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The appointment of former captain Marvan Atapattu as head coach may not have satisfied the entire hierarchy of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) but it made one thing quite clear that Sri Lanka had at least moved away from the obsession of appointing foreign coaches for the national cricket team.There was a time when foreign coaches were needed to help sustain...

Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00

The results sheet of the 2014 Uva Provincial Council polls will indicate that the ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) won and that the opposition United National Party (UNP) came second but in reality, there were only losers in this election.
It was President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s and the ruling party’s intention to record a rollicking victory in Uva and then

Full Article Sunday, 28 September 2014 00:00

Ever since interim committees became a common feature of Sri Lanka Cricket politicians and politics have become part and parcel of this much loved sport which is the only one the country can boast of competing internationally and emerging a winner.It is the sport where the entire nation’s interest lies and one that continuously brings in a...

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Five years after the end of the Eelam War, the major constituent party of the country’s principal Tamil political grouping, the Illankai Tamil Arasu Kachchi (ITAK) last week passed a resolution at its annual convention in Vavuniya again calling for the merger of the Northern and Eastern Provinces.The move represents a significant shift in the stance of the ITAK, the

Full Article Sunday, 21 September 2014 00:00

Squabbling officials are pushing the game of cricket towards the appointment of another interim committee to administer the affairs of the game.
An interim committee, to run the sport that is nationally popular and universally of world class, is the last thing that cricket needs.It is a sad state of affairs that when the country’s cricketers are performing exceptionally well...

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Next Saturday, the otherwise almost forgotten Uva province, home to the Badulla and Moneragala districts, will go to the polls to elect its provincial councilors. It is an election that is supposed to be a barometer of public opinion before the presidential and general elections that are expected next year.

Full Article Sunday, 14 September 2014 00:00

Nimalka Fernando asked an interesting question when Thilini was arrested by the Police. Thilini is the woman who responded to alleged lewd remarks by a person called Selva by slapping him repeatedly (all caught on camera). Nimalka asked if the police arrest all men who beat up women.Now a situation of domestic abuse is more complicated that an insulted

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

Last week, the main Tamil political party, the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) resurrected a practice that had been the norm before the current Indian government came into office: rushing to New Delhi to meet the Indian Prime Minister and air their grievances against the administration in Colombo.

Full Article Sunday, 07 September 2014 00:00

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has gone on a witch-hunt to crack down on off-spin bowlers after receiving the green light from its cricket committee in June which was of the view that “there are a number of bowlers currently employing suspect actions in international cricket, and that the ICC’s reporting and testing procedures are not adequately scrutinising these bowlers”.

Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

There is a buzz in political circles about the fortunes of the main opposition party, the United National Party (UNP) in view of speculation that party leader Ranil Wickremesinghe and Sajith Premadasa will end their long-running dispute and that the latter will be appointed as the deputy leader of the party.What is known is that the two leaders, who

Full Article Sunday, 31 August 2014 00:00

There are parties and there are coalitions.  We’ve seen both rise and fall, falter and prosper.  There are party candidates and there are common candidates. We’ve seen both types and both have tasted success and failure.  
Common fronts were not uncommon in the period before J R Jayewardene came up with the Second Republican Constitution in 1978 with proportional representation,

Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

The announcement by the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’ (BBS) that it could field a presidential candidate at the next elections has sent speculation sky high that the controversial organization is finally revealing its agenda and stating its political ambitions.
The statement that the BBS would field a candidate ‘if necessary’ was made by Galagoda-aththe Gnanasaara Thera, the controversial monk

Full Article Sunday, 24 August 2014 00:00

The sudden death of a doctor while undergoing cosmetic surgery has raised serious concerns regarding the licensing of medical specialists in the country and is an issue which requires urgent remedial measures.
The death occurred during preparation for cosmetic surgery at a private clinic by a doctor who claimed to be a “specialist”. These credentials are now being questioned:

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

Having lived in the shadow of the great Muthiah Muralitharan for the best part of 11 years Rangana Herath is making the most of it in the late years of his career being the spearhead of the Sri Lanka bowling attack.The victories for Sri Lanka may not be coming as fast and thick as when Muralitharan was at the height of his career.

Full Article Sunday, 17 August 2014 00:00

All good things must come to an end, so the saying goes and Mahela Jayawardene truly one of the modern time greats making his farewell series appearance in Test cricket was given a memorable send off at Galle, a venue where he has accumulated the second largest number of Test runs in the history of the game.

Full Article Sunday, 10 August 2014 00:00

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