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Today, Colombo, Sri Lanka

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It takes two to tango. In cricketing parlance they say that fast bowlers hunt in pairs and opening batsmen work in pairs. Sri Lanka’s ailing sports environment could not have asked for a better pair than the appointments of Navin Dissanayake as Tourism and Sports Minister and Wasantha Senanayake as his deputy in the newly formed...

Full Article Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

The announcement by Surrey County CC on Friday that Sri Lanka’s prime batsman Kumar Sangakkara has signed a two-year contract with them for 2015 and 2016 does not bode well for the country’s cricket especially Test cricket where they would certainly require his experience and presence to guide them through a transition period where they have lost two other seasoned campaigners...

Full Article Sunday, 18 January 2015 00:00

In terms of popularity and viewership unarguably the ICC Cricket World Cup is the third largest sporting extravaganza in the world after FIFA World Cup and the Summer Olympics. So it is no surprise that cricketers tend to make use of this tournament as their swan song to bring an end to their international careers.

Full Article Sunday, 11 January 2015 00:00

A study done by economists and their findings from research published by the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society has renewed the debate on whether neutral umpiring is still required in Test matches following the success of the Decision Review System (DRS). Dr Ian Gregory-Smith from the University of Sheffield and Dr Abhinav Sacheti and Professor David Paton from...

Full Article Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

Sri Lanka will end 2014 as the country playing the largest number of Tests and One-Day Internationals for the calendar year. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) was heavily criticized for cutting down on the number of Tests in 2013 to make way for more one-day matches namely Twenty20 and fifty overs. The criticism was justified because Sri Lanka played the least number of...

Full Article Sunday, 28 December 2014 00:00

Will our batting legends Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara end their illustrious international cricket careers on a high? They are due to sign off from the international scene at the end of the 2015 Cricket World Cup which will be held in Australia and New Zealand from February 14 to March 29 although there are news floating around that Sangakkara could extend his...

Full Article Sunday, 21 December 2014 00:00

Over the past one month or so the International Cricket Council (ICC) has cleared as many as five bowlers after banning them for bowling illegal deliveries in international cricket. That includes Sri Lanka’s off-spinner Sachitra Senanayake, New Zealand spinner Kane Williamson, Zimbabwe off-spinner Prosper Utseya, Bangladesh medium-pacer Al-Amin Hossain and Bermuda off-spinner Allan Douglas.

Full Article Sunday, 14 December 2014 00:00

If Sri Lanka is to win another cricket World Cup they will need to come with a new strategy like the one they adopted in 1996 when they caught the cricket world by complete surprise with their pinch hitting making maximum use of the fielding restrictions in the first 15 overs when a fielding side could have only two men outside the 30-yard circle.

Full Article Sunday, 07 December 2014 00:00

The tragic death of Australian Test and ODI opener Phil Hughes at the age of 25 after being struck behind his left ear by a bouncer from Sean Abbot in a Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and New South Wales at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday is bound to raise questions and bring about a debate on the use of bouncers in cricket.

Full Article Sunday, 30 November 2014 00:00

How embarrassing it must be for the ICC to have its no. 1 and 2 ranked bowlers in one-day international cricket reported for chucking and banned.Off-spinners Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan and Sunil Narine of West Indies are one-two in the ICC ODI bowling rankings who have been banned from bowling in cricket until their actions have been cleared by the ICC’s Performance Centre.

Full Article Sunday, 23 November 2014 00:00

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