Recent comments Latest 50 comments AJ on I HAVE APPLIED FOR MANAGER POST | ශ්රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ කළමණාකරු තනතුරට අයඳුම් කළා – FARVEEZ MAHAROOFI think there has to be a more matured person as the manager of the SL team in the caliber of Charith Senanayake etc.Mahrrof did have some issues when he went with under 19 team to WI in any case.Hope SLC/cricket committee appoint a person to this post considering many allegations to the team & the players like the conduct, born again issues & drinking culture.Stormy on Inter-provinicial cricket set to become Sri Lanka's premier first-class tournamentIt's time and lets make the call. We cannot keep playing club cricket on poor wickets and expect to compete against a world that has moved on from 1996 when club cricket worked.Stormy on COPE exposes large scale corruption at SLCWe can't keeping pointing out there is corruption - we all know that and have known for a many years. What are we going to do about it other than keep saying there is corruption.Stormy on Sri Lanka Cricket Election: Legal battle looms large after ‘backdated’ gazetteNeed to fix this circus once and for all Mr Honorable man.Stormy on Namal Rajapaksa appoints interim-committee for Sri Lanka CricketAnother Minister, another year, another interim committee....life goes on in SLC with the usual smoke screen to hide the looting by the honorable men!Stormy on Injured Sri Lanka spinner Embuldeniya out for eight weeks – reportDesperately unlucky but this is the trend with SL cricket - key players keep getting injured or find ways to miss being on the park. Dimuth missed Eng tour, Anji missed the SA and WI, Chandi, KJP...the list goes on. This is without naming the fast bowlers who are constantly out with injury. Man management folks.poorna89419 on Tour Match, Katunayake, Apr 17 – 18 2021, Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka – My Sri Lankan XI@Kapstar Non of our teams will play a warm-up match with Bangladesh. They gonna play an intra-squad game due to covid restrictions.Tom Jeffrey on Restructuring the Sri Lanka ODI team for 2023 ODI World CupSammyboy Bangladesh will be coming to SL for 2 test matches in April. Then Sri Lanka will be going to Bangladesh for 3 match ODI series in mid May. Exact schedule for this series still not released.Sammyboi23 on Restructuring the Sri Lanka ODI team for 2023 ODI World CupOn cricinfo it shows the 2 test series. Even better! Ease the youngsters at home in familiar conditions before going to England in swinging conditions with a Duke ballTom Jeffrey on Restructuring the Sri Lanka ODI team for 2023 ODI World CupSammyboi next ODI series against the Bangladesh in MaySammyboi23 on Restructuring the Sri Lanka ODI team for 2023 ODI World CupTotally agree. Sri Lanka needs to move on from the tried and tested seniors. If you're going to continue losing, at least give the youth a chance. At the moment, they are neither rebuilding nor progressing. I liked Dasun Shanaka's captaincy in the T20Is he has captained to date. My ODI Team for England (next series in England) and leading up to the World Cup: 1. Dhanushka Gunathilaka 2. Avishka Fernando 3. Pathum Nissanka 4. Kusal Perera (wk) 5. Ashen Bandara 6. Dasun Shanaka (c) 7. Wanindu Hasaranga 8. Dhananjaya Lakshan 9. Dushmantha Chameera 10. Maheesh Theekshana 11. Nuwan Pradeep Reserves/ Players to think about: Batsmen Niroshan Dickwella Angelo Mathews Dhananjaya de Silva Sandun Weerakkody Charith Asalanka Spin Bowlers Nishan Peiris Akila Dananjaya Maheesh Theekshana Amila Aponso Lakshan Sandakan Pace bowlers Lahiru Kumara Asitha Fernando Dilshan Madushanka Kalana PereraTom Jeffrey on Restructuring the Sri Lanka ODI team for 2023 ODI World CupYes, Dias. Selectors first must identify the basic of team selection. You must play your best XI and from that XI you must choose your captain. It is not the other way around. I do not think Dimuth will be able to get into even the first 30 of the ODI squad. There is no different capability to him either. He neither a all-rounder, neither a power hitter and even he cannot consistently score runs with his low trike rate. It is a crime / waste if we have to left X factor young player like Avishka Fernando from the playing XI in order to accommodate a player like Dimuth in the playing XI.Dias on Restructuring the Sri Lanka ODI team for 2023 ODI World CupI also think it is better to remove Dimuth from ODI side and give Dasun the ODI captaincy. Need to plan now for the World Cup and hope they pick the same opening batting combo all the way until WC 2023 without changing.Jagath Perera on Aravinda defends Moody show, avoids Ranatunga confrontationTechnical committee is a political appointment. SLC was forced to hire Moody because Namal's committee right?? Very strange ICC has not said anything about government interference at SLC.Jagath Perera on Namal Rajapaksa appoints interim-committee for Sri Lanka CricketWhat's the point? In a few weeks election will take place and same old faces will be back again.TK Jayasinghe on Watch Thisara Perera smashing six 6s in one over, records second fastest 50 in List-A cricketShould he be in the test side? We need a good all rounder who can bat lower down.Dias on Injury woes continue for Sri Lanka and EmbuldeniyaPost day 5 live steam please.Hilal Suhaib on Restructuring domestic cricket Moody’s prioritySpot on, Stormy. These high-profile signings are starting to look like costly PR stunts. Every time SLC's incompetence leads to embarrassing defeats on the field, the SLC executive committee upends all long-term plans, sacks coaches (who were once fan-favourites) and hires another individual popular amongst the media, former players, and the public to create the impression that they are taking measures to advance the game in Sri Lanka. Have they reported audited accounts? What happened to the massive debt SLC was straddled with from the construction of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota? Did the State Engineering Corp. actually take over that debt? I won't be surprised if SLC is operating on income largely from home tours from teams like England and India. They should be prudent with finances and more transparent with the state of SLC's finances. SLC has blown through millions on legal costs and court settlements from violating employment contracts already.Stormy on Pethum Nissanka: A father’s dreamGreat story and destiny is written in the stars for some. Best wishes Pathum and looking forward to years of steady batsmanship...finally a star has dawned on the horizon.Stormy on Sri Lanka tour of England – ODI & T20I SquadGuys we need to make a new plan for white ball cricket if we want compete! Have been saying this for a long time - the current plan with Dimuth (lets face it he is not a white ball batter) Chandi and Anji is never going to work. Anyone who watched the India V Eng series would know that even 300+ is no longer safe. You just need to look at the players in these two teams - Sharma, Pandya, Pant, Butler, Bairstow and Roy which we are matching with Dimuth, Anji and Chandimal - we have taken a knife to a gun fight! Lets atleast select a team that if everything goes to plan has a reasonable chance of competing. It is no surprise why we are where we are in white ball cricket which is where we will be if we keep selecting the 1980's style white ball batters to anchor our batting.Stormy on Restructuring domestic cricket Moody’s priorityTom is a great recruit and well done SLC for getting him on board but remember what we said about Hathu - basically we moved the mountain to get Hathu on board and he was a great recruit too. But that basically was the beginning of yet another sad tale with a familiar ending - the employee will soon walk out with a hefty termination package unable to deal with SLC politics - basically clowns trying to tell a professional how to do their job. There is only one outcome here and unless SLC changes this circus act, this will be yet another familiar ending!! International professionals don't take rubbish from armature political clowns at SLC who must let the man do it job and get out of the way.Stormy on Sri Lanka bowling coach returns after pay spatGood end to this messy story and I know SLC hung Vaas out to dry but the reality its yet another "administration blunder" by SLC which nearly cost us one of the all times greats - something SLC will do with its eyes closed with no accountability of repercussions! Glad this ended well.Dias on Sri Lanka tour of England – ODI & T20I SquadSusantha this is a blog. How can you think it is a official squad? Even you can write a blog. Official squads will be in news section not blogs.TK Jayasinghe on Sri Lanka bowling coach returns after pay spatI support Vaas!Jehan on Sri Lanka tour of England – ODI & T20I SquadGood point Susantha. But I have been reading his blogs and 99% of time he has the correct squad. Wonder if he is a selector or the squad is leaked??Susantha Jayawardena on Sri Lanka tour of England – ODI & T20I SquadAdmin, Is this the official squad ? If yes, please verify with an official news item. In future please request these "Island Selectors" to mention "My Selection" in all their forecasts. One of such selectors recently has picked a team for the World Cup to be held in 2023. Isn't it absurd? I wish that credibility in every post is maintained in this forum.Chanaka Fonseka on Day 4, 1st Test, Sri Lanka in West Indies, 2021 – HighlightsWell done Nissanka! Test century on debut is excellent! But if he has two bad series then same story as Kusal Mendis. Dropped.Chanaka Fonseka on Day 3, 1st Test, Sri Lanka in West Indies, 2021 – HighlightsMore and more Lakmal plays the more he is improving. That is why it's not good to change and drop players all the time.Dustuk Bista on Is 2023 World Cup a pipe dream?SHUT up u idiot. how dare u blame Mahela for ur weak players not playing properly. Mahela is a gentleman working hard to give re birth to sri lanka cricket. so if U can't do anything to improve cricket. Please shut up and support good people to do good things without destroying . he can easily get a million dollar job in foreign countries but rejected them and working FREE for our countryDustuk Bista on Is 2023 World Cup a pipe dream?SHUT up u idiot. how dare u blame Mahela for ur weak players not playing properly. Mahela is a gentleman working hard to give re birth to sri lanka cricket. so if U can't do anything to improve cricket. Please shut up and support good people to do good things without destroying .AJ on Pramodaya's presence as selector on tour makes Sri Lanka Players 'Uncomfortable' – Cricket AgeI think these all hogwash. Probably Mathew's agent spreading these rumours.Might be a reason why Mathew left the squad. All know the differences between them. Mathew did not deserve a place in the team in any case. Surely we will hear news against Promodaya hereafter by interested parties so just dismiss them,hogwash.TK Jayasinghe on 🔴 LIVE STREAM – Day 2, West Indies President's XI vs Sri Lanka, Tour Match, 2021Another defeat?AJ on Expect more misery and gloom under PramodyaQuite contrary to what this writer says Wickremasinghe has done a good job so far.He has taken decisive steps boldly which Demel failed to do.He dropped Dickwella & Thisara from the team.Thisara was brought back because of lack of players in the bubble due to Mathews unexpected return. Chandimal is replacing a worse player than him, Dickwella.This writer does not know any cricket of course blaming Promadaya why KJP& Dananjaya were not included.Vyk Vi on Expect more misery and gloom under PramodyaKJP, Avishka and Dhanjaya were injured or failed fitness test right. And how it is a fault of a selection committee on playing 11 selection. Doesn’t captain and coach select playing 11?shasika on BEST SRI LANKAN 17 MAN SQUAD FOR FUTURE TOURSwhere's the Avishka Fernando?TK Jayasinghe on 3rd ODI, Sri Lanka in West Indies, 2021 – HighlightsWe will lose the test series too. Decline! This is a team on the decline! We have already started losing series to Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. We have to qualify for T20 World Cup. The signs are all there.Dustuk Bista on Pollard apologises to Gunathilaka after controversial obstructing the field dismissalBRO can we earn by writing blogs/ news articles on Island cricket?CU STUDIO on BEST SRI LANKAN 17 MAN SQUAD FOR FUTURE TOURSTHIS 17 MAN IS FOR ODI TOURS ONLYStormy on Danushka Gunathilaka given out for obstructing the fieldI guess this case is now closed but terrible error by the umpired. The key issue being was there intent which can only be there if there was a risk of being dismissed which clearly wasn't the case.Stormy on Shai Hope hits hundred as West Indies hammer Sri Lanka in ODI openerPolished show by the Windies who had our measure all but for that opening stand. I thought the wicket suited us well but apparently we cannot bat or bowl on low slow turners. I thought a 200+ score would give us some chance but our spinners were dismissed.Susantha Jayawardena on Srilanka XI vs Windies 2nd ODIIt's a good team as proposed. It's high time for the selectors to give a long break (or dropped ?) to Mathews and Thisara from T20 and ODIs. None of these two players are giving any consistent, worthwhile contributions to the team as batsmen or bowlers. Also I agree on Chandimal tgo take the gloves instead of Dickwella. Chandimal is of course a better batsman .Stormy on Not Picked in IPL Auction 2021 Now Requesting for Net SessionsUse it as an opportunity to further the skills - the IPL is full of resources that are simply not available in SL.Stormy on ICC asks CEO Manu Sawhney to go on leave after preliminary investigation by UK-based agency shows misconductWhat on earth is with cricket administrators?Stormy on Sri Lanka Cricket ‘insisting’ on public apology from Vaas – reportBefore asking a legend (who has stolen nothing), can the administrators who stole millions and build meaningless stadiums please apologize to us for destroying the game we love. We cannot have this idiotic double standards where players, coaches and support staff are unceremoniously thrown out at the first sign of failure but the administrators hang on with no accountability, no apologies and just looting.Dinesh Ramanayake on Not Picked in IPL Auction 2021 Now Requesting for Net SessionsCome on. Look at the big picture. It is a golden opportunity for our young players to train with the elite players, under professional coaches. They will gain more knowledge by doing that. STOP criticising for nothing. Let the new cricket committee some time to make a difference. STOP being so narrow minded.Rajeevah on West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI- Leaked Sri Lanka XIMy Preferred Sri Lanka XI For 1st ODI; 1. Danushka Gunathilaka 2. Dimuth Karunaratne (c) 3. Pathum Nissanka 4. Dinesh Chandimal (wk) 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Ashen Bandara 7. Hasaranga De Silva 8. Ramesh Mendis/ Tissara Perera 9. Dushmantha Chameera 10. Nuwan Pradeep/ Asitha Fernando 11. Laxsan SandakanRajeevah on West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test – My Sri Lanka XIMy Preferred Sri Lanka XI for 1st Test Against WI; 1. Dimuth Karunaratne (c) 2. Pathum Nissanka 3. Lahiru Thirimanne 4. Angelo Mathews 5. Dinesh Chandimal (wk) 6. Dananjaya De Silva 7. Roshan Silva 8. Lasith Embuldeniya 9. Suranga Lakmal 10. Vishwa Fernando 11. Asitha FernandoRajeevah on West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI- My Sri Lanka XIMy Preferred XI For The 1st ODI; 1. Danushka Gunathilaka 2. Pathum Nissanka 3. Dimuth Karunaratne (c) 4. Dinesh Chandimal (wk) 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Ashen Bandara/ Oshada Fernando 7. Dasun Shanaka/ Tissara Perera 8. Hasaranga De Silva 9. Akila Dananjaya/ Laxsan Sandakan 10. Dushmantha Chameera 11. Nuwan Pradeep/ Asitha FernandoSuren1998 on West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I – My Sri Lanka XIIm pretty happy with the team that played in the 2nd T20 apart from Chandimal and Thisara. Chandimal has no reason to even be considered in white ball cricket. Thisara hasnt also done anything for many years now, most matches he is useless. If Dasun Shanaka was available Thisaras place should be permanently gone. So for the last T20 I would be ok with Karunaratne replacing Chandimal. Its best to replace Chandimal with someone that is experienced, best not to add new young players in a series deciding game. Having Karunaratne at3 and Mathews at 4 could also help in preventing a batting collapse which is what usually happens when the openers are gone. Thisara can be replaced by a proper bowler like Pradeep since I think we need an experienced fast bowler in case Chameera leaks runs. Gunathilaka Nissanka Karunaratne Mathews Dickwella Bandara Hasaranga Dananjaya Chameera Sandakan PradeepRajeevah on West Indies vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I – My Sri Lanka XIMy Sri Lanka XI for 3rd T20I 1. Danushka Gunathilaka 2. Pathum Nissanka 3. Niroshan Dickwella (wk) 4. Angelo Mathews (c) 5. Ashen Bandara 6. Tissara Perera 7. Hasaranga De Silva 8. Ramesh Mendis 9. Akila Dananjaya 10. Dushmantha Chameera 11. Laxsan Sandakan Note: T Perera is only considered as hard hitting finisher, not to consider for bowling options. Nuwan Pradeep could be brought in place of Ramesh Mendis.