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On cricketers and politicians – by Lakshman Kadirgamar

On cricketers and politicians
By  Lakshman Kadirgamar – August 25, 2005

Lakshman Kadirgamar

Dilmah Cricket Network today publishes a memorable after-dinner speech made by the late Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar during a function held with the Sri Lanka cricketers after their knockout from the Champions Trophy in September 2004. 

Captain Atapattu and members of the Sri Lankan team;
Members of the Sri Lankan community;
Friends of Sri Lanka;
Ladies and Gentlemen.

Some historians say, I think un cha ritably, that cricket is really a diabolical political strategy, disguised as a game, in fact a substitute for war, invented by the ingenious British to confuse the natives by encouraging them to fight each other instead of their imperial rulers.

The world is divided into two camps – those who revel in the intricacies of cricket and those who are totally baffled by it, who cannot figure out why a group of energetic young men should spend days, often in the hot sun or bitter cold, cha sing a round object across an open field, hitting it from time to time with a stick – all to the rapturous applause of thousands, now millions, of ecstatic spectators across the world. Continue reading

Cricket: West Indies win first match in Champions Trophy vs. Pakistan

Pakistan v West Indies, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval

West Indies prevail in low-scoring thriller

June 7, 2013  Comments:  |  Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

West Indies 172 for 8 (Gayle 39, Samuels 30, Irfan 3-32) beat Pakistan 170 (Misbah 96*, Jamshed 50, Roach 3-28) by two wickets

Chris Gayle swings and misses, West Indies v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, The Oval, June 7, 2013

Chris Gayle was flummoxed by a Saeed Ajmal doosra © Getty Images
Matches: Pakistan v West Indies at The Oval

Series/Tournaments: ICC Champions Trophy
Teams: Pakistan | West Indies

The Report by Andrew McGlashan

Whatever your persuasion when it comes to one-day cricket the Champions Trophy looks set to offer something for everyone. After the high-scoring opening match in Cardiff, there was a low-scoring nail-biter at The Oval with West Indies surviving major problems against Pakistan’s pace and spin combination to secure a priceless two-wicket victory.

Amid a passionate, excitable crowd, dominated by Pakistan support – this arguably is the closest they will get to a home crowd given their current situation – West Indies, who themselves used to have the vast support at The Oval in the 1970s and 1980s, threatened to throw away their outstanding work in the field with a nervous batting display.     Continue reading

Cricket: Dwayne Bravo takes over as Windies ODI captain

Dwayne Bravo takes over as Windies ODI captain, Champions Trophy squad named

MAY 5, 2013 | BY  |  – Darren Sammy remains Test and T20 captain

St John’s, Antigua – The West Indies Cricket Board yesterday announced Dwayne Bravo as West Indies One Day International captain.  The Selection Panel recommended to the Board of Directors that Bravo

Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo

be appointed captain as the West Indies One Day International Cricket Team and the Board of Directors approved the recommendation.
The Selection Panel has also indicated that Darren Sammy will be retained as West Indies Test and Twenty20 International captain.
Chairman of the Selection Panel, Clyde Butts explained the recommendation

of the Selection Panel: “Our results in Tests and T20s have been showing consistent improvement and Sammy deserves every kudos for the work he has done in leading and moulding the team in these formats. We remain confident in his leadership in these formats and will recommend that he continues as the captain for Test and T20 cricket. However our ODI results have not been as strong and we believe that it is best that we freshen the leadership of the team in this format,” Chairman of the Selection Panel Clyde Butts said.

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