And we are not ashamed to say it. This is mainly due to the fact that it will be shown on free to air television in Australia. Which is a rare occasion that non Australian matches are actually on. The reasons for us not having paid tv are better explained here.
But there is also another reason. Preity Zinta. Those are not it but is also a part of it.
We would like to bring to your attention a player who we have taken on as our own from the beginning. You will remember him as that terrific bloke who overcame the fact that he played Tier B cricket in Sri Lanka.
I know. Tier B cricket is not something we should mess around with. It’s evil and weird. It’s the reason for what’s happened to Rhianna. It also killed David Carradine.
We were captivated by this mysterious player from the wrong side of the domestic table. India learned the full extent of what a Tier B player can do. It was such pure satanic beauty. We lapped it all up.
We all did. In hindsight, we really had no choice in the matter because it was just so undeniable.
Then the most unthinkable, horrendous thing that could have ever happened – after what happened to Rhianna – happened. The team this human wonder played in got promoted to Tier A. Along with it came shameless conformance to playing proper cricket. Balls.
The man lost his magic and we soon forgot all about him. But we have been watching him and following him at a distance. Hoping he would rediscover his evil, cunning, wily ways.
And it seems he finally may have. Playing under the captaincy of the ‘Mike Brearley of SL domestic 2020 cricket’ – Jehan Mubarak – seems to have brought the best out of him. Which in it self is kind of scary, in a really bad way.
But if his performance in the inter-provincial final is anything to go by- this years IPL might see the return of the one we call Splendid.
His performance will be more important to Sri Lanka than any of the others playing. If he has half a decent tournament – there will plenty of Sri Lankans who will sleep better.
Regardless – 4 for 9 off 3.2 is a good fucken way to start.