Recent comments Latest 50 comments SI38 on Kumar Sangakkara’s full speech at Sri Lanka University Games 2019absolutely beautiful...Kumar Sir you never fail to deliver inspiration when ever you take the stage you deliver a speech...your hard work and dedication is just incredible... you are truly one of my greatest heroes...please never stop doing what you do..thank you sirHilal Suhaib on My Sri Lanka squad for the Pakistan ODI seriesThe title of the post has been edited now so there is no confusion.Stormy on Shoaib Akhtar disappointed by Sri Lanka players’ actionsFast bowler's logic I am afraid. This is very simple - when Pak toured SL in 96 or this year, no terrorist was trying to kill Pakistan players, while we already know its not the same for SL players in Parkistan as we have already found out.Jehan on Sri Lanka government to reconsider cricket tour of Pakistan after tip of ‘terrorist threat’SLC officials should be fired. Should not have taken such a mad risk by agreeing to go there!!!Lankan Roy on My Sri Lanka squad for the Pakistan ODI seriesSusantha i don't think its a mistake. Its quite deliberate in my view. I think its high time that the administration of this site do something about this guy. He needs to be told or his perfidious posts should be removed. He has this habit of misleading and being mischievous by deliberately posting squads as official when its his own handy work.Lankan Roy on My Sri Lanka squad for the Pakistan ODI seriesSusantha i don't think its a mistake. Its quite deliberate in my view. I think its high time that the administration of this site do something about tgis guy. He needs to be told or his perfidious posts should be removed. He has this habit of misleading and being mischievous by deliberately posting squads as official when its his own handy work.Anura Ranaweera on ශ්රී ලංකා ක්රිකට් ගහලා නැත්තේ ක්රිකට් විතරයි – මෙතන තියෙන්නේ සූදුවක්It's so sad it took so many years to find the TRUTH about Wats happening at SLC,Die hard ,honest, true loyal fans like us knew long long ago when after wining 96 WC how these goons got rid of SLC best President in its history who paved the way for the WC victory Mr Ana Punchihewa and goons stepped in to SLC as Dollars were coming in, then a Captain made sure Head Coach Dave Whatmore leaves that's the start of this mess we are in today. Bit releived after suffering for decades at least now absolute bitter truth finally coming out and the main culprit was found and will be stopped God Bless Sri Lanka CricketAnura Ranaweera on Sri Lanka government to reconsider cricket tour of Pakistan after tip of ‘terrorist threat’Thank God finally SLC start thinking like humanes, Most important is Cricketers safety, their benefits, Country's pride and wise decisions behalf Country , her cricketers and her favourite sportAnura Ranaweera on Sport Minister bars Thilanga Sumathipala from Sri Lanka CricketHats off to you Dear Sports Minister for taking Bold steps to ensure SLC is safe and the investigations will let's us know the unknown absolute bitter truth about the said person who all know , DESTROYED SLC , KEEP DOING IT.Anura Ranaweera on Harin Fernando’s handling of Chandika Hathurusingha fiasco a total failureWell said AJ, you let the absolute TRUTH about former Head Coach. Yeah he didn't want a peice of meat he wanted whole thing , it's very strange AJ how certain people like individuals and not the Country and its' pride so sad . Anyway let's pray that Sri Lanka Cricket FAME RISE AGAINAJ on Harin Fernando’s handling of Chandika Hathurusingha fiasco a total failureI would agree with the views of Anura Ranaweera here, the blame mostly lies with the coach.He has not stood up to his contract ,caused many havoc & divisions in the team & around.The win in SA is wholly due to De Mel's bold decisions.Senanayake resigned as the manager ostensibly being not able to work with him & in the parliament allegations levelled the players were being forced to join a certain religion, all know he is a born again man.He made havoc in the WI bringing the game & the name of the country into disrepute.On the other hand ,is he not guilty by getting such a one sided contract ,fishing in the troubled water? This is his mother country but he is fighting tooth & nail to get his pound of flesh by hook or crook.No doubt he has born again qualities in abundance.Susantha Jayawardena on My Sri Lanka squad for the Pakistan ODI seriesThis is the same mistake of Kapstar again. Please call this as "My Squad" instead of confusing the readers.Deepa on Harin Fernando’s handling of Chandika Hathurusingha fiasco a total failureThis is the result when we appoint illiterate ministers to power. Harin has been self serving and grand standing from day one. His childish arrogance has left SLC minus a head coach, spin coach and a manager at HPC. Small minded morons like him will continue to destroy the game with the help of the remaining idiots at SLC. Why ICC is not taking any action is baffling.Anura Ranaweera on Harin Fernando’s handling of Chandika Hathurusingha fiasco a total failureArticle expose Hathursinghes hasty appointment by SLC which is without proper application of a Head Coach contract.It's also further expose of Hathursinghes weakness and inability as a Head Coach. Unfortunately writer failed to understand the deep concerns and insecure environment the senior and some other players had with Hathursinghe which was informed to Sports Minister plus The Chief Selectors, former Team Manager reporting of non cooperation and difficulties they faced with him.Also he was backed and fooled by the so called immediate past president and this bloke failed to cooperate with Sports Minister etc So it was a timely intervention by the Sports Minister to stop him if not Sri Lankan team would have gone deeper into further humiliation. Hathursinghe betrayed his Motherland and it's Pride.Never discharge his duties never did anything to lift cricket or cricketers morale and their performances, So blame should go to Hathursinghe for creating havoc from 2017 Dec till 2019 W Cup not the Sports Minister P/N Not a follower of Sports Minister or enemy of the former Head CoachHilal Suhaib on My Sri Lanka squad for the Pakistan ODI seriesNZ series or PAK? There are no ODIs against NZ.Lankan Roy on My Sri Lanka squad for the Pakistan ODI seriesIs that official squad announced by SLC? I didn't see it anywhere,???Anura Ranaweera on Thirimanne and Shanaka to lead Sri Lanka ODI and T20 teams to PakistanTotally agree with you my Dear Susantha, let me say this SLC FINDS SCAPEGOATS FOR A LUCRATIVE PACK THEY GOT FOR SENDING A SOME CRICKETERS TO GET HARAKIRI (Japanese word for killing ur self ) , sad song Susantha sad songAnura Ranaweera on ICC has issued criminal charges against individuals of SLC – ArjunaOne wonders what happened to certain person who was very close to SLC GOONS during his playing days after 1996, concerned persons brother was the CEO , there were so many misappropriations during that time, now saying against them.yeah wen things were going good had tea with them since couldn't continue now going after. There is a sinhalease saying HORUTH EKKA HITIYOUTH NAGITINNA WENNEY HELUWEN .another one TAMAGE KILLOTAYE HUNU THIYAGENA ANUNGE KILLOTAWALA HUNU BALANAWAGE, one needs to be careful and should have a clean records/past to criticise a subject or persons, if you had questionable dealings with them in the past then it's like spitting ur face by urself our criticism based on TRUE LOVE WE HAVE FOR THIS LOVELY GAME AND IT'S COUNTRIES PRIDE also cannot forget bad HISTORY so easily which paved the way for what SRI LANKA CRICKET going thru nowAnura Ranaweera on What is the use of playing 6 ODI & T20 matches prior to the T20 WC without our regular T20 playersYeah Dear Susantha absolutely crazy tour just to please some other country on incorrect environment. if SLC were headed by honest people likes of Rienzi Wijethilake, Sidath Wettumuny etc we can sure may be it's a absolutely honest ,diplomatic, to lift spirit of the game in that precarious situations that Country going thru. But current SLC is run by MONEY CRAZY goons, was it a lucrative trip for SLC so called officials, did they come back with HEAVY POCKETS ur damn guess is good as mine, no point Susantha speaking further sending second string will damege further our rankings, moral and states of Countries PRIDE but for SLC GOONS it's not a concern it's MONEY PLUS POLITICAL DECISION mark my saying, i just don't make crazy baseless criticism, let's pray to God to Bless Harin Fernando in his efforts to CLEAN CRICKET in Sri Lanka against all oddsSusantha Jayawardena on Thirimanne and Shanaka to lead Sri Lanka ODI and T20 teams to PakistanI think this was a stupid decision taken by SLC to tour Pakistan prior to consulting the players. In reality we will be sending two weak B teams i.e (1) for ODI matches without 10 of the regular players (not considering Thisara & Chandimal who are not regulars) and (2) for T 20 matches without 4 regular players. (1) Definitely PK will win the two series which will demote our ICC World Ranking status and it will also have an impact on our status prior to the next years T20 WC. (2) The four regular players (in T20 team) will loose some great opportunity of playing against a strong PK team in 6 matches (3 ODI & 3 T20) which will be a negative aspect when considering the valuable experience they are going to loose before the WC. (3) SLC's aim at this moment should have been to play every T 20 player earmarked for the next year's WC and play these two tournaments at a neutral venue (in UAE).Susantha Jayawardena on Sri Lanka cricketers more relaxed when there is no head coach – Ashantha de MelWhat Asantha has said is the only way we can go forward, if we need to improve the standard of cricket in SL, when working with a highly corrupted organisation like SLC. Why do we need a Head Coach like Hathu? Has he done anything good or worthwhile during the last 2 yrs for SL, when our team achieved great success in the recent SA test series, WC 2019(some success), 3 ODI series with BD & Test / T20 series with NZ? Not at all. SLC hired him in 2017 after the BD team achieved so much of feats under Hathu’s tenure. When he left BD, everyone was expecting that the performance level of BD team would be drastically reduced. Did that happen? Instead they kept on improving. This was proved by their good performance in the recent WC. All good things achieved by BD prior to the departure of Hathu was purely due to their player commitment and not due to the coaching of Hathu. At Asantha has pointed out at present what SLC need is a Four Skill Coaching System (for batting. fast bowling, spin bowling and fielding). These skill coaches for the National Team must be Internationally reputed past cricketers. Local coaches (to be highly performed SL past cricketers) can be entrusted only for guiding the A Team, Emerging Team as well as Under 19 and so on. The moment we recruit a local skill coach for the national team, corruption on player selection matters will start, as in SL we can never stop these issues of irregularities taking place on player selections when preferences are given based on a school, a club, a religion or a relative/friend. Instead of paying a huge salary (as in the case of Hathu) to a Head Coach, what SLC should do is to appoint a Cricket Director / Chairman as done in all other major test playing countries like Australia, England, India, SA & NZ. The Cricket Director should be a Sri Lankan, a reputed past cricketer who is well accepted / respected by the ICC and International Cricket Community. He should be responsible in handling issues such as Player Management, controlling and ensuring the responsibilities of the Skill Coaches with regular monitoring of the target s given / achieved, overall cricket structure in SL etc etc. A good example for this is India. Dravid is doing a great service to the country in raising the standard of cricket in India. In my opinion we have three suitable candidates who can hold this Cricket Director’s position. They are Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena & Aravinda de Silva. If we can get the service of one of these cricketers, we can guarantee that the standard of SL cricket will reach a great level which we haven’t experienced before. As these cricketers mentioned already have commitments in the International Cricket Circuit (like Mahela working with Mumbai Indians or Kumar taking up a part time assignment as MCC President) SLC must give them the opportunity to continue these assignments which are not on full time basis. It is to be mentioned that the new Constitution on the Law of Cricket & SLC which is in the stage of approval was drafted / prepared with help of these past cricket Legends of SL (plus Wettimany).mega turbo on Sri Lanka cricketers more relaxed when there is no head coach – Ashantha de MelAlright. I have praised Asantha in the past for some of the players he has birthed into the side, but now he is talking absolute rubbish. When we won in SA we had Hathu in charge, when we won in Dubai, we had a head coach too. When won in England in 2014, we had a head coach. Every major test series victory we have had a head coach. Now suddenly, after throwing away the second test against NZ, we do not require a head coach? Such flawed logic.Who is this guy kidding? If Dimuth and every damn captain since Mahela/ Sanga/ Dily retired could set a field I would agree. But strategy is one clear area where our current crop of players are literally "deer in the headlight." I am not sure what cricket Asantha has been watching of late, or what bad batch of crack he has been snorting to come up with this type of ridiculous comments. He has seriously compromised his standing as Chief Selector saying this garbage.Deepa on Sri Lanka cricketers more relaxed when there is no head coach – Ashantha de MelSo Asantha is attempting to make a long term career for himself at SLC? A professional coach has the skills to ensure the pressure does not filter down to the team. The structure without a head coach has been tried before and failed miserably as there is no one taking overall ownership of a teams performance. This looks like a stupid plan put together by the three stooges... kudu Harin, moron Shammi and the wise crack Asantha. Oh dear, from the frying pan to the fire.Stormy on Senior Sri Lankan cricketers refuse to travel to Pakistan citing security concernsI am assuming SLC were aware that some players would refuse to travel or are they that moronic and assumed everyone would happily travel to Pakistan!Susantha Jayawardena on Lasith Malinga and the clan are in the right path – Russel ArnoldCONGRATULATIONS MALINGA FOR THE GREAT ACHIEVEMENT & THE YOUNG T20 TEAM FOR THEIR SUPER PERFORMANCE IN THE SERIES.. As I predicted earlier this young T20 team has done a very good job. Although they lost the series we must appreciate the super performance of this inexperienced bunch of young cricketers & our legend Malinga (in all 3 matches) and I hope our selectors will look forward to the remaining 16 matches before the 2020 WC with the same squad with very few additions but only from the high performing players. From the 3 matches played the recommended best team with their batting positions in my opinion is; 1 Dhanushka Gunathilaka 2 Kusal Mendis 3 Avishka Fernandp 4 Kusal Perera 5 Niroshan Dickwella / Shehan Jayasyriya 6 Dasun Shanaka 7 Wanindu Hasaranga 8 Isuru Udana 9 Akila Dhananjaya 10 Lasith Malinga 11 Lahiru Kumara Since the WC will be played in Australia we must always look for a 3 seamer pace attack with few overs of medium pace from Shanaka. Sandakan needs lot of improvement in bowling to a consistent line and length as we saw in the 2 matches when he bowled all over the wicket and not to forget that he was hammered for 3 sixes in one over from Taylor. We must also introduce our best left arm orthodox spinner Lasith Embuldeniya in to the mix as both Hasaranga (leg spin) and Lasith can trouble right hand batsmen with their accurate & turning away deliveries. Eight of the most aggressive, destructive & clean hitting batsmen SL currently have are in this list as proven according to Cricinfo Statistical records (ref to the following links) for the last 2 year period of SL T20Is. (1) HIGHEST NUMBER OFSIXES http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html… HIGHEST STRIKE RATES http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html… They are summarized as follows; SR R6 R(4+6) Power Hitting Option 1 Udana 167% 40% 66% Yes (LO PH 3) 2 Shehan J 154% 30% 70% Aggressive (MO) 3 Kusal P 145% 25% 60% Aggressive (T/MO) 4 Kusal M 143% 26% 62% Yes (TO PH 1) 5 Hasaranga 147% - - Aggressive (MO) 6 Dickwella 134% 11% 53% Aggressive (MO) 7 Dhanushka126% 17% 57% Aggressive (TO) 8 Shanaka 126% 29% 61% Yes (MO PH 2) Any new batsmen added to the squad should have performances (in International T 20 matches)in the forthcoming 16 matches, combined with the last two year Cricinfo Statistical Performance Records. I hope our selectors will do a justice to the deserved young players who still have the threat from few experienced players who have disappointing records during the last 2 years but try to get into the squad through the influences they have from the selectors. P\repared by by SUSANTHA JAYAWARDENA Since the WC will be played in Australia we must always look for a 3 seamer pace attack with few overs of medium pace from Shanaka. Sandakan needs lot of improvement in bowling to a consistent line and length as we saw in the 2 matches when he bowled all over the wicket not to forget that he was hammered for 3 sixes in one over from Taylor. We must also introduce our best left arm orthodox spinner Lasith Embuldeniya in to the mix as both Hasaranga (leg spin) and Lasith can trouble right hand batsmen with their accurate & turning away deliveries.Deepa on Full Match Replay – 3rd T20, Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Pallekele, 2019Just observing that there are many players from CCC? Wonder who is selecting the team these days.Jehan on Were Sri Lanka robbed? Images reveal truth behind controversial finishUmpires were 100% correct on this.Jehan on Full Match Replay – 3rd T20, Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, Pallekele, 2019We are bunnies against spin these days!! Cant even pick a googly. Kabbo form karanawa!Deepa on Sri Lanka Cricket officials summoned before parliamentary committee – reportYes it is an ongoing comedy! It’s embarrassing that the man Harin is allowing SLC to continue its activities when so many allegations are floating around against these crooks. Having said that, the COPE committee needs some guidelines on how to conduct an inquiry. It looked like a teledrama instead of a formal enquiry. Some decorum is required at such proceedings to maintain integrity and credibility. Not sure if the chap was playing it up for the cameras.Deepa on Sri Lanka Cricket officials summoned before parliamentary committee – reportYes it is an ongoing comedy! It’s embarrassing that the man Harin is allowing SLC to continue its activities when so many allegations are floating around against these crooks. Having said that, the COPE committee needs some guidelines on how to conduct an inquiry. It looked like a teledrama instead of a formal enquirer. Some decorum is required at such proceedings to maintain integrity and credibility. Not sure if the chap was playing it up for the cameras.Sanjay De Silva on State of Our Beloved Sri Lanka Cricket – Part 1And the crooks still continue to abuse every facility at SLC! Vehicles and drivers are always at the disposal of the families of these thieves. Catering for in-house meetings are from 5 star caterers.... the overtime cost of drivers servicing the families run into hundreds of thousands rupees. No one is truly interested in fixing cricket .... they are just lining their pockets.Jagath Perera on 2nd T20, New Zealand in Sri Lanka, 2019 – Extended Highlightsshould have won this game easily.... they are still making amateur mistakes....Sanjay De Silva on ‘තේරීම් කමිටුව නිසා වේග පන්දු යවන්නන්ට අසාධාරණයක් වුණා’This guy is hilarious. How can coaches like this work for SLC? He is pointing the finger of blame at everyone else but his stupid self. He is sucking up to Shammi at the moment to keep his contract. These are guys who have been in this corrupt system and play a game of survival as they have nowhere to go!Sanjay De Silva on Sri Lanka Cricket officials divided over Gurusinha’s possible reappointmentOh so 15/1 voting in favour of Gurusinha is the ExCo being divided? That uneducated Shammi is the only one who made an early decision that he was going to stoop to any low to make it happen. It is reliably known that Shammi could not manipulate Gurusinha as he calls it as he sees it. So the Dumb idiot is paying off people to publish garbage and running a smear campaign. The truth will be out eventually.Sanjay De Silva on ‘I can accompany the players’: Sri Lanka Sports Minister urges cricketers to tour PakistanSo your father didn’t ask you to stay home like on Easter Sunday??? WhT a brave boy you are 🥵Susantha Jayawardena on Post Match Press Conference with Kusal Mendis – 1st T20I vs New ZealandReason explained by Kusal for him to open the innings is acceptable. But then why Avishaka (who is also a RH bat) was also not asked to open the innings. Probably the think tank might have thought to keep the left & right hand batting combination of the openers. But the way Avishka failed to connect any of the attacking shots he played against their left arm and leg spinners, I thought it would have been perfect if Avishka was allowed to open and play his favorite attacking shots against the opening bowlers during first PP overs. Even in the second match, Kusal Mendis should open with Avishka and Kusal Janith can bat at no 3. So two left handers coming at no 3 and 4 (Kusal J & Dickwella) will be good against facing left and Leg spinners in middle overs. I think we lost the match at the moment when Shanaka dropped that easy chance given by Taylor when he was 33 . I was so surprised to see that a very good fielder like Shanaka dropping that sitter. Anyway overall performance of this young team was very good. Another important point our think tank should do is to promote two of our Power Hitting batting all-rounders according to the situation. If very few wickets have been lost after 10 / 12 overs, instead of sending Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka should be promoted. Similarly Hasaranga can also be promoted if necessary. We need to give the maximum opportunities to these two batting all-rounders in the future matches to perfect their power hitting abilities during the middle overs. In todays match Avishka's slow batting / failure was another reason for the loss. He wasted 17 balls to score 12 runs which was totally unacceptable. Because of all the above noted factors our score was at least 20 runs short of the expected score. Anyway we should not change any of the batsmen for the next match. Probably Lahiru Kumara can replace Rajitha, who was not bowling on a consistent line and length and gave away too many boundary balls.Jagath Perera on සෙල්ලම්ද? සෙල්ලම්..? චාලී ඔස්ටින්ගේ ක්රිකට් මගඩියේ අලුත්ම සෙල්ලම.. අසංක, විල් කුයීන්, සංගා සහ මහේලගගොසිප් සයිට් වල ලියන් නෙ පට්ට පල් බොරු.mega turbo on What happened to this guy?Stress fracture if I recall. They can take quite a while to recover from. Same happened to Chameera and when he came back he had lost a good couple yards of pace. There are quite a few articles online on stress fracture for fast bowlers. Not sure if we are managing these type of injuries well in Sri Lanka.Sanjay De Silva on Sri Lanka sports minister says he did not ask Hathurusingha to be removedHe must be on drugs or delusional! This narcissist has been sticking his nose into the running of SLC. Kudu Harin needs to stick to his ministerial work and leave SLC alone to run independently. Oh but wait! Shammi is getting outvoted at many of the ExCo meetings so he runs to the minister with his tail between his legs for help. There is obvious mismanagement, fraud and corruption at SLC but they continue to operate without any investigation. The forensic report is being held back until the TV deal is signed up and all involved get their paws on the gratuity payments. Why and how is this allowed to happen??? I’ve been privy to a letter sent to the board by Gurusinha before departing to Australia. He was never given a ‘Position Description’ nor any ‘Key Performance Indicators’. His Manager Ashleigh has not conducted a single review of his performance in 2.5 years. However a couple of senior officials attempted to tarnish his reputation via paid gossip sites. I hope his letter to the board is made public soon to make people aware of the sabotage that took place during his employment.Stormy on 36 to win off 12 balls – Asela Gunaratne takes Sri Lanka to thrilling victory in AustraliaCannot believe we could not make this guy a permanent selection and get the best out of him. Ironically, all his troubles started when we dropped a catch, broke his thumb and lost his place - the just catch the god damn ball!Stormy on Sri Lanka Cricket officials summoned before parliamentary committee – reportAli Baba summoning the 40 thieves!!Stormy on Sri Lanka sports minister says he did not ask Hathurusingha to be removedSo who asked Hathu to be removed?Dias on Sri Lanka sports minister says he did not ask Hathurusingha to be removedHow can he deny it? Proof is there in his letter for all to see: https://www.islandcricket.lk/blogs/sports-ministers-letter-to-sri-lanka-cricket-requesting-hathurusinghas-removal/AmilaSaman on Sri Lanka sports minister says he did not ask Hathurusingha to be removedHa ha.. Don't be surprise if SLC reinstate Hathurusinghe to Head coach position in coming weeks. Dram for nothing. All the high profile coaches are gone now. Mahela - Southhampton (Not that he was interested in) Demingo - Bangladesh Tom Moody - Oval franchise (Hundred) Dean Jones - Pakistan ?? Who are they fooling?Jagath Perera on The near-identical tales of Vishwa Fernando and Jack Leach taking their teams to epic winsgood one! thanks for the share!Sanjay De Silva on Sri Lanka Cricket to replace spin bowling coach with Sachith Pathirana – reportIt is mind boggling that the obvious double standards at SLC continue unabated. The crook Shammi and his cronies need to be replaced with individuals with a solid corporate background. Almost everyone who has been revolving in and out of SLC in the recent past have repeated similar destructive, destabilising, demoralising and politically driven behaviour. They should be banished from the game forever. Please disinfect this cesspool of scumbags and start fresh. Unfortunately kudu Harin is equally corrupt so not living in hope at present.Jagath Perera on ටෙස්ට් පිටියෙන් අපි විස්සයි-විස්ස පිටියට එමුi was going to watch the video and it says playback on other websites disabled by owner. i am not dying to know what jehan mubarak thinks so cant be bothered clicking again and watching on youtube. what the hell is papare doing? people will stop watching if they cant play the video outside of youtube....Jehan on Sri Lanka mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis ends his cricket careerAll the best to you Menda!Jehan on Sri Lanka Cricket wire transfer fraud: Experts confirm system ‘compromised’Why is police not investigating this crime???Jehan on Forensic audit on Sri Lanka Cricket reveals irregularities in issuing broadcasting rights – reportAfter all of this how can CEO Ashley still be employed by cricket board??? He has to be fired and criminal investigation must take place over financial crimes at SLC.