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So the long wait is over. Sri Lanka has now laid their hands on another piece of World Cup silverware by winning the fifth edition of the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh defeating familiar foe India in the final rather emphatically by six wickets with 13 balls to spare at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Dhaka.
To be able to savour...

Full Article Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00

The decision taken by the Sri Lanka team in consultation with the national selectors to leave out officially appointed T20I captain Dinesh Chandimal from the World T20 semi-final against West Indies was done with the best interest of the team.The focus of the team is to win another World Cup and the team management with the national selectors are leaving...

Full Article Saturday, 05 April 2014 19:17

The results of the Provincial Council elections held last Saturday in the Western and Southern provinces held no great surprises with the ruling United Peoples’ Freedom Alliance (UPFA) emerging winners. Yet, they contained some significant messages for all leading political parties.That the UPFA would win the polls was a foregone conclusion.

Full Article Sunday, 06 April 2014 00:00

For Sri Lanka, the only relevant resolution at this year’s UNHRC sessions is the one tabled by the United States of America.  It is relevant because it was on (read ‘against’) Sri Lanka.  If, however, the world is serious about the UNHRC and therefore whatever resolutions are tabled, voted on, adopted or rejected, then we would see decent coverage in

Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

It is not the first time that England has complained and it won’t be the last. It is something embedded into their system that whenever things don’t go well for them, they always look for excuses outside the team.So England T20 captain, Stuart Broad’s outburst was no surprise after they were beaten by New Zealand under the...

Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

After much international deliberation and local consternation, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has adopted a United States led resolution that demands an international inquiry into alleged war crimes and human rights abuses in Sri Lanka during the last phases of the Eelam war.In a sense, this outcome is hardly newsworthy: this was always expected and unlike in the

Full Article Sunday, 30 March 2014 00:00

It is pathetic, to say the least, when media rights advocates stretch and strain to scratch out some logic when they come out to defend their friends.  The Sri Lanka Working Journalists Association, the Free Media Movement, and the Federation of Media Employees’ Trade Unions are up in arms about the arrest of two persons who have nothing to do with the

Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00

Come Saturday and the Western and Southern provinces will go to the polls to elect their provincial councilors, an election that has attracted much attention if only for the ‘star’ quality of its candidates in the absence of any other factor that will crucially alter the balance of power in Colombo or the province.That the poll will be held on

Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00

Even before the tournament proper could get underway the ICC associate member countries have provided the initial shocks to the fifth edition of the World Twenty20 with Netherlands causing the biggest upset of all by qualifying for the Super Ten ahead of countries like Test playing nation Zimbabwe and Ireland, one of the strongest associate member nations. 

Full Article Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00

Only a mother who has lost a child can fathom the grief of a woman who has lost her son.  Balendra Jeyakumari is not a mother who lost a son. She’s a mother who lost three sons.  That’s not three-times the grief.  It is unfathomable grief.  This side of death, whatever closure is possible can only be wrought from

Full Article Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

The attention of the rest of the world is focused on Sri Lanka’s fate at the upcoming United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) sessions in Geneva, where the United States is furiously lobbying support among other nations for its anti-Sri Lanka resolution.

Full Article Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

There are no words that can express the joy of winning a tournament and if you have to wait for it for as long as six years the celebrations can be momentous. So when Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup in Bangladesh beating Pakistan in the final, Sri Lanka Cricket gave the national team a right royal welcome by parading...

Full Article Sunday, 16 March 2014 00:00

St Anthony’s College, Katugastota although having a disappointing season, will surely be happy with some of their young players performing exceptionally well.  As a team they have not been able to produce the results that they would like to as they could only manage four first innings wins. However, those four victories came against, three top teams in Colombo;...

Full Article Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:00

There is a common saying, “you can’t keep a good man down”. If that can be interpreted with a slight difference “you can’t keep a good team down” that saying would aptly suit the Australian cricket team.Not so long ago their cricket seemed to be in the dumps so to say when India whitewashed them 4-0 in India and it...

Full Article Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:00

It is rarely that the Sri Lankan Parliament endorses new legislation with unanimity. In a country strongly divided on party lines such bipartisanship usually signifies a special need. It happened a few years ago when the Seventeenth Amendment to the Constitution was introduced. It also happened a few weeks ago.

Full Article Sunday, 09 March 2014 00:00

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