2 December, 2020

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Our Cricketers Put Sri Lanka On The Map Yet Again

By Tissa Jayatilaka

Tissa Jayatilaka

Tissa Jayatilaka

Arjuna Ranatunga and the team he led did Sri Lanka proud by winning the ICC World Cricket Cup in the 50-over version of the game at the picturesque Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore in 1996. After an  18-year wait, Sri Lanka has now won the even shorter version of the game by bagging the T-20 ICC World Cup in Dhaka after coming excruciatingly close to winning a World Cricket Cup on four previous occasions during this near two decade wait. As in 1996, so in 2014, our cricketers have succeeded in putting us on the map once more, despite numerous needless impediments placed on their path, and have given all Sri Lankans something to cheer about.

Sri Lanka played well throughout the tournament despite losing to England in an amazing game. Chasing Sri Lanka’s imposing  189 England, having been two down for nothing, managed to get the better of us in the second ball of the twentieth over thanks to some whirlwind hitting by Hales and Morgan. We outplayed New Zealand in style in the qualifying rounds despite reaching only a modest 119 in our twenty overs, thanks to the mesmerizing spin of Rangana Herath. A sound all round  performance  helped  us beat South Africa by five runs in a closely fought match. The Dutch who did rather well for themselves following their entry into the big league for the first time were unfortunately at the receiving end of Sri Lanka who won without a sweat. Although we beat the West Indies in a rain-affected  semi-final encounter with them, Sri Lanka showed  character and great team work by reaching a competitive 160 after the loss of the top order consisting of Perera, Dilshan, Jayawardene and Sangakkara for a mere 91.

One feels for young  Dinesh Chandimal, but the decision to leave him out of the last few games  was the correct one in the circumstances. Chandimal is too talented a player not to bounce back and prove his worth in the years to come. Classy cricketers do not allow temporary loss of form to deter or discourage them and Chandimal will soon be a force to reckon with, especially after the departure of the senior players like Sangakkara and Jayawardene from the scene.

Lasith Malinga accredited himself well as the stand-in skipper with assistance from the experienced Mahela Jayawardene. Although the input of  Sangakkara, Dilshan and Mathews was not as conspicuous, they all would doubtless have contributed tangibly to pre-match preparation, planning and execution of  those game plans. On the day of the final, luck was on our side as Malinga won the toss and was able to invite India to take first lease of the wicket. India is usually more comfortable batting second and to have the luxury of taking them away from their comfort zone was an early boost for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka bowled exceptionally well to keep the Indians from reaching too challenging a total despite Virat  Kohli’s heroics subsequent to his being dropped by Malinga before he got into his stride. One felt that M.S. Dhoni missed a trick by not coming in himself or sending Suresh Raina at the fall of Rohit Sharma’s wicket. Despite his past brilliant performances, Yuvraj Singh had had a lacklustre tournament in Dhaka by his standards. At 2 for 64 and with not too many overs to  go, Raina or Dhoni himself would certainly have proved more effective than the hapless Singh who just could not get a move on. Even normally calm and cool skippers like Dhoni are human after all  and do wilt under pressure, don’t they?  The fact that India could not reach the boundary during their last four overs  is proof of how well Sri Lanka bowled ‘at the death’. It was a very sound move to play Thisara Perera for his batting alone and allow Kulasekere, Mathews, Senanayake, Herath and Malinga to share the twenty overs amongst themselves.

It was evident that barring a cricketing miracle, Sri Lanka would get the 131 needed for victory without too much trouble. Most of us hoped very much for our experienced duo, Jayawardene and Sangakkara, to be there when the winning run was scored. Unfortunately such a dream finish was not to be. Thisara Perera  played a cameo of an innings in helping  Sangakkara to see Sri Lanka through to a much delayed T-20 triumph. It was great to see that lad from Rathgama, the often maligned Malinga, receiving the ICC Trophy.

All in all, it was good team work that helped Sri Lanka to win. We picked worthy players on merit to represent Sri Lanka. We had horses for courses. There is surely a larger lesson here for our country. If we make it a point to pick worthy teams on the basis of merit to represent Sri Lanka on all other relevant fronts besides cricket, we would have the ability to emerge victorious in those encounters too. We have the intelligence and the necessary talent. All we need to do is to avoid the pitfall of placing square pegs in round holes.

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    If Cricket can unite people, then social justice can usher in economic prosperity to all.

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      Tissa Jayatilaka –

      Yes, we need to thank the cricket team for a job well done. Bravo!

      “All in all, it was good team work that helped Sri Lanka to win. We picked worthy players on merit to represent Sri Lanka. We had horses for courses. There is surely a larger lesson here for our country. If we make it a point to pick worthy teams on the basis of merit to represent Sri Lanka on all other relevant fronts besides cricket, we would have the ability to emerge victorious in those encounters too. We have the intelligence and the necessary talent. All we need to do is to avoid the pitfall of placing square pegs in round holes.”

      Tissa, we pick:

      1. Sinhala Monh Mahanama “Buddhists”

      2. We Pick racists

      3. We Pick unqualified Sinhala

      4. We pick Monks

      5. We pick Rapists

      6. WE Pick Myths Believers

      7. Exclude non-Sinhala Monk Mahanama “Buddhists”

      8.. Add yours to this list

      Why cannot we success?

      Our Great Monk Monk Mahanama said we are a Dhamma Deepaya, even though the native Veddah call Para-Sinhala and Para -Tamils from South India ?

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        Racist Amarasiri,

        Why are you hiding behind a (para)Sinhala name ?

        Why don’t you include in your damn list following ?

        1.Christian/catholic priests openly supported terrorism
        2.NGO terrorist mafia
        3.diaspora terrorists

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          Rajapaksa is desperate for PHOTO OPS and overseas trips TIssa – get him a jaunt to the USA please..

          Jarapassa keeps “inaugurating” little bits of highway to get his picture in the news papers!.
          Jarapass tried to capitalize on the Sri Lanka Cricket teams victory by taking photos with our cricketers.. But the team leaders have called Jarapassa and his corrupt stooges on the SLC Boards corruption kings..

          Jarapassa is going to visit Bharain where protestors have been killed and there is a dictatorship. Before that he visited the Ugandan Dictators… No other overseas invites except from dictators!

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          lionking,

          “Racist Amarasiri, Why are you hiding behind a (para)Sinhala name ?”

          Just because the Para-Sinhala or Para-Tamils copies from others, it does not make it Para-Sinhala or Para-Tamil.

          1. a) Amarasiri is an Egalitarian Agnostic. Egalitarians are not racists. Amarasiri is exposing the racist Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamils, in the land of the Native Veddha, the cause and curse of the Native Veddah sacred land. The Para-Sinhala are hiding under the nale of Buddha, and is an insult to Buddhism.

          1 b) Amarasiri is not a Para-Sinhala or para-Tamil name. Just because Para-Sinhala or Para-Tamils copy others names, it does not mean they are Para-Sinhala or Para-Tamil names. Silva, Fernando, Perera, Costa, Mathews, Mahinda, Upali, Rahula, Jesudasan, etc. are not Para-Sinhala or Para-Tamil names.

          http://www.babynamespedia.com/meaning/Amara

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amarakosha

          The Amarakosha (Sanskrit: अमरकोश, IAST: Amarakośa) from amara “immortal”

          1: Amara is largely used in English and it is derived from Old Greek origins. The name Amara means unfading flower. Amara could have developed as a pet form of Amarantha (Old Greek). Amarantha was an ancient Greek flower name; it was later used by Lovelace in his 17th-century poem ‘To Amarantha, that she would dishevel her hair’.

          http://www.birthvillage.com/Name/Siri

          The baby girl name Siri comes from the Indian word which means, “Godess Lakshmi*; Wealth; God’s gift of love.” Scandanavian word which means, “Beautiful & victorious.” Swahili word which means, “Secret.” Scandinavian word which means, “Diminuitive form of Sigrid. Meaning Beautiful or fair victory..

          2. “Why don’t you include in your damn list following ? 1.Christian/catholic priests openly supported terrorism 2.NGO terrorist mafia 3.diaspora terrorists “

          Thank you for adding the above to the List.

          Absolutely. They aided and abetted the racist Para-Tamils, to wage war against the racist Para-Sinhala excesses,( Monk Mahanama Imaginations) originally aided by their cousins in South India, so that in the end they could turn BOTH the Para-Tamils and Para-Sinhala to believe in their Myths of the of Eternal Salvation and become lackeys of the the so-called “civilized” West.

          Want to know more? Ruwanda, Genocide and the Catholic Church. Listen below.

          Christopher Hitchens Owns the Catholic Church (Extended Version) +Q&A+SPOILER

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GFbFK7ZB1c

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            “Amarasiri” in my dictionary means ass on a frying pan.

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        “. Exclude non-Sinhala Monk Mahanama “Buddhists”

        Many say mahanama was not a sinhala monk.

        between were your mother raped by a monk?

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      Dear Tissa Jayatilaka,

      Let’s nominate Kumar Sangakara for President.

      He is better qualified. Why?

      1. He can talk and he can communicate, unlike the current President when seems to have something in his mouth when he talks.

      2. Kumar is articulate and have empathy for all.

      3. He has lead his team to success.

      4.He is not a war criminal.

      5. He is clean. People love him.

      6. Add your reasons…

      If M G Ramachandran and Jayalalitha can be Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, why can’t Kumar Sangakara?

      My vote is for Kumar Sangakara for President.

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    Sri Lanka’s cricket team is GREAT because the captaincy rotates among several highly talented and intelligent player – Malinga, Sanga, Mahela.. NO BODY HOGS the leadership post.

    However, The corrupt, criminal and UNEDUCATED President of Lanka – Mahinda Rajapaksa, the Dictator, wants 18 years as KING OF SINHALAYA MODAYAS!
    Lankan Cricketers of this generation, (particularly, Sanaga and Mahela and Malinga who are willing and able to call a SPADE a SPADE and know how to play a CLEAN game) can teach the CORRUPT, POWER HUNGRY and GREEDY politicians of a country and their stooges in the corrupt national cricket board many lessons. Hope Sanga will once fully retired from cricket will run for President and Save this Banana Republic of Sinhala Modayas!

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      Spot on Dinuk! These cricketers can teach by example many lessons to the corrupt politician who have turned Sri Lanka into the world’s laughing a stock!

      While Arjuna Ranatunge and Sanath Jayasuriya – of the older generation have sold out to the corrupt political establishment, lets hope that Sanga, Lasith and Mahela will do the right thing and stay clean, courageous and not be bought off by Money politics!
      Hope they bequeath the legacy of challenging the dirty politicians and their political stooges in the Lanka Cricket Board to the younger generation of Lankan Cricketers.

      Arjuna Ranatunge NEVER did this because his brother is corrupt and a big shot on the SL Cricket board.

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      Dinuk aka [Edited out]

      Firstly do not mix politic with sport.

      According to your own intelligent writing Sanga, Mahela, Dilshan and the rest are part of Sinhala modayas. Therefore they do not have ability to think like you wisemen.

      Your beloved intelligent leader Podian Preba was a wise thinker like you and made this country a bright heaven for last 30 odd years. Still you intelligent do not understand how much you wisemen lost over those 30 odd years.

      By the way did you wisemen Die-Ass-Poo-ra, see poor tamil daughters and sons dancing in Killinochchi streets at the time Indians were beaten on 7th. That is called true Lankan nature and we all modayas respect their happiness.

      At least learn from the past and change your thinking to deliver something constructively to this country.

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        “constructive criticism”

        Even your master’s/inventors voice seems to deafen you depending on the pitch of Apey Ratte. (^O^)

        “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others, merely because you were born in it”. (@_@)

        In the UK the problem of the cricketing support will always be divided because of the problem colonies their new found glory of unfound ethnicities, religions etc etc though they are Brits in a democracy.

        Therefore we see it as a spoilt sport- the balmy army can tell you more of that.

        Patriotism is the incubator of wars that you are Walle Pola ;)

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        ‘̿̿\̵͇̿̿\(•̪●)=/̵͇̿̿/’̿̿

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        Wal polla – Dinuk didnt mention Dishan.
        He clearly mentioned three brilliant players names that Mara regime hate. Dilshan is so cheap with no class and he is a Namal’s crony.

        Mara and his jokers trying to steal our cricketers hard earn credit.

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          Senerath K*****

          You missed the point completely.

          My main point is you Die-Ass-Poo-ra wisemen do hell-bent to attack and let down Sinhalese in all cases. Please remember I am no a flag-bearer of this regime but do not generally stand when attacking Sri Lankans for your own mistake and silly actions.

          Can you remember SFP political goons cowardly attacked Singer Rookantha and his family for supporting UNP in the past? Was it reasonable to do?

          Players or any other citizens could have their own political views or likes or dislikes. That is called democratic freedom and I do not have anything against people having opinion and we should not take law into our hand to punish them. Everybody cannot be the same. That is why this world is an interesting place.

          Be wise and subjective before you comment on any forum.

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            Rajan Walpola,

            You talk of “democratic freedom”. I hope you are not talking about present Sri Lanka.

            You say that “we should not take law into our hands to punish them”. But the law is in the hands of the Rajapaksa Clan and they are punishing us. What do you propose that we do?

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              Begal Bamunu Sena (BBS)

              I do not have a crystal clear answer for your question. I cannot read SL President’s mind and I did not work close to him or will never be.

              Simple possible answer may be -> you Die-Ass-Poo-Ra still have to have payback time for funding a horrible futile war of Podian Preba and his monkey army for 30 odd years.

              I am sure no poor Sri Lankan wants another blood bath in this country. It is up to you wisemen to map out the correct path.

              Perhaps it is best and high time to ask the wife (your beloved aunty Adele) of your liberation advisor Anton Bala for the right answer for you wisemen. Was she once your best advisor during your Peelam war? Why ask me then?

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                Gaalle gombetta walle pola,

                “I do not have a crystal clear answer for your question. I cannot read SL President’s mind and I did not work close to him or will never be.”

                A little bit of knowledge only leads to a pile of smelly garbage that you have at Kollanawa next to Tel tanki No??

                walle gonna Tel kiyane gahe del gaas gembo!

                Sihala speaking Demala Walle Pola : Dot try pol adi we give you durian embargo-
                Nothing exists as wholes and parts in their natural context.

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      Yes, indeed, our CURRENT cricketers are far better team players and leaders than the corrupt politicians who run the country..

      Let us hope that an older and WISER CBK will contest at the next Presidential Elections and she will win for sure and after her Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela can take the helm and return Lanka to a proper democracy rather than the current corrupt quasi-military dictatorship…

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        @Dodo
        “Let us hope that an older and WISER CBK will contest at the next Presidential Elections and she will win for sure and after her Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela can take the helm”

        What an unlikely trio! We are sure going to have another Crab Ministry in the making. Chandrika, already proved herself to be useless to the country. She will sure grow older but never any wiser. Useless basket case. About the other two, well lets wait and see what happens when they also get the taste of power and unlimited money. Lessons learned from Sonna Boy and Capitaan kuCool. Youth wont last forever to benefit from the riches brought by T20s.So, don the national dress, spit out communal invectives and try to cling to power for as long as possible on popular support.Old Nari Banda tried it and this formula worked very well for him and two generations after him. Patriotism is certainly the last refuge of the scoundrel. And don’t forget, the Crabs in the Ministry will lie calm even if the pot gets beyond boiling point.Such are our dumb masses. Typical Sinhala Moadayas.

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      Dinuk

      “Sri Lanka’s cricket team is GREAT because the captaincy rotates among several highly talented and intelligent player – Malinga, Sanga, Mahela.. NO BODY HOGS the leadership post.’

      WELL ARTICULATED.

      IT IS BASED ON MERIT. The results show

      Sri Lanka Politics is based on Para- Sinhala Monk Mahanama ‘Buddhism,”
      ,
      Nepotism and mediocrity…

      The results show. Sri Lanka does not follow Buddhism. They follow racism.

      No Egalitarian society.

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        Of course it was the no egalitarian society of sinhala people who let muslims to settle down among them when they were massacred by the portugese in the indian ocean giving them land for free and perfect freedom for religion.

        Why hinduism could creep into buddhist temples and why sinhala people practise hindu customs and why sinhala people supported non sinhala kings in Kandy.

        How much you hate mahanama and mahavamsa that is the GREATEST evidence existant to analyse the history of the country. I understand your frustration because mahavamsa doesnt help you to change the lankan history

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    You are utterly wrong Tissa.
    it is the UNHRC that put SL on the map! All the world and every corner of the world know SL even they can spot her on the globe and draw her shape.

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    Hearty Congratulations to my loving cricket team……
    Icing on top the cake if Sri Lanka Cricket Team compromises a Tamil, Muslim and a Burgher. After all, Sri Lanka is multi-ethnic and religious country you see….
    That may be a one reason Indians are mad at supporting their team…that’s the spirit!!
    A major cricket victory is the only event ALL SRI LANKAN celebrate unanimously that should be fair for all Sri Lankans..
    My humble request to Sri Lanka Cricket Board…

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      How many are aware the dreaded “anti-national” Tamil diaspora switched on to their TV sets and were cheering for a Lankan victory, a team in which there is no Tamil representation today – Mathews being part Tamil only. But that is not to blame BCCSL because, I believe, there was no suitable Tamil candidate this time around. And that will not be the last time Tamils, including those in the diaspora, will cheer for the Lankan lads in a game that was dear even to Sun God.

      But as Luz Long and Jesse Owens proved that night in Berlin in 1936 when they talked over the stupidity of racial prejudice, Sports can unite even very long and deep wounds.

      R. Varathan

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    It is good that we are on the map for winning the gentlemans game. The game is played according to the international rules of the ICC and we dont say that it is against our sovereignity or that it is unacceptable to lose or we have the right to play the way we want.

    We are also on the map for other more notorius and criminal activities. Perhaps those too can be reversed by playing the game according to the international rules of the UN.

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      Yes, we are also on map for having suffered barbaric deeds of the worst terrorist group to have walked this planet, but in the end overcoming them and wiping them out of our land by our own effort. Again, a commendable act, but, this does not mean that the Tamil terrorists don’t exist in other lands, as the enablers and the funders, who as as guilty as the gun-carrying kin, are still very much in evidence. Gopi who was described as ‘mythical’ by one of rabblerousers is in Sri Lankan custody along with a sidekick. This too we must celebrate.

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        E E
        ╭∩╮(◣_◢) ╭∩╮

        “You know ?! You are the reason why I have a middle finger !”

        gobi means cabbage for the tatte motte pedophiles.

        EE means European “Economic Embargo.” then you end up cannibal slave boy.

        Even slydick Putin cannot bring the DOW or FTSE down with State terror and hijacking wonders of Hambantota.

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        Good news, now you can have Gobi for dinner, what an achievement. What about his mother and the other women, have you finished with them? Also the 13 year old daughter. What great acts to celebrate.

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        Ram you Sinkalam:

        You are on the map for holding the record for Race Riots and Genocide. What a feat. You have hit the rest of the World for Six

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    I think we need to start having specialist squads for the different formats. The idea that someone with Lahiru’s technique is playing t20s is cringeworthy. Now let’s see this sports article turn into a political forum in 3…2…1.

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    Stupid kollywood style buruvas know only one of the colonial masters game.

    20/20 another punters game (poor lankians)- a gift to the quality threesome

    as if Yuvraj did not know how to hit wicket seeing Kohli punching the air- and Dhoni says its all in order.

    means Lankan politicians keep off you are destroying the island which is still our view from mainland Baharat.

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    what Arjuna Ranatunge and the team did in 1996 was sheer planning..
    not wild batting like these buffaloes…
    hammering like bulls in the China shop..
    this is like than the game of elle played by villages in Sri lanka…
    nothing to boast whether India or any other Country wins..

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    Dear Tissa Jeyatilake,

    Winning and Loosing is part and partial of a competition. In this T20 cricket competition the team represented Sri Lanka won. In previous T20 competitions Sri Lanka lost. In future competitions, there is no guarantee that Sri Lanka will win. There are so many factors contribute towards which team win or loss. In sports, you respect the game, you respect the opposition, you trust the umpire and obey to their decision and fundamentally you obey for the rules and regulations which is equal to every one in the game and every team.

    In our country, we don’t obey the rules and regulations, we don’t have umpires (referees) to monitor the game, we don’t respect the opposition and we don’t respect the game and we don’t look it is a competition for improvement, we want to be always victorious in right way or wrong way.

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    Our Sri Lankan Cricketers have brought us immense pride to our tiny nation. They helped us to win two Cricket World Cups. All Sri lankan cricket lovers around the world are very happy!! But Does our cricketers are happy? Corrupt Officers enjoys but they fails to treat our cricketers very well.

    We think, Its time for Sri Lanka Cricket Supporters to setup a the Sri Lanka Cricket Supporters Association to support our cricketers them whenever they are getting tough time with the Sri Lanka Cricket Authority. Great fans of Sri Lanka Cricket, its our moral duty to back them and put the pressure to Cricket Authority to deliver our great cricketers demands.

    When our great cricketers are playing in the ground, we stand and supports them. But when our cricketers are failed to treat by the Cricket Authority, We stay away from them and keep our voice silent without raising our voice against the Authority to get their demands.
    We think, it is the right time for us to form a Sri Lanka Cricket Supporters Association and get all the fans into one umbrella. Then we can become a more powerful pressure group to raise our voice to help these cricketers. We strongly believe, it will be a great backbone to them. We know that we have millions of supporters around the world and we can play big part to resolve our national cricketer’s problem with the Sri Lanka Cricket Authority

    I think Small ideas can grow bigger.

    they won the Cricket World Cup for us!! But Does our cricketers are happy? We must join and raise our voice to get their demands from Corrupt Officials

    Sri Lanka Cricket Supporters Association.

    There is a page in FB TOO..

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    Yes the players did a splendid job on the field. It was a great victory. The article says we selected the right combination. Therefore, I also believe the Selectors headed by ex star batsman Sanath Jayasuriya deserves a ‘Well Done & Good Work’ pat on their back as they selected the right combination and build the team during the last one year. Well done Sanath Jayasuriya and the selectors!

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    Yes, Cricketers did a splendid job! Well doe Sri-Lanka Cricket Team. The article state that we selected the talent and put the best team forward. That is very true. I think the ex-star batsman Sanath Jayasuriya and his team of selectors must be congratulated and given a pat on their back for the job well done. They have done an absolutely great job by selecting the right combination and building the team during the last year. Well done Sanath Jayasuriya and the Selectors!

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    A Diplomats Analysis. Well done our chaps. Bravo.

    Not so long ago, the bigots in our Govt wanted Sanga white vanned. Now, there is a leader for the Nation.

    One Nation, one people, under one flag. Let Cricket show us the way, where politicians have failed.

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    Welldone . hopefully we will get some great cricketers from the North and the East too .

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    GOSL and the Sinhala nationalists havea a tendency to malign critics as serving foreigners / foreign boot lickers, so how come they are enamored with a sport brought by the British upper class and Aristocrats.

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    Tissa: Very nice opinion. I enjoyed reading it. As usual you hit the nail on the head; best abilities and a team picked on best abilities where even the captain had the sense to step down so the best team can play. Chandimal needs to be congratulated for that as well. Sanga and Mahela have shown that class cannot be bought; form may be temporary but class is permanent and these two elder statesmen have class.

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    I doubt Sanga and Mahela will ever enter politics . The May become commentators and both are capable of becoming international administrators of the game.

    Ian Botham said during his charity walk in Sri Lanka, after Sanga joined him for a stretch, that Sanga have the brain to be the President of Sri Lanka. Unfortunately his brain will be wasted on the Modayas

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      “Ian Botham said during his charity walk in Sri Lanka, after Sanga joined him for a stretch, that Sanga have the brain to be the President of Sri Lanka.”

      Are you sure he wasnt joking?

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        Botham was sure taking Sangha for that walk. And boy, he was being charitable anyway. It WAS a charity walk, after all, wasnt it?

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        of course Ian Botham was joking…
        you dont need brains …to be the president of Sri Lankna

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      RajaH

      OK then, what about Sanga joining wisemen and wisewomen of Tamil Die-Ass-Poo-ra? Not a bad suggestion as you wisemen are still looking for a new leader after blood sucking podian Preba’s mud bath to lead you to the greener pastureland of Peelum.

      I presume it will be not a great waste at all. Send him an urgent invitation to join you intelligents. Ask him to throw all his medals to dustbin and offer him a cyanide pill to ware around his neck instead.

      Ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!No wonder why you Die-Ass-Poo-ra became a laughing stock to the rest of the world.

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        what like Cassiaus Clay did? he threw his olympic gold medal changed his name and religion, refused to fight the vietnam war instead fought for black rights?

        with due respect to Sanga, he is not in that same mould as Muhammed Ali.

        However why do you guys have put a lable on every one
        and what is your contribution to get rid of this regime?

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          RajaH [Edited out]

          Please explain why should I support you LTTE blood suckers to overturn the regime, then I will carefully think about it.

          I know one thing that your beloved son goat mass murderer Podian Preba is the most evil goon even than Satan.

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            get life!

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    Sri Lanka is on the Map for many negative things, corruption, war crimes, terrorism, human rights etc
    Cricket has put Sri Lanka on the Map for positive reason

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    “Our Cricketers Put Sri Lanka On The Map Yet Again”

    but

    our politicians in power today made srilanka killing friendly island.
    No justice, no investigations, no freedom of speech, nothing but real
    authoritarian, all these I happened to feel after DP members made it clear the way how the rulers discriminated SF´s party men during the election campaigning very recently.

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    Thissa Jayathilaka,

    As always you paint a nice picture about our heroes, whether it is the cricketers or the greats our universities produced. You do have a very rosy view of Sri Lanka and its people.

    I assure you, the situation really is in the contrary. The masses are subjugated, dissent is crushed, criminals are ruling the roost, saffron robed thugs are running amok and the Rajapaksa cabal who are ruling Sri Lanka are playing the fiddle all the way to the secret Swiss bank accounts.

    Jayawewa!!

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    Ok guys, we won the T20. Now we can all go to sleep. Let the politicoes steal your arses while you are still recovering from your hangover. Kavun Kanna Yodhayo. By the way, are we not getting another public holiday?

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      What a curse these guys won this %^&&#@ cup, if they lost once more we could have gone to town blaming Rajapaksa family for the loss…

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