Sri Lanka Crisis Light of Hope – By Dr harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com The indomitable world around us Nations helping with a mighty rush An island separated by ethnic clashes United, with no more bashes A great future awaits our masses *Tamil Nadu sends aid worth nearly Rs 400MN which includes a consignment with rice, milk powder, medicine, and more consignments of essentials Sri Lanka today received a consignment of humanitarian aid worth over 3 billion Sri Lankan rupees from India. *The 15,000 MT consignment includes rice, milk powder, and essential medicines, according to the Indian High Commission. The Indian High Commission said that Sri Lanka would receive more assistance in the future. Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) called on President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Palace in Colombo on 24th June. “Consider European countries as friends of Sri Lanka….” “Will assist at this difficult time….” These remarks were made ...

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Alert Critical: Australian cricket bats for Sri Lanka reaching out a fourth time – By Callistus Davy Source:sundayobserver.lk Cricket and cricketers in Australia have come out on yet another occasion to lend a hand to Sri Lanka making them more of a family friend sharing grief and sorrow unlike in a bygone era when some islanders misunderstood them as bullies and racists. This time the hand of the Aussie came in the form of a soothing appeal to back a United Nations move to help Sri Lanka battle against crippling food, fuel, cocking gas and agriculture shortages besides an alarming rise in prices of essential requirements to add to an acute shortage of drugs and medicine and frequent electricity blackouts that has taken the country into the dark ages of the past. In their latest intervention, Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and batsman Steven Smith have in a video message ...

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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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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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Gayan-cricket addict yelling ‘come on Sri Lanka’ visible at all international venues – by Sunil Thenabadu (eLanka sports editor) Gayan Senanayake is well known to cricket fans who witness Sri Lanka international matches at home and in overseas countries. Gayan had been actively involved as a ‘one man cheering squad’ personnel dressed in the similar attire used by our national team for white ball colour clothing, is a conspicuous figure at the grounds always concentrating on the game and yelling “come on Sri Lanka”  all the time.He may feel sad when Sri Lanka loses but never shows it to the fans remains in the ground until the last ball is bowled,then to witness the presentation ceremony hoissting the Sri Lanka flag.He has earned friends all over the countries where Sri Lanka plays most fans give him accommodation and it is rarely he seeks hotel accommodation. All fans love him and ...

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Gamini Dissanayake, a supreme politician – by Sunil Thenabandu As a young and energetic politician and the people’s representative in the Nuwara Eliya District, Gamini Dissanayake extended yeoman service to all constituents with devotion, obligation and absolute dedication using his characteristic charismatic loom, irrespective of caste, creed and religion, despite of each person’s political affiliations. It would be tricky to find a single politician in the archives of history of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka who was as vastly commended and held in sky-scraping esteem by his contemporaries and so cherished by his political opponents, predominantly due to his impartial and unbiased mindset principally owed to his unprejudiced stance. He was a unique and extraordinary politician who listened to the masses, solved their problems, and touched their lives in a very affirmative and compassionate mode. Anyone who was eager to meet him had very uncomplicated access, irrespective of their ...

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Kumar Sangakkara opens new Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Source:-island MCC President and Sri Lankan cricket great, Kumar Sangakkara, officially opened the new £53 million Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground on Thursday (12), in front of the first full crowds for a Test match at Lord’s since 2019. Sangakkara declared the stands officially open by cutting the ribbon of MCC colours, scarlet and gold, accompanied by MCC Chairman Gerald Corbett, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary Guy Lavender, and members of the project team who made the completion of the redevelopment possible during the past 18 months and the challenges raised by the pandemic. Those present also included two generations of the Compton and Edrich families, of which the new stands continue to bear their respective names: Nick and Ben Compton, both cricketers and grandsons of the late Denis Compton, and Justin Edrich, son of Bill Edrich, along ...

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Killi Rajamahendran, Kerry Packer of Sri Lankan cricket-by Rex Clementine Source:Island Kerry Packer was a godsend to Australian cricket. So was Killi Rajamahendran. At a time when cricket in Sri Lanka had no money, he financed the sport, single-handedly. He passed away yesterday at the age of 78. Killi, as he was fondly known, employed many cricketers; Duleep Mendis, Roy Dias, Arjuna Ranatunga, Ashantha de Mel, Sidath Wettimuny…. the list goes on. Players need not turn up for work at Maharaja’s, but if they did not attend training, Killi had a bone to pick. Ask Ashantha de Mel. Killi made the sport semi-professional. ...

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Foreign coaches have failed to deliver the goods-by Althaf Nawaz Mickey Arthur-Grant Flower Source:Dailynews A serious question has arisen among the Sri Lankan cricket loving public and the sport’s stakeholders on whether it is of any worth employing foreign coaches for our cricketers. They question the contribution to our cricket so far by coaches such as Mickey Arthur and Grant Flower, who have been paid exorbitant salaries and provided with all the luxuries, during their tenure, as Sri Lanka’s cricket seems to have gone from bad to worse. That’s not all. The contribution by the so called high performance unit of Sri Lanka Cricket is also being questioned. There several personnel inclusive of former cricketers are recruited to handle this segment which plays a pivotal role. But the present performance of the team has raised doubts whether they are really in to their stipulated task. Since last year’s South African ...

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Pay dispute rocks Sri Lankan cricket-by Rex Clementine in Kandy Sri Lanka’s national cricketers have refused to sign central contracts after a 200% pay cut.  Source:Island A bitter pay dispute is on the cards after salaries of Sri Lanka’s national cricketers were cut by significant amounts lead up to the two Test series against Bangladesh.  The national cricket team is currently engaging in the series having refused to sign annual contracts and the deadlock could have a serious impact on the sport. The players have been without central contracts since January. The players are disgruntled that they are going to lose out a significant portion of their pay in the central contracts. A player in the top category according to the previous contract earned US$ 130,000 but now that could be lesser than US$ 45,000; a 200% salary cut. Also taken out of the pay package is the seniority payment. ...

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