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Chandimal’s Ball-Tampering and Responses to the Punishment

June 19, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, !8 june 2018, where the title is “Sweet v sandpaper – why Chandimal’s tampering is different”

Only two months ago, three Australia cricketers were slapped with long suspensions for their role in the ball tampering scandal in Cape Town. Dinesh Chandimal, however, is unlikely to face punishments beyond the one-Test suspension the ICC has dealt out for the tampering itself (the “spirit of cricket” charge is a separate one). Here is why the two incidents will be treated differently.

There is minimal outrage in Sri Lanka

Where Cricket Australia’s response was spurred by public condemnation of the Cape Town incident, Sri Lanka’s public has, at most, expressed only quiet disappointment so far. Two possible reasons why the public reactions have been dissimilar:

  • Australian sportspeople are generally put on a high pedestal, and allegations of cheating – even for what was a Level 2 ICC offence – are taken seriously. Sri Lanka’s cricketers are widely admired, but do not face anywhere near the level of public scrutiny that many others from around the world contend with. Several former players, including the super-popular Kumar Sangakkara, have spoken of the relatively laidback nature of Sri Lankan fame. As such, there is not so high an expectation of morality, even from a Sri Lanka captain.

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The Ball-Tampering Issue agianst Sri Lanka at St. Lucia

June 18, 2018

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been officially charged with ball tampering in the ongoing Test against West Indies – a charge he and the Sri Lanka team appear likely to contest when a hearing is held at the end of the Test. Here is the sequence that led to the state of events.

  • Following play on the second evening on Friday, in which Sri Lanka were straining for wickets, on-field umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould, and television umpire Richard Kettleborough had concerns over the methods Sri Lanka had used to maintain the ball. As a result, they approached the broadcasters for footage which could support or confirm their suspicion.

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Crushing Defeat for Sri Lanka in the West Indies

June 12, 2018

Fazeer Mohammed,  courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 11 June 2018, where the title reads “West Indies crush Sri Lanka by 226-runs in first Test”

West Indies completed a crushing 226-run victory over Sri Lanka just after lunch on the final day of the first Test on Sunday as the tourists surrendered meekly following the demise of century-maker Kusal Mendis and captain Dinesh Chandimal.Set a daunting target of 453, the Sri Lankans crashed from 189 for three in mid-morning to be dismissed for 226 just after lunch, suffering their first Test match defeat at the hands of the Caribbean side for ten years, when they were also beaten at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad.

 Off-spinning all-rounder Roston Chase triggered the final capitulation in which five wickets fell for just eight runs. Roston Chase of West Indies bowls during day 5 of the 1st Test between West Indies and Sri Lanka at Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad, on June 10, 2018. Randy Brooks / AFP

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Frsh Faces in Sri Lankan Squad for the Windies Series

May 13, 2018

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, May 2018

Thirty-one year old opening batsman Mahela Udawatte has broken into the Sri Lanka Test squad more than 10 years after his international debut, along with three other uncapped players, Kasun Rajitha, Jeffrey Vandersay and Asitha Fernando.

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Extra! Extra! Read All About Cricket’s It

March 30, 2018

Bipin Dani … at http://epaper.kashmirtimes.in/index.aspx?page=10

Former Zimbabwe player Andy Flower has been assigned to pick the ICC’s World XI team to play a T-20 against West Indies a Lord’s on May 31, it is learnt here.The game has been organised to raise funds for two stadia in the Caribbean that were damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

Andy Flower at Lord’s Ckt ground

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Afghanistan ambush Windies at Harare

March 26, 2018

Liam Brickhill, Courtesy of ESPNcricinfo

Afghanistan 206 for 3 (Shahzad 84, Shah 51, Gayle 2-38) beat West Indies 204 (Powell 44, Mujeeb 4-43, Naib 2-28) by seven wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Afghanistan eased to a seven-wicket win over West Indies in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier competition in Zimbabwe, bringing to completion a comeback that must rank among the greatest in cricket’s long history. Virtually written off after their disastrous showing in the group stage, Afghanistan rode on their self-belief – and a little bit of luck – to claim the trophy. Five days ago, Rashid Khan said “anything can happen”, and this Afghanistan team has shown that to be true.

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Munro creates T20 Record as Kiwis murder Windies

January 3, 2018
Varun Shetty, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo, 3 Janauuary 2018, where the title is Munro century headlines New Zealand’s drubbing of WI

New Zealand’s Colin Munro scored a powerful 104 off 53 balls in his side’s comfortable 119-run win over West Indies

New Zealand 243 for 5 (Munro 104, Guptill 63) beat West Indies 124 (Fletcher 46, Southee 3-21, Sodhi 2-25, Boult 2-29) by 119 runs
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Colin Munro became the first batsman to make three centuries in T20 internationals as he laid the foundation for New Zealand’s battering of West Indies by 119 runs in their final match of the tour at Mount Maunganui. The left-handed opener followed up his two fifties from the previous games with a 53-ball 104 as the hosts swept the series 3-0. West Indies failed to register a single win on a New Zealand tour for the first time since 1999-00.

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