What’s Happening to Cricket?- By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando   Everyone in Sri Lanka, from children to grown-ups, know about cricket. Though volleyball is known as Sri Lanka’s national game, cricket took its place due to its popularity. There was a time when even Kussi Ammas were engrossed in the game whenever cricket matches appeared on TV screens.  When players such as Duleep Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Roshan Mahanama, Bandula Warnapura, Sanath Jayasuriya, Brenden Kuruppu or Arjuna Ranatunge batted, crowds were enthusiastic. The game’s enthusiasm peaked when Arjuna Ranatunge won the world cup in 1996. Cricket is a pitch and tosses game, where one team wins today and the rivals win tomorrow.  The rule book says that players must act on numerous regulations and disciplinary codes vested upon the umpires, captains, and the Governing bodies. The game needs to be played according to the game’s rules and within the spirit of ...

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Rekindling memories of Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test – 40 years on-By Dion Schoorman Ranjan Madugalle top scored in the first innings with 65 runs and added 99 runs for the fifth wicket with Ranatunga as Sri Lanka recovered after a poor start. Source:Island Today, 17th February, is the 40th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match and marked a special milestone in the history of Sri Lankan cricket. That game against England began at the Colombo Oval on 17th February 1982. On the day of the inaugural Test, the country came to a virtual standstill, with everyone being at the game, including the then-President J. R. Jayewardene, Senior Minister and Cricket Board President Gamini Dissanayake and almost the entire Cabinet (of course the cabinet was not nearly as big as the present day!). Cricket administrators from around the world and former Sri Lankan ‘greats’ were all assembled in the main ...

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World Teachers’ Day – 5th October 2020 – more appreciations-by Manilka Wijesooriya Source:Stcobasydney We have dedicated the past month on teacher tributes as a lead up this commemorative day. We bring you 4 more ‘back-to-back’ appreciations on Mr. Brookie D’Silva, Mr. Rajan Asirwatham, Mr. S.J. Anandanayagam and Mr. George Ponniah The Prep School song includes the lyrics “we will cherish the days of our youthful years, to the life that lies before us”.  In another great song, from Rev. Boyer Yin, we have the lyrics, “We’ll always remember, wherever we may be, the school of our boy-hood, the school by the sea. And we always will cherish the friendships fine and free, that we made at Saint Thomas’, the school by the sea.” These lyrics come to mind as I write, our youthful years and beyond, we revered our teachers who were our mentors and became our friends. I searched ...

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Beware of Dulla-by Rex Clementine Source:Island Amal Silva spoke little English those days. During the Lord’s Test in 1984, when Ian Botham said not so complementary things about Amal’s mother, the opening bat was asking the non-striker and captain Duleep Mendis what’s going on. Both Moratuwa boys, they were playing contrasting knocks. Amal took 255 balls for his hundred while Duleep raced to 94 in 97 balls. The latter was dealing in boundaries particularly targeting Mr. Botham. That the golden boy of English cricket ended up bowling off-spin in that game is a little known fact. That’s Duleep. Never cross his path. Well, the Sri Lankan cricket team will be crossing his path in a fortnight’s time. They take on Oman in two T-20 Internationals, a side coached by Duleep. One thing is absolutely certain, Duleep will be prepared for this challenge. He would have studied every Sri Lankan player; ...

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Cricket’s greatest is 85 today-by Rex Clementine Source:Island Sir Don Bradman called him the ‘greatest cricketing being to have ever walked the earth,’ and in Sri Lanka, he is considered as someone who shaped the careers of many players. Sir Garry Sobers turns 85 today. He was hired by the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka in 1980s and his influence benefited a young cricket team to rub shoulders with formidable opponents of the game. Sir Garry accompanied the team to a couple of tours to England, including the 1983 World Cup. It is a well known secret that Sir Garry had handpicked Arjuna Ranatunga during the early days. But Arjuna lost his place in the side. When Sir Garry returned, one of the first things that he insisted on was having Arjuna back in the side. ...

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When Sri Lanka defeated India before gaining ICC status-by Chris Dhambarage Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka’s quest to attain the elusive ICC Test status received a huge boost when they pulled off one of the biggest upsets in limited overs cricket on this day, exactly 42 years ago. Sri Lanka, as an Associate Member had the satisfaction of defeating the star-studded Indian Team by a convincing margin of 47 runs in the second edition of the Prudential World Cup match at Old Trafford on June 18, 1979. This was also the only game, which was won by an Associate Member of the ICC in this World Cup, which was eventually won by the West Indies for the second successive occasion. ...

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Remembering Aubrey Kuruppu, the all-rounder-by Upananda Jayasundera Aubrey Kuruppu Pic by Upananda Jayasundera, Kandy Sports Special Corr Source:Dailynews The late Aubrey Kuruppu, an old boy of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia was a talented cricketer, coach, commentator and sports writer who obtained a Degree at the University of Peradeniya and ended up as a Lecturer of the English Department of the University of Peradeniya for more than three decades. Aubrey passed away nearly two years back and his death is a great loss for cricket lovers. He was in the school cricket team and was involved in the staff cricket team of the University for a number of years. ...

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Our tactics in 1996 caught opponents off guard-by Duleep Mendis Duleep Mendis with captain Arjuna Ranatunga  and deputy Aravinda  de Silva.  Source:Island Today is a special day for every Sri Lankan who knows his/her cricket. It was on this day 25-years-ago we won the Cricket World Cup at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore beating the fancied Australia in the final. Mark Taylor’s side were favourites to win or so everyone thought.  This day brings back a lot of good memories and pride when I think about the final and how the boys played the whole tournament in 1996. I will not be overstating if I say Sri Lanka changed the way one-day cricket was played with their innovative style and approach. ...

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Asgiriy, the only international Test venue owned by a school-by Hafiz Marikar Asgiriya International Stadium This article is about the cricket ground in Kandy , a ground that has helped cricket in a big way. This ground has hosted a number of significant cricket matches. It is the Asgiriya International Stadium in the heart of Sri Lanka’s hill-country, which is the home ground of Trinity College. The ground is considered as one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. Great cricketers and legends have played at Asgiriya Grounds which is now called as Asgiriya. The stadium continues to be internationally famous. This ground is owned by Trinity College and has helped almost all the schools in Kandy. Every school used this grounds for ‘Big Matches’ and even for sports meets and hockey matches at a very nominal fee. Even the Kandy cricket playing clubs were looked after and ...

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Cricket stars from St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia  Source:STC Old Boys Association This article is written by an invited author. If you also want to write articles with us, visit our Invited Writers Forum. Provide Articles Mount Lavinia St. Thomas’ College is a school that has gifted many talented players to the Sri Lankan cricket team. St. Thomas’ College produced six Test cricketers and one ODI and 20/20 cricketers during the period 1975-2020. Especially in the 70’s and 80’s, St. Thomas’ College produced superstar cricket stars, but that did not happen in later times. For the past 32 years, the school has produced only one Test player. 70s In the 70’s, the Sri Lankan team participated in two ODI World Cups. Michael Tissera, Anura Tennakoon, Duleep Mendis and Mevan Peiris, who represented Sri Lanka in those tournaments, had studied the four Zips at St. Thomas’ College. Anura Tennakoon Anura Tennakoon ...

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