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It takes two to tango. In cricketing parlance they say that fast bowlers hunt in pairs and opening batsmen work in pairs. Sri Lanka’s ailing sports environment could not have asked for a better pair than the appointments of Navin Dissanayake as Tourism and Sports Minister and Wasantha Senanayake as his deputy in the newly formed...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) enjoys a Parliamentary majority.  The party has all but elected the new President as its leader, the very same individual who ran against the candidate fielded by the SLFP.  The United National Party (UNP) has the second largest number of MPs (second by a large margin, note).

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

In the corridors of power in Sri Lanka, it is honeymoon time. In the first flush of victory, President Maithripala Sirisena is the man everyone wants to please. Mahinda Rajapaksa, seemingly invincible a few months ago, appears to be history as opponents and supporters rally around the new President.It is, of course, too early to...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The announcement by Surrey County CC on Friday that Sri Lanka’s prime batsman Kumar Sangakkara has signed a two-year contract with them for 2015 and 2016 does not bode well for the country’s cricket especially Test cricket where they would certainly require his experience and presence to guide them through a transition period where they have lost two other seasoned campaigners...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s defeat at the presidential election was not a surprise as the contest was always too close to call since the advent of President Maithripala Sirisena as the opposing candidate. Yet, it has left many asking the question ‘what went wrong?’  A simplistic explanation has been offered: Rajapaksa lost the election due to the vote against...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

Wickramabahu Karunaratne of the Nava Sama Samaaja Party (NSSP) has claimed that ‘the working class fulfilled a massive task’ in securing the victory of Maithripala Sirisena. What is implied here is that class consciousness was what compelled this particular populations segment to vote for Sirisena. ‘Bahu’ as usual inscribes a lot of ‘motive’ on the actions of all kinds of...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

In terms of popularity and viewership unarguably the ICC Cricket World Cup is the third largest sporting extravaganza in the world after FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics. So it is no surprise that cricketers tend to make use of this tournament as their swan song to bring an end to their international careers.

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka’s seventh presidential election, billed as too close to call ended in a somewhat anti-climactic fashion on Friday when Maithripala Sirisena was elected as the country’s sixth Executive President, securing 51.3 percent of the vote and defeating Mahinda Rajapaksa. The first results that came in, postal votes from the Ratnapura district put Rajapaksa ahead but then, Sirisena led in the...

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

A study done by economists and their findings from research published by the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society has renewed the debate on whether neutral umpiring is still required in Test matches following the success of the Decision Review System (DRS). Dr Ian Gregory-Smith from the University of Sheffield and Dr Abhinav Sacheti and Professor David Paton from...

Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka’s mostly closely contested presidential election will be held in four days. The campaign leading to the poll has had many twists and turns, right from the inception when incumbent President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena announced he would be running for office. With less than a hundred hours before voting begins, political observers, opinion polls and astrologers...

Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka’s seventh presidential election will be held in less than two weeks, but unfortunately campaigning for the contest to elect the country’s next Head of State has descended to a farce, with crossovers dominating the headlines and issues of importance being relegated to the small print. From all accounts, the election will be closely fought.

Full Article Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:00

Now it can be argued that Ranil Wickremesinghe was robbed, so to speak, both in 1999 and 2005.  In 1999 a close election went the incumbent’s way when she lost an eye in a terrorist attack, the resulting sympathy translating into a vote-sway.  Moreover, S.B. Dissanayake once claimed that he had ensured that 400,000 fydr Pkao (illegal votes) were cast in her favor.

Full Article Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:00

Sri Lanka will end 2014 as the country playing the largest number of Tests and One-Day Internationals for the calendar year. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was heavily criticized for cutting down on the number of Tests in 2013 to make way for more one-day matches namely Twenty20 and fifty overs. The criticism was justified because Sri Lanka played the least number of...

Full Article Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:00

The presidential elections will be held in less than three weeks but the so-called ‘minority’ political parties have kept everyone guessing as to who they would support among the two main contenders at the poll. It is a strategy that is confusing voters and creating panic in the major political parties.

Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00

Election Day is less than three weeks away.   Campaigns are gathering intensity.  Candidates and their supporters are falling over each other promising the sun, moon, stars and whatever else they think could please the voter.  They all talk about a clean society and don’t seem to mind the dirty friends that surround them.  They talk of a new political culture...

Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00

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