Charith Asalanka and Wanindu Hasaranga De Silva makes Sri Lanka proud been elected to the ICC’s most valuable team – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka)   After  the conclusion of every International world cup tournament the governing body of cricket ,The International Cricket Council (ICC)  announced on the 15th Monday the probable team in the T 20 tournament  concluded on Sunday in Dubai UAE. It is heartening to note that Batsmen Charith Asalanka and all-rounder ,worlds No 1 bowler/No 3 all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva have been included in this exclusive honoured X1…Players from other countries included are from Australia,England,Pakistan and New Zealand.It is pity that no Indian player had gained selection.  . The list includes three Australian players, two each from Pakistan, South Africa and England as well as one player from New Zealand. The ICC has named Pakistan captain Babar Azam as the skipper of the side with ...

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All national cricketers need to learn English to speak fearlessly on Podiums – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Cricket was begun by the English remains a sport since the 17th century, where the language in use is of course was English. Countries like England, Australia, South Africa,West Indies,Zimbabwe( formerly Rhodesia) had no problem with the English language where everything connected to the game was in English .Lately with the advent of Asian countries viz India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh the players ,administrators had to be versed in English jargon which most did up to the end of the 1990 decade. All our past cricketers were able to converse well in the English which was the accepted language at international matches particularly for speaking at previews by the skippers, post- match presentations at press conferences when one is adjudicated as “the player of the match” had to answer to questions posed by the presenter at the podium. From the ...

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Sri Lanka’s fortunes are on the rise despite limited success – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Photo source: CricketAddictor ( https://cricketaddictor.com/icc-t20-wc-2021/icc-t20-world-cup-2021-sri-lanka-announces-15-member-squad-for-the-tournament/ ) Sri Lanka’s attempt to resurrect its dying image as a force in international cricket hit a vital stumbling block when they squandered a chance to topple South Africa in the T20 World Cup in Sharjah. But all is not lost as a mostly inexperienced outfit showed grit in a last over disaster to warn the rest of the world that they are well on the way back to being respected and feared as they were during the reign of Arjuna Ranatunge, Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda De Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillekeratne Dilshan and a few others who had them riding the crest of a wave during their time with the Island nation. Sliding down to the embarrassing depths of having to qualify for the Super 12’s, the Lankans romped ...

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Calls for Sri Lanka to build new Test team Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lankan fielders give South African century maker Faf du Plessis a congratulatory walk-back after they waited till he made 199 and lose his wicket in the first cricket Test last week There has been calls for Sri Lanka to build a new Test team starting with this month’s home series against England keeping aside the outcome of the series which is just short term and not long term unlike the country’s future on the international scene, analysts and followers of the sport say. They said that Sri Lanka has already found two players for the future in middle order batsman Dasun Shanaka who made an unbeaten half century after being recalled and spin bowler Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva who took four scalps and made a half century on debut against South Africa in the first Test that the team ...

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No Selectors but Sri Lanka picks disputable squad to South Africa-BY CALLISTUS DAVY Lahiru Udara Igalagamage: Outsmarted the big guns but no place in the Sri Lanka squad Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lanka’s best in-form but internationally untested batsman Lahira Udara Igalagamage has been sent into cold storage after a 22-member squad was selected for a high-intensity training camp outside Colombo in preparation for next month’s tour of South Africa with no official sanction. The 22 players, some of them regulars and made up of seven fast bowlers, were picked on what is said to have been “internal advice” meaning recommendations given by Sri Lanka Cricket’s technical advisers in the absence of an official Selection Panel whose term expired two months ago. ...

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