England XI face Warm-ups as well as Political Heat in Sri Lanka: two Items

ONE: “Geneva issue won’t upset England tour of SL” by Rex Clementine, in Island, 15 March 2011

England skipper Andrew Strauss yesterday stressed the need to act responsibly  before making up their minds when he was asked about the ongoing US-led efforts  to move a resolution against Sri Lanka at the current session of the United  Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva. The first English captain to win back to back Ashes titles since 1986 was  responding to Paul Newman of the Daily Mail at his first media briefing  in Colombo since arriving here two weeks ago to prepare for the two-match Test  series against Sri Lanka.

Those behind ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ and ‘War Crimes Unpunished’  scheduled to be telecast Wednesday night campaigned in the UK to pressure the  England team to cancel the tour over accountability issues.

UK Minister for human rights Jeremy Browne on the opening day of the UNHRC  sessions on Feb. 27 called for UN intervention in Sri Lanka to help change the  situation here.

“We have seen atrocities taking place all over the world. In war, a lot of  unsavoury things happen on both sides. I personally think that these sort of  political issues are best dealt by the politicians and administrators. But that  doesn’t mean that we  should stick our heads in the sand. If the UK  government feels that there are cases to answer and the situation is serious  enough that the England cricket team should not be touring somewhere, then  that’s the call they have to make. Until then, it’d be wrong for us to focus on  anything other than cricket,” the England captain said.

“As I said, we should not stick our heads in the sand. But you’ve got to be  careful that if you start investigating, you investigate very thoroughly. There  are people to look into these things and it’s important they do their job and  it’s even important that I do my job, which is to win cricket matches,” Strauss  added.

TWO: “Prasanna and Kandamby to captain Lankan teams”

Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene will lead Sri Lanka Board XI  in a warm up game against the touring England cricket team that will get  underway at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo today at 10am.

Jayawardene returned half way through Sri Lanka’s tour of the  UAE and missed the series in South Africa as he was forced to undergo surgery  for hernia. Jayawardene was one of Sri Lanka’s successful batsmen with Test  hundreds against England and Pakistan.

Middle order batsman Thilina Kandamby, who was Sri Lanka’s  vice-captain during the ODI leg of last year’s tour of England has been named  captain for the second warm up game that gets underway on the 20th at SSC.

Sri Lanka Board XI for today’s warm up game: Prasanna Jayawardena (Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne  (Vice-Captain), Banuka Rajapakse, Roshen Silva, Sachithra Serasinghe, Malinga  Bandara, Dilruwan Perera, Tyronne Gamage, Nilanka Premaratne, Kanishka  Elvitigala and Ashen Silva.

Sri Lanka Board XI for the second warm up game:Thilina Kandamby (Captain), Chamara Silva (Vice-Captain),  Malintha Warnapura, Dilshan Munaweera, Angelo Perera, Kushal Janith, Sajeewa  Weerakoon, Kaushaliya Lokuarchchi, Tharanga Lakshitha, Vishwa Fernando and Isuru  Udana.


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3 responses to “England XI face Warm-ups as well as Political Heat in Sri Lanka: two Items

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  2. Vernon Aiya

    Perhaps Sri Lanka should draft a counter resolution against the US/UK governments which are responsible murdering millions of Muslims men, women and children across the globe on a meaning war on terror…ironic when the biggest human rights abusers in the world bring a human rights issue to the UN ..isn’t it?

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