I’ve been reduced to posting pictures instead of words these days.

Here’s an infographic I made of the 18+ months that Thilanga Sumathipala has been heading the SLC. It’s got more drama than the battle for the Iron Throne. And culminates in Sri Lanka not qualifying for the WC directly on their own terms

It’s got more drama than the battle for the Iron Throne. And culminates in Sri Lanka being unable to qualify for the 2019 WC directly on their own terms.

“I am like a nervous little boy who plays with his dick when he’s nervous” -the immortal words of Kirk Lazarus rings true in my ears as I wait to see if our colonial masters will help us get to the World Cup now.

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I guess we all go through tough periods in our lives.  Some say they literally feel the weight of the world. We’ve wondered about that. And told those people you couldn’t possibly feel it literally. Then they begin to argue and we just end up conceding, although it pains us deeply because we know that they are wrong deep down. Recently we’ve been feeling that a change needed to happen in our lives. We pondered about it for months on end. A lot of the people that we generally engage with also felt the same.

Then it came. Suddenly. Overnight. Sort of  like that jerky moment you feel yourself fall in a dream. As soon as it arrived we weren’t sure if it were ready for it. There we were, ebbing and flowing in our minds about this very change, for months on end. Now that it was finally here, we still weren’t sure if it was right. It didn’t quite feel right. But we were glad it had come. As with a new house, we just told ourselves it needs time to settle.

Change, we believe can be the catalyst for an upturn in fortune.

Regretably, it could also be a reaction to a prolonged period of  misforture, which, given time and more perseverance could have turned a corner.

Either of these is still a possiblity. That is the beauty of not knowing the future.

 

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Sent in by Dilz

Cricket has given some special names a special place in history.The 3 Ws were the very famous ones to make the “name trend” popular and amazed the world with their magnificent performances.Then from Sri Lanka we had the “M” combo consisting of unorthodox freaks like Murali,Malinga and Mendis as well as Mathews.However the “K” factor has been the most decisive instance in Sri Lankan cricket as well and it has stepped in to the world cricket books as the most unique and the most influential “selected special ones”.

Don’t go too far.Its not Kumar Sangakkara or Kumar Dharmasena,I am referring to the famous surnames that start with the letter “K”.The hall of famers are the express terror Kulasekara,wonderboy Kapugedara and specialist Captain Kandamby.Lets start off with the former world no 1 ODI bowler Nuwan “ rocket” Kulasekara.You got to be impressed with this guy,he is a master of disguise.Do not be fooled by his 5 foot,50 Kilogram stature or his cheeky grin or his 70 miles per hour thunder bolts.He is a new age pacemen who is the leader of a pack consisting of Vinay Kumar,Praveen Kumar and Isuru Udana who do not rely on pace – these guys are much more than that.Andy Roberts once said that,he never smiled at batsmen and he was called “Hit man”.Well you are wrong Mr.Roberts,our Kula’s smile seduces batsmen and they fall to his trap and ultimately the guy gets the wickets.See,you don’t have to be a hitman and be such a snob not to smile at batsmen,wicket taking is a subtle art of deception and the master is Kulasekara.

Chamara Kapugedara is definitely THE wonder boy.I mean who on earth would even dare to hit Brett Lee out of the park at the age of 18,and actually  Brett and Ponting had to plead “Kapu” not to end a great career by blasting the poor guy on his home soil.Kapu ever the great gentleman fully agreed with it and since then the guy has been reluctant to murder bowlers.His talent is unmatched as he is equipped with a set of skills both on and off the field that makes him a true great,but geez you selectors why did you “rest” him after the World Cup final?We know that Kapu is a man for special occasions,who could ever forget that “six” he hit to beat India in the World cup T 20 game??Royal Challengers player Agarwal who hit a six off the last ball had sent Kapu flowers for his special practice session on how to deal in those final,peak,intense moments.Kapu is a special one and one wonders why the IPL teams coudnt grab him this time around  – well the answer is that his price is high plus Malinga and Gayle were worried that they would lose the status as the most “valuable T 20 players”.It is a conspiracy but do not be sad,we will have the privilege of witnessing this legend in the Hong Kong sixes.What an honor??

Last but not least – Kandamby,the man destined to be the captain of the team.I mean what is different in this guy from being an Arjuna clone?Both are rotund,both left handers,both bat at five,both were in the same school and both captained their teams.Kandamby earned his place as captain and won us a revenge t 20 game against England in England – how better can it get????The greatest debacle of them all – the guy is dropped from the team plus he is downgraded to a category 6 contract.

 

Well well this is Sri Lanka and it is the miracle of Asia but we should not let these heroes be ignored.Lets believe in them,support them and fight for the “K”s.By the way SLC should be named SLK – Sri Lanka Kricket.

 

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Dilshan is a Pirate.

From his bear claw goatee to his bandana to his bling. If they ever made a Sri Lankan remake of Pirates of the Caribbean, Dilshan would be Jack Sparrow. But the problem with Pirates is that, by nature, they can’t be trusted.

Dilshan is captain of Sri Lanka because no one else wants the job. Mahela gave it up. And King Kumar wants to become a full time speech writer. In fact the only person other than Dilshan who had a real chance of getting the job was Sanath. As long as he could pass the motion in Parliament.

Like it or not Dilshan the Pirate is what we’ve got. If first impressions mean something, then Dilshan probably wouldn’t have got the girl. If you want to know how Sri Lanka is doing then you’d get all the info you need by looking at his face. Captaincy doesn’t appear to have pulled the plank on Dilshans buccaneer attitude with the bat either. See what I did there. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. That 193 at Lords came at almost 80. And the cost of a digit. Could you ever tell Jack Sparrow what to do ? Ok… Would he have listened?

Dilshanis his own man. He doesn’t pretend to be something he isn’t. But right now you can almost tell that the man is torn between kicking a player in the back side for dropping a chance and blowing his cheeks like Mahela used to. Ultimately this will be what makes or breaks Dilshan as captain. Fighting to be someone he isn’t to completely losing the plot to finding something in between. One thing Dilshan outwardly demands from every player on the field is a 150%. He isn’t someone who is going to sit back and let things unfold. That doesn’t become the man. He isn’t arrogant enough to not ask for his peers help. And Mahela and Sangakkara are humble enough to guide him through this transitional period. These are all great signs.

In his first year of captaincy he has already faced the no1 test side in the world at home. Now we’ve got Aus at home. SA away. Aus and India away. Then Eng at home next year. That is as rough a year as it comes. Add to this the fact that the team it self in a development phase, Dilshan’s headaches are just beginning.

In these times of  unprecedented number of tests for us in the FTP, Dilshan probably isn’t even the ideal man to lead the side. Sri Lanka lies on the verge of going from an average test side to a good or even great one. There is a big chance that Dilshan might end up falling apart. And along with him, Sri Lanka. But just like every other pirate, he will probably die trying. And his merry men will be expected to do the same.

And that is all really matters. Although winning will also be good.

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Playing against India is the epitome for any Cricket team these days.

The players know they can become stars overnight with a possible viewing audience of over 1 billion people. The boards know that they can rake in the money with advertising deals. The cricket wouldn’t be too bad either.

But I am Sri Lankan and I say enough with playing India. Every time I turn on the TV there is an orgy of blue out in the middle. And its not just the One dayers either – there is only so much test cricket a fan can take on dead sub continental pitches before you decide Australian day-time TV is not that bad after all. Although that might be pushing it a bit too far.

2010 year started with Sri Lanka having 2 scheduled international engagements. No- not 2 tours, just 2 matches. And that was the 2 group matches in the 2020 World Cup. This was disappointing by it self – but then SLC announced India will be in Sri Lanka for another test series. I kind of died a little inside that day.

The Sri Lanka v India fixture has occurred an annoying 32 times over the last 2 years. That’s 55 days of cricket against the same team. I doubt Roger Federer makes more grand slam finals.

There are 9 other test playing countries. But we keep picking India. Shouldn’t Sangakkara be stepping in at this point and saying ‘India is good but how about Afghanistan or China for a change’. And what’s wrong with India – whoring themselves to play us. Maybe they get some sadistic satisfaction in beating us over and over on pitches Stevie Wonder could score runs on.

What about the Irish for a change? Heck, they will fill out our hotels and consume our arrack till they look like Pink Salmons under the sun. At least they are fun bunch to play – and beat.

Afghanistan recently got ODI status didn’t they?

To hell with those 7 ODI bi-laterals. Can 2 of those and come to Sri Lanka I say. Is it a wonder Sri Lanka wet themselves when they get over to Australia or South Africa. We never play them or tour those countries. Well, not as much as we should anyway. The last time Australia toured Sri Lanka was 7 years ago.

Of course all the blame falls squarely those evil doers at the ICC. The FTP programme ensures cricket is played through the year but not a lot of thought seems to have gone into who plays who. At least not who Sri Lanka plays. Bangladesh seem to have a more dynamic tour Programme than us. Something is not right and I am not happy. Neither should you be.

A friend told me that ‘beggars can’t be choosers’ referring to the lack of cricket we have this year. Well once I gave a beggar 5rupees and she threw it back. So I guess they can.

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