Hilal's blog

Whatever happened to Ajantha Mendis' off spinner?

The 'Carrom Ball' was once a potent weapon owing to the batsman's inability determine if Mendis would spin it in to them, or move it away. It was that element of uncertainty that made Mendis what he is today.

You couldn't hand it to Dilshan could you Scyld Berry?

As Nasser Hussein pointed out during the Sri Lanka v New Zealand ICC World Twenty20 match, Dilshan's scoop shot over the keeper's head - The Dilscoop - is unlike any other stroke attempted before.

Sri Lanka Cricket makes selection policy public

The call for more transparency from the selectors appears to have been answered. Well, not entirely, but it looks like we are on the right path. Sri Lanka Cricket released a document over the weekend titled 'Selection Policy Document' which intends on explaining the method behind the mayhem.

Jayasuriya's Twenty20 World Cup 2010 ticket in Sangakkara's hands

Selectors to decide on Jayasuriya's inclusion in the squad for the ICC World T20 Championships in West Indies next month after a phone call to Sangakkara.

There is no rule or ethics for sportsmen not to get involved in politics - Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya who will be contesting in the parliamentary elections in April spoke to The Nation on his decision to enter politics.

The Reawakening of Tillakaratne Dilshan

Destruction is the name of his game, but phenomenal consistency has brought the fame. From a lower middle order batsman, into a devastating opener, this is the story of Tillakaratne Dilshan’s amazing transformation.

Sangakkara thanks Sri Lankan selectors

At the post match ceremony of today's Tri-Series Final in Bangladesh, Kumar Sangakkara thanked the Sri Lankan selectors for picking a young side and sticking with them.

In front of a large gathering Sangakkara told Ravi Shastri that the selectors were under a lot of pressure in Sri Lanka and they owed the selectors a lot for having faith in such young squad.

We tried to make a match of it - Mahela

Mahela Jayawardene on the pitch fiasco in the Delhi ODI

'If Arjuna was the captain he would have given me confidence' - Jayasuriya

December 26th, 2009 marks 20 years of international cricket for Sanath Jayasuriya. He made his international debut against Australia at Melbourne on December 26, 1989.

Island Cricket turns one

Island Cricket was launched on the 25th of December 2008. It's hard to imagine that we are already an year old! I sincerely hope that in it's first year Island Cricket has been a source of information for Sri Lankan Cricket fans, and more importantly I hope it served it's purpose, as a platform for the average Cricket fan to have his/her voice heard.

Farewell Jayasuriya, Hello Perera!

Sanath Jayasuriya was rightfully given another go in this series. It was however sad to see the great batsman fail once again.

Consistency was never Jayasuriya's forte, his style of play and the risks involved inevitably meant that Jayasuriya would fail more often than not.

Vote for Island Cricket as your favourite Sri Lankan website

The LK domain registry (.lk) is currently conducting a competition for 'The most favourite Sri Lankan website'.

Lasith Malinga confirms participation in South African Pro20 competition

Sri Lanka pace bowler Lasith Malinga has agreed to play for the Highveld Lions in South Africa’s Standard Bank Pro20 competition starting in February 2010, Alan Kourie, the chief executive of the Highveld Lions, announced today.

Sri Lankans at the Champions League Twenty20 - 2009

Several Sri Lankan cricketers will be on show during the Champions League Twenty20, 2009.

Apart from the all Sri Lankan Wayamba team, Sri Lankan fans may also get the opportunity to see others representing their IPL franchises.

Farveez Mahroof to play for Wayamba in Champions League

Sri Lanka all-rounder Farveez Maharoof has chosen to play for Wayamba in the forthcoming Champions League.

Maharoof qualified for the inaugural Champions League for both his home province Wayamba and the Delhi Daredevils. As per the tournament regulations, he was required to make a choice after both teams selected him in their initial squads.