Nishan sets up two records on England soil-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews The promising cricketer Nishan Madhshka stole the limelight in the ongoing Emerging cricket team tour of England when he scored a remarkable knock of 269 in 496 balls with 37 fours and 2 sixes with a strike rate of 68.62. He came to the middle as a number three batsman occupying the crease for 496 minutes (nearly 8 and half hours ) to build up his marathon innings which is his career best first class knock as well as first first-class double century. The opener of the Emerging team Lasith Croosephulle (136) and Nishan Madushka (269) added 294 runs for the second wicket breaking the record for the highest partnership by a Sri Lankan duo on English soil previously held by Sri Lankan Master batter Aravinda de Silva and Master Blaster Sanath Jayasuriya (243 runs stand). Madushka, who also ...

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What’s Happening to Cricket?- By Dr. Tilak S. Fernando   Everyone in Sri Lanka, from children to grown-ups, know about cricket. Though volleyball is known as Sri Lanka’s national game, cricket took its place due to its popularity. There was a time when even Kussi Ammas were engrossed in the game whenever cricket matches appeared on TV screens.  When players such as Duleep Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara, Roshan Mahanama, Bandula Warnapura, Sanath Jayasuriya, Brenden Kuruppu or Arjuna Ranatunge batted, crowds were enthusiastic. The game’s enthusiasm peaked when Arjuna Ranatunge won the world cup in 1996. Cricket is a pitch and tosses game, where one team wins today and the rivals win tomorrow.  The rule book says that players must act on numerous regulations and disciplinary codes vested upon the umpires, captains, and the Governing bodies. The game needs to be played according to the game’s rules and within the spirit of the game. ...

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Sri Lanka geared up for 300th Test match-by Rex Clementine Source:Island   The Mohali Test that gets underway later this week will be a landmark one for Sri Lankan cricket as this is the nation’s 300th Test match. Since gaining Test status 40 years ago, Sri Lanka have gone onto achieve many unique feats over the years. The World Record for most wickets in Test cricket is owned by Muttiah Muralitharan, whose 800 wickets has been untouched for over a decade and it is expected to stand for quite a long time to come. The nation also has produced many fine batsmen. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, both of whom have scored more than 10,000 Test runs, are two outstanding players produced by the island. Incidentally, Sri Lanka’s 300th Test match coincides with Indian captain Virat Kohli’s 100th Test as well. Unfortunately, the game will be played behind closed doors ...

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Seven former Sri Lankan stars to play for Asia team-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews Seven former star Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga have been drawn in to the Asia team for the Legends Cricket League 2022, which is set to begin from January 20th at the Oman Cricket Stadium.In addition some legendary names will confirm their participation in the tournament which is going to be keen tussle. All seven players were involved the first tournament held last year . Two Pakistan star players paceman Shoaib Akhtar and all-rounder Shahid Afridi also among the Asian team with Sri Lanka players. However, the tournament will not see Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was a major attraction in the first edition of the tournament held in Ranchi last year. Even though the tournament promo included the name of Tendulkar, the master ...

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Coaches should build teams, not win at any cost – Sanjeewa Ranatunga-By Dinesh Weerawansa Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka’s World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga will be the chief guest at the 43rd Observer SLT Mobitel School Cricketers of the Year grand awards ceremony to be held at the BMICH, Colombo next Tuesday (14), commencing at 5.15 pm. Ranatunga, more than any of the past top award winners, has maintained a strong affiliation with the oldest and only uninterrupted schools awards ceremony ever since he first won the highest award way back in 1980 – some 41 years ago. He became the Observer Schoolboy Cricketer for the second time in his final year for Ananda College in 1982. Since then, Ranatunga has made it a habit to be at the Mega Show whenever possible, irrespective of who the chief guest is. Apart from Ranatunga, his whole family too – wife Samadara, son Dhyan ...

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Micheal Tissera one of the finest gentleman cricketers – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka) Photo source: island.lk On the 3rd December  as the second Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies comes to a conclusion if goes on to day five, Michael Tissera will be in Galle to give away Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne a trophy that bears his name and that of West Indies legend Sir Garry Sobers. Notwithstanding of the outcome of the second Test, Sri Lanka will retain the Sobers-Tissera Trophy having won the first Test. West Indies can only square the series and as the holders of the trophy hence in allits probability Sri Lanka will preserve the title.  Sri Lanka’s current cricketers will do well to pick the brains of Tissera, an iconic figure in our game. He played the game at a time when the sport was not had dealt with money, perks ...

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To enhance the usage of English vernacular of our cricketers – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka)   The sport of cricket has a well known history beginning in the late 16th century. Having originated in south-east England, it became the country’s national sport in the 18th century and has developed globally in the 19th and 20th centuries. International matches have been played since 1844 ,then Test cricket began, retrospectively recognized, in 1877. Cricket is the world’s second most popular spectator sport after association football (soccer).The total Governance is by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which has over one hundred countries and territories in membership although only twelve countries currently play Test cricket,the latest additions being Ireland and Afghanistan ,also governed by the ICC.  Cricket as begun by the English still remains a sport where the language in use is of course English.Countries like England, Australia, South Africa,West Indies,Zimbabwe( formerly Rhodesia) had no problem with the English vernacular where everything connected to the game was in English .Lately with the advent of Asian countries viz India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and ...

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Angelo retorts, signals fitness, verifies ten quick pushups flexing his biceps – By Sunil Thenabadu(Sports editor – elanka) Upon reaching his fighting rearguard ninth Test hundred on the fourth day in the first Test in Basin Reserve, Wellington, Angelo Mathews was probably in alternative excavation at the verdict to expel him from the shorter formats performed 10 quick pushups followed by flexing his biceps in the direction of the dressing room. This act was undoubtedly specifically for the coach Chandika Hathurusingha – who with the members of the ex-selection committees were responsible for the hasty decision to drop him. This action of Angelo was no doubt was looked on by the head coach from the pavilion. This was to convince to him that he had no fitness and running between the wicket’s issues anymore. Angelo let his emotions exhibit for the second time after he let his “bat to do the talking”.  Mathews was axed as ODI captain then dropped from Sri Lanka’s shorter format teams entirely based on what Hathurusingha and the former selector’s opinion, who had only said later were on fitness grounds. Accusing Angelo of having had several injury layoffs over the past two years, with his hamstrings ...

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Roshan Mahanama  saluted by Cricket Australia at end of illustrious career in Elite panel of ICC match referees By Sunil Thenabadu.  Photo Source:-cricketique.live ST Jayasuriya, RS Mahanama  576  2nd  Sri Lanka  v India  Colombo (RPS)  2 Aug 1997  Test # 1374  AH Jones, MD Crowe  467  3rd  New Zealand  v Sri Lanka  Wellington  31 Jan 1991  Test # 1162  WH Ponsford, DG Bradman  451  2nd  Australia  v England  The Oval  18 Aug 1934  Test # 237    The International Cricket Council (ICC) had  announced that Roshan Mahanama will stride down from the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees at the end of the year. Roshan was appropriately honoured nominated to referee in the three Test series between hosts Australia and visiting New Zealand teams.  Mahanama had joined the elite panel in 2004 and has refereed in 58 Tests, 222 ODIs and 35, T20Is to date, including refereeing in three ICC Cricket World Cups 2007, ...

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Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa flay Bangladeshi attack with raining sixes to win by five wickets – by Sunil Thenabadu (eLanka Sports editor). Chief Scores:  Sri Lanka 172 for 5 (Asalanka 80*, Rajapaksa 53, Shakib 2-17) beat Bangladesh 171 for 4 (Naim 62, Mushfiqur 57*) by five wickets with seven balls to spare  The first of the second phase clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Group 1 in the ICC WC T20 tournament was played as a day match in Sharjah  in very hot conditions in front of many enthusiastic supporters of both countries. Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka having won the flip invited Bangladesh to bat first.The skipper of the Bangladesh Mahamudulla Reyal said that if he had won the toss they were to bat first,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh made one change each from the team that played in the final match in the Group stage matches.Sri Lanka rested the main destroyer Maheesh Theekshana ...

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