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‘Warne Is A Bit Ahead Of Me… Unfortunately, He Could Not Captain Australia’

Muttiah Muralitharan played his last competitive match in Sydney on Friday. Just prior to the match Peter Roebuck talked to the great spinner about his upbringing in Sri Lanka, the pain of being called for chucking and his long-standing rivalry with Shane Warne. Peter Roebuck: Murali, this is your last trip to Australia, your last [...]

“I Have A Plan”

Most cricket playing nations are preparing for the forthcoming 50 overs World Cup, now. Or at least they have one eagle eye trained on it whilst they go through the already agreed to games between other nations. It would be a good opportunity for teams from the sub continent to lift the trophy with home or near [...]

Sri Lanka Junior Tours Help

I have time and again touched on the programme of coaching and training camps conducted throughout the country to popularise junior cricket in a planned manner. Apart from achieving the above set goal we have been pleasantly surprised at the latent talent in the hinterland. The Aravinda de Silva Cricket Foundation sponsored by Coca Cola [...]

Sri Lanka Was Out Played

Sri Lanka made it to the Semi Finals of the T20 World Cup only to succumb.I believe that our moment was when we beat India, but, I suspect England watching that game did their home work well. The England team seemed the most balanced of those reaching the super eights. This is not to take [...]

Ups And Downs Of T 20 Cricket

The T 20 World Cup presently being worked out in the West Indies held no surprises when it moved in to the Super Eight stage. T 20 promises a whiff of a chance to the lesser known teams in the International arena but this tourney did not spring any surprises. Hampered with rain during the [...]

The World Cup Of Instant Cricket

The T20 World Cup is upon us. The Sri Lankan squad has yet to get settled into the conditions in the West Indies. Our lads have not had much experience in the Caribbean Islands. Even the seniors have hardly played in that neck of the woods. But we are talking of instant cricket and there [...]

Talent Is There…In The Provinces

Remember I spoke about training the next generation of players to step into the top level recently? I need to elaborate on that subject once more. It was a couple of years ago that I felt the time was ripe to search for untapped junior talent in the distant provinces. The seed was sown to [...]

Schoolboy Champion To International Champion…

The next training camp to sift for junior talent is scheduled for early May this year. The Aravinda de Silva Academy sponsored by Coca Cola Inc. have conducted these camps around the country in affording opportunity to talented junior cricketers to come up into the senior sides through proper training and physical fitness programmes. Sri [...]

T20 World Cup And Beyond…

It’s all about the impending T20 World Cup that most cricket loving Sri Lankans are focused on at this time. With the IPL T20 tourney in full swing the excitement is kept on the boil. Our lads have not performed extraordinarily in India which could be cause for concern. Yet when one plays for the [...]

T20 Cricket Getting Popular Too…

The present T20 IPL tournament being held in India has taken off in high intensity in as far as spectator interest is concerned. With the usual hype outside the short boundary line the television viewers are taken into a carnival atmosphere. The sponsors and those associated with the tournament should be happy at the commercial opportunities [...]

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