Recent commentsLatest 50 commentsRally Mall on Angelo “Junior” to lead Kandy Warriors in LPLOh no, why was Asela removed? Angelo not a 'kandyan' by any means.You lose local support to the team. What experience he brings? Even in the cowboy T10 in Dubai now going on games he has been a flop.Rehan Jayasuriya on කොදෙව් පන්දු යවන්නන්ගෙන් වාර්තාවක්; මැතිව්ස්ට ස්කෑන් පරීක්ෂණයක් – #SLvWI 2nd Test Day 02 CricketrySadly Mathews has done it again! Destabilize the team. He has done this many times in his career either in the middle of a game or in overseas tours. After a couple of quick wickets today ,when he broke down the rest of the team collapsed. Why did he return to Test cricket so soon, the lure of money to play for the LPL but plunging our team now in trouble.Why do the selectors take the seniors right into the team after a long lay off? A Mafia in operation? Nowhere this happen so blatantly.Akshay Sattrukalsinghe on Chamari Atapattu retires from Sri Lanka CricketJust confirmed and this is NOT TRUE, please verify your news before sharing & stop misleading with FAKE NEWS! CheersDias on West Indies resistance goes in vain as Sri Lanka take 1-0 leadWell done boys!Rally Mall on Muthumudalige Pushpakumara Joins Jaffna Kings as Spin Bowling CoachA lot of Kalu salli invested to grab the title!AJ on "ටෙස්ට් තරගයක් කියන්නේ අත්හදා බැලීම් කරන තැනක් නෙමෙයි" – Dimuth KarunaratneIt is obvious Dimuth is hesitant & unsure about the form of players & so to go with only six batters is a risky decision. At least in form Charith should have played instead of Mathews whose match fitness is always a worry. Mathews last cricket was in the LPL & he was horrible then too.Mathews should have been included only for the Indian series.rkorusiru on Sri Lanka names XI for first test, No debut for AsalankaYou must be joking! So according to you, you want em to pick players over their T20 form? If we keep on changing players every single time we play Test cricket, we’d forever rebuild. Quit whining and just enjoy it😉Susantha Jayawardena on Sri Lanka names XI for first test, No debut for AsalankaIt looks like that the selectors are going to play a team that consists of senior test players irrespective of their current batting form (mainly 4 out of the first six batters). Only Pathum Nissanka has performed well very recently in batting (but in T20 format) . So unless any of these four batters (except Pathum) find form in scoring some runs for SL. I would have preferred at least Aalanka is played over Oshada as he is the only batter who is in prime form.. Winning the first match of the Test Championship is very vital for SL. Anyway Hope I am proved wrong and these out of form or out of touch batters will come back to their batting form to give some respectability to SL s innings.AJ on Mickey Arthur to leave Sri Lanka to become Derbyshire's head of cricket – Sky SportsThank you Mickey. Glad to hear you fell in love with our country which is not surprising with its culture enriched with Buddhist ethos. We all are happy as you do with the recent progress shown by our team. Thank you for that. Wish you Best at Derbyshire.AJ on Softlogic Holdings to own Colombo Franchise for LPL 2021This is what should hppen, not black money coming from the UK. Well done Dr Pathirage. At least one more franchise should have local ownership.Shaheed Akram on Mickey Arthur's stint as Sri Lanka coach to endReally will not make a difference if he is there or not.Levindu Perera on NEXT HEAD COACH OF SRILANKA CRICKET TEAMThis is the epitome of stupidity, why when a coach finally starts to fix the team and address its many issues do people wish to get rid of him. Mickey arthur should wholeheartedly stay on and continue as coach. Chopping and changing coaches will only lead to a period of uncertainty where the new coach will have to try and understand and come to grips with the team.Vykunthan Visvalingam on NEXT HEAD COACH OF SRILANKA CRICKET TEAMGood dream. Mahela can not even afford 3weeks and Herath is already locked up with Bangaladesh. What is the disadvantage we see with Mikey Arther? We Srilankans have a mentality of hating foreign coaches. Micky Arthur did not have a lot of tournaments or practice sessions to groom this team. Also, he had a lot of hiccups from the SLC management during his tenure. Things like removal of senior players, UK bubble breach, contract issues etc. When we won world cups we were coached by foreign coaches. It is just we need better administartionAJ on Harsha Bhogle picks his Team of the Tournament, no Indian included | T20 WCWhat an impact Charith has made in the world cricket just in a few games to be selected both in the ICC & Cricinfo teams.In a way it is surprising to note that Charith has displaced such stars like Markam, Mit Marsh ,Rizwan Mitchell etc to be selected in 3 teams,ICC,Cricinfo & Bhogle's. Well done Charith, but work harder now. Don’t go along Kusal Mendis path.Budusaranai.AJ on Buttler, Warner, Hasaranga and Boult headline ESPNcricinfo's Team of the TournamentWhat an impact Charith has made in the world cricket just in a few games to be selected both in the ICC & Cricinfo teams.Well done Charith, but work harder now. Don't go along Kusal Mendis path.Budusaranai.Susantha Jayawardena on LPL 2021 player draft | Mathews, Chandimal, Kusal, and 10 other players To LPL | Sri Lanka CricketThese players were not picked initially as there were some exciting and more protective younger players that SLC wanted to try during this league. Although these 10 players are now included (due to the pressure from various quarters) more deserved younger players should be given priority during team selections. One clear example is playing Kamil Mishara (who is highly talented and supposed to be performing better than KJP and Minode Bhanuka as a LH opening batter). If SLC do not give the required guide lines for LPL team selections we will not develop the best 15 player squad for next years T20 WC.Rehan Jayasuriya on Jayawardene's Tweet on LPL player selectionAll are pointing at only one aspect. Why certain stars not picked ,that is true However there is another aspect to this. As you say not picking up those good players is only one side of the equation.The other side is how Dilshan Munaweera come as a Diamond player for fifty thousand ? Angelo Perera for forty thousand for Kandy. Both were just ex players not worth even to include in any team. Whose recommendations are those? This is very relevant . Were KJP etc excluded to give these useless players this high price? A comment posted in SLC face book looks appropriate, the born again group at work?Susantha Jayawardena on රතු කට්ට පැන්න මහේලගෙන් ප්රශ්නගත LPL තේරීම්වලට සැර ප්රතිචාර | Cricket lookayaI CALL THESE SOCIAL MEDIA PROPAGANDA AS TOTAL RUBBISH. Mahela your statement is absolutely correct. If SLC do not act strongly and back Aravinda's and Mahela's great ideas and vision our cricket will go back to the very unfortunate state in the past. Very rightly 5 of SL senior players (Mathews, KJP, Chandimal. DDS & Akila) have not been included. According to the minimum requirements needed for the T20 Team Building Process like (1) Current Form (2) Fitness Level & (3) Fielding in the outfield, all these 5 players do not have any chance to be selected for LPL teams. They must first perform in the domestic T20 / ODI matches and prove that they can compete equally well with the younger players. Shoab Malik’s’ and Mohd Hafeez’s recent revelation can be taken as good examples. Even at the age of 40 yrs they performed exceptionally well in this WC. Malik infact scored the fastest half century (in 18 balls). So that’s the challenge these senior players have to face now. Even the social mSusantha Jayawardena on Aravinda's Strong Statement on Loss oF Strongest Players in Lanka Premier League2021 tournament-NEWSVery rightly 5 of SL senior players (Mathews, KJP, Chandimal. DDS & Akila) have not been included. According to the minimum requirements needed for the T20 Team Building Process like (1) Current Form (2) Fitness Level & (3) Fielding in the outfield, all these 5 players do not have any chance to be selected for LPL teams. They must first perform in the domestic T20 / ODI matches and prove that they can compete equally well with the younger players. Shoab Malik's' and Mohd Hafeez's recent revelation can be taken as good examples. Even at the age of 40 yrs they performed exceptionally well in this WC. Malik infact scored the fastest half century (in 18 balls). So that's the challenge these senior players have to face now. Even the social media platforms should not publish useless statements behalf of these senior players and try to fool cricket fans and destroy the great plans of the SLC Technical Committee to improve SL cricket. .Rehan Jayasuriya on #LPL2021 හොදම ක්රීඩකයන් තෝරන්නෙ නැති අමුතුම අමුතු #LPL2021 Draft එක | Who Wants to Upset LPL Brand?There is another aspect to this. As you say not picking up those good players is only one side of the equation.The other side is how Dilshan Munaweera come as a Diamond player for fifty thousand ? Angelo Perera for forty thousand for Kandy. Both were just ex players not worth even to include in any team. A comment posted in SLC face book looks appropriate, the born again group at work?Philip De silva on Mahela Jayawardene to pick new coaching staffThe unfortunate situation is all our legends like mahela, sanga, murali when it’s comes to coaching SL teams they have other commitments but they can work with IPL, MCC CPL ect full time sad reallymega turbo on Sri Lanka to mix experience with youth against West Indies : Lahiru Thirimanne likely to retire and Not to Play against West IndiesThis is not sports journalism - it's pure gossip and trash. Not a fan of Thirimanne, but speculating he's retiring just when he's had his best test form in years is pathetic. Articles like this with zero substance or reasoning behind them should not be shared here. And some of the supposed cricketers stated as possible replacements have hardly played any FC cricket or have pretty poor FC records. The official team for the WI test series has not even been released yet by SLC. Literally a trash gossip column written by a 12 year old it seems...AJ on The Morning tweet and Dhananjaya’s benching! – Clarification now! : What happened to Dasun Shanaka’s men in the GulfSLC has given good reasons why DDS was benched. However SLC should note there are a couple of valid issues that article points out: Why Shanaka was appointed as captain when he clearly did not deserve a spot in the playing X1? At least all are wiser now after the event, not only he did not perform adequately during the entire campaign but also at least a couple of losses could be attributed directly to poor captaincy at the time.Other important point is without senior support & he himself not performing to lead by example , SLC should think hard before appointing the next captain,hope Mahela will think of the country before the club.Susantha Jayawardena on Mendis-Dickwella-Gunathilake trigger argument in parliamentIsn't the punishment given to these 3 players too harsh? I think it is unreasonable and too harsh. As ICC has given a ban of only one week (of separation) for an official umpire for breaking a bio bubble during this WC, it clearly proves that the punishment given by SLC for our 3 players is unreasonable & too harsh. In this latest context, SLC should ,discuss the matter with ICC to bring down the International ban from i yr to six months. Definitely ICC will agree for this proposal. If these 3 players (or at least two) can play in the Australian T20 tour next year(in Feb) before the 2022 T20 WC it will be great for SL cricket.Dias on Irony of fate: Sri Lanka has to qualify for 2022 T20 WC in AustraliaThe way SLC and our selectors have been behaving we will see a brand new side for next T20 World Cup. Forever in transition. Hope they stick to this group of players for the next 12 months.Mohamed Rizwan on The Morning tweet and Dhananjaya’s benching! – Clarification now! : What happened to Dasun Shanaka’s men in the GulfVery immature and shameful article, Could see the attention seeking attitude.Sri Lanka Cricket on The Morning tweet and Dhananjaya’s benching! – Clarification now! : What happened to Dasun Shanaka’s men in the GulfIf two players were found guilty for betraying why on earth only one of them was benched entirely but the other was played for all matches? Akila Dananjaya was also benched for the entire tournament. Some other teams also benched some of their players for the entire tournament. Do they also have anything to do with betrayal? DDS played against Papua New Guinea although he didn't perform well in that match. DDS would have been benched considering his poor recent form. It seems this is also another successful attempt by 'The Morning' to save their lost reputation.Rally Mall on කළුතර බෝධිය ළඟින් ශ්රී ලංකා ක්රිකට් අනාගතයට – පැතුම් නිස්සංකමොකක් නැති වුනත් මෙතැන කියන එක දෙයක් ගැන මට සහතික කරන්න පුලුවන් කෙලින්ම සියයට සියයක්.ඒ තමා කලුතර බෝධියේ අනුසස්. යන්න වඳින්න හිතට අවංකව.AJ on Sri Lanka vs England pre match showSurely poor captaincy cost us the South African game. Read this, most of it spot on. How long the selectors will wait to dump him out? Do they realize their folly , hopefully so , at least at last! https://www.cricketage.in/2021/10/31/dasun-shanakas-poor-captaincy-derails-spirited-sri-lankas-world-cup-campaign/Sri Lanka Cricket on TEAM ABU DHABI MAKE HISTORIC APPOINTMENT WITH SARAH TAYLOR APPOINTED ASSISTANT COACH FOR ABU DHABI T10 CAMPAIGNPlease only publish posts related to Sri Lankan cricket here.Byse ster on SL are the dark horses of this World Cup: Morne MorkelNow who said writing falsified facts in island cricket. Now wait till south Africa winning match. It will show to Sri Lankan cricket fans what really going on.Byse ster on M25: South Africa v Sri Lanka | Match Preview | T20 World CupNow who said writing falsified facts in island cricket. Now wait till south Africa winning match. It will show to Sri Lankan cricket fans what really going on.Hit-Wicket on My Preferred Sri Lanka XI Vs South AfricaSA will bring in spinners early if DDS opens, as he struggled against SA spinners last month. I would also like to open with DDS if he's in good touch with bat.Mohamed Rizwan on SL are the dark horses of this World Cup: Morne Morkel_LOL_Byse ster on SL are the dark horses of this World Cup: Morne MorkelDon't get frustrated it may be common. But I got this information from inside man from ICC and Indian bookies and is accurate. people of Sri Lanka will witness exactly what I said in today match between Sri Lanka vs south Africa. It may hurt "you" especially mentioning "MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI". I know where you coming from and exactly who "you" are. Don't get frustrated it will happen exactly as I said.Mohamed Rizwan on My Preferred Sri Lanka XI Vs South AfricaGood one though, I would rather open DDS with Kusal since he can play proper cricketing shots against those quality fast bowlers during the power play.Mohamed Rizwan on SL are the dark horses of this World Cup: Morne MorkelLOLHit-Wicket on SL are the dark horses of this World Cup: Morne Morkel@Byse ster: Please don't try to mislead public by willfully writing false facts. A team scoring 120 - 160 runs or a good bowler taking 2,3,4 or 5 wickets is so common in T20 cricket.Byse ster on SL are the dark horses of this World Cup: Morne MorkelFrom batting perspective south Africa will play dominant cricket pretty much same as Australia. There is also percentage match to get close and beat Sri Lanka. If you are Sri Lankan fan don't get angry don't get frustrated.Byse ster on SL are the dark horses of this World Cup: Morne MorkelToday match spoiler according to the report I got from an inside job man from Indian bookies and ICC. Don't get panic or angry if you are a Sri Lankan fan. South Africa winning the toss and elected to field first and win the match. Sri Lanka will bat first higher percentage of Indian bookies betting Sri Lanka total between 120 to 160. Second highest percentage comes in Sri Lanka total 80 to 120. Other bettings are tabraiz shamsi booked to get 2,3,4 or 5 wickets and kagiso rabada get 2,3,4 or 5 wickets. There is also percentage for Keshav Maharaj or fortuin getting 5 wicket haul. Aiden markram Dwaine Pretorius and anrich nortje also among Indian bookies to get wickets. The one Indian bookie said to be furious because south Africa not playing MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI FAVOURITE BOWLER LUNGI NGIDI against Sri Lanka. So it's possible lungi ngidi could play today and get multiple wickets because Indian bookies betting high on him.From batting perspective south Africa will play dominant cricSri Lanka Cricket on Domestic Cricket : Rohitha Rajapaksa debuts, Mathews returnMate, I didn't talk about this news. I have been a regular follower of Island Cricket for 5+ years and I always appreciate contributors who post important news regularly. I didn't make any complain for that many years although I recently made a couple of suggestions to improve Island Cricket.Dias on Domestic Cricket : Rohitha Rajapaksa debuts, Mathews returnThis news is fine. Say thanks to the guys who post regularly without always complaining.Sri Lanka Cricket on Domestic Cricket : Rohitha Rajapaksa debuts, Mathews returnHi, when we are about to play the most exciting world cup match and the fans are so excited to learn about it, uploading so many non-world cup related posts to make all posts related to the SL v AUS clash go down the news feed is not appropriate. We notice cricket related things all over internet but we don't need to upload all of them to Island Cricket.Susantha Jayawardena on රෝහිත රාජපක්ෂ තම මංගල පන්දුවෙන්ම දැවී යයි | Rohitha Rajapaksa Cricket Match | Chichi Cricket MatchSCORECARD OF SL ARMY VS SL AIR FORCE MATCH https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/major-clubs-limited-over-tournament-2021-22-1284321/sri-lanka-army-sports-club-vs-sri-lanka-air-force-sports-club-group-a-1284322/full-scorecardByse ster on Sri Lanka T20 World Cup|Sri Lanka Vs Australia T20 2021|Sri Lanka vs Australia T20 Live|sl vs ausDon't show any fear to this b****h. If you are spinner bowl fuller to him and quicker to his stump. Don't fear to his switch hit or reverse sweep or conventional sweep. Don't show any fear to this white racist or any of the Australian batsman or bowler.Sri Lanka Cricket on ආසයි බලන් ඉන්න දෙපැත්තෙන් 145ට දාන කොට : Chaminda Vaas speaks to AzzamCan u please stop posting videos which have been already posted recently ? Also I appreciate if you don't upload many videos in one go.Philip De silva on After T20 World Cup Sri Lanka Coaching StaffHaha I like ur dreaming wish listMohamed Rizwan on After T20 World Cup Sri Lanka Coaching StaffExcellent thoughts.Mohamed Rizwan on Sri Lanka XI (Preferred) Vs BangladeshIt would be better to have DDS, so my preffered eleven would be KJP Pathum DDS Avishka Banuka Wanindu Dasun Chamika Akila Dusmantha LahiruSusantha Jayawardena on Maheesh Theekshana Injury Huge Blow for Sri LankaI think there is a more important point than your idea of not resting few main bowlers. SL's main 5 bowlers getting a knowledge on how the Shj wkts are behaving is more important for the team as we will be playing 3 matches on Shj wicket. We havent played any matches in nShj prior to thisHowever I think according to the second round schedule, SL will have to play 5 matches within 7 days which is a very unfair situation. Even for any T20 tournament it is customary to have an off day after a match. That means 5 matches are scheduled at least within a minimum period of 9/10 days.