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I love to believe what's on this article. Especially the words from Ford. Even he thinks they have done more work on fielding, it's a Pie on the sky as far as I am concerned. No matter how many drills or boot camps Srilalanka going to conduct focusing on fielding, player like Tharanga will always remain as exception to the cause because he will never going to move on to be even classified as an average fielder. As we all know he is the worst fielder Srilalanka ever had. It's like training a tortoise to be rabbit. It will never happen. Being the most senior player who made his debut almost twelve years ago but still remains where he was as a fielder when he made his debut in 2005.
I know he was picked because of his recent batting but unfortunately he is going to cost us more games with his fielding. Is it worth the risk of having players like Chandimal, Tharanga, Dickwella in one side who are well renowned for their fielding brilliance.

Posted in: Sri Lanka vow to lift fielding standards by Annoymous (not verified) on Friday, May 19, 2017 - 05:55. Reply to this comment.


He is was dropped because he was another useless Chandimal who scores for himself to stick around the at snails pace... CHANDI AND HASHAN ARE PURE EXAMPLES OF SELF FIRST SELFISH PLAYERS.

Posted in: 'Can't understand why I was dropped, but it helped me achieve great things' by Ha Shan Chandi (not verified) on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 15:12. Reply to this comment.


Team balance is wrong here, we're a batsmen short in this line up. If the ball seams around and nips out 2/3 early wickets, Angie and the half baked all rounders are left to put up a decent score. Need to have a decent batsmen batting at 5 (not an allrounder). But if you look at the squad for the CT, we probably only have Kapu to fill in that role, and even he has not been a regular in the team.

It's almost always been our batsmen who've let the team down in the past 2 years, and the bowlers have done a decent job. If out top 3/4 batsmen fail in the CT, I don't think we'll win many games. I think Kusal Mendis has a lot responsibility in this CT. He was the only player who stood out in the 2016 England series, hopefully he can replicate his form this time round as well.

Posted in: Most Likely Constant ODI Team for Sri Lanka for the ICC Champion Trophy 2017 by aasad (not verified) on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 05:05. Reply to this comment.


first round exit? will we win even one odi? may be against scotland?

Posted in: Watch Sri Lanka cricketers departing for Champions Trophy 2017 by slcric1 (not verified) on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 04:10. Reply to this comment.


WHAT a change!! We used to be kings of spin. We had the best spinners in the world and batsmen who thrived on spin. Now we are weak against pace AND spin. Even the spinners we have do not get a long run because selectors are tube lights....

Posted in: Sri Lanka coach hoping for batsman-friendly pitches for Champions Trophy by Erosh R. (not verified) on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 04:06. Reply to this comment.


Hopefully our warm up games will help decide on a final XI. For the warmup matches SL should go with their usual team.
Upul Tharanga
Niroshan Dickwella
Kusal Mendis
Dinesh Chandimal
Angelo Mathews
Asela Gunaratne
Thisara Perera
Nuwan Kulasekera
Suranga Lakmal
Lakshan Sandakan
Lasith Malinga

If players like Chandimal or Mendis fails to deliver when playing against Scotland, then they should be dropped and Kapugedera and Kusal Perera should play, also Gunaratne can be moved further up. For the ICC warm up games.
Upul Tharanga
Niroshan Dickwella
Chamara Kapugedera
Asela Gunaratne
Angelo Mathews
Kusal Perera
Thisara Perera
Nuwan Kulasekera
Suranga Lakmal
Lakshan Sandakan
Lasith Malinga

If the middle order still struggles, then SL should choose who played the best in the Scotland matches and warm up matches. In my opinion, i would like to see the following team.
Upul Tharanga
Niroshan Dickwella
Chamara Kapugedera
Asela Gunaratne
Angelo Mathews
Dinesh Chandimal / Kusal Perera
Thisara Perera
Nuwan Kulasekera
Suranga Lakmal
Lakshan Sandakan
Lasith Malinga

I think if Kapugedera is going to play, he must play in the top 5 otherwise his talent is useless. Chandimal may be moved down the order because I would like to see Kapu and Gunaratne play in the top. Maybe Kusal Perera may take Chandi's spot as it's better to have a strong hitter alongside Thisara.

Posted in: Who will be the No. 3 batsman in the Champions Trophy? by Suren1998 on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 01:56. Reply to this comment.


Is Malinga taking his parents to CT? I am sure some WAGS will tag along. Ladies and gentlemen, enjoy England! Please share some pictures of English fun, with us the fans!

Posted in: Sri Lanka sent off carrying hopes of 20 million by Anonymous1 (not verified) on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 16:23. Reply to this comment.


I post this because there is a slight confusion regarding the team.. Sanath said they expect kjp to be the keeper in ct17.. That means hes playing.. And tharanga is vice captain so he's also playing. . And I don't think dickwella will miss out.. He'll be playing as well.. My guess is UT and dickwella will be openers
.. That leaves out kjp and I think he'll probably be at 3, because lower order is heavy with good hitters already.. so my hunch is
1)UT
2)Dickwella
3)Kjp
4)Mendis
5)Asela
6)Mathews
7)Kapu/Thisara
...

Posted in: Who will be the No. 3 batsman in the Champions Trophy? by N.M.M on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 15:16. Reply to this comment.


This is just a reminder to all who conveniently forgot that they are living in a NATION with an overwhelming majority of population comprised of 70.19% of Theravada Buddhists - just 12.6% Hindus, 9.7% Muslims (mainly Sunni) and 7.4% Christians (6.1% Roman Catholic and 1.3% other Christian).

It is an accepted norm worldwide to follow the culture of the majority in their National identity and important events. Just look at the West... even the stalwart pillars of Democracy like USA, Eng, Canada etc. who preach equality and impartiality to the world seeking the blessings of God incorporated in their National Anthems itself... according the religion of the Majority of population living in those countries, quite rightly. The minority belongs to all other religions accept the fact and respect the culture of majority.! They sing the same national anthem in all events without a fuss, despite their own religious beliefs. Can you say they were forced to do that?

British national Anthem - "God Save the Queen"
USA national anthem - And this be our motto: 'In God is our trust.'
Canada national anthem - "God keep our land glorious and free! "

Did the minorities belong to other religions, ever questioned this as unethical force?

Take the example of Foreign coaches such as Allan Donald, Ford, etc, etc .... do you think they were all FORCED to wear white sarongs /shirts and offer flowers / incense and oil lamps to lord Buddha at the sacred temple and worship with two hands together like all Buddhist do? Then u must be out of your mind.!

Its all a voluntary thing they willingly did ..none could force anyone to do such things they are not obligated to do at all and it was just a pure gesture by individuals and NOT a conversion of any sort (unlike the forcible conversions taking place in this country exploiting the severe poverty of some innocent people).

This is similar to some Buddhist singing carols during Christmas or attending a wedding or a funeral mass in a Church of a good friend.

Don't forget the national team was already in Kandy just before the day the nation SL became the UN picked international center to celebrate Vesak for worldwide Buddhist community. Wat's wrong with seeking some blessings before a big tournament in a country with a vast majority of Buddhist in its population just the day before Vesak ??

In the West Canada ,USA, Eng etc.. they all seek blessings of god in their national anthems itself... many other minorities living in those countries did ever question about that? What about middle est , Bangladesh, Pakistan with rigid Islam customs & India with Hindu religious customs incorporated in their all national activities... ??

Why pick only SL's majority religion Buddhism and Sinhala people to invert every norm commonly accepted in all other nations according to their majority culture?? If it is well accepted ethical practice in all other nations. So there cannot be any such ethical issue just defined to restrict the identity of Buddhist culture of the majority of the population living in this nation SL .!!! Whether u like it or not this is the globally accepted norm that cannot be any different to SL.

Posted in: SL cricket team visits Sri Dalada Maligawa by SeeThrough on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:10. Reply to this comment.


Spot on see through... :)

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do"

West seek the blessings of God - nothing wrong with that because majority of people in those countries believe in God - all minorities belong to various other religions accept it and sing the same anthem with no protest despite the difference in their religious beliefs - None ever questioned about any unethical issue in that.

British Anthem, "God Save the Queen"
Canadian National anthem "God keep our land glorious and free!"
USA National anthem 'In God is our trust.'

Likewise none can question about any unethical issue here... simply because the Buddhist majority SL nation's national team sought the blessings of Lord Buddha by visiting Dhalada Maligawa on Vesak day, just before facing a high-profile world stage tournament. Whether u like it or not you have to accept that as quite ethical in relative terms compared to majority based national ethics in other nations.

Hilarious Pol by some one unable to digest reality :))

Posted in: Sumathipala forcing all memebers of the team to visit the Dalada Maligawa for blessings is by Ethically right Canadian (not verified) on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 02:07. Reply to this comment.