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It seems the only way maverick Kevin Pietersen has a faint hope of gaining selection to the England squad is for England to fare badly against New Zealand and in the Ashes series against Australia. Defeats would certainly pile on the pressure and bring about a public outcry for Pietersen’s return.

Full Article Saturday, 16 May 2015 00:00

The recent meeting between Sri Lanka and the International Cricket Council (ICC) in Dubai has helped to clear the air and ensure that cricket in this country is not under any threat of suspension or financial disaster. Navin Dissanayake whilst visiting the Arabian Travel Mart in Dubai as the Minister of Tourism and Sports took the...

Full Article Saturday, 09 May 2015 00:00

What Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) requires today is something similar to the 19th Amendment to put all its ills right. The passing of the 19th Amendment draft bill in parliament last Tuesday brought great relief to the people of Sri Lanka for it allowed them the freedom to become free citizens instead of living under a cloud of uncertainty and threat throughout their lives.

Full Article Saturday, 02 May 2015 00:00

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has taken decisions in the past that has earned them the tag of “toothless tiger” more often than not. So by denying one of its full members Sri Lanka a seat at their last Board meeting held in Dubai by reducing them to observer status - a position that was totally unacceptable to...

Full Article Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Since taking over as the Minister of Tourism and Sports of the present government three months ago Navin Dissanayake faces his greatest challenge in trying to convince the International Cricket Council (ICC) as to why he has appointed an interim committee to administer the affairs of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for an indefinite period.

Full Article Saturday, 18 April 2015 00:00

Tamil Union Cricket & Athletic Club, a club steeped in tradition and with a history of 116 years has been in the news in recent times, the latest occasion being the stunning bowling performance of Chanaka Welegedera, the Sri Lanka left-arm quick who returned the amazing figures of 4-2-2-4, to equal the world record for the most economical four-over T20 spell in domestic cricket.

Full Article Saturday, 11 April 2015 00:00

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand where Sri Lanka thrashed England by nine wickets last Sunday to ensure their place in the 2015 Cricket World Cup quarter-finals is not only famous for its rugby and cricket, but it gained worldwide fame and popularity when it was used as the hub for the movie trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’ during...

Full Article Sunday, 08 March 2015 00:00

Dunedin is New Zealand’s largest city by area and arguably the most spectacular in terms of contrasting landscapes. One of the striking features when you enter Dunedin is the Otago University with its various buildings built in a vast area covering 100,000 acres of land. Part of this vast expanse is the University Oval, a sports ground located at Logan Park...

Full Article Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

International cricket would not have heard of the picturesque Hagley Oval (situated in the heart of Christchurch) that hosted the opening match of the 2015 Cricket World Cup between Sri Lanka and New Zealand had it not been for the two earthquakes that devastated the town and caused extensive damage to Lancaster Park, the former venue for international matches played at Canterbury.

Full Article Sunday, 15 February 2015 00:00

For the next seven weeks starting from Saturday February 14 all eyes will be focused on the 11th edition of the ICC’s Cricket World Cup that will be hosted by Australia and New Zealand. This World Cup according to reports is going to be the most-watched sporting event in the world with broadcast reaching out to approximately 2.5 billion viewers across 200 countries.

Full Article Sunday, 08 February 2015 00:00

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