Showing posts with label cricket. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cricket. Show all posts

Monday, November 30, 2020

Asanka Gurusingha appointed as head coach of Nigeria

Asanka Gurusingha
Sri Lankan cricket veteran Asanka Gurusinha who was a key player in the World Cup-winning team in 1996, will be appointed from December 1st, 2020 as the head coach and high-performance manager of Nigeria, Nigeria Cricket Federation announced. 

Gurusingha, 54, has an 11-year international career, playing 41 Tests and 147 One Day Internationals for Sri Lanka. 

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Nuwan Zoysa to be punished by ICC for match-fixing

Nuwan Zoysa

International Cricket Council (ICC) announced today that former Sri Lanka paceman Nuwan Zoysa had been found guilty of match-fixing by an independent anti-corruption tribunal. Accordingly, he would be sanctioned, ICC said. 

Nuwan Zoysa was provisionally suspended in October 2018 and charged with three offences under the ICC's anti-corruption code, including "being party to an agreement or effort to fix" a match.

Zoysa has also been charged with breaching four counts of the Emirates Cricket Board's anti-corruption code for players who participated in a T10 league in the United Arab Emirates in 2017 and the proceedings are ongoing, the ICC said. 

Left-arm paceman Nuwan Zoysa played 30 tests and 95 one-day internationals from 1997-2007. He worked time to time as coach of Sri Lanka women's team and the men's A squad.

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Again a Sri Lankan Minister's son; this time panicks plane passengers

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and family. cricketer at his right
It's again a Minister's son. This time, Ramith Rambukwella, the son of Minister Keheliya Rambukwella, as reported. 

The passengers of a British Airways flight from St Lucia to Gatwick were panicked yesterday when the Minister's son tried to open the cabin door at 35,000ft, searching for a lavatory. 

Rambukwella is a member of the Sri Lanka - A team which was in the flight after playing against the West Indies. The British Airways flight was carrying 229 passengers. 

The cricketer is accused of being drunk. 

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced today that it wished to announce that it was disappointed to hear of a Sri Lankan player's behavior and an inquiry will be conducted based on the team manager's report. 

Disciplinary action will be taken on the player concerned if found guilty, the SLC statement added. 

Ramith Rambukwella, 22, is a left-hand batsman and right arm off-spin bowler who has been playing club cricket after playing for Royal College. His inclusion into Sri Lanka - A side also became a controversial matter.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

He was legendary Volleyball Sira of cricketing Sri Lanka

No action photos for media
Only this one with his son
(May 18, Colombo - Lanka PolityW.L. Siriwardhana of Gampaha, who was known as legendary ‘Volleyball Sira‘ bade farewell to Sri Lanka.

Mr. Siriwardhana was the captain of Sri Lanka’s national volleyball team for 12 years in 1950s and 60s. He was renowned in the Asian region as a gifted dasher. He was popular among Sri Lankans as much as the brilliant cricketers were among cricket fans. However, he was not among the sportsmen the President Mahinda Rajapaksa recently awarded for their lifetime achievements. His funeral was also unattended by political bigwigs.

Volleyball is still the national game of Sri Lanka although it never reached to professional level.

Volleyball is a sport Sri Lankans can play anywhere in the island with low capital cost since the equipments and standard courts do not cost a fraction of expenses for a game like cricket.

Cricket is the most popular sport in Sri Lanka although less than thousand people play standard cricket. Few turfs are available even in Colombo except what are available the international cricket grounds. Most of the outstation schools and clubs play cricket on matting made of coir string. Tennis ball cricket that is played by the majority of the ordinary cricketers is far below cricket standards.

Most Sri Lankans do not play any kind of cricket although they are ardent fans of the game. Most of these fans are not healthy people since they do not play or exercise at all. One of them died in a heart attack recently when Sri Lanka beat India in a thrilling match to enter the semi-finals of T-20 World Cup.

Sports must be promoted as a human exercise and not as a way having sheer thrill or betting if a nation needs healthy and fit populace.

Sri Lanka can promote volleyball among people easily if it really needs it to be made the national sport. The chairmanship of Sri Lanka Volleball Federation itself reflects the pathetic situation of the national sport. The federation has failed to seek a powerful person to lead it.

Present Chairman Dilan Perera is a Deputy Minister of the government and he laments he has been denied a cabinet portfolio despite his presence in the parliament since 1994. Sri Lanka's national sport is also like him.

Monday, December 28, 2009

In politics too India's winning formula is hosting bad picthes

(December 28, Colombo - Lanka Polity) You host a cricket team and your countrymen are desperate to see your team win. Since you are the host, you are privileged to prepare a picth as you wish. You make it as hard for the opponent as you can and you then select deadly bowlers to break their noses. You think it is the winning formula. But what happens if the players walk out refusing to play?

This is what happened in Sunday's fifth and final limited-overs international between India and Sri Lanka, leading to crowd unrest and immediate recriminations for Indian cricket officials.

Sent in to bat first, Sri Lanka had crumbled to 83-5 on the difficult Kotla pitch before the third delivery of the 24th over, from India's rookie paceman Sudeep Tyagi, rose dangerously and flew past the face of batsman Thilina Kandamby.

It proved the last straw for Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara, who complained to match referee Alan Hurst and onfield umpires Marais Erasmus and Shavir Tarapore, and players left the field.

As discussions continued between match officials and local organizers outside the boundary, spectators shouted slogans and abuse at the organizers.

Baton-wielding police were called in to clear the stands of spectators, some of whom had vented their anger by smashing chairs. The teams were whisked away from the stadium before the abandonment was announced more than an hour after the suspension.

Later Sunday, confronted with mounting criticism, the Indian cricket board scrapped its pitches panel. (Canadian Press)

This happens not only in cricket but in politics as well. India always hosts the neighboring nations with difficult political terrain since it is desperate in winning the regional dominancy at the cost of the bones of the other nations. The best example is Sri Lanka.

India's approach on the island nation's ethnic problem is always dishonest. One time it sided with the Tamil militancy providing them military bases in South India to train and arm against Sri Lankan state. Through that strategy India caught behind pro-Yankee J.R. Jayawardhana, the first executive President of Sri Lanka. After bundling out the Sinhala players, India wanted to defeat the Tamil nationalism as well that she bred in her bosom. Now India is sided with the Sinhala dominated Sri Lanka government and she has made the Tamil nationalist forces eat shit through its policy of tolerating Sri Lanka’s unorthodox warfare that completely disregarded the lives of the fighters and the civilians.

Even three decades later, the ethnic problem of Sri Lanka remains same. It is still the biggest impediment before Sri Lanka's development. India is silent. India always makes the political pitch for others as hard as rock. Yet, it is not clear India has won the match over Sri Lanka since the match is mingled with walk-outs of the Sinhala and Tamil polities.

White handkerchief marks protest against forcible cremation by the government of Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan civil society is silently but strongly marking their protest against the government's inhuman  forcible  cremation of a 20-da...