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Brits will go all out to outsmart SL  


Sri Lanka will just be eleven days from the first Test by the time you read this article. Judging from what we have heard and seen about the weather it's cold, and also in some parts of the country it's snowing. It isn't ideal if you are a touring party from the subcontinent which is exactly what the Sri Lankans are.

Lean conditions may propel Sri Lankans   


The squad to England has been named and I am sure there were a few eyebrows that were raised by the names in it. It's interesting to find out the participation of the members of the selection panel who were instrumental in picking the final squad, as I am sure the input of Aravinda De Silva and Kumar Sangakkara too were sought when the final decision was made. 

Missing All-rounders Telling Factor   


CT Sports: We did discuss the Sri Lanka tour of England in our last column, and also suggested a few names that have to be included going forward. It's most encouraging to note that the provisional squad of twenty named for the tour for the Test series has some of them and appears to be near certainties for the tour.

Selectors looking for the right blend  


CT Sports: With the month of May approaching which is when the Sri Lanka tour to England happens the National Team is once again in for some exciting and interesting times ahead.

Pendulum swings West Indies way  


I don't think one should write anything else this week than on the stupendous win of the West Indies in the World T20 which was held in India and just concluded.

Fix the fatally flawed batting now   


How bad was Sri Lanka in the World T20? Naturally the cricketing world and especially the Lankan fans were utterly distraught watching the way the Lankans played, may be with the exception of the game against England.

Preserving talent way to go  


When this column appears on Sunday the cricket world would know where the Sri Lankans stand with the World T20 title. The game against England is a must win with the last game against South Africa also critical. At the outset and speaking to many knowledgeable students of the game which included ex cricketers, most are of the view that Sri Lanka comprises of a young team which is gaining experience.

A sigh of relief in doubtful moments  


Is the preparation of Sri Lanka going into the World T20 right? Is the team in the correct frame of mind, with the former captain showing his displeasure and citing injury and resigning! Also the former set of selectors being axed with no reason or time given! These 

End result same with or without greats  


So we are at the conclusion of yet another tour by Sri Lanka, this time to New Zealand. The last time they toured that country the results, despite the presence of the greats, weren't very encouraging. Hence, on that score the Lankans may not have too many alarm 

Dignity or Humiliation at the World T20?  


Sri Lanka's campaign for the Asia cup is done and dusted and sadly with nothing to write home about. The reigning champions have been dethroned and to an extent disgraced. Looking back the Sri Lankan's had just the game against the minnows the United Arab 

Green Pitches Need Quality Batting  


Sri Lanka's defence of the Asia Cup, though getting off to a winning start, one can't call it very convincing! It has to be admitted that it had struggle, anxiety and finally relief. Struggle when I say was with the bat and after a decent start between a new pair of openers 

No Plum, that’s OK without surrender  


After a rather unusual delay Sri Lanka cricket finally announced both the World T 20 team as well as the Asia Cup squad more or less in haste on Thursday. It was only prudent on the part of the selectors to have named the same squad for both the Asia Cup and the World 

Beefing up batting will boost bowlers  


With the title at stake of the World T20 and the Asia Cup to play, the said events would be the next biggest cricketing challenges for the Lankans, which should happen within the next 30 days or so. How prepared is Sri Lanka and are we ready for the

Amend ICC rule to fix local hitch  


How practical is a Match Referee's role in local First Class cricket? That's my poser to all and when I say all, it includes the dear readers, officials at SLC and ...

Wasting Premier Cricket on bad surfaces  


This week my column's focus will be back on domestic cricket and what aspects need to be concentrated on. After the rather dismal showing in New Zealand and the controversy surrounding the tour naturally the topic and attention of the fans around the world is the 

Blame game only upsets team spirit  


I have read with great interest how national cricketers have been called by the FCID. The skipper Angelo Mathews too has been called on 19 January to make a statement; which is in keeping with the complaint made by the Hon. Minister of Sports Dayasiri Jayasekera. 



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