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Steve Waugh shocked by Malinga’s axing

waughFormer Australian captain Steve Waugh has found it hard to understand why Sri Lanka left out what he calls the most potent fast bowling option (Lasith Malinga) for the first cricket Test now in progress in Brisbane.

Waugh believes that Malinga’s balls and style of bowling is unique to the team and feared the most by Australia.

"They (Sri Lanka) neglected to pick their most dangerous quick (fast bowler) Lasith Malinga who has the one attribute that caused Australia’s Ashes loss (to England), swing bowling", contends Waugh.

"Not only can he move the ball but he has real pace generated from an awkward low slinging action that takes time to adjust to and would have given the attack variety".

According to Waugh, Sri Lanka spent more time over-thinking on selections and analysed conditions too much.

Sri Lanka however defended the exclusion of Malinga in order to play Thilan Samaraweera as the seventh batsman.

"It was a team decision and it goes to show that Sri Lanka cricket is progressing with players (bowlers) to choose from", said vice captain Kumar Sangakkara.

Callistus Davy reporting from Brisbane for Daily Mirror

November 9, 2007 Posted by | Australia, International News, Sports, Sports News & Opinion, Sri Lanka Cricket, World News | 1 Comment

World Cup stars in gas leak scare

World Cup stars in gas leak scare « Lanka Page

Sixty Cricket World Cup players had to evacuate their Trinidad hotel on Wednesday because of a gas leak.Security staff at the Hilton hotel had to knock on doors of individual players to alert them to leave the building.

The teams from South Africa, Canada and Ireland boarded buses and were whisked away from the site while the Pakistanis opted to stay in the area.

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March 7, 2007 Posted by | News, Sports, Sports News & Opinion | Leave a comment

Ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan being blessed by a Buddhist monk

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Ace spinner Muttiah Muralitharan being blessed by a Buddhist monk, while Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga and Kumara Sangakkara look on at a ceremony held at the Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters in Colombo yesterday just before the Sri Lankan team left for the West Indies to participate in the Cricket World Cup tournament. Pic by Indraratna Balasuriya

March 1, 2007 Posted by | News, Press Release, South Asia, Sports, Sports News & Opinion, World News | 1 Comment

Sri Lanka World Cup squad pose for the cameras

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The Sri Lanka World Cup squad pose for the cameras at Sri Lanka Cricket headquarters, before leaving for the Caribbean, last morning. Back row from left – Chamara Silva, Upul Tharanga, Dilhara Fernando, Ferveez Maharoof, Nuwan Kulasekera, Lasith Malinga, T.M. Dilshan, Malinga Bandara. Front row from left- Muttiah Muralitharan, Marvan Atapattu, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Russel Arnold. (Pix by Nishan S. Priyantha)

March 1, 2007 Posted by | Press Release, South Asia, Sports, Sports News & Opinion, World News | Leave a comment

Arnold, Kulasekara in World Cup squad

by Rex Clementine

Sri Lanka’s cricket selectors on Sunday picked middle order batsman Russel Arnold and medium paceman Nuwan Kulasekara in their 15 member squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean ending weeks of speculation on the formation of the team.

The selectors had a fair idea about the basic combination of the World Cup squad and they just had to decide on two middle order slots and on a seam bowler and after lengthy discussion on Sunday decided to stick with Arnold, Chamara Silva and Nuwan Kulasekara, a cricket board official told ‘The Island’ .

The source also said that Arnold, who only made seven runs in the Rajkot ODI on Sunday, was lucky to get selected for his second World Cup.

The selectors have named eight batsmen, two specialist spinners and five seam bowlers in the 15 man squad and will submit the squad to the ICC this evening.

Monday was the cut off day for submission of squads to the ICC.

In the last few months, there have been questions about Arnold’s ability to perform at the top level after several disappointing outings for the national team in the shorter version of the game. But eventually, his good performance for Sri Lanka ‘A’ in the West Indies last year along with his experience seems to have stood in good stead for the NCC player.

All-rounder Gayan Wijekoon came close for selection for the Caribbean, but eventually the selectors decided against his inclusion arguing that he didn’t fit into the combination that they were seeking for the World Cup, the source said. via … The Island

Sri Lanka Squad:

Mahela Jayawardene (Captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Marvan Atapattu, T.M. Dilshan, Russel Arnold, Chamara Silva, Chaminda Vaas, Farveez Maharoof, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Nuwan Kulasekara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Malinga Bandara.

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February 13, 2007 Posted by | News, South Asia, Sports, Sports News & Opinion | Leave a comment