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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 21:02

Officials should be all volunteers without any connection to any political party or politician. Then only you can find people who will work for the good of the game without looking for benefits and big pay cheques.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 20:09

Handsome!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 19:45

Cute pic! Nice share Natz :)

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 19:41

He looks tired and greasy but still good :)

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 19:37

luv u mahiya!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 17:41

Chandimal, Priyanjan as well as Kusal is out of form but very nice to see Kusal have scored some runs in the practice match yesterday. Hope he will keep his form going. We all know how dangerous he could be if he can get his touch back. But same cannot say about Chandimal and Priyanjan.

In my squad I would give a chance to Kapugedara also in normal circumstances but Kapugedara is currently in Bangladesh and it is not wise decision to call him back when he is having a great tournament. If we want him to give a chance probably we could use the back end of the series.

@Robin Peterson - I agree with what you said Kithuruwan should have open in the first place instead of Kausal. If not Kithuruwan should have played instead of Kandamby in the practice match.

My proposed squad

Kusal Janith Perera
Thilakarathne Dilshan
Kumar Sangakkara
Mahela Jayawardena
Anjelo Mathews
Lahiru Thirimanne
Thisara Perera
Nuwan Kulasekara
Rangana Herath
Shaminda Eranga
Suranga Lakmal
Farveez Maharoof
Dinesh Chandimal
Seekuge Prassana
Kithuruwan Vithanage

In tomorrow practice match we should play Lakshan Rangika and see. If he perform then he could come instead of Seekuge in to the playing 11. Because I don't think except for Herath and Sachitra (We don't know how he perform after re-model action) Ajantha, Seekuge and Suraj will be effective spinners at all. Don't know the reason he hasn't given in the A side practice matches also. Are we planning him to include in the squad as a mystery spinner for the WC like Akila Dhananjaya did in 2012 T20 WC ???

But I have not seen Vishwa Fernando in action too much previously but yesterday it was very poor as his 1st over cost 24 runs (6 boundaries). He don't look express as some might thought and me too. He also injured himself in that match. So we may not see him tomorrow. Why can't we find new fast bowlers talent in Sri Lanka ???

Look at the current Australian team they are undoubtedly the best fast bowling line up currently. Look at the number of fast bowlers they have introduced to International cricket in last 3-4 years. They are playing every game with new fast bowlers with resting other but with equal success. Even other major fast bowling nations such as SA and England don't have such a bench strength as such with regard to fast bowling.

Some of the names of fast bowlers of Australia who have International experience and called at any moment for the national squad.

Michell Johnson, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Josh Hazlewood, Kane Richardson, Nathan-Coulter-Nile, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Doug Bollinger, Sean Abbot, Pat Cummins, James Pattinson, Ben Cutting, Michell Starc

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 13:15

It is very unsri lankan like to criticize the team when they fail to perform under very odd circumstances. It is easy to mention names like Wettamuni and Roy Dias but we rarely won matches back then. We started winning world cups with unorthodox and innovative players like Sanath, Kalu, Murali, Malinga,Dilshan,Mendis even Mathews. We had the likes of Mahanama, Attapattu, Aravinda, Mahela , Sanga for Stability, team moral and not to mention they were great fielders. We have never been a team of all out technically correct batsmen or bowlers. We are the very definition of being unorthodox as a team and using it to win. I really don't understand the point of Mr.Roy Bishop or where he got his facts from. I am not at all against having Atapattus and Wettamunis but ODI cricket has evolved and we have to keep up.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 10:27

mune is playing fifa 15 ;)

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 09:28

LateCut, I would say the ROI will be massively negative. As for Channaka's reporting on this topic, we know that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then!!

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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 09:21

I do not agree with Mr. Bishop's view that the players are uncaring about the results of the tour to India. I do, however, agree with his analysis of the "Sri Lankan brand of aggressive cricket." Exactly what does it mean?

The strength of schools cricket in Sri Lanka has long produced batsmen of class with sound technique and mental temperament. Sidath Wettimuny, Roy Dias, Michael Tissera, Roshan Mahanama, Mahela Jayawardena,Asanka Gurusinha, Kumar Sangakkara,Atapattu, are some of those who have risen to the top and anchored the team batting in International matches.Outside of these players, we have had those with a touch of genius like Aravinda and Sanath. It seems to me that young Sri Lankan batsmen try to emulate Aravinda and Sanath without heeding their own capabilities. Aravinda and Sanath cannot be imitated as they are one-offs. Perhaps in one innings or another, some young batsman may do so. Certainly not consistently.Kusal Perera is caught in the trap of being " the next Sanath Jayasuriya." He is not. He is Kusal Perera and should play that way.

Genius apart, the foundation of Sri Lankan batsmanship has been a solid and correct technique.In the mad rush to define a nebulous idea like the " Sri Lankan brand of cricket", young batsmen give away their wickets and fail consistently.Crash, bang, wallop, batting does not always work.Unconventional strokes are usually based on solid techniques such as eyes on the ball, head still, feet and body in the right position for the shot, to say nothing about judging the line and length of the bowling.The Aravindas and Sanaths will come again, but rarely. For lesser mortals, correct technique is essential to successful batsmanship in all formats of the game.Until somebody clearly defines what the " Sri Lankan brand of aggressive cricket" is, it remains nothing but a chimera.

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