Chamari Atapattu scored 113 runs in 66 balls against World top-dog Women’s Cricket team Australia ay Sydney today — albeit in a losing cause because Australia had piled on 217 for 4 wkts in their twenty overs in the First ODI match up during the Sri Lankan Women’s tour. I was fortunate to catch most of her innings because I turned on the TV with the intention of watching Australia play Wales in the World Cup Rugby tournament. I can assure readers that Chamari’s striking was clean and scintillating. Several of her sixers or fours were straight hits.
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Rex Clementine, in Sunday Island, 31 March 2019, where the title runs “Marvan on ‘Mankading’ Buttler in 2014”
There are certain places visiting teams would hate play overseas. As for Sri Lankans, they avoid Wanderes in Johannesburg like the plague as it always seams around there. So is Edgbaston in Birmingham where the seam bowlers come into the equation all the time. Sri Lanka have played at Edgbaston on five times but won only once. That win came in 2014 in a bitterly contested ODI. These days teams tend to make most of the scheduling and invariably the hosts would want to play the final game of a series at a venue that favours them, just in case if that happens to be a decider. So was the case in 2014. The five match ODI series was squared 2-2. Sri Lanka won a low scoring thriller with Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene posting half-centuries to wrap up the series 3-2. Rather than celebrating a famous series win, the cricketing world was busy discussing the ‘Mankading’ of Josh Buttler. Some ex-England players found fault with the Sri Lankans.
PREAMBLE: On the 21/22nd March I organised my thoughts on Sri Lanka’s potential ODI squad for the World Cup in England. This was a premature move – before the final two T20 matches in South Africa and without inside information of what had transpired behind the scenes in New Zealand and Australia in ways that led the new selection Committee headed by Ashantha de Mal to insert some radical changes in the squad for South Africa.
I sent some queries to cricketing friends as soon as this draft was completed; while also posting it confidentially to some of them. Since then a searching interview with Ashantha De Mel by Champika Fernando in the Daily Mirror has provided some crucial information on the events that led them to recall Chandimal. More vitally, it has provided illuminating insights into the new Selection Committee’s thinking. His comments should serve as a testing yardstick for my reflections below so that we can then move further forward in the light of the second and third T20matches against the Safs.
Michael Roberts, 7 February 2019
Marvan Atapattu has contended that “Sri Lankan Cricket has been in a rut for the past two years” and that whereas “there have been bad times, …. we always could see a light at the end of the tunnel. But the way things are being handled and what I see now, there’s nothing like that.” 
Balanced thoughts? Up to a point. The fact remains that the Sri Lanka cricket administration has been a roller-coaster from 1996 to 2018; and some of the squads secured pretty good results despite this background situation – no more so than 2016 when they bested the Australians three-zip — admittedly in home terrain.
News Item in Times Now Digital, 4 February 2019, “Former captain Marvan Atapattu doesn’t see ‘any light at the end of tunnel’ for Sri Lankan cricket”
Sri Lankan Cricket has been in a rut for the past two years. Series after series, Sri Lanka have found themselves on the losing side. Even the lowly Zimbabwe have managed to trump the once-mighty Islanders. Their recent performance hasn’t been much to talk about as they suffered a two-Test defeat in Australia which follows a 1-0 loss to New Zealand in a two-Test series and defeats in all four limited-overs matches on that tour.