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Crossovers have been part and parcel of Sri Lanka’s political journey since gaining independence. Indeed, it was S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike’s crossover from the United National Party (UNP) to form the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) that gave rise to an effective two party system in the country.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

Over the past one month or so the International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared as many as five bowlers after banning them for bowling illegal deliveries in international cricket. That includes Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Sachitra Senanayake, New Zealand spinner Kane Williamson, Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya, Bangladesh medium-pacer Al-Amin Hossain and Bermuda off-spinner Allan Douglas.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

If Sri Lanka is to win another cricket World Cup they will need to come with a new strategy like the one they adopted in 1996 when they caught the cricket world by complete surprise with their pinch hitting making maximum use of the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs when a fielding side could have only two men outside the 30-yard circle.

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

The ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) was taken by surprise when the General Secretary of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Maithripala Sirisena emerged as the ‘common’ candidate for the opposition for the presidential elections, but it is now formulating its response. It is no secret that the UPFA was counting on the opposition offering United National...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri is better known by a nickname he earned as an undergraduate, ‘Vamaa’, translatable as ‘Lefty’. Whether or not this had anything to do with ideological preferences, Nirmal has certainly been fascinated with Left politics. Indeed, to the extent that left-right distinction is still valid in Marxian and subjective terms (read self-identified) Nirmal is still ‘Left’. Perhaps this...

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

The tragic death of Australian Test and ODI opener Phil Hughes at the age of 25 after being struck behind his left ear by a bouncer from Sean Abbot in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday is bound to raise questions and bring about a debate on the use of bouncers in cricket.

Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

The announcement by Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) General Secretary Mathripala Sirisena that he would run against President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the presidential election on January 8 came as a surprise to many and was also a rude shock to the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The contest is taking shape since the battle lines have been...

Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

After weeks of speculation, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) left the government this week announcing that they would function as an independent group in Parliament. Cabinet minister Champika Ranawaka and Provincial minister Udaya Gammanpila also resigned their portfolios. The decision was meant to put an end to much political intrigue where many felt that the JHU would, in fact,...

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

How embarrassing it must be for the ICC to have its no. 1 and 2 ranked bowlers in one-day international cricket reported for chucking and banned.Off-spinners Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and Sunil Narine of West Indies are one-two in the ICC ODI bowling rankings who have been banned from bowling in cricket until their actions have been cleared by the ICC’s Performance Centre.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

Issues related to President Mahinda Rajapaksa running for a third term of office was settled this week when the Supreme Court decided he could do so, even as former Chief Justice Sarath Silva lamented that, with the decision of the country’s highest court now known, ‘nothing more could be done’.  The opposition is still engaged in its search for the...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Tilvin Silva of the JVP made an interesting point at the commemoration of comrades slain in 1988-89: ‘Mahinda has already run half the race.’  The constitution favors incumbent.  Authorities turn a blind eye on the abuse of state resources and indeed the institutional arrangement is so poor in terms of checks and balances that this is a ‘given’.  Citizens have, sadly,...

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

To score a double century in one-day internationals was at one time thought to be every cricketer’s dream, but no longer. The advent of Twenty20 cricket has made scoring 300 plus runs in a day in a Test match, 400 runs in a fifty-over ODI and double centuries in an ODI not a possibility but a formality.

Full Article Sunday, 16 November 2014 00:00

Twenty-five years ago a man was killed. He was one of some 60,000 who had been killed in those gruesome days of the late eighties. It is reported that he had been tortured and shot. It is reported that he was still alive when he was tossed into the incinerator at the General Cemetery, Borella. This was at the tail end...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

The rumblings of dissent within the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA), instigated mostly by the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) pale into insignificance in comparison to those that are being now felt in the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) which is in the throes of another crisis.Hopes of the UNP faithful and indeed, for...

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

To be appointed captain of the ICC Test team of the year for 2014 ahead of such current proven leaders as Michael Clarke, Misbah-ul-Haq, Alastair Cook and Mahendra Singh Dhoni is indeed an honour bestowed on the young shoulders of Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka Test and ODI captain.

Full Article Sunday, 09 November 2014 00:00

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