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New sports minister backpedals

Last week the new Sports Minister came out all guns blazing calling the Sri Lanka Cricket administration the third most corrupt institution on the island. He said that SLC is only behind the police force and government educational institutions when it comes to corruption.

Then the new Minister of Sports claimed that he would reveal the financial irregularities and those behind it in the coming weeks, while informing the mass media at the same press conference that he would replace the corrupt interim committee.

Four days later, minister Chandrasiri Bandara Rathnayake, has backtracked on his words and retained those individuals he vilified earlier.

Is De Mel really gone? Will Ranatunga continue to plunder?

In my last post I asked if C.B. Rathnayake the new sports minister will save our cricket from the corrupt administration that currently runs SLC. 'Will CB save Sri Lanka Cricket,' I wondered. The decisions taken by the minister in the last 24 hours have backed S. R. Pathiravithana's view that the man from the hill country is about to ruffle a few feathers and do what it takes to get us back on track.

Will CB save Sri Lanka Cricket?

S. R. Pathiravithana in his weekly column on the Sunday Times feels that C. B. Rathnayake, the new Sports Minister who was assigned the task recently by President Rajapaksa, has what it takes to clean things up at SLC.

Describing the state of Sri Lanka Cricket (the cricket board not the team), as a toilet roll doing it's rounds around a wet, muddy, and flooded Colombo, Pathiravithana believes that incompetent administrators who previously held ministerial seats were responsible for much of the corruption and waste.

Will Sangakkara resign?

The talk doing the rounds these days in Colombo is that this ICC World Twenty20 2010 may be Kumar Sangakkara's last tournament as captain. Sangakkara's decision, a reliable source says, will be determined by Sanath Jayasuriya's inclusion in the team for future tournaments.

What it takes for Sri Lanka to qualify for the ICC WT20

As of  May 10, 2010, Group F, to which Sri Lanka, West Indies, India and Australia belong, has only one clear semi finalist - Australia. The remaining three teams still have a chance of making it through to the semi finals of the ICC World twenty20.

Sangakkara refused Kings XI Punjab captaincy on 'several occasions'

When journalist interview cricketers it usually sounds like they are trying to score points with the player, or trying not to lose the chance of getting their hands on another to interview in the futu

Water, water everywhere - Aney is it true?

The Sunday Times in Sri Lanka has a column called 'Aney is it True' by Nam. The author has a lot of inside information, and generally he/she is on the ball. I like spending my Sundays trying to decipher the riddles and the innuendo. More often than not I come across one or two that leaves me scratching my head. So, I thought it would be better if we tried deciphering this together.

Saying "No" to Mahela makes more sense

Mahela Jayawardene wants to move up the order in the 20 over format. The former Sri Lankan skipper says that his style of batting will yield more results for him at the top of the order.

IPL 2010 - At the halfway mark - Perhaps the worst season yet for the Sri Lankans

If week one was nothing to write home about, then at the halfway stage most Sri Lankan fans have tuned off. The Sri Lankan players at the Indian Premier League have been miserable to say the least.

IPL 2010 - week 1 - Nothing to write home about for the Sri Lankans

The Sri Lankan report card at the end of week-1 of the six week long 2010 Indian Premier League tournament.

IPL 2010 opening ceremony was a disaster

I am trying not to sound overly critical here, but honestly if I was Indian I would feel cheated.

Jayasuriya is my preferred opening partner - Dilshan

Tillakaratne Dilshan and wife actress Manjula Thilini were on a Sinhalese language talk show on Swaranavahini this past Sunday.

Dilshan, Samaraweera and Herath shine for Sri Lanka in 2009

A statistical look back at Sri Lanka's 2009 performance.

Sri Lanka scored the second highest total in Test matches in 2009 when they made 760/7 declared against India in Ahmedabad.

However, Lanka's bowlers conceded 765 runs against Pakistan in Karachi in February 2009 to give Pakistan the highest team total in 2009.

Only four teams surpassed the 700 mark in 2009. Sri Lanka's bowlers bore the brunt of two such batting assaults. Once against Pakistan and the other against India.

Sanga, stop playing us for fools

Sri Lanka is ranked number seven in the ICC ODI rankings, and there is not a fan who disagrees with that ranking. We are ranked above West Indies, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland, and Kenya.

Lasith Malinga in as Sri Lanka bat first

Lasith Malinga is back in the Sri Lankan side to face India in the 3rd ODI at Cuttack.

Malinga was out of the first two matches of the five match ODI series with the flu. He replaces debutant Suranga Lakmal.