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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STEVE SMITH ECLIPSES SANGAKKARA’S RECORD OF FASTEST TO 8000 TEST RUNS BY REACHING THE MILESTONE IN THE 151st INNINGS- by Sunil Thenabadu   Source:info-rain.com Steve Smith breaks Sangakkara’s record Steve Smith’s legacy as a Test great continues to grow. When Australia’s number four reached seven in the second innings of the third Test against Pakistan, Smith became the fastest man to 8,000 runs, reaching the milestone in his 151st innings. Smith eclipsed Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara, who reached the mark in his 152nd innings. ...

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Shane Warne – A cricketing genius – by Sanjeewa Jayaweera   Source:island.lk There are great cricketers for whom cricket lovers worldwide have a feeling of deep affection and respect. This feeling of affection is unique in that it is while they are still playing international cricket, scoring runs and taking wickets even against the team you support and not when retired from the game. There is not even a whiff of controversy surrounding such cricketers either in terms of how they conduct themselves on the cricket field or outside. They are often cited as great ambassadors of the game and their country and looked upon as budding cricketers’ role models. The criteria being they were exceptional players with unblemished reputations. In the last half a century, cricketers like David Gower, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and our own Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara would be included in the list. We also ...

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Rajasthan Royals appoint Lasith Malinga as fast bowling coach for IPL 2022 Source:Dailynews Rajasthan Royals have roped in Lasith Malinga as their fast-bowling coach ahead of IPL 2022, and Paddy Upton as “Team Catalyst”. Malinga, who retired as a player in 2021, is the highest wicket-taker in the IPL with 170 scalps across nine seasons for Mumbai Indians. In 2018, he was Mumbai’s bowling mentor as well, and earlier this year, he was appointed Sri Lanka’s bowling strategy coach for the T20I series in Australia. At Royals, Malinga will work alongside his former captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is the franchise’s head coach and director of cricket, and Steffan Jones, who was named as high-performance fast-bowling coach last week. ...

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Lakmal motivation to spur Lankans on- By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne (eLanka Sports editor) photo source: stuff.co.nz Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne believes the impending retirement of legendary swing bowler Suranga Lakmal will spur the team to a better showing in the second Test at Bengaluru. Lakmal, one of the best Test bowlers going around and a terrific exponent of variation, has been Sri Lanka’s main strike weapon for a number of years. The 35 year old veteran has decided to call time on an illustrious 13- year career throwing Sri Lanka’s transition plan into turmoil while searching for a suitable successor.  Lakmal described his time with Sri Lanka as satisfying but said he made the call to retire in the interest of the country’s future rather than focus on personal achievement.  In 69 Tests, Lakmal grabbed 170 wickets at 36.38 at a measly economy of 3. In 86 one-dayers he took ...

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Sri Lanka geared up for 300th Test match-by Rex Clementine Although the Sri Lankans were whitewashed 3-0 in the T-20s that just finished, the Tests are expected to be a much closer contest with Sri Lanka banking on the experience of Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne. Source:Island The Mohali Test that gets underway later this week will be a landmark one for Sri Lankan cricket as this is the nation’s 300th Test match. Since gaining Test status 40 years ago, Sri Lanka have gone onto achieve many unique feats over the years. The World Record for most wickets in Test cricket is owned by Muttiah Muralitharan, whose 800 wickets has been untouched for over a decade and it is expected to stand for quite a long time to come. The nation also has produced many fine batsmen. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, both of whom have scored more than 10,000 ...

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Sri Lanka on the up again in world cricket – by Trevine Rodrigo   Sri Lanka and the rest of the world have dawned on the realization that the Island nation are no quitters. Written off, and supposedly resigned to a clean sweep again, and against a sub par Australian line-up, the Lankans showed spirit and grit to reverse the tide leaving with a unlikely win in the final game throwing Win-Wiz and all betting agencies into turmoil. What is most pleasing is that the cricketing world is seeing a resurgence of Sri Lanka cricket which has deteriorated to a point of concern recently. Yes, they beat an unconcerned Australia who had already clinched the series and more, but from a Sri Lankan perspective, it was a small step towards getting back to the pedestal of world cricket where they were not so long ago. Dasun Shanaka is a revelation ...

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Sri Lanka in search of acquiring Justin Langer’s services as head coach Justin Langer had stepped down as Australia’s head coach earlier this month. Source:crictracker.com Former Test opener Justin Langer shockingly stepped down as the Australian cricket team’s head coach earlier this month after it was reportedly decided that he would be given an extension till the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Down Under later this year where Australia would be defending their title. After his resignation, Langer did go on to mention that senior players and a couple of staff members were not convinced with having him as a result of which he decided to step down from the position. Now, it has been reported that Sri Lanka are looking forward to hiring the ex-opening batter as their next head coach with Sri Lankan cricket legend Aravinda de Silva who is also is a member of the country’s cricket technical advisory ...

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Celebrates 150th anniversary with SSC, NCC, CCC and Bloomfield invited for championship: Source:Sundayobserver At the Media launch by the men who matter the most from left: Hussain Jayah (vice president, Colombo Malay Cricket Club – CMCC), Roshan Allang (secretary CMCC), Rizwan Badoordeen (president CMCC), Rilwan Lantra (president Sri Lanka Malay Association SLMA), Rinaldin Rahaman (club captain) and Rilwan Careem (secretary SLMA) Pic by Wimal Karunathilaka Sri Lanka’s oldest cricket playing club Malay Cricket Club that also produced the country’s first set of national players has decided to celebrate its existence of 150 years with a championship in May at its Padang ground in Slave Island where teams like SSC, NCC, Bloomfield and CCC will be in action. ...

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