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In a move that caught many by surprise the government last week announced it was appointing three ‘international experts’ to advise the Presidential Commission to Investigate Complaints Regarding Missing Persons. It is a step that calls into question the government’s long-term stance on the issue.The announcement itself was a low-key affair. It was attributed to an unnamed

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

Much of the sheen was taken off from South Africa’s 153-run win over Sri Lanka in the first Test played at Galle following the ball tampering incident that involved fast bowler Vernon Philander who admitted to the offence and was docked 75 percent of his match fee by the ICC.The incident took place on the third afternoon where umpires viewing television...

Full Article Sunday, 27 July 2014 00:00

The public spat between United National Party (UNP) parliamentarian Harin Fernando and ex-UNPer and now Chief Minister of the North Western Province Dayasiri Jayasekera during a television talk show last week highlights the changing trends in the local political landscape.Such incidents are not entirely new. There is the anecdote of how M. S. Themis, returned to Parliament after the 1956...

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

There is always a sense of sadness when a sportsman who has been in the limelight for a long time retires. When that someone is Mahela Jayawardene it becomes a sadness that is even harder to swallow. Cricket is a game of personalities and Jayawardene personified every inch of it during the 18 years he has bestrode the cricket world.

Full Article Sunday, 20 July 2014 00:00

That the ‘Big Three’ as they are dubbed – India, Australia and England will no doubt take a major share of the spoils and call the shots at future International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings is plain to see from the ICC media release on July 1 that launched the tender process for the sale of media rights for ICC events for the next eight...

Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

South African Vice-President Cyril Ramaphosa this week joined a long list of special envoys tasked with bringing about lasting peace in Sri Lanka through ethnic reconciliation and arrived in the country on Monday, generating a domestic political controversy in the process.Peace envoys for Sri Lanka have been many and have come from different continents.

Full Article Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

The communal fires at Aluthgama may have been doused but Sri Lanka faces an uphill task in convincing the rest of the world that its ethnic issues are being redressed, as the country gears for an inquiry by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).The riots at Aluthgama could not have come at a worse time for the government

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

Yesterday some of the greatest cricketers descended at Lord’s Cricket Ground to celebrate the 200th anniversary of this hallowed venue in a one-day fifty-over match between the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) captained by Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-getter in the game’s history and the Rest of the World XI led by Shane Warne, dubbed the Sheikh of Tweak.

Full Article Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

The Sri Lankan cricketers are hardly associated with the term ‘sledging’ although they have been at the receiving end of some, from opponents in the past.
The recently concluded two-Test series in England, saw the Lankan cricketers at their best chirping away at their opponents and eventually come out victorious.
Cricketers don’t demand sledging to...

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

The events of the past few weeks culminating in racial riots in Aluthgama that left at least two persons dead has brought into focus the changing role of the Buddhist clergy in national politics. This also comes at a time when two Buddhist monks are seeking to become presidential candidates.In the limelight is Galagoda aththe Gnanasaara Thera, the

Full Article Sunday, 29 June 2014 00:00

Rangana Herath is not alone in walking after he had gloved a ball off his hand that was not in contact with the bat and ruled himself out.The incident happened during the final hours of the fifth day at Lord’s against England when Sri Lanka was desperately trying to save the Test.Had Sri Lanka lost - Herath would have become the...

Full Article Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

The recent events at Aluthgama where a minor incident flared into racial riots that left two people dead, dozens injured and many properties burnt to the ground are a sinister sign that ethnic harmony in the country is a distant dream at this point in time.Many questions are being asked about the incident itself, the most pertinent among them

Full Article Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:00

The reporting of Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Sachitra Senanayake for a suspect bowling action by ICC match officials during the five-match one-day international series against England once again brings to light the big question of why bowlers wear long sleeve shirts when bowling.The laws of the game does not ban bowlers from wearing that attire but it only raises suspicions...

Full Article Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

The next battle of Sri Lanka’s war with the United Nations Human Rights Councils (UNHRC) began this week with the UN agency informing the Sri Lankan government that an international panel has been appointed to inquire into alleged war crimes allegations in Sri Lanka.Colombo has been informed that Sylvia Cartwright, a former Governor General of New Zealand and Sandra Beidas,

Full Article Sunday, 15 June 2014 00:00

England should be the last country to talk about the spirit of cricket.England captain Alastair Cook expressed his disappointment at his rival captain Angelo Mathews’ decision to run out Jos Butler during the England innings of the series deciding fifth and final one-day international at Edgbaston.Butler in the previous match had become something like an overnight hero for England after...

Full Article Sunday, 08 June 2014 00:00

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