Gavin's blog

Mahela and Kumar accused of not informing SLC of retirement plans

Mahela Jayawardene posted on Twitter today his dismay over an article that appeared on the Daily Mirror newspaper on March 18, while the team is in the midst of an important World Cup campaign in Bangladesh.

Arjuna's hypocrisy!

Arjuna wants the Sri Lankan players to boycott IPL because India has "supported US-backed UNHRC's resolutions against Sri Lanka."

Sri Lanka Cricket elections are a sham

I highly recommend you read the interview with Charith Senanayake. It's extremely courageous of him to speak out, especially given the climate of fear that prevails in Sri Lanka these days.

India takes action on WC 2011 failures but nothing from Sri Lanka

It's no secret that the 2011 World Cup hosted by Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh has crippled Sri Lanka's cricket board. The board was governed by an interim-committee set up by the government and controlled by Nishantha Ranatunga and Somachandra De Silva, who were both appointed with the blessings of the Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa.

Government goons continue winning uncontested elections to head sports bodies in Sri Lanka

If you think the cricket board in Sri Lanka is being destroyed by government interference and sham elections that have seen government henchmen winning uncontested, it is not only cricket that is suffering.

Sri Lankan teen featured on ICC 360 cricket show

Young Sri Lankan cricketer Pulina Tharanga is on this week's ICC 360 cricket show.

No doubt about who will be Sri Lanka's next chief cricket selector

There has been speculation in the media in recent days that a Sri Lankan minister, a politician, is going to replace Ashantha de Mel, the current chairman of selectors. It's not going to be just any minister, but a man the Sri Lankan president is extremely close friends with - Sanath Jayasuriya.

Sri Lankan cricketers and fans deserve better

Cricket Australia has invested a considerable sum to invite chart-topping British electronic musicians Basement Jaxx to perform in Australia to draw in more youth to cricket matches this summer. But the virtually bankrupt Sri Lanka Cricket can't even put together a decent website and earn income from it, nor can they devise new means to generate funds to get them out of the hole they have dug themselves into.

The mess Sri Lankan cricket is in

I'm surprised Sri Lanka continue to reach finals despite having such unsuitable individuals in charge of our cricket board.

SLC has second thoughts on sexual misconduct inquiry at cricket board

After a female employee at SLC was allegedly spotted by a security guard engaging in a sexual act at the cricket board's premises with an employee from Somerset Entertainment Ventures, the organisers

Upali Dharmadasa loses his credibility

Listen below to an excerpt of Upali Dharmadasa talking to BBC (in Sinhala). He clearly states that the TV station, which SLC continues to award TV rights to, is owned by the Sri Lankan president's sons.

Will leg spinners ever have a future in Sri Lanka?

For a country that's known to produce good spinners, Sri Lanka is yet to field a world-class leg spinner. That's partly due to perhaps the impatience of Sri Lankan selectors, the fans and the media. A leg spinner needs time to develop at the highest level and that kind of opportunity has thus far never been presented.

IPL or Sri Lanka - what should come first?

Never before has a league or format divided opinions in Sri Lanka as much as the IPL and T20 cricket have. Even though for years players have retired from international cricket well before their time to play county cricket, retiring early to play T20s is blasphemy to some. Why?

Nishantha Ranatunga takes on Sri Lankan newspaper

An interesting verbal battle is currently unfolding between the controversial secretary of SLC Nishantha Ranatunga and The Island newspaper.

Ranil Abeynaike passes away

News is trickling in that commentator Ranil Abeynaike has passed away.