Recent comments Latest 50 comments Nadun Herath on Dickwella out, Gunathilaka doubtful for West Indies seriesHope they will bring Bhanuka Rajapaksha. He deserves it most and rare big hitter in Sri Lankan setupSusantha Jayawardena on Instant Update- SLC XI vs West IndiesSCORECARD SLC XI won the match by 2 wkts. The most experienced duo in this match (Tharanga & Asela) made some valuable knocks, which has put the selectors into more confusion. https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/19745/scorecard/1213869/sri-lanka-cricket-xi-vs-west-indians-tour-match-west-indies-in-sri-lanka-2019-20Nadun Herath on Angelo Perera: The most badly mismanaged Sri Lankan proDid he grab the opportunity when he was given chances.?Susantha Jayawardena on Coach Hashan Tillakaratne blames butter-fingered Sri Lanka U19 after worst ever World Cup showThe standard of our team in all 3 departments (Batting, bowling and fielding) is so poor and nowhere close to the standard of even minnows. It’s so sad to say that we are in the 10th place in the overall performance in this WC. Few negative points must be noted. SL young generation is highly overrated and social media is responsible for this. It is a dream of this young players to get hold of a social media and produce a video and publish it among the cricket fans and the viewers. Their minds and the way of thinking are spoiled at a very your age. When they reach the age to represent the national team they will be even worse. Hashan T (coach) in future please don’t boast too much on this young team's standard, which you did prior to the WC. It’s no point in giving so many excuses now to the public on the teams poor performances. I think apart from the social media hype, Hashan is also responsible for this debacle which is a very unfortunate incident to our Cricket. It's so surprise to note that our coach didn't see the level or the standard of our young player's performances during the preparation time prior to the WC.Susantha Jayawardena on Bangladesh U19 vs India U19 World Cup Final Highlights 2020 | Bangladesh Vs India HighlightsI shared this video mainly for our coach (Hashan T) and all our U19 players to asses the standard of our team in all 3 departments (Batting, bowling and fielding) which is so poor and nowhere close to the standard of even minnows. It's so sad to say that we are in the 10th place in overall performance in this WC. Few negative points must be noted. SL young generation is highly overrated and social media is responsible for this. It is a dream of this young players to get hold of a social media and produce a video and publish it among the cricket fans and the viewers. Their minds and the way of thinking are spoiled at a very your age. When they reach the age to represent the national team they will be even worse. Hashan T please don't boast too much on their chances, which you did prior to the WC. It's no point in giving so many excuses to the public on the teams poor performances. I think apart from the social media Hashan is also responsible for this debacle which is a very unfortunate incident to our Cricket.Dias on Arjuna Ranatunga wants President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to prevent decline of Sri Lankan cricketRajapaksas started the rot! Don't forget how they made deputy minister Sanath Jayasuriya (now banned because of corruption charges by ICC) as the chairman of selectors and he messed everything up and later that idiot Labrooy took over and effed it even more! Rajapaksas are the ones who gave Nishantha Ranatunga the power to destroy SLC. Thilanga is also a Rajapaksa family henchman. Asking the fox to protect the hens is so stupid!Jehan on West Indies vs Sri Lanka ODI series begins February 22My prediction is Windies will win both series.Stormy on Arjuna Ranatunga wants President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to prevent decline of Sri Lankan cricketYep good idea, anyone who can stop the looting at SLC must have a shot. As for Ranatunge, we need start with this brother Nishantha (I think). He was 12 years in SLC when stadiums were built under dodgy contracts and TV rights were awarded to related parties. If your going to find fault, lets start from where the rot started please.Jagath Perera on We are not prepared to give Malinga an open cheque – chief selectoryes sir and we had so much time to prepare a settled team but again just before a major icc tournament like they did at odi world cup with dimuth now they are going to change captains... all this when we have to qualify by playing qualifiers!!! embarrassing how pathetic we have becomeStormy on Good times ahead for Sri Lanka? | Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe 2020 – ReviewI thought Lakmal was sensational on a dead track and he also made some runs with the bat. De Silva did not get a mention but he made valuable runs and got vital wickets in the first test. Anji the hero and finally impacting the result of a series and Mendis with much needed runs. Embula probably bowled himself ahead of Dilruwan.Stormy on We are not prepared to give Malinga an open cheque – chief selectorCornered again we are due to messing around with the captaincy over and over and no one to captain leading in to a WC. Thankfully we don't have a realistic chance of the WC so doesn't really matter I guess its time to make a tough call and give the captaincy...back to Mathews...how about Thisera...why not Chandi..... my call is stop messing around with these guys who cannot even hold their place in the team or lead, take a chance to groom a new face. THE critical thing is for the selectors to pick one and stick with him!Stormy on The Kusal Perera sagaThe sage here is sage around the sage! What on earth is going on here, De Mel initially said Thiri was chosen due to his ability to occupy the crease - this of a guy who averages in the 20's in test cricket. There was another explanation about Kusa;s injury and now a third stating that Kusal himself opted out. Never mind the selections, surely they can get the story right - I mean how incompetent must one be not to be able to get the story right!Stormy on Watch Malinga-like Slinga Matheesha Pathirana generating heat in the nets!Looks impressive and the question is can we get the best out of him? We have had a few young fast bowlers who were exciting at school level but faded away. Binura Fernando being the last one that comes to mind (what really happened to that guy). Lets hope this goes the distance.Jagath Perera on West Indies vs Sri Lanka ODI series begins February 22This will be a very interesting tour. It is better to play our strongest and most experienced team for T20s so they can prepare for T20 World Cup. No more tests and experiments.Rajeevah on My squads for SL vs WI seriesMy T20I’s squad against West Indies; 1. Avishka Fernando 2. Kusal Mendis 3. MDKJ Perera (wk) 4. Bhanuka Rajapaksha 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Dananjaya De Silva 7. Dasun Shanaka (C) 8. Hasaranga De Silva 9. Isuru Udana 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Nuwan Pradeep 12. Danushka Gunathilaka 13. Oshada Fernando 14. Lakshan Sandakan 15. Lahiru Kumara 16. Dushmantha Chameera/ Biruna Fernando 17. Kasun Rajitha/ Biruna FernandoRajeevah on My squads for SL vs WI seriesMy Sri Lanka’s ODI squad against West Indies; 1. Dimuth Karunaratne (C) 2. Avishka Fernando 3. Kusal Mendis 4. MDKJ Perera (wk) 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Dananjaya De Silva 7. Dasun Shanaka 8. Hasaranga De Silva 9. Isuru Udana 10. Nuwan Pradeep 11. Lahiru Kumara 12. Danushka Gunathilaka 13. Lakshan Sandakan 14. Dushmantha Chameera/ Biruna Fernando 15. Kasun Rajitha/ Biruna Fernando 16. Oshada Fernando 17. Shehan JayasuriyaRajeevah on West Indies vs Sri Lanka ODI series begins February 22My T20I’s squad against West Indies; 1. Avishka Fernando 2. Kusal Mendis 3. MDKJ Perera (wk) 4. Bhanuka Rajapaksha 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Dananjaya De Silva 7. Dasun Shanaka (C) 8. Hasaranga De Silva 9. Isuru Udana 10. Lasith Malinga 11. Nuwan Pradeep 12. Danushka Gunathilaka 13. Oshada Fernando 14. Lakshan Sandakan 15. Lahiru Kumara 16. Dushmantha Chameera 17. Kasun RajithaRajeevah on West Indies vs Sri Lanka ODI series begins February 22My Sri Lanka’s ODI squad against West Indies; 1. Dimuth Karunaratne (C) 2. Avishka Fernando 3. Kusal Mendis 4. MDKJ Perera (wk) 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Dananjaya De Silva 7. Dasun Shanaka 8. Hasaranga De Silva 9. Isuru Udana 10. Nuwan Pradeep 11. Lahiru Kumara 12. Danushka Gunathilaka 13. Lakshan Sandakan 14. Dushmantha Chameera 15. Kasun Rajitha 16. Oshada FernandoStormy on Is Kusal Perera paying the price in favour of Lahiru Thirimanne?Of the numerous diabolical decisions make by SLC and its administrators, this would compete to be one of the all time great blunders. Here we have a guy who has just played the "all time greatest test innings of all time" being dropped for Thiriman who after years averages in the low 20's in test cricket! If that's not enough, the explanation is that Thirimane "is capable of occupying the crease" - really, I presume his test average of 20 related to bowling! A guy like Kusal is a rare gem, a guy capable of changing the direction and impacting the result of a game. Players like this come along ever so often and its critical that they are selected and given the chance to make the impact. Put it another way, even at his best, the most Thiriman is likely to do it plod along to a hundred, may be even a few and average in the 40's but is unlikely to impact the outcome of the game. Kusal Perera is an "impact player" - these guys are not picked to occupy the crease or average in the 40's but impact games and single handedly win you games. They are far and few and when comes along, one must grab it and give them a chancel. To even get in to a conversation that an military medium like Thirimana (not to mention a repeat failure) is worthy of a spot ahead of Kusal is just plain sad and idiotic.Stormy on Hathurusingha claims Sri Lanka Cricket’s domestic inquiry was ‘illegal’ – reportWhere are we going with this SLC? More importantly, where is the accountability? Where is the Minister who hired Hathu? Where is the Minister who fired Hathu? That exactly is the problem isn't it? We cannot have a Minister who comes and goes (just to make sure he has a lifelong pension), calling the shots in an international professional sport. It would be like asking a village farmer to run a manufacturing factory - he would have no idea, just like our politicians!! Its not a case of saying, but we still produce cricketers but a case of understanding just how much better we would be if he only had the capable folks running the game.Stormy on Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis on the verge of crucial milestoneStill we have a whole lot of people giving this guy a hard time! Not sure what the issue is here but I just dont understand why people continue to take the micky out of this guy - he is not yet 25 yet has a reasonable record behind him as opposed to say Thirimane or a string of others who came and went. Just give him a chance and some space to blossom.Stormy on Murali declines VIP treatment, stands in line for hours at airport in Sri LankaThe difference between real men and wanna be's. The day a politician does this we are doomed on both cricket and otherwise.Stormy on Angelo Mathews determined to play in all three formatsGreat to see Anji finally impacting the result of a series with performance in both games but my call is just make sure you are on the park and keep performing at test level. Last time he got a hundred, he went on to show his colors with push ups and promptly got injured and missed the next series! Its time to accept that this guy is injury prone but he still has a good 5 years of international cricket left in him so lets make sure he spends most of it on the park and not off it! Test cricket is the way to ensure that as opposed to trying to play all formats and being on the bench. What's more has his game adapted to limited overs cricket where 300+ is par?Hilal Suhaib on Sri Lanka vs Scotland, Plate Semifinal, ICC U19 World Cup, 2020 – HighlightsWe can see the same odd and inconsistent selections that plagued the national team now seeping down to the under-19 level. Muddled thinking and mediocre ideas are plaguing selections. When the batting order is changed after almost every match, it highlights no plan or strategy and they are just foolishly grasping at straws for results.Susantha Jayawardena on Sri Lanka vs Scotland, Plate Semifinal, ICC U19 World Cup, 2020 – HighlightsWhat a shame once again. Our U19 team fighting with weak teams for the Plate Final. As per the media news on poor selection criteria of SLC and incompetent coaching of Hashan Tilakaratne who boasted too much of this team (prior to the departure) that they will go a long way in the tournament thereby giving misleading information to the cricket fans about the true strength of the team. I think our team played very poorly in the most important two matches in the tournament with India and NZ and that cost them a place in the quarter final. But I am sure that our coach / manager will say again on return that we have the best school cricket system in the world.Jagath Perera on Angelo Mathews determined to play in all three formatsSangakkara said Mathews has lot to offer in all three formats. https://twitter.com/KumarSanga2/status/1220309222237274112Dias on ‘We haven’t thought about anything, press has jumped the gun’: Sri Lanka chief selector on T20 captaincyNot press. It was only one guy Rex Clementine who wrote that Malinga will be sacked and Dasun will be given captaincy. Rex lies all the time. So many fake news articles from him.Dias on Live Stream – 2nd Test, Day 4, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2020Play starts at 10 AM local time.Dias on Live Stream – 2nd Test, Day 3, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2020Broadcast starts 9:44 AM local time and play starts at 10 AM.Dias on Live Stream – 2nd Test, Day 2, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2020Play starts at 9:44 AM local time.Short-Leg on Sri Lanka’s Under-19 World Cup campaign a ‘disaster’I hope the new president Gotabaya Rajapaksa sacks Hashan! Fans please tell Gota using Twitter and bring his attention to this useless fellow Hashan who is a good for nothing coach and was also a below average player in his days.Dias on Watch Muttiah Muralitharan bowling on ODI debut (1993)King Murali!Jehan on Sri Lanka’s Under-19 World Cup campaign a ‘disaster’Sack Hashan and bring a foreign coach for under 19 level!Susantha Jayawardena on කෙටි දැක්ම: මිකී හදපු කුසල්ගෙ වැරැද්ද!As we all expected lets hope Mickey Arthur (Head Coach) and Grant Flower (Batting Coach) will correct every technical fault of Kusal Mendis so that we will have the best no 3 batsman in all three formats of the game.Susantha Jayawardena on මතීෂ දැම්මෙ ලෝකයේ වේගවත්ම පන්දුවද?SCORECARD https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8368/scorecard/1204681/india-under-19s-vs-sri-lanka-under-19s-7th-match-group-a-icc-under-19-world-cup-2019-20Dias on Live Stream – Day 5, 1st Test, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2020Play starts at 9:44 am local time.Jagath Perera on Live Stream – Day 4, 1st Test, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2020Well played Angelo!!!Dias on Live Stream – Day 4, 1st Test, Sri Lanka in Zimbabwe, 2020Play starts at 9:44 am local time.Chanaka Fonseka on Did Sri Lanka’s Matheesha Pathirana break fastest ball record with 175 kph delivery?Check if that speed gun is made in China?Susantha Jayawardena on Bowling and Feilding errors cost Sri Lanka U19 their tournament opener vs IndiaHashan what is your excuse for this poor performance of your much talked U 19 team where you predicted will go a long way in this tournament. Also you said they are well prepared in all three aspects of the game and their confidence level is very high. This performance clearly proves that your statements are all wrong. Anyway we have two more matches and hope the guys will improve their performance level and be more competitive in the tournament.Susantha Jayawardena on Craig Ervine, Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza grind Sri Lanka attackWhat a poor performance by our test bowlers. Isn't our bowing strength TOOTHLESS.? I am asking this simple question after observing the very ordinary performance of our test bowlers in the recent tours and the 1st days result of this test match. Zimbabwe's inexperienced batsmen have ground our attack where all their first three top order batsmen have scored half centuries for the first time in Zimbabwe's test cricket history. We do not have a consistently wicket taking spinner in the team. We should not forget the fact that Zimbabwe is the 11th ranked team in the current Test Rankings out of the 12 test playing countries.Susantha Jayawardena on Bowling and Feilding errors cost Sri Lanka U19 their tournament opener vs IndiaSCORECARD https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/8368/scorecard/1204681/india-under-19s-vs-sri-lanka-under-19s-7th-match-group-a-icc-under-19-world-cup-2019-20Rajeevah on Probable Sri Lanka squad for the ODIs against IndiesSri Lanka’s ODI squad against West Indies; 1. Dimuth Karunaratne (C) 2. Danushka Gunathilaka 3. MDKJ Perera (wk) 4. Kusal Mendis 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Dananjaya De Silva 7. Dasun Shanaka 8. Hasaranga De Silva 9. Isuru Udana 10. Lakshan Sandakan/ Lahiru Kumara 11. Nuwan Pradeep 12. Lahiru Kumara 13. Dushmantha Chameera 14. Minod Bhanuka 15. Kasun Rajitha 16. Vishwa FernandoDilshan Ariyawansha on Probable Sri Lanka squad for the ODIs against IndiesIn FebruaryChanaka Fonseka on Probable Sri Lanka squad for the ODIs against IndiesWhen is this series against West Indies?Dias on Rugby vs Cricket, 1st innings, Black Clash, 2020 – HighlightsPart 2: https://www.islandcricket.lk/videos/black-clash-2nd-innings-rugby-vs-cricket-2020/Chanaka Fonseka on Mahela Jayawardene unhappy with Sri Lanka selectors’ decision to axe Kusal PereraKusal Perera is a far better option than Thiri or Dickwella!Jagath Perera on Mahela Jayawardene unhappy with Sri Lanka selectors’ decision to axe Kusal PereraKusal Janith Perera > Niroshan DickwellaAJ on පරදින හේතුව ඉවත් කරපු 20-20 ලෝක කුසලාන සංචිතයI would agree that Mendis should come in place of Gunatilaka as an opener. But I'm not so sure of Banuka to occupy the No 3 slot. He has been so inconsistent and one good innings or a swallow doe not make a summer. Even De Mel said he is too clumsy on the field which in T20 scenario cannot be accepted at all. Leave Dasun's captaincy,his place in the side too is not guaranteed, someone so susceptible to spin has not improved his game in spite of many chances. Isuru at least gives better bowling option.Susantha Jayawardena on This is not a proper reasonCorrect. Asantha doesn't want Bhanuka in the team for some "reason". He is not identifying the great value of this hard & power hitting, no 3 batsman who has even been recognized by many T 20 Franchisers around the world. I do not agree at all for dropping Bhanuka for the recent T20 matches (even dropping him in Australia). If it comes to a point of selecting the best option for T20 between Oshada & Bhanuka, it should be Bhanuka. But Asantha does not realize this and SL Cricket is suffering a lot due to the mismanagement policies of Asantha. I think it's high time to remove Asantha from holding the Chief Selector and Team Manager positions.