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MCC at Galle: Big Boost for Tourism and Cricket via Sanga and Galle

Item in Daily News, 1 November 2019 …. http://www.dailynews.lk/2019/11/01/sports/201649/traditional-mcc-champion-county-match-be-played-galle

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) yesterday announced that next season’s Champion County match against Essex will be held in Sri Lanka. The traditional curtain-raiser to the new English domestic season, which dates back to 1970 in its current guise, will be played at the Galle International Stadium between 24 and 27 March 2020.

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In Memory of Tony Greig: A Sturdy Friend of Sri Lanka

Michael Roberts

As the Sri Lankan cricket team embarks on a short tour of Australia, I remind one and all of a sturdy supporter from within the ranks of the cricketing world in Australia whose premature death in December 2012 was a loss to one and all.  A South African who played cricket for England, Tony became Kerry Packer’s right-hand man during the revolutionary World Series cricket[1] on the 1970s (which new generations must study) ….. and made Sydney his home.

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Scott Morrison the Water-Boy at Manuka Oval

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Murali’s Marching Tune …. the Alston Koch Way

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Unsung Cricketing Heroes at Lahore, 3rd March 2009

Michael Roberts

 While we are still groping in the dark when interpreting the culprits and motivations behind the attack on the cricketing entourage heading for Gaddafi Stadium on 3rd March 2009, it is not out of place to highlight some of the heroes of that event, a few recognised THEN …. but there are, in my view, two more to add to that list.

Khalil Chris Broad Dilshan Ahsan RazaLAL THAMEL Thamel

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That Nightmare Moment: Farbrace and Bayliss give BBC A Detailed Account of the Lahore Assault, 3rd March 2009

On the 3rd March 2019 the BBC took the heady step of interviewing the longstanding management team of Trevor Bayliss and Paul Farbrace about their nightmare-experiences at the roundabout approaching Gaddafi Stadium in Karachi from 8.39 am on 3rd March 2009.

On 3 March 2009, the Sri Lanka cricket team were in Lahore, Pakistan. It was the third morning of another Test match. Shortly before 09:00 local time, just outside the Gaddafi Stadium, 12 gunmen ambushed them. Six policemen and a driver escorting match officials were killed. The attackers were armed with assault rifles, grenades and rocket launchers. England coach Trevor Bayliss and his assistant Paul Farbrace, both then working with Sri Lanka, were on the team bus. Here, 10 years on, they explain how they survived.

03 Mar 2009, LAHORE, Pakistan — epa01653633 Pakistani Police commandoes guard Gadaffi Cricket Stadium, where Sri Lankan cricketers were taken following an attack in Lahore Pakistan on 03 March 2009. Unidentified gunmen attacked Sri Lanka’s cricket team 03 March when it was being escorted to a local stadium in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore, leaving six policemen and two civilians dead and four Sri Lankan players injured, media reports and officials said. EPA/STRINGER — Image by © STRINGER/epa/Corbis

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A Rousing Farewell for Lal Wickramatunga in Sydney

Pictorial display courtesy of Ozlanka.com …. http://www.ozlanka.com/2019-albums/sep2019-pics/lal-1/index.html

Lal Wickramatunga was a Benedictine cricketer who could mix it with or best in his halcyon days and thereafter served as a police officer. He was a servant of the Board of Control for Sri Lanka Cricket in the 1990s. He helped run The Sunday Leader after his elder brother Lasantha was assassinated in January 2009. He moved to Australia in diplomatic and consular capacities in recent times. His popularity among the Sri Lankans in Sydney is indelibly etched in the pictorial illustrations presented in OZLANKA. May he bat on …… and on …. wherever he plants his feet.

Fare thee well Lal.

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