Nishan sets up two records on England soil-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Nishan Madushka in action at Kent game Source:Dailynews The promising cricketer Nishan Madhshka stole the limelight in the ongoing Emerging cricket team tour of England when he scored a remarkable knock of 269 in 496 balls with 37 fours and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 68.62. He came to the middle as a number three batsman occupying the crease for 496 minutes (nearly 8 and half hours ) to build up his marathon innings which is his career best first class knock as well as first first-class double century. The opener of the Emerging team Lasith Croosephulle (136) and Nishan Madushka (269) added 294 runs for the second wicket breaking the record for the highest partnership by a Sri Lankan duo on English soil previously held by Sri Lankan Master batter Aravinda de Silva and Master Blaster Sanath ...

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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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Death of a legend and Mahanama’s rise to stardom-by BY DINESH WEERAWANSA Roshan Mahanama when he first won the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer title in 1983-Roshan Mahanama at his recent book launch Source:Sundayobserver When I was writing my weekly column on the Observer-SLT School Cricketers, there came the shocking news – the death of a sports news legend. It was saddening to learn of the death of former Deputy Editor and long-standing Sports Editor of the Sunday Observer A. C. De Silva, a well-known Thomian and former water polo referee. He was the Sports Editor of the Sunday Observer even at the time I began my journalistic career exactly 35 years on April 16, 1987. He passed away on Thursday at the age of 80. He played a leading role in the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer since its inception in1979. His remains lie at AF Raymond Funeral parlour from this evening and ...

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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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Seven former Sri Lankan stars to play for Asia team-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews Seven former star Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga have been drawn in to the Asia team for the Legends Cricket League 2022, which is set to begin from January 20th at the Oman Cricket Stadium.In addition some legendary names will confirm their participation in the tournament which is going to be keen tussle. All seven players were involved the first tournament held last year . Two Pakistan star players paceman Shoaib Akhtar and all-rounder Shahid Afridi also among the Asian team with Sri Lanka players. However, the tournament will not see Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was a major attraction in the first edition of the tournament held in Ranchi last year. Even though the tournament promo included the name of Tendulkar, the master ...

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Russel Arnold: Sri Lanka’s Forgotten ODI Star By Michael Roberts Source:cricketique.live During the course of the World Cup 2015 watchers were occasionally served up statistical tables of leading run-scores in the history of World Cup or ODI cricket. Sri Lankan fans would have been especially attentive to those featuring Sangakkara’s stellar career and record breaking levels. On one such occasion I was intrigued to see Russel Arnold’s statistics appear at the tail-end of an august list of names. Primed by Arnold’s appearance as a TV commentator and his impeccable performance in this role, I proceeded to do some research on the topic and began with a statistical picture of a comparative kind that is quite revelatory. This picture raises issues about media-hype and our very own memory banks.   It would be fair to say that the batsmen stars in the ODI memory store of Sri Lankan cricket enthusiasts over the ...

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Coaches should build teams, not win at any cost – Sanjeewa Ranatunga-By Dinesh Weerawansa Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga will be the chief guest at the 43rd Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year grand awards ceremony to be held at the BMICH, Colombo next Tuesday (14), commencing at 5.15 pm. Ranatunga, more than any of the past top award winners, has maintained a strong affiliation with the oldest and only uninterrupted schools awards ceremony ever since he first won the highest award way back in 1980 – some 41 years ago. He became the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer for the second time in his final year for Ananda College in 1982. Since then, Ranatunga has made it a habit to be at the Mega Show whenever possible, irrespective of who the chief guest is. Apart from Ranatunga, his whole family too – wife Samadara, son Dhyan ...

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Micheal Tissera one of the finest gentleman cricketers – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Photo source: island.lk On the 3rd December  as the second Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies comes to a conclusion if goes on to day five, Michael Tissera will be in Galle to give away Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne a trophy that bears his name and that of West Indies legend Sir Garry Sobers. Notwithstanding of the outcome of the second Test, Sri Lanka will retain the Sobers-Tissera Trophy having won the first Test. West Indies can only square the series and as the holders of the trophy hence in allits probability Sri Lanka will preserve the title.  Sri Lanka’s current cricketers will do well to pick the brains of Tissera, an iconic figure in our game. He played the game at a time when the sport was not had dealt with money, ...

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To enhance the usage of English vernacular of our cricketers – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) The sport of cricket has a well known history beginning in the late 16th century. Having originated in south-east England, it became the country’s national sport in the 18th century and has developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. International matches have been played since 1844 ,then Test cricket began, retrospectively recognized, in 1877. Cricket is the world’s second most popular spectator sport after association football (soccer).The total Governance is by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which has over one hundred countries and territories in membership although only twelve countries currently play Test cricket,the latest additions being Ireland and Afghanistan ,also governed by the ICC.  Cricket as begun by the English still remains a sport where the language in use is of course English.Countries like England, Australia, South Africa,West Indies,Zimbabwe( formerly Rhodesia) had no problem with the English vernacular where everything connected to the game was in English .Lately with the advent of Asian countries viz India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh ...

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