Lasith Malinga retires from franchise cricket

Lasith Malinga

Paceman Lasith Malinga has retired from franchise cricket, his Indian Premier League (IPL) Team Mumbai Indians revealed yesterday.

The Sri Lankan speedster informed his decision to the Mumbai Indians management earlier this month, making himself unavailable for the upcoming season and wasn’t retained in the squad.

Malinga has been a part for Mumbai Indians since the second season of IPL, missing only two editions – in 2018 and 2020.

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Sri Lanka rope in Grant Luden to coaching staff-by Rex Clementine


Sri Lanka Cricket has roped in Grant Luden to their coaching staff ahead of the two Test series against England. South African Luden has worked with several international teams and will function as SLC’s trainer. SLC sources said that Luden was set to join in November last year, but his recruitment was delayed due to the pandemic.

Luden entered the Sri Lankan team’s bubble in South Africa and arrived in the island in the chartered flight that carried the Sri Lankan team and he is at present in Galle with the team.

Luden is credited for raising Pakistan’s fielding standards as they went onto win the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017. During his time in Pakistan, he doubled up as Fielding and Conditioning Coach working alongside current Head Coach Mickey Arthur.

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Shashi Ganeshan was an astute captain-by Reminisicing with Tilak

Shashi Ganeshan


In the year 1976 the captain and the vice-captain of S. Thomas’ first eleven cricket team were Ganeshan brothers and they won 8 out of the 12 matches they played. This was an year where they had Sidath Wettimunny and Thilan Wijesinghe playing for Ananda, Ranjan Madugalle for Royal, Anura Ranasinghe for Nalanda, Tisseras for Trinity, and as a result their 8 wins were all the more creditable. This incredible team was led by Shashi Ganeshan a humble Thomian who greeted me with open arms when I went all the way to Beach Road Mount Lavinia for this interview. His brother Agit Ganeshan was his able assistant, in that record breaking team that set up two records. It was the only occasion that two brothers became the captain and the vice-captain in a Thomian Team, which was one and the next was if my memory serves me right they beat a strong Ananda Team and that win was there in the record books till this year when the Thoras beat Ananda again.

Another feather in his cap was that Shashi became the head prefect of the school. Shashi’s father was a Peterite who later became the Chief Government Analyst. I gathered during the course of the interview that Shashi was a “died in the wool true” blue Thomian who climbed the ladder from the bottom rung after entering Thomian Prep.He went through junior cricket with ease and opened batting right through out. Shashi had a slight hic-up in his batting which was sorted out by that Grand Old Thomian Geoff Wijesinghe, in spite of being a top rung reporter Geoff was also highly involved with Thomian cricket stated Shashi. Lassie Abeywardene then was the full time coach.

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (NOVEMBER 2020) – Compiled by Victor Melder

Victor Meldor

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will have one selection committee overlooking all selections of national men’s, women’s and junior cricket in future as the National Sports Selection Committee headed by Army Commander Shavendra Silva has recommended a seven-member new committee to overlook all selections including U-19 cricket. The new committee headed by former Sri Lanka fast bowler Ashantha de Mel, includes Chaminda Mendis, Pramodya Wickremasinghe, Hemantha Devapriya, Ranjith Madurasingha, Uvais Karnain and Ms Nilmini Gunaratne has been recommended by the Shavendra Silva committee to the Sports Minister.The Sports Law requires the Minister’s signature for appointment of selectors. “They wanted to us to appoint two committees but if we do that we are flouting the Sports Law. So we recommended seven names to the Minister to be appointed as cricket selectors. They will be involved in all selections including national men’s, women’s and junior,” a National Sports Selection Committee said. “So there are seven in the committee and they can nominate individuals to look after women’s cricket and junior cricket within the committee.” De Mel was the chief selector since November 2018 and this is his third extension in the post. He has been playing the dual role of chief selector cum team manager ever since and has been widely credited for taking some radical decisions during his tenure. Among them were the installation of Dimuth Karunaratne as Test and limited overs captain replacing Dinesh Chandimal and Lasith Malinga respectively and persisting with the young talents of Avishka Fernando, Oshada Fernando and Lasith Embuldeniya. However, his decision to draft in several players who were out of the one-day set up for many years for the World Cup raised eyebrows. The inclusion of Jeevan Mendis and Milinida Siriwardena for the World Cup are still hard to stomach for even the most ardent supporter of de Mel. Chaminda Mendis, a key member of the cricket selection committee under de Mel has retained his position but not Vinothan John. John was part of the previous three-member selection committee but his name has not been approved this time. World Cup winning cricketer Pramodya Wickremasingha has returned as a selector once again having previously served in 2013 under Sanath Jayasuriya. His inclusion raised a few eye-brows. He publicly accused cricketers of throwing the cricket series against Zimbabwe in 2017 and called for an inquiry. Some of the cricketers he indirectly accused are still part of the national team. Madurusingha who was the head of the junior selection committee also finds a place in the new committee along with Devapriya who was in-charge of women’s cricket for a long time. Karnain another new addition to the selection committee is a former Sri Lanka allrounder who represented Sri Lanka in 19 ODIs. Former Sri Lanka woman cricketer Nilmini Gunaratne is the only woman in the male dominated new committee. The selectors’ first job is to finalise the Sri Lanka squad for the South African series. De Mel in consultation with the coaching staff and the captain has selected a squad for 22 players to train ahead of the series. The same squad is likely to travel to South Africa for the two-match Test series starting December 26. (Sunday Times, 15.11.2020)

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ICC nominates four Lankan players for ICC Awards of the Decade


The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced, its nominations for the player of the decade awards in various categories.

Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardana, Lasith Malinga and Rangana Herath were nominated in various categories.

Kumar Sangakkara has been nominated in the ICC Men’s Player of the Decade and ICC Men’s ODI Player of the Decade categories.

Mahela Jayawardana has been nominated in the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade category.

Lasith Malinga has been nominated in the ICC Men’s T20I Player of the Decade category.

Rangana Herath has been nominated in the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Decade category.

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eLanka Newsletter – 25th Nov – 8th edition – Sri Lankans in Australia

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First DoubleTree by Hilton Resort Opens in Weerawila, Sri Lanka


Nige learned to cook in immigration detention – now he’s teaching Australians his recipes


A property market boom is coming

A Planter’s Dream or Folly By George Braine

Sermon Preached by the Rev’d Marc Billimoria, Warden of S. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia at the Episcopal Ordination and Installation of The Reverend Dushantha Lakshman Rodrigo

Depriving your heart muscles with Calcium can lower your blood pressure.-By Dr Harold Gunatillake

Ella Rock – hike through highland hamlets By Arundathie Abeysinghe

The extraordinary Alagu Subramaniam

Kaleidoscope with Savithri Rodrigo

Lamprais – An Inheritance from the Dutch

STC OBA NSW-ACT online Carol Service 2020 – A Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

Christmas In Ceylon In The ’50’s: Swing Bands And Grand Galas

Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga pull out of LPL

Whatmore out of LPL coaching role

Botham’s grandson gets Wales rugby call-up

Sri Lanka Train: Conductor’s POV – Kandy to Ella Train FULL TOUR

Aussie Chat with RAJIV SEBASTIAN

eLanka Website Design Services

Frog genus named after Rohan Pethiyagoda

Sthuthi Newatha Enna | Sinhala Movie

Vanamagan – Tamil Full Movie

Seeking to contact Dr Wijesiri Dantanarayana

Sri Lanka Newspapers

eLanka Marriage Proposals

Obituary Notices

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Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga pull out of LPL

Andrew Fidel Fernando


Foreign players, franchise staff and tournament organisers continue to arrive in the Sooriyawewa area ahead of the start of the Lanka Premier League, but the tournament has been hit by two further high-profile player withdrawals.

Chris Gayle has told the Kandy Tuskers franchise that he will not be traveling to Sri Lanka on account of an injury. Lasith Malinga – Sri Lanka’s most recognisable T20 player – has also pulled out a week from the tournament’s start date, citing inadequate preparation time. The arrival of Andre Russell this week, however, will ensure that the tournament will have at least one global star.

Gayle’s exit had been rumoured for several days, but Malinga’s withdrawal has come as more of a surprise, particularly as he was one of the Galle Gladiators’ marquee players, and was expected to lead that team. Now 37, Malinga had not played a competitive match since March, and said that the lack of cricket and training this year had prompted his decision to withdraw.

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Pakistan Team Likely To Be Part Of Lanka Premier League-by CA Editor



A team from Pakistan is likely to be a part of the Lanka Premier League. As per local reports, the dialogue between Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has already reached its finals stages and an announcement is expected in the near future.

SLC have been trying to start their own T20 league from quite some time now but they have not been able to reach a conclusion because of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Recently, the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League was postponed until at least the middle of November. The tournament was to be played from 28 August and finish on 20 September 2020.

According to Cricket Pakistan, the proposed tournament will include Dambulla Capitals, Galle Lions, Jaffna Sunrisers, Colombo Super Kings and Kandy Royals. A total of 23 matches will be played where each team is likely to play a minimum of eight matches and a maximum of 10 matches.

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Sony strengthens its cricket portfolio with the exclusive global media rights to Sri Lanka Cricket-By Kunal Dhyani



As reported earlier by InsideSport in July, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has officially announced that they have acquired the exclusive global media rights for Sri Lanka Cricket(SLC).

Also Read: Cricket Business: Sony sole bidder for the rights, Sri Lanka cricket ready to accept the ‘low offer’

The agreement provides SPN exclusive TV and digital rights to air all 92 days of LIVE cricket comprising 10 Test Matches, 24 ODIs and 18 T20Is sanctioned by the ICC and conducted by SLC between the senior men’s national cricket team of Sri Lanka and visiting ICC member national cricket teams along with access to Sri Lanka Cricket’s archival content. The deal also include rights to broadcast India touring Sri Lanka to play 6 T20Is and 3 ODIs with one of the series scheduled for July 2021 that will feature 3 T20Is while the date for the other series is yet to be announced.

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Lasith Malinga


The good news—in these times of bad news all over–is that  LASITH MALINGA 

  will be tagged Greatest Of All Time – for having captured 170 wickets in the Indian Premier League tournament playing for the Mumbai Indians.

The term ‘GOAT’ was first tagged on Australian off spinner Nathan Lyon for becoming the ‘Greatest Of All Time’ in Australian international cricket.

 Australia had produced many leg spinners such as Doug Ring, Peter Sleep, Stuart MaCgill and the greatest of them all Shane Warne. But in Lyon he was the greatest offie that the Aussies had produced.

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