Column > Michael Roberts

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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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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