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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

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

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 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

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

Cricket may be the Number One sport in many countries, especially Asia but not so in England where the seeds of the game were first sown. Today cricket takes second place in the newspapers to soccer.The build-up presently is for the soccer World Cup 2014 where a majority of the sports pages are devoted to.
World Cup football happens only...

Full Article Sunday, 01 June 2014 00:00

The whole exercise of succeeding in England especially when you are touring in the early part of the summer like the Sri Lankan cricketers are doing is apart from adjusting to the frequently changing weather conditions and green top pitches is to encounter the English Duke ball successfully.Like most subcontinent teams Sri Lanka hardly use the Duke ball during their home internationals or domestic matches. The ball that is frequently used is the Australian Kookaburra or the Indian SG.

Full Article Sunday, 25 May 2014 00:00

The shocking revelation by former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the game’s governing body that 12 games around the world involved fixing and at least six players were involved in corruption between 2008 and 2012 is the latest betting scandal to engulf the sport.
Cricket has long been besmirched by cheats and rogues and Vincent’s ‘confessions’...

Full Article Sunday, 18 May 2014 00:00

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