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  • KAD Tharalamini on BCB chief: Sri Lanka tour not possible under hosts’ termsConsidering the cases in Bangladesh we should not allow them to come here and play matches without a proper quarantine because we don't want to see more infections in the country and BCB should understand the current situation in Sri Lanka is much better compare to Bangladesh. If they cant agree for the 14 day quarantine then just ignore this series and focus on LPL 2020 to host this time without any further postponement.
  • Stormy on Sri Lanka Cricket picks Test squad of 23 against Bangladesh – reportGood to see some new faces and I guess is how many will make the final 15. I reckon Dikka could be under pressure.
  • Stormy on Sri Lanka’s strength to beat Bangladesh is pace – Ashantha de MelYep tactics makes sense and wonder what sort of wicket will come out but need to put the Bangladesh away.
  • Stormy on Why didn’t Pathum Nissanka play the premier league?Yes, keen to know what happened to this guy. His numbers were mighty impressive and I assumed he was on the cusp of selection and suddenly missing in action.
  • Stormy on Arrival of Lankan bowling coach David Saker ‘delayed’Good catch this, Sekar is an experienced hand who has solid experience and a good move by SLC.
  • Stormy on Shakib Al Hasan to play in Lanka Premier LeagueFantastic cricket talent and it's a bit early to state this but he could stand alongside Kallis, Sorbers, Stokes and Flintoff, Botham, as genuinely picked for either skill. I am not sure you would pick Hadlee, Dev and Imran Khan as pure batters. Anyway the point is, Sakib's behavior on his last trip to SL was deplorable and he even called his team off the field. Its just not cricket and lets give him a hard time as he will be thorn in our side in the years to come.
  • Stormy on Muttiah Muralitharan Clears the Doubt On 2011 World Cup Being FixedWe need to stop this crazy discussion about a fixed WC final. There are so many credible theories to this including Muralis but most of all, man for man, India were miles ahead of us. Just draw up the teams and check before we get started again. India has a star stuffed team with all bases covered with world class talent while we struggled to get a balanced team on the park!
  • Stormy on අකිලගේ තහනම ඉවර ද? සඳකැන්ට තැන අහිමි වන ලකුණු…Folks, we need to move past Akila! In as much as I would love to see him and he had the makings of something special, the reality is we need to get past this chucking curse once and for all. We cannot do that if we continue to fiddle with players with dodgy actions. Yes corrective action is possible but it will be a never ending struggle and we simply cannot afford this. We need to invest in a couple of young spinners to take over from Dilruwan and move forward. I think Embuldeniya has already put a hand up. Sandakan continues to do the same thing which is nothing, so lets move to the next kid.
  • Stormy on Jayantha Dharmadasa approved as Sri Lanka Cricket VPGotta love the SLC way, keep appointing the same old thieves and clowns and expect a new outcome. SLC are today at the bottom of the pile needing to qualify for the t20 WC and when was the last time we won a ODI cup. This should be sufficient to ban ALL PREVIOUS office bearers from entering SLC premises let alone holding office. If you oversee a total debarcle at your workplace resulting in huge loses and your company reaching the bottom of the pile, would you be re-employed by the same company? Yes if its politics or SLC! When are you going to wake up SLC? Appoint some capable new young fresh blood with a mandate for change and stop looting from us.
  • Muhammad Asif Khan on PSL, IPL teams to feature in Lanka Premier LeagueOrganisers r optimistic & reveal more in a day or two
  • Shihan Wijesinghe on PSL, IPL teams to feature in Lanka Premier LeagueI also think that IPL won't be part of any other leagues as they have specific sponsorship deals and laws.
  • Jagath Perera on PSL, IPL teams to feature in Lanka Premier LeagueIndia will never allow their players to play in foreign leagues.
  • Jagath Perera on Lasith Malinga to skip IPL – reportCricinfo says he is going to skip first few matches. This article says he will skip full IPL.
  • Doosra on 3rd ODI, England in Sri Lanka, 2001 — HighlightsKalu hammered a century and put a huge opening partnership with Marvan to win this match. Classic ODI to watch.
  • Suresh De Silva on Kusal Mendis strokes unbeaten century, as SLC Major League tournament resumesThis bugger should be in jail not playing he was hit & run case !!!!
  • Dias on IPG Dubai awarded Lanka Premier League total rights for 5 yearsAbout 2 weeks more for this to start but lot of details missing...
  • Jehan on Bangladesh to make decision on Sri Lanka tour next weekBangladesh be careful. Come to Sri Lanka if you want to catch Corona.
  • Jagath Perera on Ranatunga says politicians use cricketers for campaigns, comments on Muralitharan’s choiceWimal is a racist!! Murali has destroyed his reputation!!!
  • Chanaka Fonseka on Watch Muttiah Muralitharan bowling on ODI debut (1993)Nice to see young looking Murali!
  • Chanaka Fonseka on Watch Rangana Herath bowling on Test debut!First test wicket was a peach to dismiss Ponting!
  • Aravinthan Arunthavanathan on Kusal Mendis Saga and Sri Lanka cricket's brand valueAt least that would be the bare minimum which send the right message. But then fact that they haven't responded yet is an indication of the path to be taken I suppose. Utterly disappointing and you are right wish someone like Arjuna was at the helm though i disagree with some of his views
  • Aravinthan Arunthavanathan on Kusal Mendis Saga and Sri Lanka cricket's brand valueTrue enough. But they are well on the verge of doing it
  • Last Man Out on Kusal Mendis Saga and Sri Lanka cricket's brand valueAbsolutely ,the current culture in the national team is wrong you can see it when they play cricket on the field ,and you can see it when they are off the field.Quite honestly this is a reflection on our soceity as well. The trouble stems from the fact that there are no true leaders in the national team for youngsters to look upto and model their lives after.we've all heard the the stories of how the likes of arjuna ranathunga instilled discipline on young players on and off the field. As a fan i'm completely disenchanted with the current slc setup. school cricket is broken,domestic cricket is a joke the national team rarely wins plus the players are indisciplined . i don't see us getting any better. If the current administration was competent the player involved in this incident should have be given a one year ban.(even that might be too lenient as the player involved has shown no remorse)punishment should reflect the crime.
  • Joshua John on Kusal Mendis Saga and Sri Lanka cricket's brand valueIt couldn’t have been more clearer than this. Well explained lad. The last thing we want to hear from these people is breaking the Sri Lankan cricket brand.
  • Aravinthan Arunthavanathan on Faisalabad Ferocity- Sanath Jayasuriya 253 vs Pakistan 2004True enough. What I said was in comparison to ODI career his exploits seem insignificant. I remember the SA test you mentioned. That was a cracker of an innings and also in bowling he was more than useful. But obviously not used much in test cricket. As you said facing those bowlers was no mean achievement
  • Aravinthan Arunthavanathan on History at Asgiriya- Sri Lanka's first test win against AustraliaVery true..agreed to the core. Low scoring tests were at thrill. I can remember the Aussie game in 2004 but cant remember another close loss.the wicket was sporting to put it in perspective. Unfortunately I do not know much about Ravi Ratnayake but the sight screen story is interesting. First time I have heard that. Good one
  • Stormy on Who smoked 50 odd cigarettes inside dressing room during World Cup finals?I don't understand why this guy is asking these questions now when he was the one in charge at the time! What's more, this is a huge washing your dirty laundry in public exercise AND spare a thought for India - a star studded team that was the better team on the day and playing at home, "give us a break Thilekeratne". More importantly is the honorable man not interested in knowing and investigating the years of mismanagement and looting at SLC? Surely, that is more meaningful mission that may actually help us straighten things up.
  • Stormy on Sri Lanka Cricket to develop cricket facilities in JaffnaI am all for supporting facilities in the North but shudder at the thought of SLC getting involved in anything to do with facilities as we all know the most likely outcome here is whole scale looting. We have two abandoned stadiums in Dambulla and Hambanthota - can someone remind me how many tests these two have hosted? How about we investigate who ran off with the cash.
  • Stormy on Faisalabad Ferocity- Sanath Jayasuriya 253 vs Pakistan 2004Yes people tend to play down Sanath's test performance but the reality he has great test record of 100+ test averaging 40 as an opener and that's hard to beat when you are facing the new cherry against the likes of Mcgrath and Akthar. Insanely this guy also scored a triple hundred and a couple of doubles, both away from home. He is the kind of guy who could score a 100 in a session and take the game away from you and he made 96 in a session once (in Galle) - in the first session of a test series against SA. I thought he would end up with a better bowling record than the 98 wickets but with Murali and Vaas around, there was simply not room for him to do much with the ball.
  • Stormy on Murali crowned as the most valuable Test player of 21st centuryRather fitting for the greatest bowler of all time! Yes don't let anyone fool you with rubbish - Murali is the greatest of all time and his record is Bradman like.
  • Stormy on History at Asgiriya- Sri Lanka's first test win against AustraliaAsgiriya hosted some crazy tests in the past to the extend that was a 'cleansing' (not sure if that is what its called but a religious ceremony) to bless us with better luck!! I think we lost 2 games less than 20 runs (I could be wrong). The real beauty was the wicket - few could bat on it and 200+ was a good score. The craziest part of this test venue was it was a school ground where visiting school teams were put up behind the sight screens. The most famous son of Asgiriya is of course Sanga and I can't think of many more other than Ravi Ratnayeke all those years ago - a rare talent that has opened both the batting and bowling at international level.
  • Stormy on WHAT IS THE NEXT MOVE FOR THILANGAWe need to bring in a law that has a time limit on SLC office bearers but this is like suggesting we need to have a minimum qualification for parliamentarians... Have we ever wondered how we got to a position where you cannot keep your everyday job (saw bus driver or credit clerk) after 65 years AND there are minimum educational qualifications yet law makers need nothing and can steal well in to their old age.
  • Stormy on Match-fixing allegation: Aravinda summoned by PoliceAgreed with @Glyn, happy for Ara to give a statement but for crying out aloud when are we going to do something about the string of administrators who have stolen for years.
  • glyn palmer on Match-fixing allegation: Aravinda summoned by PoliceWhy are the Authorities going after the cricketers when the then President is still walking the streets and I mean Thilanga, the prove against him is is with the I C C but no body will act. Glyn Palmer
  • Aravinthan Arunthavanathan on The 2011 World Cup Final- Was it fixed or not?Exactly the point. Cant agree more with you. I think a lot of facts have been misinterpreted and complicated by recall Bias. When looking at it practically none of these make much of a sense
  • Stormy on List of allegations put forward by former Sports Minister Aluthgamage on 2011 WC finalWhat is the point of being the man in charge and asking all these questions? You should be telling us the answers, after all you are the man in charge. However, if asking questions is the go, where is all the cash Mr Minister? Who stole it and what were you doing when they were stealing.
  • Stormy on The 2011 World Cup Final- Was it fixed or not?Excellent read and written by someone who understands the game - well done! I followed every ball of this tournament and can categorically agree that I have no doubt in my mind on the outcome. If there is a way of looking back, you will note that I called for the 4 changes in the final too. The write highlights why the changes made sense at the time but of course its easy to draw conspiracy theories for some. In fact Nazzer Hussain (i think) also showed surprise at the SL selections but for some of us. There is ONE key reason why I believe this game was never fixed by SL and that is SL were never in a position to fix the game -if winning the game was the fix. The game only be fixed by India as they were the favorites coming in to the final. Anyone bothered to check the Indian line up on the day - Sewag, Sachin, Gambir, Yuvraj, Dhoni which is a great batting line up and the bowling had Zaheer and Harbajan - two of Indians best. As always SL were punching above their weight which is how we succeeded and fixing this game was not on the cards. Couple of other minor factors, India were playing at home and won the toss in Mumbai which was also an advantage. We need to get over this and move on and show some respect to the wining team.
  • Stormy on No proof of match-fixing allegations: DullasOk then, here we go ... another Minister taking on the Minister at the time, like clowns in a circus. Neither knows little or nothing about cricket, just came to loot and run....just like so many before them. When will this end?
  • Stormy on After declaring Sri Lanka sold 2011 WC final to India, Aluthgamage now says it’s his ‘suspicion’Isn't it a joke that firstly we have Minister messing around in SLC. His underlying claim is that the team he approved didn't play. That unfortunately is the problem with SLC - the admin system doesn't work. Since him, we have had a string of Ministers who have their own agendas, which are not aligned to a national agenda but ad-hoc knee jerk nonsense that has taken SL cricket beyond the point of no return and here we this clown still going on about the 2011 WC under his watch. We even got excited about a couple of chaps a few years ago (cannot recall names expect for Harin) that we thought would actually do something. In typical political fashion, they mess around and walk away, no accountability, no vision - just clowns in the a circus that are no longer funny.
  • Stormy on Akila Dananjaya added to Sri Lanka training squad as 25th player – reportHe was our only hope of a wicket taking option and I hope we have a plan here. We need to get away from tolerating guys with suspect actions and get on with producing some quality spinners. Its crazy to think that a spin based system such as ours (1) we cannot produce a quality spinner in the last 10 years (2) 3 of the guys who came to the top and were a genuine threat to international batters have been called in recent times.
  • Stormy on Thilanga Sumathipala responds to Mahela JayawardenaImpressive man with an impressive record but my biggest concern is the last comment - it all comes down the Minister! You know your done when its left to a politician...
  • Stormy on Allegations can have boomerang effect on former Sri Lanka sports minister AluthgamageI guess nothing will happen highlighting the problem with SLC and the whole system. We have clowns treating an international sport like its a circus and we are reaping the repercussions! If we want to get serious take some action against this sort of political interference in the game so we have some chance of a recovery say in 5 years.
  • Short-Leg on ‘Sri Lanka as Asia cup host never discussed,’ says BCCIStar players should boycott because of coronavirus risk!
  • Short-Leg on Sri Lanka Cricket to back Indian nominee for ICC top posthttps://www.islandcricket.lk/news/featured/not-interested-sri-lanka-cricket-promoted-icc-big-post-sangakkara/