shortened day Pakistan is 169 for 2.  Holder won the toss and INSERTED on a dull drizzly day. The highlight of the day’s play was Holder and friends giving Younis a Guard of Honour as he arrived at the crease.He responded by giving Holder a gracious handshake and then marked out  his guard. He has made a quiet 10 not out and will resume his innings at midnight Melbourne time. Captain Misbah, the next man in, will then receive HIS guard of honour and hopefully will join Younis at the crease. Pardon me for being a sentimental old duffer, G…, but this stuff GLADDENS my old heart!!

 Younis Khan came out to bat in what could be his last innings for Pakistan on Day 1 of the third Test — PCB Official Twitter  http://www.espncricinfo.com/west-indies-v-pakistan-2017/content/image/1097242.html?object=207428;dir=next

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Brian Lara to deliver Cowdrey Lecture in 2017

May 10, 2017

West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara will deliver the 2017 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord’s on Monday 4 September.

Lara is set to become the second West Indian to give the Lecture, after Clive Lloyd imparted the keynote address in 2006. Following the speech, a question and answer session with Lara and a selected panel of cricketers, hosted by Mark Nicholas, will discuss topics arising from the Lecture and other cricketing issues.

The MCC Spirit of Cricket Lecture has become a notable feature in the cricketing calendar, provoking debate and discussion on the major issues facing the game today. This year’s Lecture will take place in the week of the Investec Test Match between England and West Indies at Lord’s. Previous speakers at the event include the Most Reverend Dr Desmond Tutu (2008), Kumar Sangakkara (2011) and Sir Ian Botham (2014). The inaugural address was delivered in 2001 by the late Richie Benaud.

 

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Sri Lankan Cricketers gain Equanimity before Champions Contest in UK

May 10, 2017

Sri Lanka’s cricketers — plus coach and training staff  — visited the Dalada Maligawa yesterday to invoke blessings ahead of the Champions Trophy tournament….. Pictures Courtesy Sameera Pieris 

Definitely a defining moment for Graham Ford and other foreign members of the support staff.

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Ravi Karunaratne Allrounder Extraordinary in Moonee Valley Cricket

May 4, 2017

Tim Michell, in the Moonee Valley Leader, 3 May 2017,  where the title is “Aberfeldie all-rounder Ravindra Karunaratne crowned VTCA North West Division player of season”

Ravi Karunaratne flights a delivery for Aberfeldie. Picture: David Smith.
Ravi Karunaratne flights a delivery for Aberfeldie. Picture: David Smith.

KIEREN Gray doesn’t have to be concerned with managing the workload of star off-spinner Ravindra Karunaratne. The Sri Lankan is one of the fittest players in Turf Cricket, allowing Gray to entrust him with bowling long spells to keep batsmen in check or chase wickets. Against Sunshine United in Round 11 of 2016-17, Karunaratne bowled the second over of the North West Division fixture. He was still rolling the arm over hours later and took the last wicket when the Tigers were dismissed for 147 at Selwyn Park.

 

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Anthonians Celebrate their Cricketing History — Pictorial

May 1, 2017

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Ranjan Mellawa’s Pursuit of Cricket Luv’ly Cricket

April 24, 2017

Elmo Jayawardena, with the title Winds Behind The Willows – The Full Monty to Cricket

One has to know something about cricket to enjoy this magnificent book. Suited me ideally as I do not know much about cricket matters but like almost all Sri Lankans I too am connected umbilically to international cricket and especially when the home country is at the crease. Let me try and express my views on author Ranjan Mellawa writing a book. I can categorically state that if not the bull’s eye, he certainly has hit pretty close to it as a new author in his maiden venture on cricket journalism.

The man has managed to vagabond his way to be present at six World Cup finals. That alone gives him credentials to be somewhat an expert on the international scene from a spectator’s point of view. Ranjan has been an ardent cricket fan. He’s played too, starting with a plastic bat as a kid to rustic cricket in neighborhood tennis-ball matches. From there he graduated to club level domestic league. Hence, his story begins at grass-root level and then blossoms and spreads wild and wide taking him to the world of international cricket as a die-hard knowledgeable fan. Read the rest of this entry ?