Incursions and Excursions in and around Sri Lankan Cricket — A Presentation

Incursions and Excursions in and around Sri Lankan Cricket is a new book that runs to 176 pages plus 32 pages of photographs that are not paginated, but numbered, in a cluster in the middle. The book is available at Vijitha Yapa Publications who also have a credit card system which runs efficiently –

In a symbolic gesture of a token character Michael Roberts presents a copy of Incursions and Excursions in and around Sri Lankan Cricket to the Sri Lankan cricket team through Anura Tennekoon, the Manager at present. This gesture marks the author’s appreciation of the achievements secured by the various Sri Lankan squads in recent years and, most significantly, the measured and calm manner in which they responded to the terrorist attack in Lahore on 3rd March 2009, an event that is reviewed as Chapter VI in this book.

 first two Pics by Eranga Jayawardena

This presentation occurred at the Premadasa Stadium during the World Cup squad’s practice session. It was deliberately timed BEFORE the quarter-finals of the 2011 World Cup because the author holds that the plaudits that should be extended to the cricketers remain valid irrespective of the joys or sorrows attending the outcome of one game.

Incursions runs to 176 pages plus 32 pages of photographs that are not paginated, but numbered, in a cluster in the middle. The essays are as follows:

I.   Introduction                                                                                                      

II. Landmarks and Threads in Sri Lankan Cricket

III. Wunderkidz in a Blunderland: Tensions & Tales from Sri Lankan Cricket

IV. Cricket as Protest Arena: Tamil Incursions                  

V. Saving Murali: Action Onfield and Off-field, 1995-2005

VI. Cricket under Siege: The Lahore Attack, 3 March 2009                       

  Amalgamated Bibliography     

 Incursions is priced at Rs. 1500/ and can be ordered from Vijitha Yapa bookshops and by credit card from OR


                              The illustrations & photographs are mostly in a  cluster that begins on page 76.                                                                         

 History                                                                                                                                                             page

49. Mariamma, groundswoman at the Oval, 1940s & 1950s                                                      138

1. Natives watch cricket on Galle Face Green, 1890s-1900s                                                              20

2a. Bradman & SP Foenander in Colombo, 1930                                                                              

2b. FC de Saram on song                                                                                                                                54


3.  Ceylonese watch Aussies inColombo, 30 March 1938

4a. Bradman & Sathasivam at the toss, 1948

4b.  Coomaraswamy beats Bradman

5a. Gamini Goonasena in action

5b. Michael Tissera in action

6. OutstandingCeylonsquad that beatIndiaat Ahmedabad, 2-4 January 1965

7a. Mano Ponniah batting forCambridgeUniversity

    7b. Anura Tennekoon hooks

    7c. Duleep Mendis hooks

8. Sri Lanka training squad for 1975 tour ofEngland

  9a. Gamini Dissanayake honoured as he returns in triumph having secured Test status forSri Lankafrom ICC, July 1981     

           9b. Dissanayake, JR Jayewardene & Bandula Warnapura atSri Lanka’s inaugural Test Match, 17 February 1982

10. Darrell Hair designated “Man of the Match” by Lankan fans, MCG, late December 1995

11a. World Cup Final and its cricketing dignitaries,Lahore, 17 March 1996

11b. Aravinda and Arjuna in command as Lanka chase down Aussie total

12a. Crowd support forSri LankaatLahore, March 1996

12b. Percy & Lionel, two stalwart supporters, with Arjuna

13. Sri Lankan cricketers swarm over pitch in triumphant mood,Lahore, 17 March 1996

14a. Dav Whatmore

14b. Two captains with the World Cup

14c. Punchihewa & Ranatunga display the World Cup

 15. Premadasa Stadium scoreboard reads 952 for 7 wickets,Sri LankavsIndia, 2-6 August 1997

 Tamil Incursions

 16a. Black Power salute by Smith & Carlos at Mexico Olympics podium, 1968

16b. Leila Khaled armed for action

16c. Leila Khaled in Damascus, 1970

16d. Black September terrorist on balcony, Munich Olympic Games, 1972

17. Tamil protest via incursion at Kennington Oval, 11 June 1975

18. Mayoorian streaks with Tiger flag,St. Georges,Grenada, 16 April 2007

19a, 19b. Tamils demonstrate at Manuka Oval,Canberra, 12 February 2008

20. Slogan on shirts present Tamil propaganda pitch, Manuka Oval, 12 February 2008

21a. Tamil demonstrators line street outside cricket groundsToronto, 12 October 2008

21b. Tamil placards target Ajantha Mendis in Lanka’s cricket , team

22 Two sets of migrants on opposite sides, Torontostreets, 12 October 2008

                                                         Saving Murali 

23a Darrell Hair no-balls Murali from head umpire’s position, MCG, 26 December 1995

23b Murali the man

23c Murali about to take up the attack

23d. Murali in classic mode of appeal

24 Muralitharan dissected by Dr. Ravi Goonetilleke

24a Murali’s chart

24b Murali’s bowling graph

24d.Murali’s permanently bent arms

25  Muralitharan as bionic man

25a Murali wired up

25b Murali being measured and wired for tests by Jacque Alderson

26.  Ranatunga and Emerson in confrontation, Adelaide Oval, 23 January 1999

27a. Ranatunga leads Sri Lankan team to the boundary lines

 27b. Another moment of confrontation between Ranatunga and Emerson

 28a. Dr. Dhillon of theApolloHospitalmeasures Murali’s arm

 28b.Murali bowls with the brace invention                     

 28c. Murali, Kushil and Mohan de Silva, Chairman SLC, in conversation

 29. Murali’s saviours: key personnel in the several processes that saved Muralitharan’s career      

 30. Personnel who helped save Arjuna Ranatunga from severe punishment

                  Cricket under Siege

 31a. Gunmen captured on CCTV as they attack convoy atLiberty Square, 3 March 2009

 31b. Bloodied seat of mini-van whose driver was killed    

 31c. A corpse is removed     

 31d. Gaddafi Stadium with policemen in excited state

 32a. Sri Lankan squad prepare to board military helicopter from Gaddafi Stadium

 32b. Thilan Samaraweera inPakistanambulance with serious wound in thigh

 32c. Images of four suspects sought for attack on ICC cricket entourage 

 33a. Mahela Jayawardene and his wife stride across Katunayake terminal with strain etched on their  faces              

  33b. Tharanga Paranavithana in Lankan hospital with chest wound

                   Great Moments & Significant Facets

 34a. Sidath Wettimuny drives

    34b. Young Arjuna Ranatunga walks in    

    34c. Arjuna’s last hurrah

35a. Sanath Jayasuriya & Aravinda de Silva in deep discussion at practice, 2 September 2000

     35b. Romesh Kaluwitharana

35c. Chaminda Vaas in action

 36a. Mahela Jayawardene after his mammoth 374 runs

 36b. Mahela and his wife lock eyes in pleasure

37a. Marvan Atapattu in action

  37b. Russel Arnold in action

     37c. Dilhara Fernando in action

      37d. Nuwan Kulasekera in action

38a. A delighted huddle after Chamara Silva pouches a great catch, World Cup 2007

      38b. A Sri Lankan fan lauds Lasith Malinga’s unique four wickets in a row

39a. Not Sri Lankan without Lankan fans

       39b. Sri Lankan fans at the World Cup in theCaribbean

 40. Fans fly the flag in theCaribbean, 2007

 41a. Percy Abeysekera,Sri Lanka’s No. 1 fan, inAustralia

       41b. Percy fronts up

       41c. Percy attracts a swoon

        41d. Kumar consoles Percy Abeysekera after his wife’s bereavement

  42a. Cricketers at tsunami relief camp, early 2005

        42b. Muralitharan on relief work in World Food Programme cap

   43a. Kumar Sangakkara gets yoga therapy from Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

        43b. President Rajapaksa reviews progress of renovations at Premadasa Stadium, circa 9 January 2011

               44a. President Mahinda Rajapaksa addresses the Sri Lanka Cricket Committee, early January 2011

     44b. President Rajapaksa greets Sanath Jaysuriya and his wife

45a, 45b. President Rajapaksa and Mrs. Rajapaksa host cricket team and SLC Committee at President’s House, 2010          

     45c. President Mahinda Rajapaksa bolsters the fighting spirit of the Sri Lankan cricketers                               

 46a. Mahinda Rajapaksa in jovial dialogue with Aravinda de Silva, Kumar Sangakkara and Sports  Minister Aluthgamage

       46b. Aravinda de Silva at press conference clarifying the reasoning behind their selections of the World Cup squad for 2011, circa 8 January 2011

 47a. A great escape: Angelo and Lasith manufacture a miracle againstAustralia, MCG, 5 Nov. 2010

        47b. Lasith Malinga slings

  48a. A pensive Murali at Gallecricket grounds

        48b. Murali as a happie chappie after his 800th Test scalp

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