The Afghanistan vs Pakistan three match series being played out at Hambantota in Sri Lanka ……. YES, YES, in Hambantota if you happen to know where that is … snuck up and into my world in distant Australia with quite a bang – only after the outcome of the second 50-over ODI. The BANG lay in the scores: when a side reaches 302 runs and by a whisker in the last over, it is quite a bang: clearly an outstanding match (with Shadab Khan, Imam ul-Haq and Babar Asam standing out for Pakistan and the young opening batsmen Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran hitting the straps for Afghanistan)
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Danny Byrne, whose title for this review reads thus: “The rain fails to arrive, and the Sri Lankans complete a comfortable victory. Day five in Galle”
It was inevitable that Ireland would end up on the wrong end of some cricket records when Sri Lanka notched up 704–3 declared yesterday. It was only the third time the top four batsmen had scored centuries in the same innings. In 2007 in Mirpur Dinesh Karthik 129, Wasim Jaffer 138, Rahul Dravid 129 and Sachin Tendulkar 122, out of a total of 610–3 declared. In 2019 the Sri Lankans were on the receiving end when Pakistan scored 555 – 3 declared in their second innings in Karachi with Masood making 135, Abid Ali 174, Azhar Ali 118 and Babar Azam 100. It nearly happened at Lords in 1993 when Mark Waugh was out for 99 after Slater, Taylor and Boon had all reached three figures.
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David Von Drehle, in Washington Post, 8 August 2021, with this title … “Sherlock holmes & Winston Churchill: Cautionary tales on Afghanistan”
I learned of a place called Afghanistan as many Americans used to do: by reading one of the most famous opening chapters in literary history. I was 11 years old, and my new book introduced a young English doctor. Sent to an outpost of the Empire, he was hurried ahead to the front lines of a persistent war. He united with his assigned unit in Kandahar, and nearly died in combat when his shoulder was shattered by a bullet. Recuperating back in London, seeking an affordable apartment, he met a potential roommate — a strange fellow among whose first words to him were:
“You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive.”
Thus Dr. Watson met Sherlock Holmes.
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I can remember a time back in the early years of this century when the age of cosmopolitanism was in fashion. It was a beautiful time. One of the great benefits of cosmopolitanism is that it allowed us to throw off the shackles of nationalism. We could take on different identities of our own choosing at any time in our lives with an absolute sense of freedom. We could travel anywhere and engage with cultures and peoples around the world without political interference. We could build partnerships in business and trade that benefited all of us. Nationalism was in decline, and it was a positive direction for humanity.
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Saroj Pathirana, in bbc.com, where the title reads “History ‘repeats’ through lens” … an EVENT in July 2008 in London = https://www.bbc.com/sinhala/highlights/story/2008/07/080716_champion_photos.shtml
While traveling around Sri Lanka for over 22 years I always expected someday the situation would change for the better”, says the veteran British photographer Stephen Champion. However, after nearly two decades since he first set his foot on the island the country is still battling, he says. “We are still looking at the very similar scenario. History seems to be repeating itself,” Mr. Champion told BBC Sandeshaya at the launch of his latest book on Sri Lanka.
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