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It is a sad state of affairs of what is happening in the Caribbean. A West Indies team abandoning a cricket tour of an ICC full member country is something that you never hear of. But sadly it has happened with Dwayne Bravo’s West Indians returning home after fulfilling only half the fixtures they were due to play on their...

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

A European court lifting the proscription on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) this week has generated a political storm but the implications of the verdict should not be taken lightly because it allows the terrorist group to regroup and reorganize and potentially threaten Sri Lanka again.The decision runs counter to the ‘zero tolerance’ policy towards terrorism in whatever

Full Article Sunday, 26 October 2014 00:00

The telltale signs are there: President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s visit to the North, a reduction in electricity tariffs, the United National Party (UNP) announcing a ‘Group of 20’ to run election campaigns and the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) proposing constitutional amendments.These events only point towards one outcome and that is the announcement of a presidential election, expected on November 20,

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

Dayan Jayatilleka in an article published in the Colombo Telegraph (How a weak opposition could still play it smart) offers that the Opposition is actually helping President Mahinda Rajapaksa secure a third term. He claims that the Opposition has picked the wrong slogan, that of ‘constitutional change’ when ‘it has little prospect of acting as a rallying cry among millions

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The latest controversy to hit the universal game of cricket was Australian Steve Smith’s brilliant piece of anticipatory fielding to sprint from slip to take a catch on the leg side in the third one-day international against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, an incident that sparked off a raging debate about the legality of the dismissal.

Full Article Sunday, 19 October 2014 00:00

The country that sought ways and means to ban the greatest spin bowler the game of cricket has ever produced is now seeking his assistance to help them defeat Pakistan in the ongoing series in UAE.It was quite amusing to see Muttiah Muralitharan dressed in the Australian training kit and seated along with the other Australian support staff and...

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

The political discourse in the country currently revolves around the next presidential elections, expected early next year, sandwiched between Christmas and the papal visit on January 13. Invariably, however, these discussions end in one topic: the so-called ‘common candidate’.The ‘common candidate’ was mooted a few months ago by several opposition and non-governmental groups

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

The revelations by the website Colombo Telegraph pointing to fraud and deceit by the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA) in an article titled ‘Exposé: Center for Policy Alternatives defrauded and hoodwinked donors,’ (see page 5) are serious and damaging to say the least.   Obtaining funds from multiple donors for a single project, submitting invoices for workshops never held, double-billing and entering non-p

Full Article Sunday, 12 October 2014 00:00

Want to win a gold medal? Then invite the Sri Lanka cricket team to participate. It seems that cricket is the only sport Sri Lanka are capable of getting anywhere close to winning a gold medal on the world stage as the standards of other sport have today gradually eroded to a point that we have become just also-rans.

Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

The imprisonment of Jayalalithaa Jayaram, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu last week sent shockwaves through the Indian political establishment. If there were some celebrations in Colombo for the same reason, perhaps they could be excused because of Jayalalithaa’s hostile attitude towards Sri Lanka.The day after the verdict was announced and Jayalalithaa was jailed, there was turmoil in

Full Article Sunday, 05 October 2014 00:00

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

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