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Satha and De Saram: Batsmen Par Excellence who went to Jail

Nicholas Brookes, in CRICKET MONTHLY, 6 May 2019, where the title is “The story of De Saram and Satha: batting geniuses who went to jail”

Two of Sri Lanka’s greatest batsmen had memorable lives, but they have been nearly forgotten today  Ask any sports fan what it takes for a player to reach the pinnacle of their game and you’ll get the same tired answers. Talent. Temperament. Determination. But sporting greatness also relies on factors more arcane. Like luck. Or opportunity. Being in the right place at the right time. Just imagine if Pelé had been born in Bombay or if Gavaskar had grown up in Brazil. Where would they be now?
Satha found not guilty –and here seen with his lawyer Colvin R de Silva
FC de Saram and Mahadevan Sathasivam are the greatest Sri Lankan cricketers of the pre-Test era. They were born three years apart, and in their heyday either would have walked into any international side. Yet, de Saram played only 40 first-class games and Sathasivam a measly 11. Both captained their nation and their club rivalry captivated Colombo. They are quite possibly the best batsmen you’ve never heard of.

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Sri Lanka Cricket supports Archbishop Ranjith’s Victims Fund and finalizes its Tour Managerial Appointments

N Krishnamurthy in CRICKET AGE, 1 May 2019

CRICKET AID : Sri Lanka Cricket decided to donate Rs. 2 million to the Relief Effort Fund set up by His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith, The Arch Bishop of Colombo to support the victims of the affected areas and parishes, following multiple ‘Easter Sunday Attacks’.

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SL Cricket Captaincy: Selectors’ Cartwheels and Internal Turmoil

Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 1 April 2019, where the title is “Sri Lanka’s captaincy becomes poisoned chalice”

Sri Lanka’s fans have little hope during the ICC Cricket World Cup as infighting and disharmony are threatening to disrupt the national cricket team’s campaign in cricket’s showpiece event next month. Sunday Island learns that the team’s premier batsman Angelo Mathews has declined to take over the captaincy after it was offered to him by Chairman of Selectors Ashantha De Mel earlier this week.

Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne is set to be named Sri Lanka’s white ball captain as well after Angelo Mathews refused the captaincy ahead of the World Cup


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Sri Lanka’s World Cup Fifteen: A Premature Venture

Michael Roberts

SEE my ruminations at https://cricketique.wordpress.com/2019/04/10/sri-lankas-world-cup-squad-punting-from-down-under/

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The Many Strands of Extremism TODAY: Salafi, Racial, Chauvinist and HR

Michael Roberts, reproducing an essay presented in Colombo Telegraph in 2015 with the title Secular Fundamentalism in One-Eyed Overkill” …. because of indications that personnel pushing rights-programmes take adamantine positions that blind them to their own distortions and rigidity of stance. There is no better illustration of this tendency than the essays and pursuits of Gordon Weiss since 2009 (see the text below) and the positions adopted by Alan Keenan of the ICG today in 2019 and in the recent past. 

attacks on Charlie Hebdo offices by Islamist extremists including the brothers Kouachi – January 2015

Because of such incidents as the Charlie Hebdo killings in January 2015 and the recent assaults in Paris in November 2015 those living in Western countries today are only too aware of the threat posed by Islamic fundamentalists.[1] A tiny minority from within a specific strand of Islam known as Salafi has etched its fundamentalism within world consciousness.[2]

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Cricketing Sense from Ashantha De Mel’s Selection Team

Michael Roberts

Champika Fernando has served Sri Lanka’s cricketing world well by conducting a revealing interview with Ashantha De Mel, the Chief Selector for Sri Lanka Cricket, for the Daily Mirror. Ashantha not only represented Sri Lanka at cricket, but also was a leading bridge player in competitive tournaments. His acumen shines through in the analysis he has provided. While I have met him in passing in the distant past, I have had limited interaction with him: those brief occasions indicated to me that he is a no-nonsense person and would not suffer fools gladly.

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Ashantha’s Incisive Exposition of Sri Lankan Cricket Team’s Problems and Immediate Goals

Champika Fernando, in Daily Mirror, 19 March 2019, with this titleThe de Mel theory on World Cup”

Get the team balance right, ease the pressure, encourage unity and give the players a little freedom–this could be the winning combination for Sri Lanka to become a force to reckon with at the World Cup in June, Chief Cricket Selector Ashantha de Mel said this week.

The problem here is everyone wants to do our job, others do not know the amount of effort and data we gather to get the right team,” explains Ashantha de Mel – Pic by Priyanka Samaraweera

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