Herschelle Gibbs suspended by Colombo Kings, Rangana Herath appointed new coach-By Bipin Dani


Herschelle Gibbs has been suspended as a coach by Colombo Kings, it is reliably learnt here. 

The 46-year-old South African opener came to Sri Lanka as a TV commentator but was appointed as a coach of the Colombo Kings franchise team. 

The exact reason for his suspension by the team was not known; But he is likely to have had some difference of opinions with the players and Rangana Herath was their new coach on Thursday in the match against Jaffna Stallions.  it was also learnt. 

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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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Pushpakumara grabs rank of world’s second best bowler-BY DHAMMIKA RATNAWEERA

Malinda Pushpakumara

Malinda Pushpakumara


Malinda Pushpakumara the left arm leg spinner has been the most prolific scalp hunter in domestic cricket in recent years and the 33-year-old bowler is now the world’s second highest wicket taker in first class cricket in the last decade, according to the Australian based Testat Cricket database.

According to statistics released, from 2010 to 2019/2020 season Pushpakumara who plays for the Colombo Cricket Club (CCC) has picked up 667 wickets to become the world’s second highest wicket taker during that period. New Zealand spinner Jeethan Patel is ahead of Pushpakumara with 695 wickets but he has played 93 more games than the Sri Lankan.

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David Young honoured by Sri Lankan President – By TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE with Johann Dias Jayasinha

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Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena presented Australian doctor David Young with the country’s second highest Honour conferred to non-nationals, ‘The Sri Lanka Ranjana’, at the annual National Awards Ceremony held at the Bandaranayake Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) on August 19.

Dr. David Young needs little introduction in Australia and now Sri Lanka for his selfless deeds to help those with joint problems or others in need of proper medical equipment and training in the field of Orthopaedic surgery in which he is one of the leading specialists in

David has a special place in his heart for Sri Lanka after his initial introduction to the island nation through a picture postcard he received from his grandfather in 1970.

His Fascination for Sri Lanka and its need for expertise in his chosen field soon had him introduced to Sri Lanka’s cricket team that won the World Cup in 1996 through then coach Sri Lankan born Australian Dav Whatmore.

David Young has since made numerous visits to the Island since then on mercy missions including being instrumental in lecturing and offering specialist advice to local orthopaedic professionals.

His indefatigable efforts to bring Sri Lanka up to international standards in the orthopaedic field saw him initiate a project which raised US $3 million which was given to the Sri Lankan govcernment to set up an Accident and Emergency Trauma treatment unit in Batticloa. This was soon after thee dreaded Tsunami hit Sri Lanka among other countries losing thousands of lives.

David Young led a team of volounteers to Sri Lanka in 2004 after receiving an SOS from Sri Lanka spin great Mutthiah Muralidaran soon after the Tsunami hit the island nation.He worked alongside locals in less than ideal conditions and in a tension filled situation due to the conflict at the time between the LTTE and the Sri Lanka government forces.

He ended up in Batticaloa and worked at the Teaching Hospital in less than ideal conditions. He was complimentary of the staff who had worked non-stop for days but was appalled at the lack of resources, instruments and equipment to treat the injured.It was then that he pledged to return and help build a modern state of the art accident and emergency trauma treatment unit at the Batticaloa Hospital.

Cricket stars including Mutthiah Muralidaran, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena,Angelo Matthews, Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga were among the numerous sports people that sought orthopaedic treatment and care from David Young. He gave them his
attention often without charge as he did for a number of other sports people, rugby players, athletes and sports men and women from the less prominent sports.

‘The Sri Lanka Ranjana’ is the second-highest Honour conferred to non-nationals and this year the award was presented to three personalities. They are Dr. Cumaraswamy Sivathasan, Dr. David Alexander Young and Prof. Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran.

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Lions roar back in defiance to knock the Aussies off their pedestal – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE


Kusal Mendis


Rangana Herath is elated as he grabs another Aussie victim.


Lakshan Sadakan celebrates another Australian scalp.


Kusal Mendis in full flight against Australia in Pallekelle

Sri Lanka is best known for its production of Tea around the globe but it also is known in mining circles for producing the best gemstones in the world, mainly Blue Sapphires and Rubies, and amidst that backdrop they were able to unearth two rare gems in 21-year-old Kusal Mendis and Lakshan Sandakan, the latter a debutant, who produced a glittering display which blinded the high riding Australians into submission in Pallakelle, Kandy.

Although the performances of Mendis and Sandakan were instrumental in giving the Islanders an unlikely first up Test win, they needed the assistance of ageless warrior Rangana Herath to pull off the unexpected and around this trio was the basis that brought down the World number one to their knees and breathed new hope for Sri Lanka cricket. It was also only the second time that the Lankans have beaten Australia in a Test the last being in 1999 when Sanath Jayasuriya led a strong Sri Lankan side to victory over Steve Waugh’s Australians, also in Kandy.

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