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Island Cricket on The Times of London's 50 best cricket websites list

The Times' cricket blog section, Cricket Central, has named Island Cricket and Trevor Chesterfield's column, My Pavillion Kitbag, on their list of '50 best cricket websites'.

ICC WT20: Does a Sri Lankan battering await Bresnan again?

When Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga tore into the English new ball attack in the summer of '06, Kabir Ali and Tim Bresnan's future as cricketers looked bleak. There has been no word of Ali since, but Bresnan has survived and will take on Sri Lanka tomorrow at the semi final of the ICC World Twenty20.

Thushara over Fernando? Ashantha De Mel's Caribbean vacation gets buckwild!

The sorry state our cricket board is in, is highlighted once again by the mindless decision making seen during this current ICC World Twenty20.

Public humiliation for Jayasuriya

It appeared to me that the commentators for the opening game between Sri Lanka and New Zealand were taken by total surprise when they saw Sanath Jayasuriya batting as a lower middle order batsman.

The Indian Modi League draws to a close

How was a man with a criminal record in the United States, convicted of assault, kidnapping and possession of 400g of Cocaine allowed such a position of authority?

Does the name Dilhara Fernando ring any bells, Ashantha?

To his credit Fernando has worked hard to remain fit and work on his no ball problem. He impressed in his very first game at this year's IPL. An opportunity some would say was just given to him because he had been on the bench right through the season. He has since retained his place in the squad with accurate quick bowling around the 144KM/H mark and great variations. He has always possessed a great slower ball, but more recently, the yorker seems to be honing in on it's intended target pretty decently as well.

Sri Lankan selectors need guidelines

Sa'adi Thawfeeq says that the Sri Lankan selectors need to lay out their requirements for the job so hopefuls know what exactly is expected of them in order to be selected for the Sri Lankan national cricket team.

Classical century from Mahela Jayawardene emphasises T20 is no slog-out

"I told Tom [Moody] and Sanga, since Marshy [Shaun Marsh] is injured let me open the batting," Jayawardene told Ian Bishop at the presentation ceremony. Despite not being selected originally for the match, Mahela Jayawardene was confident enough to approach the team management with such a request; he was batting in the middle order for Punjab right through this tournament.

Can we expect Good Friday fireworks from Sangakkara?

Kings XI Punjab are still languishing at the bottom of the IPL points table and It seems near impossible for them to make a comeback into this tournament. They will need to win every match from here on in, and that too convincingly, in order to have a remote chance of qualifying. After six losses from seven games the pressure is on the skipper Kumar Sangakkara.

Can Sangakkara change the fortunes of his side in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) today? Will Sangakkara deliver the goods on Good Friday?

Its do or die for Sangakkara and Jayawardene at the IPL

Kings XI Punjab have nine more games left at the DLF-Indian Premier League 2010 to go from the bottom of the points table into semi-final contention.

Sanath Jayasuriya the politician

Will he win a seat, be elected gloriously into the Sri Lankan parliament, and serve the people while scoring century after century for Sri Lanka? Or has he annoyed his fans and potential voters enough to loose miserably, wiping off all his great achievements from the memory of his most ardent fan?

Chetan Chauhan still insists the Sri Lankans chickened out

An unrepentant Chetan Chauhan, the vice president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, still insists that the pitch wasn't dangerous.

Despite a damning report from the ICC match referee Alan Hurst, who deemed the pitch unfit, Chauhan still insists the Sri Lankan team chickened out.

'Conditions' stump Sri Lanka yet again

Sri Lanka has a history of letting pitch conditions, weather conditions, and every other external non-controllable factor effect their thinking.

Bayliss hoping for the best

There is something distinctively different about Sri Lanka's head coach, Trevor Bayliss. There's something there that you don't typically see in other coaches.

With Trevor you know there is no sugar coated prep talk, or psychological warfare. When he addresses the media, it's just simple talk. He says exactly as he feels.

When asked what he thought of the ongoing Test match, and the fact that India had a lead of over 300 runs, Bayliss told the media, "from a win point of view, it just doesn't look right at the moment."

Mahela Jayawardena tickles 'em pink

At the end of the second day's play in the first Test match between Sri Lanka and India, The Lankans were 275/3. A lot rested on the shoulders of the former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardena, who had just 36 runs to his name at the start of the third day.