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What do you mean Test cricket is a health hazard and not suitable to the sub-continent?

Imran, Wasim, Waqar all played over 80 Tests as fast bowlers, and before you say the schedules were easier then, they all played lots of first class cricket especially county cricket where the schedules are more hectic and ridiculous and their teams tended to overuse them in terms of bowling workloads.

That's just 3 names from the sub-continent that have lasted as quick bowlers. It comes down to individual's fitness and how they are managed/handled by the captain and management.

Malinga's action was always going to take it's toll on various parts of his body.

I agree with @SiriSena's comment that Chameera should not get obsessed with chasing speed records and just focus on bowling and getting the job done. And regarding management of younger bowlers.

Posted in: Chameera injured and out of third Test by delan82 on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 21:55. Reply to this comment.


What do you mean Test cricket is a health hazard and not suitable to the sub-continent?

Imran, Wasim, Waqar all played over 80 Tests as fast bowlers, and before you say the schedules were easier then, they all played lots of first class cricket especially county cricket where the schedules are more hectic and ridiculous and their teams tended to overuse them in terms of bowling workloads.

That's just 3 names from the sub-continent that have lasted as quick bowlers. It comes down to individual's fitness and how they are managed/handled by the captain and management.

Malinga's action was always going to take it's toll on various parts of his body.

I agree with @SiriSena's comment that Chameera should not get obsessed with chasing speed records and just focus on bowling and getting the job done. And regarding management of younger bowlers.

Posted in: Chameera injured and out of third Test by delan82 on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 21:55. Reply to this comment.


What do you mean Test cricket is a health hazard and not suitable to the sub-continent?

Imran, Wasim, Waqar all played over 80 Tests as fast bowlers, and before you say the schedules were easier then, they all played lots of first class cricket especially county cricket where the schedules are more hectic and ridiculous and their teams tended to overuse them in terms of bowling workloads.

That's just 3 names from the sub-continent that have lasted as quick bowlers. It comes down to individual's fitness and how they are managed/handled by the captain and management.

Malinga's action was always going to take it's toll on various parts of his body.

I agree with @SiriSena's comment that Chameera should not get obsessed with chasing speed records and just focus on bowling and getting the job done. And regarding management of younger bowlers.

Posted in: Chameera injured and out of third Test by delan82 on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 21:55. Reply to this comment.


It's not Vithanage's results it's his approach. Do you guys think he's dismissals including the ill-fated reverse sweep were appropriate at the time. Remember this is a Test match not a limited overs one or charity game.

It would be nice if he's leg spin came along, but he's going to need a lot of work on it to get better. It ain't that great in First class cricket so how do you expect it to suddenly be great in Test match cricket.
It's bit like the leg spin of Steve Smith or Cameron White.

Posted in: Tharanga replaces Sangakkara for third Test by delan82 on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 21:40. Reply to this comment.


Agree with fitness isn joint issue/effort by coaches and fitness staff. But has the trend with of our bowlers breaking down ceased to exist including under Champika's reigns past and present ? Looks like Chameera maybe out of next Test. That area still needs a lot of work/attention on it.
I'll just a ask where does a fast bowler condition their body for the strength and stamina and ability to bowl 20 overs in a day...in the gym, or running around the oval, or in the nets/middle practicing. A bit of both is needed, but it's the latter on that makes the most difference, and the coach who is responsible for that not the physio.

I think the reason many of the Asian teams have looked at foreign coaches in the past is because they are less likely to be corrupted by locals in that country. The locals are most likely to help out their friends, families, and kids of these than a foreigner. The are also likely to have less say and be puppets to those above and beyond the board to ensure this happens. Add to this the local coaches don't always get/command the respect they deserve from certain players/officials.
And not just coaches but other positions too...just incase you have forgotten the recent past have another look at the reigns of Vaas, Sanath, Marvan (in all positions), Kalpage, Duleep Mendis in various positions, and tell me they were not plagued by one of these factors!
You have seen how great some of the discipline areas have gone under their guidance, and how certain selections have been made etc

Yes the board saves money with a local, as they offer a pittance in comparison to a foreigner. Poor pay and restricted conditions can also mean locals not free to 'work' the way they want to, and may take off elsewhere if given a better offer.

To some extent I get what you are saying with some (not all) of the more recent foreign coaches because they have been done on recommendation of a person that played with or under them, and been chased and sought after as opposed to proper applications and interviews, and so those people agree to satisfy their contact for a short while and leave.

For me I would like a combo of foreign and local. Pick the head coach first on merit rather than favouritism. You get outside ideas, and local ideas.

I don't buy the idea that foreigners are here to steal inside information. This is not Cold War. Today there is more media coverage, more video analysis available and the top players go around the world playing in various comps sharing dressing rooms and net sessions with international opponents. The important info such as strengths and weaknesses is out there and already readily available for all.

Posted in: Sri Lanka keen on getting Dennis Lillee for coaching stint by delan82 on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 21:28. Reply to this comment.


I am disappointed in Mr. Latif for pointing out ONLY the commercial benefits of playing Day-Night tests in the subcontinent. It seems that he has not realized the benefits the players will gain physically from not playing under hot and humid conditions. I feel that number of injuries to the fast bowlers will reduce significantly.

Posted in: Sub-continental Boards should think about night Tests: Rashid Latif by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 20:28. Reply to this comment.


It is a very good idea.

With the sub-continent hot and humid climate, playing test cricket during day time for 5 days is a HEALTH HAZARD. I think we should start test matches around 5pm. The advantages are;

1. Less breakdowns of players
2. More Spectators on the ground and TV Viewers.
3. People can watch the game after work thereby reducing the number of work hours lost.

Posted in: Day-Night Test Cricket is... by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 16:14. Reply to this comment.


Include Mubarak to give him a chance to fail again so that we can close the issue on him. Let him be a commentator and replace Arnold who runs his mouth too much.

Posted in: Chameera injured and out of third Test by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 15:56. Reply to this comment.


What do you expect in Hot and Humid conditions? Sub-continent climate is not suitable for test cricket. Actually Test Cricket is a Health Hazard. Malinga realized this long time ago.

Posted in: Chameera injured and out of third Test by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 15:53. Reply to this comment.


Hi Delan82,

I respect your opinion.

But, I feel that Ramanayaka is competent enough to take care of our bowlers. He has travelled enough to many countries to know about the conditions out there. I am sure that he is in a position to pass on some tips and tricks to Lillee. As far as the fitness of our players is concerned, I think it is the joint responsibility of the coaches and the Physio.

I feel that SLC officials like to get foreign coaches in order to compensate some of their friends for providing services to the foreign national, especially accommodation. Imagine the amount of rent-inflated of course!- for few years can run up to! I am not sure of this but, I feel that there is a possibility. Can someone shed more light on this?

Posted in: Sri Lanka keen on getting Dennis Lillee for coaching stint by Anonymous (not verified) on Thursday, July 2, 2015 - 15:45. Reply to this comment.