How Arjuna spotted and nurtured Praveen Jayawickrama’s talent-by Rex Clementine Source:Island As Sri Lanka ended their Test win drought that had stretched for 16 months, they had an unlikely hero. Praveen Jayawickrama, a left-arm orthodox spinner on debut was Man of the Match, finishing with figures of 11 for 178, the tenth best bowling figures by a debutant in Test match cricket. Despite having played just ten First Class games before his Test debut, Jayawickrama bowled like a man who had been in the professional circuit for years. The turn he was able to produce was quite handful when the wicket started crumbling, but he also had control, guile and a clever arm ball. His rise has surprised many Sri Lankans but not World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who predicted a bright future for the youngster when he saw him a decade ago and took him under his wings. ...

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Dialog powers Sri Lanka Legends Team Sri Lanka Legends Skipper T. M. Dilshan (right) with Man-of-the-Match Upul Tharanga after the Bangladesh Legends match. Source:Dailynews Dialog Axiata PLC has come forward to power the Sri Lanka Legends Cricket Team, which at present, is competing for top honours at the T20 Road Safety World Series Cricket Tournament in Raipur, India. The Sri Lanka Legends Team is skippered by former Sri Lanka all-rounder T. M. Dilshan, while Sanath Jayasuriya, Rangana Herath, Upul Tharanga, Favreez Maharoof, Ajantha Mendis, Chamara Silva, Kaushalya Weerarathne, Nuwan Kulasekera, and Russel Arnold make up the squad. ...

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Herschelle Gibbs suspended by Colombo Kings, Rangana Herath appointed new coach-By Bipin Dani Source:Dailymirror 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 Source:Espncricinfo 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 ...

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Pushpakumara grabs rank of world’s second best bowler-BY DHAMMIKA RATNAWEERA Malinda Pushpakumara Source:Sundayobserver 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 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 Australia. 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 ...

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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 ...

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