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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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Any Attempts by Tamil Tiger ‘Rump’ To Disrupt The Lankan Cricket Tour Of The UK Must Be Nipped In The Bud As An Act Of Terrorism

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Top Spin By Suni May 1st 2011 They tried it once in Canada in the not too distant past failin  miserably nonetheless and there are terrorism analysts who believe that the vicious attack on the Sri Lankan Cricket Tour Bus in Lahore, Pakistan was also linked to Tamil tiger terrorism and now they seem to be attempting it […]

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Hashan Tillekeratne’s Accusations In True Perspective As Dangerous and Self Incriminating.

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Top Spin By Suni April 29th 2011 There are some who carrry their post performance days in International sports in dignity, decorum and grace and then there are others with pent up frustrations and politically motivated malice who turn up in their true colours casting aside every bit of class and decorum they acquired as part […]

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A Dying Art of one time Gentlemen’s Game

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Piyal Samarakone – Dubai We may witness the disappearance of the Test Cricket with in our life time which was first played in 1877 as international sporting event and after well over a century known as Englishmen’s sport with more than 10 recognized top-level playing nations embraced into the game today face the same fate […]

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Sangakkara’s blunders

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

 Ananda De Costa Sangakkara is overrated as a captain, especially with regard to his intelligence. He was quick to blame fielding for the loss against New Zealand. He should learn to accept his own mistakes and not to blame others. The following bowling figures are the proof of his big mistakes and lack of quick […]

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