14December2017

Athulatha

Chandika Hathurusingha, the former Sri Lanka cricketer and presently coach of Bangladesh is tipped to take over a head coach of Sri Lanka after he tendered his resignation to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday. Whether that resignation will be accepted by the BCB, and if it will actually result in Hathurusingha’s exit remains to be seen. Hathurusingha and top officials at the BCB have not officially confirmed these developments, but are not denying them. Meanwhile, there are strong signals from Sri Lanka Cricket that they are pursuing Hathurusingha, and are in fact presently in negotiations with him. There have…

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Cricket manager and national selector Asanka Gurusinha said that batting will be the key to Sri Lanka performing well against India in the three-match Test series that commences at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 16. “Against India you have to put runs on the board the key is our batting. You can’t expect to get 250 or 200 and win against India. Their batting is strong and they are playing on their home soil as well,” said Gurusinha ahead of the team’s departure to India in the early hours of today at 6 am. “The guys are focused and they…

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India captain Virat Kohli is probably one of the fittest cricketers in the world right now. While he spends a lot of time in the gym, but his diet is equally important in staying fit and healthy. In a recent interview on the web series Breakfast with Champions, Kohli revealed his mantra for staying so fit which doesn’t just end in putting in the hard yards in training sessions. Talking about the most important meal of the day which is the breakfast, Kohli said that his day starts with an omelette that consists of three egg whites and one whole…

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Batting all-rounder Asela Gunaratne and wicket-keeper/batsman Kusal Perera have been left out of the 15-member Sri Lanka Test squad picked for the three-Tests against India starting at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 16 due to match fitness. The Lankan squad was picked yesterday and has been sent for ratification by the Minister of Sports. “Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Kusal Perera all passed the yoyo and skinfold tests but as Asela and Kusal were short of match fitness we did not select them,” said chairman of selectors Graeme Labrooy.   “They will probably be considered for the one-day series that…

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Sri Lanka Cricket will announce the appointment of a permanent head coach by January 1 after the completion of the tour of India which ends on December 24. “We have about five guys including Nic (Pothas) shortlisted for the post. We want to finalise it by January 1 who is going to be our head coach upto the 2019 World Cup,” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva told the ‘Daily News’. “We advertised and head-hunted for a permanent coach and basically have spoken to all of them. We had discussions with them over the phone and their representations were…

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Lahore: Pakistan marked the return of Sri Lanka with a 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash on Sunday, as officials hoped it will help reestablish the country's reputation for hosting international cricket. The third and final Twenty20 match, which Pakistan comfortably won by 36 runs at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, was Sri Lanka's first since their team bus was attacked near the same venue in March 2009. Those attacks, which left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and their staff injured, suspended international cricket in Pakistan and forced them to play at neutral venues of United Arab Emirates (UAE). The…

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Thursday: Sri Lanka’s wretched run in one-day cricket continued when they were outplayed by Pakistan by seven wickets in the first T20 International played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Thursday. Invited to bat first Sri Lanka came up against a varied Pakistan bowling attack and were put out for a disappointing 102 in 18.3 overs once again failing to go the distance as they had in the fifty-over one-dayers. Pakistan knocked the runs in 17.2 overs losing three wickets to canter home with 16 balls to spare. Ahmed Shehzad (22) and Shoaib Malik (42 not out off 31…

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ednesday: Sri Lanka with a new T20 International captain Thisara Perera will be hoping to turn things around in what has so far been a fluctuating tour for them in the UAE. When Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 2-0 in the Test series the impression given to everyone was that the team had put back the previous defeats and turned the corner and they would carry on the form into the ODIs as well. But unfortunately no. The five ODIs proved adisaster as Sri Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 to suffer that ignominy for the third time this year (the first two…

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Monday: Sri Lanka’s shambolic batting in the five-match one-day international series was laid to rest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday when they were rolled over for a mere 103 runs to lose the fifth and final ODI to Pakistan by nine wickets and with it suffer their third 5-0 whitewash of the series for the year. Sri Lanka earlier lost by 5-0 margins to South Africa and India. It was Sri Lanka’s 12th straight one-day defeat for the year while for Pakistan the Champions Trophy champs it was their ninth consecutive win.   The saddest part was that the…

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Thursday: Interim head coach Nic Pothas came down hard on the players and said the team lacked characters and fight after Sri Lanka lost the third ODI to Pakistan to concede the five-match series 3-0 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday Sri Lanka put another pathetic batting performance to be dismissed for 208 and lose the match by seven wickets with more than seven overs to spare to suffer their 10th straight defeat in this format. “As I said during the Test series, I am interested in picking characters. That’s a decision that we have to speak with…

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