Recent commentsLatest 50 commentsDias on Fate of women’s cricket in the hands of husband-and-wife duoBoth are political stooges who keep getting well paid jobs at the cricket board. With Hashan's kids playing professional cricket, he should never have been involved in youth cricket because it was a clear conflict of interest but he was involved in the Under 19 team and team selections and picked his own sons.Hit-Wicket on Is Dhananjaya de Silva likely to be dropped from World Cup Squad?Dhananjaya de Silva isn't a T20 batsman. If he can bowl at least 2- 3 economical overs per a match he can be considered as a bowling all-rounder as we are lack of much international experience in the current squad. Anyway, credibility of the above news is doubtful.Best of Cricket HD on Is Dhananjaya de Silva likely to be dropped from World Cup Squad?Fake News Sponsored and Funded by Kusal Mendis and Co. Morning sports sold to Kusal mendisBest of Cricket HD on Kusal Mendis confirms joining SSC Circus*not even a NEWSBest of Cricket HD on Kusal Mendis confirms joining SSC CircusChanging clubs is not even a new. I don't know why so much media coverage. Just changing club Will not at all give FRESH START 😒Stormy on දකුණු අප්රිකානු T20 තරගාවලි පරාජයට හේතු 5ක්Batting! we still cannot bat, even at home - what on earth is going on!Stormy on Pakistan A team and Bangladesh U19 to tour Sri Lanka in OctAbout time and much needed - the feeder system has been on ice to way too long thanks to COVID and desperately needs to get started to ensure the rest of the players stay sharp and challenge the test team.Stormy on Sri Lanka to tour India for two Tests and three T20IsLucky and thankful India keep giving us tours despite our woeful show against them. Certainly help the bank balance but we need to put up a show. Don't be surprised and offended if they rest key players.Stormy on Fresh start for Kusal MendisHopeful this guy still has a role to play in our batting. He cops a lot of flack for off field issues but he has done enough on the field to suggest he can compete against the best.Stormy on නාගින් ඩාන්ස් එක පටළැවිල්ලක් – Tamim IqbalBangladesh need to win something big while their world class stars are still around. Shakib, if not already, could be the greatest alrounder of all time and Tamin and Mushy are class acts to build a team around. They have some decent spinners too but need to make it count - they have a couple of opportunities with the t20 WC in UAE and I think the next WC is in India. Need to make it count in these conditions.Stormy on Sri Lanka skipper rues preparing spinning tracks for T20I series against South AfricaAm I getting this right from Dasun - we should have NOT prepared slow turners? Well we have little chance on any other wicket and here real kicker here is SA (of all teams) had a better spin attack than us and played spin better than we did. Remember has hammered us 3-0 in two consecutive test series in SL out spinning us. Yes we can blame wickets for a while but the real issue is we are poor and have been for a long time.Stormy on Injured Kusal Perera retained in Sri Lanka T20 WC squad, SLC confident he will be fitCan't catch a break with this guy - I think we are entering the danger zone with KJP where the constant in and out of the team causes disruption. I thought playing him again SA to bat and sit on the bench was a sign he was not fit to play.Rajitha Jayasinghe on The return of an abuserI think everybody may have seen how mustafizur rahman bowled well against panjab kings last night in IPL. He is reading the match situation really well. And most importantly brain and his execution of the plan in perfect situation. We have Dhananjaya Lakshan who has the same ability like mustafizur. He is much better player when compare with allrounder ability.Hit-Wicket on RCB crumbles for 92 on Wanindu's IPL debutJust a news. Nothing against Wanindu. He is one of my favourite cricketers.Joshua John on RCB crumbles for 92 on Wanindu's IPL debutThese things do happen man. Dont make mischief out of it.Best of Cricket HD on RCB crumbles for 92 on Wanindu's IPL debutLegendary Mr.360 AB De Villiers ALSO DUCK OUT. So please shut 😂Shaheed Akram on ‘Fiery and unique’ – A tribute to Lasith MalingaI think Malinga is the greatest fast bowler produced by Lanka. What do you guys think?Dias on Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga retires from all forms of cricketAll the best Mali!Rehan Jayasuriya on Are the selectors scared of Bhanuka Rajapaksa?I've been writing here how incompetent a chap is Bhanuka Rajapaksa. But immediately you see replies supporting him then , no wonder then what this Island article describes well. ''more importantly he has a powerful social media network. So the selectors have all the reasons to be scared of him and preserve with him''.Come on selectors, have some respect to yourselves, show you have some guts.I agree with the selectors that Bhanuka is the right man with powerful hitting. But with three ducks & very low scores ,he proved what we all have been suspecting in him : What?? That he has NO Brain!Cric Guru on Who’s going to share the new ball with Dushmantha Chameera?My team would be1.KJP/Minod(wk)( if KJP is unavailable) 2.Avishka( license to go hard in the PP) 3.Asalanka (anchor from one end, to bat till the end ) 4.Rajapaksha 5.Kamindu/Minod 6.Chamika 7.Shanaka 8.Hasaranga 9.Chameera 10.Binura/Pradeep 11.Praveen/TheekshanaCric Guru on Who’s going to share the new ball with Dushmantha Chameera?Mathews won't be playing definitely .So it's time everyone moved past his inclusion. So if we look at the squad selected . KJP's availability is the only uncertain factor.Given the points you highlighted , I agree. Minod keeps much better intensity in the field than Chandimal, and better with the DRS etc. However he must keep in mind to not overdo it and end up putting unneccassary pressure on our bowlers .I still believe Banuka should bat in the middle order instead of no.3 because of the points I noted in the previous comment. He obviously struggles against genuine pace and if he bats in the middle order the first spells of most top quality fast bowlers would be over.Pradeep or Binuras inclusion is a must . Hope their death bowling and skill set has improved . However Dasun and Chamika must be able to chip in with two overs each. We should play and extra spinner only if it's a rank turner.Hilal Suhaib on Time to consider Chamika Karunaratne as a proper middle order batter?A good read. Mathews hasn't played in so long. It's unfortunate SLC didn't work harder to get him match-fit for the WC.Best of Cricket HD on Who’s going to share the new ball with Dushmantha Chameera?Brother please include the stats of Binura fernando also. Then only people can see the poor standard of Pradeep.BINURA has 5 Wickets in 4 T20I matches. Economy only 7 (pradeep 9 per over) and better bowling average with a bonus of a bit of batting.its a pity that Pradeep wasn't given a chance in south african series. if it happened just like Akila his true quality would have been exposed.Pradeep has been known for Gifting full tosses in most crucial death overs. I hope he corrected himself. Even though he bowled well in domestic league death overs. HE HAD NO PRESSURE THERE.(point to note: just before 2 months we selected him for england tour saying "experienced' but failed...Shaheed Akram on Time to consider Chamika Karunaratne as a proper middle order batter?Very good blog and excellent presentation! Looks professional!Dias on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?Yes! Herath should have been in our camp. We got Moody and Pramodya instead.Jagath Perera on Injured Kusal Perera retained in Sri Lanka T20 WC squad, SLC confident he will be fitIs Kusal Perera a better batsman than Angelo Mathews? Is he?Is there any fast bowler in the WT20 squad who is a better T20 bowler than Malinga?What kind of effort did SLC make to try and prepare Mathews and Malinga for the World Cup? Zero effort?Jagath Perera on The T20I debacle against SA: When the faults lie with appointments, what can you expect?Saadi is the best sports journalist in the country. The man has a spine and is regularly 100% on the mark.Last Man Out on Time to consider Chamika Karunaratne as a proper middle order batter?Nice work Don't think mathews will get added. Has he played any cricket recently or worked on his fitness.I think kjp will be good go if we get out of the qualifing stage. On a previous article i said we should open with wanindu. I think we should pack the middle order with left handers so getting singles of spinners becomes easier.Dasun shanaka will hopefully be better on pitches with less spin and smaller grounds.My 8 would be : kjp,avishka,asalanka,kamindu,banuka r,shanaka,chamika,waninduSelectors should have a good think about nuwanidu fernando as replacement for madushanka.fernando has all the shots and a thinking player.Cric Guru on Time to consider Chamika Karunaratne as a proper middle order batter?Top quality article ! I agree with you . However I have noticed Banuka being incapable of facing top quality pace bowling . He's a great talent , the best opportunity to develop as a cricketer is in the national main team setup . Hope they work on his defensive game . KJP and Mathews inclusion is uncertain .I would play Banuka in the middle overs , when most teams would have finished their first choice seam bowlers first spell . A bit of less pressure and if he gets his act together , he could ensure we maintain a decent run rtae and momentum during the middle overs which has so far been a struggle for us.My Top 8 first choice lineup would be,1.KJP 2.Avishka ( given the license to go big in the first 6 overs) 3.Chandimal 4.Mathews 5.Rajapaksha 6.Karunaratne 7.Shanaka 8.Hasarangaworst case,1.Chandimal 2.Avishka 3.Kamindu 4.Asalanka 5.Rajapaksha 6.Karunaratne 7.Shanaka 8.HasarangaBest of Cricket HD on Time to consider Chamika Karunaratne as a proper middle order batter?Well done bro superb article. We have Danajanjaya lakshan, Bandara all for replacement for Lahiru madhushanka. Both are good players but still not up to international level .Hard chance but possible. : There was more than a month to world cup when madhushanka got injured and in best case he will recover in 4 weeks. So the best will be he recovering and proving him in qualifiers atleast.Susantha Jayawardena on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?(cont) I have a very strong feeling that our Spin coach is not performing his duties perfectly. Also I have not seen any pictures on spot bowling coaching done for our bowlers. Spot bowling coaching is usually done on a seperate pitch where both spinners and spinners are trained to maintain accuracy in controlling the line and length. That is the weak area of our bowlers. Out of our spinners only Wanindu is perfect on this aspect. But during the 3 T20s he also could not maintain it perfectly. All the three young spinners (Theekshana, Pulina and Praveen) however I think are better than Sandakan on their accuracies. But they have to polish it further by doing lot of spot bowling.Even majority of our batters are not picking the deliveries from the bowler's hane before the delivery. When they dont do that and pick it after pitching they are very late and have more chances to miss the line. I think this is the problem with our batters. This is why we have coaches to guide our batters.Susantha Jayawardena on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?Dilruwan, I know your concern on the lack of experience on our young spinners. In my view SLC made a cardinal mistake of not appointing a capable spinn c to guide these youngsters. Thye entrusted that work to the same old guy but forgot one factor. Our past legendary spinners like Murali and Herath performed really well not due to our spin bowling coach but due to their own commitment and dedication. What I am trying to say is SLC should have appointed Herath as our spin bowling coach to guide these youngsters. See what he is doing now in BD. Their spin dept has revolutionized BD spin resources after appointing Herath. Even the BD cricket board has accepted that.Mohamed Rizwan on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?Thanks, Its very much satisfying, its okey to loose trying their best, these group of young tallented cricketers are going to get better with the time, we have to be patient with them. If we persist with them, we will have a very good team for the 2023 world cup atlest. These exposures will do world of good for these cricketers.Dilruwan Jayarathne on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?Mohamed Rizwan see this - https://www.islandcricket.lk/news/media-release-slc-denies-allegations-leveled-by-certain-media-reports-on-players-underperforming/AJ on Alleged underperformance of two SL cricketers: Selectors to meet SLC hierarchy todayMost of the blame should go to the cricket board.When it was announced KJP was only to captain two tours we did not see full weight was given by the present captain to win a game at the time but just was playing to keep his place as he was the next captain in waiting.Such tactics should have been dealt then & there. So no wonder he gets it back now. Specially he cannot lead him from the front with his horrible form so how can he demand the best from others.You have to appoint a captain who have performed for the country long way & gets respect from the team & only KJP was there. But supporters of this captain led a FB & Social media campaign to oust KJP which has brought this situation now. As some pointed out very rightly in social media, this captain went behind Indian players & did donations, demanding throwers etc ,non cricketing things to fool all to cling on to his post .He is very happy & wants only new young players because he has lost confidence of the senior players.Mohamed Rizwan on Alleged underperformance of two SL cricketers: Selectors to meet SLC hierarchy todayMore than anything, they should value their sri lankan cap.Mohamed Rizwan on Alleged underperformance of two SL cricketers: Selectors to meet SLC hierarchy todayVery disheartening, Attidude is very unacceptable, if that is true, these are very bad signs for the future sri lanka cricket. these players will loose the respect of the people very soon, The money they earn, would not bring any greatness to them, very immature attitude if that is true.Mohamed Rizwan on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?Yaeh, we looked inexperienced. With wanindu and Theekshana, Seekuge would be a very good addition to the squad. he will be more suited and well experienced also. At the same time he did performed very well in the recent domestic tournament. its really unacceptable that some accusation towards our players, now we starting to hear, very disheartening if its true.Dilruwan Jayarathne on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?Yes, You have proven many correct points, but still are spin seems very inexperienced, And to be honest I privately don't like Sandakan too (Because he missed a run out chance again AUS) But I just felt sri Lanka need somebody LIKE sandakan to make our spin experienced!, We don't even Have AKILA! And why didn't SLC Include Sekkuge, Who performed well, Your ideas?Susantha Jayawardena on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?(cont) In the Indian tour out of the four main spinners Sandaka's performance was the worst. See below;Average; Sandaka 62.0 - Wanindu (WH), 27.3; Praveen (PJ), 19.7; Akila (AD), 14.7 Eccon; Sandakan 6.64 - WH, 4.31; PJ, 5.3; AD, 4.4 Strike Rate 56 - WH, 38; PJ,20: AD,20 From the above (Taken from Cricinfo Statistics) it is proven that Sandaka is the worst performer out of the four main spinners in SL. So I am surprised how you can give a good performance rating to him.Please do not fall into a category of some social media who back their favorite players without having any valid reason.Without any doubt we have proven records that Wanindu, Praveen, Pulina & Akila to show that all of them have performed better than Sandakan therefore very rightly they are selected by the SLC for the WC squad.Susantha Jayawardena on Statistical analysis of Lakshan Sandakan’s T20I bowling: Why no Sandakan in T20Is, why is he dropped?Dilruwan. Good past experience performances (as shown in your statistical analysis) cannot be taken as a guideline for the WC selection if the player's current performance level is not good enough. This is what happened to Sandakan. I also had a great respect to this bowler in the past but the way he performed in the recent Invitational T20 league & Indian ODI series were so bad and very rightly the selectors did not pick him for the Indian T20 and both SA ODI and T20 matches. Recently we saw how badly sandakan performed where he did not have any control over his accuracy (he was so wayward in his line and length) Even in his recent records it is well proven.(1) In the Invitational T20 League, out of the main five spinners we played, Sandakan had the worst Eccon. rate of 8.46 (Theekshana 6.4, Prasanna 6.4, Akila 7.36, Pulina 7.44). This was due to Sandakan's erratic bowling where he delivered many loose deliveries to the batsmen. Even in Indian ODI series he performed very poorAchira1999 on Best available Sri Lanka Squad for T20 World Cupgood to include sandakan. looks like it's too early for maheesh and praveen to perform at the big stage. sandakan did well in the england tour alsoCU STUDIO on Best available Sri Lanka Squad for T20 World CupGOOD SQUAD WITH MIXTURE SENIORS AS WELLJehan on Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga retires from all forms of cricketBest T20 bowler in history.Best Sri Lankan fast bowler ever.Farewell Slinga!Gordon David on Grant flower has Never played even a Single T20 🥴🤧Continued .. Interestingly the t20 format has changed , PAR score has becomes 150 above, but we don’t have the fire power or a finisher who could do that job at the end . Batting in the middle over , rotating the strike from 7-15 over has been very poor with very many dot balls which you cannot do that in a short format, what’s been sad is our cricketers in our own backyard can’t play spin very well or have played spinners very well in-general. Which again will come in to question is it the domestic cricket quality of the spinners is it down fault that current players not able to playe spin well, considering the past crickets were good players of spin bowling .So much fitness test is carried out these days but are these boys have strength to hit the sixes considering, the Sanath , De Silva , Arjuna , Mahela, Sangakkara they hit those sixes at will when the spinners were operating . It is sad to see how the current generation is failing as if we haven’t got a clue to play spin.Gordon David on Grant flower has Never played even a Single T20 🥴🤧Grant flower has he been able to communicate with the Sri Lankan players?? , with all due respect to Sri Lankan players are they able to understand what’s he’s trying to communicate, or he haven’t done anything much on the players. Players not bothered to listen to him or is he just in the team just because Sri Lankan cricket board like the fact that they have a foreign batting coach .Yes, there is a lot of batting coach available in the country to do this job and be able to communicate to younger cricketers who will benefit from the local batting coach .I really don’t think that if he hasn’t played a t20 game that’s the reason our players aren’t able to bat well. If it’s a test match or a t20 game batting is batting apart from tactics how you would approach a game . A coach can only coach you the certain things and then it’s the player who adapts the game according to strengths and game plan.Viraj Kithsiri on Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka talks to media after T20I home series whitewash by ProteasCaptain has to lead from the front which is lacking in his case.He will soon lose the respect from his team mates unless he remedies this in Oman. Here too in the interview he just pampers all his failing team mates because he is unable to stand firm and demands the best from them. Rather than sinking with the captain the selectors should put in place alternative options as the then selectors did boldly in 2014 T20 WC where change of captaincy reaped us best rewards. Dasun Shanaka looks lost & lack of confidence whenever he comes to the wicket now, the enthusiasm we saw in the local tournament missing. Let alone the captaincy it looks he does not deserve a spot in the team now. He should turn the tide in the two games in Oman, if not sacking or dropping is staring at him.GN Communication on Grant flower has Never played even a Single T20 🥴🤧Not a very wise observation. Most of the world's best coaches have player no or little international cricket.even in other sports.our u19 coach avishka too has not played a single T20 international. Judging Grant flowers effectiveness as a coach is a different story.Kevin Perera on Probable xi for the 3rd T20aaah,with that point i agreed with you brother, you are right in UAE we have to use two main fast bowlers. and we have to use some part time spinners...and yeah its better if he comes to the form it will be an extra advantage to the team because he's the vice captain as wellMohamed Rizwan on Probable xi for the 3rd T20Eventough he is not that suitable for T20, we cant afford to have too much inexperience in the middle, since we can have attacking players either side Kusal, Banuka and Avishka (Upto some extent), on the other side Kamindu, Dasun, Chamika & Wanindu. SO that he can play the Anchor role without much pressure at the same time, when he takes his time, he is smart as well as proper timer of the ball, which will be useful to get the neceesary boundaries. Other think is that, in the UAE, I dont think we will be able to play 03 spinners in the playing eleven, probably Chameera and Nuwan will have to be used, so that his part time off spin will come in handy as well. so we have to give him enough match time to finetune his t20 game.