Author Archive for Sports

SLC says no govt funds will be utilised for the Proposed International Cricket Stadium in Homagama

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Responding to some of the media reports and concerns over the proposed International Cricket Stadium in Homagama, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today said the project will be an absolute and private investment of SLC and no government funds will be utilized and/or will be sought at any stage of the construction. […]

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England consider calling off tour of Sri Lanka amid coronavirus threat before 3,000 supporters travel for first Test

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

By PAUL NEWMAN and RICHARD GIBSON COURTESY THE DAILY MAIL England are considering calling off their upcoming cricket tour of Sri Lanka There are concerns travelling England fans could bring the virus with them  Sri Lanka has so far been largely untouched, with just three confirmed cases  Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor? […]

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Angelo Mathews stars as Sri Lanka whitewash West Indies 3-0

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

Courtesy Hindustan Times Mathews claimed four wickets and denied West Indies 13 runs in the last over, restricting the tourists to 301 for nine in their chase of 308 in Pallekele. Angelo Mathews held his nerve with the ball to help Sri Lanka clinch a tense six-run win over West Indies in the third one-day […]

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ක්‍රිකට් දූෂණ ගැන අර්ජුන රණතුංග කළ විශේෂ හෙළිදරව්ව

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

මාධ්‍ය නිවේදන –Media secretary to Arjuna Ranatunga (MP) ක්‍රිකට් ගැන කළ වෝහාරික විගණනය විශේෂ වාර්තාවක් වුණේ කොහොමද ?තරග පාවාදීම් ගැන තොරතුරු ඇතළත් හඩපට රන්ජන් ළඟත්ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ දවස් හයක සි. සි. ටි. වී දර්ශන මකා දැමුවේ ඇයි…?ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයෙන් මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ට තර්ජනක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයට කඩා පනින්නැයි ජනාධිපතිතුමාගෙන් ඉල්ලීමක්… පසුගිය ආණ්ඩු කාලයේදී විගණකාධිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය ගැන කළ වෝහාරික විගණනය […]

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සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ට්ස් ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන උළෙලට ඉල්ලුම් පත් කැඳවයි…

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ස් සංවිධානය. ශ්‍රී ලාංකේය ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍යයේ ප්‍රගමනය උදෙසා සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ට්ස් සංවිධානය ඉදිරිපත් කරන ”සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ස්ට් ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන උළෙල 2020” සඳහා ඉල්ලුම් පත් කැඳවීම ආරම්භ කෙරේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍යය අරමුණු කර ගනිමින් ඒසඳහාම පැවැත්වෙන පළමු සහ එකම සම්මාන උළෙල මෙයයි. ඒබව අවධාරණය කරමින් සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ස් සංවිධානයේ සභාපති ම. ප. තමීර මංජු මහතා […]

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Why Senaka Weeraratna should get due recognition for the DRS

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Rohan Abeygunawardena Nugegoda Courtesy: Sunday Times (November 10, 2019)  Senaka Weeraratna the Sri Lankan Lawyer who came out with the suggestion to introduce a Decision Review System (DRS) to minimise umpiring errors in the middle, as far back as 1997, has been fighting for due recognition for his contribution to the game, for over 20 […]

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Umpire Kumar Dharamsena Admits To Making Error In Cricket World Cup Final

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Courtesy Outlook Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharamsena’s controversial decision to give six runs to England’s total, instead of five, from a deflected overthrow effectively sealed the faith for New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final Kumar Dharmasena, a former Sri Lanka spinner, is one of the leading umpires today It indeed was […]

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England win Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes stars in dramatic victory over New Zealand

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

By Stephan Shemilt Courtesy  BBC Sport at Lord’s CC Men’s Cricket World Cup final, Lord’s New Zealand 241-8 (50 overs): Nicholls 55, Woakes 3-37, Plunkett 3-42 England 241 all out (50 overs): Stokes 84, Buttler 59, Neesham 3-43, Ferguson 3-50 England win after super over Scorecard England beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup for […]

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Friday, July 12th, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE It is disappointing that all 5 Asian Teams out of 10 Teams in the competition failed to secure a spot in the Final.   Bangladesh and New Zealand have consistently maintained aggressive and  methodical styles of play. We give below the historical data of previous finals with the winning team and […]

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When politics pollutes sports

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Courtesy The New Indian Express Over the last few years, a number of sporting events have been hijacked to propagate political messages. As India went about clinically demolishing Sri Lanka in the final group game of the cricket World Cup on Sunday, some headlines were stolen by an airplane dragging a couple of banners across […]

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Monday, June 24th, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE According to updated data on 24 June, there are 30 more matches to be played before semi-final.  The top four teams as at present viz. England, Australia, NZ and India have 13 games amongst themselves .  There are 17 more matches with all other teams. NZ and England have shown […]

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Sports – an important means of empowering people and bridging divides within societies – Ambassador Azeez tells the Human Rights Council

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nation Geneva Addressing the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) as the Chair of the 2018 HRC Social Forum, today, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez stressed that the Forum provided a platform for a vibrant multi-stakeholder dialogue. He said it brought together governments, intergovernmental […]

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Sanath Jayasuriya banned for two years for breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 Colombo, February 26 ( Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket for two years after admitting breaching two counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, admitted to being in breach of the following provisions of the Code Article 2.4.6 – […]

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Coach Should Not Be Blamed For Poor  Team Performance

Thursday, January 31st, 2019

Top spin by Suni 31st Jan 2019 Team fails so the coach is to blame? No Sir !! Not true at all. It’s the team that has failed in the face of its incapability to face  real fast bowling and the lack of good captaincy.The loss of Angelo Mathews surely becomes a pivotal point here. […]

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Korean Ambassdor and Kukkiwon Cup details

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018

Sports The Korean Ambassador’s and Kukkiwon Cup Taekwondo Championships 2018 were held from 15th to 20th December 2018 at the indoor Gym of Ministry of Sports and the Royal Mas arena, Royal college. It was the biggest scale Taekwondo Competition in Sri Lanka, along with around 2,000 Taekwondo competitors and officials. His Excellency Heon Lee, […]

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More umpires than spectators… Australia takes on Pakistan in cricket Test match – but NO ONE turns up to the 25,000 capacity Dubai stadium

Monday, October 8th, 2018

By BROOKE ROLFE FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA Courtesy Mail on Line There were Barren scenes at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday It was Australia’s first game back after the ball tampering scandal in March  A sole security guard stood watch on the stands despite them being empty  The Australian cricket team received a frosty reception in […]

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Friday, September 21st, 2018

By M D P DISSANAYAKE It was great to hear that Dilshan is contemplating full return to internatonal cricket, at least until the next world cup.  He will inject much needed skills to the game, hopefully bring back the glory of the game  to Sri Lanka. Some may criticise the window of opportunity to be […]

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Afghanistan knock Sri Lanka out of Asia Cup after upset win

Monday, September 17th, 2018

Courtesy ABU DHABI (AFP) –  Afghanistan continued their rise in international cricket with an upset 91-run win over Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Monday, knocking the former champions out of the Asia Cup. Sri Lanka needed to win the Group B match to stay in the tournament but were outwitted by smart batting from […]

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Chandimal  Appears To Be a  Victim of Paranoia  and Bias So What Else Is New ICC?

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Top Spin By Suni June 22nd 2018 Is the ICC overplaying their hand over the Dinesh Chandimal issue? Along with  administrators Hathurusingha and Gurusinha,  he has been charged with a level 3 offence which the ICC and its cohorts have been notorious for doing quite regularly in recent times as they appear trigger happy and […]

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Durham rugby player Thomas Howard’s Sri Lanka death unexplained

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Courtesy BBC Police in Sri Lanka are investigating whether drugs contributed to the death of a British amateur rugby player who died in the country. Thomas Howard, 25, from Durham and team-mate Thomas Baty, 26, died after visiting a nightclub in Colombo during a rugby tour. Post-mortem tests on Mr Howard found no injury or […]

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Probe begins into deaths of British rugby players

Tuesday, May 15th, 2018

Courtesy Gulf Times  A second visiting English amateur rugby player has died in a Sri Lankan hospital after visiting a night club and police are now investigating the circumstances, a spokesman said yesterday. Thomas Howard, 25, and Tom Baty, 26, developed breathing difficulties on Sunday morning after returning from the club in Colombo and were […]

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Sri Lanka to probe 2011 World Cup cricket defeat

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 Sri Lanka’s sports minister gave his support Wednesday for an investigation into the country’s controversial 2011 World Cup loss against India, amid fresh allegations of match fixing. The South Asian nation lost the World Cup decider by six wickets at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, stunning the cricket-mad island. Then Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara […]

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2011 World Cup Final: India vs Sri Lanka match was fixed, says Ranatunga

Friday, July 14th, 2017

Courtesy “I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt,” Ranatunga said. “We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final.” “I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry.” Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna […]

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Food For Thought for Sri Lanka Cricket

Friday, April 7th, 2017

Top Spin by Suni It certainly appears as though the Sri Lanka Cricket Board needs a complete cleanup and res-shuffle.. There definitely is  a felt need for good honest and dedicated people to run it not self centered egotistic deadbeats out to reap the benefits available, line their pockets surreptitiously and go on ego and […]

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The Realities Of The Dhammika Prasad Issue

Friday, October 28th, 2016

Top Spin by Suni – Oct 28th 2016 Sadly the realties of  Sri Lanka’s key strike bowler Dhammika Prasad who was injured during Sri Lanka’s tour of England last year seem to be somewhat misrepresented by some of the the media and sympathetic sources who seem to think he was given a raw deal which […]

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Sri Lanka’s Cricketing Shortcomings Quite Painful To Watch At Times!

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Top Spin By Suni Aug.31st 2016 This is indeed a bold topic as there is sufficient evidence to beleive Sri Lanka’s  cricketing shortcomings have been compounded by the inadequacies of the selection staff particularly at the highest level as Sri Lanka meanders into the loss column – painful to watch especially when a few key […]

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BCCI opposition to UDRS – irrational and unconvincing

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

Senaka WEERARATNA  UDRS It is time that Cricket lovers of India join hands with the rest of the Cricket loving world to drive home to the rather rigid mind set of the controllers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that their stance on opposing UDRSwithout good convincing reasons, make them appear ridiculous and silly in the eyes […]

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Why London Cricket Tamasha Was A Big Flop

Monday, June 27th, 2016

by Nirmala Kannangara Courtesy The Sunday Leader Cash-strapped Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is once again in the midst of much controversy, not least in the matter of the exorbitant expenditure on a fund-raising event in London which is alleged to have been a total flop. Amongst the allegations levelled against SLC is that the Cricket Board could […]

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Cricket: Sri Lanka and the world cup 2015

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

By Mario Perera, Kadawata What we are witnessing in New Zealand is a sad spectacle of Sri Lankan cricket. To put it succinctly, the national team is in shambles. If we look at the classification table, it is Australia and South Africa that head the list. Then come New Zealand, India. After them comes Pakistan. Then […]

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Have The Sri Lankans Lost Their Cricketing Marbles Or Is It Sheer Apathy ?

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Top Spin By Sunny May 29th 2014   There will be many excuses over this present performance by Sri Lanka in the Third ODI at Old Trafford. England have bowled out Sri Lanka for 67 on a decent batting strip so what are the excuses  pray tell ? Too much extra curricular activities ? ( who […]

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