Column > Michael Roberts

June 15, 2015 - 07:01
Talking cricket with Michael de Zoysa: managing familial companionship
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One must juggle both pursuits: team-bonding on the one hand and familial duties-cum-relaxation on the other. A balanced programme has to be worked out in consultation with the captain and players. This balance must apply to supporting staff as well: their commitment will be in question if their devotion to family and leisure is a predominant refrain throughout the tour.

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June 13, 2015 - 06:49
Talking cricket with Michael de Zoysa: a manager's tasks on tour
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Inspired by a recent conversation with former team manager of the Sri Lanka cricket team Michael de Zoysa.

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April 14, 2015 - 09:02
Sri Lanka's forgotten ODI star
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Michael Roberts presents a statistical picture of a comparative kind that is quite revelatory, which raises issues about media-hype and our very own memory banks.

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April 9, 2015 - 18:50
A call for more transparency at the toss
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The ICC must not permit chaos of this kind at crucial events in a contest and/or give room for the rectitude of the match referees to be brought under the gun. Transparency of process must be at a premium.

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April 6, 2015 - 22:00
The Bajan in Ceylon
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TW Roberts held the Ceylon record back in 1924 for the highest individual innings. Roberts was a well-known cricketer who played for Barbados and Oxford University before he moved to Ceylon to join the Civil Service.

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March 3, 2015 - 19:02
Sangakkara's run-out madness
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Kumar Sangakkara is an ecumenical Sri Lankan and an exemplary icon for all and sundry. As a cricketer he stands among the best the world has seen —yesterday as well as today. Yet he is also a PERIL — to himself, the other batsman with him in the middle and thus to Sri Lanka as a whole. His running between the wickets is bloody awful.

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February 15, 2015 - 10:54
Sri Lanka's all-rounders in comparative statistical focus
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I am venturing bold and surveying Sri Lanka's stock of potential all-rounders in support of Angelo Mathews and Tillakaratne Dilshan. I also have one eye on the future.

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