Column > Michael Roberts

April 2, 2016 - 08:00
Evaluating Sri Lanka's mediocre WT20 performances
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What went wrong for Sri Lanka at the ICC World Twenty20? Michael Roberts attempts to answer the question in this review.

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March 23, 2016 - 22:14
Downfall against the Windies: Why and How
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Sri Lanka slumped to a defeat against the West Indies recently at the World Twenty20 because of a combination of factors, some self-made, some Windies-made and some due to horrendous umpiring error.

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March 23, 2016 - 20:59
WT20: Sri Lanka's many weaknesses
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Sri Lanka's chances of qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 have been deemed dim and slim by myself as well as the gamblers' tote for a number of reasons. Let me argue my case by an unconventional route by raising a simple question: how many Sri Lankans have been selected by the franchises in the Indian IPL?

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March 19, 2016 - 23:07
WT20: Misfortune has compounded Sri Lanka's problems
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From way back it was widely recognised that the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara would probably weaken Sri Lanka considerably. However, planning for the future from 2014 has not been assisted by the musical chairs in coaches and selection committees.

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March 17, 2016 - 05:17
WT20: Too many heads and too many guillotines
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In all manner of sports both fans and controlling bodies behind the scene are far too prone to lop off the coach when a team fares badly, and does so consistently. Such consistency in the guillotine act demands reflection. Are these fans and controlling geniuses being too fervent -- fervent to the point of misguidance? At least in some instances it would seem that a team fares badly because other teams have outshone them.

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March 15, 2016 - 08:44
WT20: Sri Lanka's prospects and the gambler’s guide
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"Dim and Slim." That is my response to the question presented about Sri Lanka's chances of doing well at the World Twenty20 in India. I was going to add another hit-line as caveat: "but that can be a plus — with nothing to lose Lanka can spring surprises."

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December 6, 2015 - 10:32
Three umpires without common sense
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Cricket umpiring is a difficult task and subject to human error. The cluster of technological systems and directives that make up the DRS today overcame the deep conservatism of cricket administrators (Indian obduracy and idiocy excepted) so as to improve the system and reduce errors. That objective has been secured, while the presence of the system has improved the capacity of umpires because they study its workings and can, now, make better judgements.

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