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Two Sri Lankans in Victoria’s Cricket XI …Hallelujah!

Michael Roberts

Two players of Sri Lankan parentage are presently playing for Victoria in their Sheffield Shield game. The 31 year-old medium-pace bowler Ruwantha Prasad Kellepotha has joined  Chandrasinghe  in the Victorian Eleven

 Kellepotha is aged 31 years and was born in Kandy but educated at S. Thomas College, Matale. He is primarily a leg-break bowler.

Ashley Philip Chandrasinghe is just about 21 years of age  … birthday coming up on December. He is primarily a left-hand opening batsman, thoug h he can bowl leg-breaks and googlies. His entry into the Victorian squad at sucha young age suggests great expectations in the Victorian cricket community.

Russell Gould’s article below provides several interesting sidelights.

Russell Gould: “New Victorian batting star reveals his links to Test star Usman Khawaja” ..…………  There’s already a buzz about Ashley Chandrasinghe after his debut century and if he follows his hero there’s a Test in his future.

New Victorian batting sensation Ashley Chandrasinghe has found a friend in Test opener Usman Khawaja but hasn’t quite worked up the courage to ask for a connection to his batting hero.

The elegant 20-year-old left-hander made an eye-catching, and unbeaten, century on Sheffield Shield debut against a Tasmanian attack featuring former Test quicks Peter Siddle and Jackson Bird last week that immediately put him in the spotlight.

As he reflected on his breakthrough innings Chandrasinghe, who is of Sri Lankan descent but Victorian born, said he “owes Australia everything”. He revealed Aussie Test great Mike Hussey was the man he modelled his batting on as he made his way through junior cricket.

Victoria’s new head of cricket is David Hussey, Mike’s brother, but the low-profile Chandrasinghe, who made 119 not out while facing 334 balls in that ultra-impressive debut innings, hasn’t asked for a hook-up just yet.

Ashley Chandrasinghe receives his debut cap from Chris Rogers. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

Ashley Chandrasinghe receives his debut cap from Chris Rogers. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

And while plenty have put the prospect of a Test call-up in Chandrasinghe’s own future, he’s more concerned about just getting another game for the Vics.

“Any kid playing cricket aspires to represent Australia and get the baggy green,” he said at the Junction Oval on Thursday. “It’s definitely something you want to strive towards. I’ve only played one game, so I’m just trying to take it each game as it comes – if that comes further down the line, then so be it.

“I suppose it gives you a bit more perspective and context when you achieve the things you have been wanting to achieve and you look to push further a little bit as well. But I’m still just trying to work towards the next game and keep getting better. I try not to put any pressure on myself … just try to do as well as I can and keep pushing for Victoria.”

Chandrasinghe said he did make a connection with Khawaja as a rookie while attending his first Australian Cricketers’ Association players’ day. Having previously told the story of how the Test star told himwe’re the only brown ones here, we’ve got to stick together”, Chandrasinghe said Khawaja made him feel immediately comfortable in a room full of stars he looked up to.

“I didn’t really know anyone there and I was just really excited to be in a room with some well-established players,” he said. “I was by myself and (Khawaja) came over to me and introduced himself and we sort of got talking and he was just really good to talk to and what he’s gone through at the highest level.

“He said we have to look out for each other a little bit.”

Chandrasinghe stunned with an unbeaten century on debut. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

Chandrasinghe stunned with an unbeaten century on debut. Picture: Steve Bell/Getty Images

Chandrasinghe said he “definitely” surprised himself with his first innings for Victoria despite having been a prolific century-maker at all levels below first-class cricket.

It was an innings, however, that gave him confidence to kick on having battled his own way to the big stage after falling out of most junior pathways.

“The route I took, I’m really happy I was able to push my way through that. I wouldn’t change anything,” he said.

“At the time when I was in the junior pathways I thought it was the end of the world when you don’t really do that well. But as long as you find a way and keep pushing through, you can reach the end goal.”

Chandrasinghe will next be in action for Victoria when they face Queensland at the Gabba, starting next Thursday.

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Profound Mementoes for Michael Wille

ONE: A PRAYER for MICHAEL’s PEACEFUL REST

The kids at the Day Care at Bandarawela which Mike supported said a Prayer this morning for his Peaceful Rest.

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The Hill-Country Tamils: Their Shitty-Situation Then … and NOW

Ahilan Kadirgamar, in Daily Mirror, 21 November 2022, where the title reads “Hill-country Tamils and Crisis Times” …. with highlighting imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi

When our country collapses before our own eyes with one of the deepest crises in historical memory, from what vantage point should we analyse our predicament? Sri Lanka’s political economy over the last two centuries is anchored in the travails and strivings of Hill Country Tamils. Their sweat and blood, that began with the horrifying journey from South India two centuries ago as indentured labour to work in the coffee and later tea plantations, were central to building the country’s modern economy under British colonialism. However, their position in society, and for that matter even the writing of their history, was marginalised. And despite the great democratic and social welfare advances in Sri Lanka with universal suffrage in 1931 and a powerful legacy of free healthcare and education, the social, economic and political life of the Hill Country Tamil community is characterised by struggle amidst persistent crisis times.

‘Ceylon tea’ gave Sri Lanka the recognition in the world map, but the plantation workers are still languishing in their ages-old abode, known as line rooms and continue to be marginalised in education, community wellbeing and healthcare.

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Mid-Pitch Tea for Don Bradman … & 12 Others

A Rare Interlude in 1938

…. recovered thanks to Helene De Rosayro … & …. Dushy Perera in separate streams

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Aussie Tourists give Thumbs-up for Tourist Scene in Sri Lanka Today

Letter from Ray & Chris Czajko of Kensington, Victoria (November 2022)

The Czajkos would have been even happier, or become ecstatic, if they had accompanied Thivanka Perera on his leoaprd filming ‘safaris; or chanced upon leopards in fornication in the full ‘glare’ of a jungle track  (which Thuppahi is pleased to present in another item today).    This is the Circular Note sent by Thivanka:

Dear Family & Friends,

Despite all the negative reports we get every day in the press and on TV, it was heartening to read this letter from recently returned Aussie tourists to SL. It augurs well for the poor tour operators and hotels that seem to be struggling because of the lack of tourists from all the bad press.

I thought it worth sharing this with you. I hope you like it.”                                                    Continue reading

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Poppy Day in Ceylon and Sri Lanka

Retd Brig. Hiran Halangode

This year the Armed Forces Remembrance Day and Poppy ceremony is due to be held on Sunday the 13th November 2022 at the Viharamahadevi park in Colombo. Since November is the month of Remembrance universally, it is commemorated world over.

 

 

 

 

 

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Reaching Out for Sri Lanka: A Melbourne Gathering

Dear Sri Lankan diaspora friends and wider friends and supporters of Sri Lanka

I ask you to please seriously consider , and further distribute to potentially interested others, two matters:

1) FOR  SRI LANKA DIASPORA MEMBERS ONLY  – A CALL TO ASSIST SRI LANKA AT THIS TIME OF URGENT  NEED  THROUGH  REMOTE USE OF YOUR AND SRI LANKAN COLLEAGUES’  SKILLS .  Full details are immediately below..

 

2)  AN INVITATION TO ATTEND AND SUPPORT  A  MELBOURNE-BASED FAMILY  FUN DAY , INCLUDING GAMES AND SPORTS, ON NOVEMBER 13 , THIS  IS  ALSO AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR FIRST HAND FROM BRIDGING LANKA’S JEREMY LIYANAGE OF THE SITUATION IN SRI LANKA AND  HOW BRIDGING LANKA IS WORKING TO SUPPORT  THE PEOPLE OF MANNAR , IN NORTH WEST SRI LANKA., YOU CAN ALSO MEET  LAFIR  MOHAMED, AUSTRALIAN VOLUNTEERS’  PROGRAM MANAGER FOR SRI LANKA

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Playing to the Western Gallery? Shehan Karunatilaka

A Simple Silva

Shehan’s intervention with his prize-winning book at the present juncture is significant. He states the obvious re corruption, cronyism and expresses thumps his bleeding heart for the suffering people of Sri Lanka (and YES, Shehan, do please gift the prize money of 50,000£ to the suffering masses in the island).

In an article published in the Financial Times, he laments that “I would like to write from a Tamil woman’s point of view. I mean, that would be calling in a lot of grief if I get it wrong”. (Financial Times) …. … …………………………………. https://www.ft.com/content/fa8c6ebb-7c93-4b54-8337-b6f568234d78

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Vale: Gavin Stevens … Anthonian Cricketer & Sportsman

A Circular from Anthonians in Melbourne

Gavin Stevens funeral will be held on Friday the 28th November at the Wilsons Chapel, Springvale Botanical Cemetery.  …..  …………………………. Livestream: https://smct.org.au/upcoming-services/3431218 Under the name of Peter George Stevens. Antonians attending please wear your College tie.

 

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Seeking Aid for Poverty-Stricken Estate Children in Lanka

An Appeal from Ranjan Sivagnanasundaram of VANNI HOPE

PROJECT OBJECTIVE: THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF THIS PROJECT IS TO CREATE AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT FOR THE YOUTH OF THIS AREA SO THAT THEY CAN BE SELF-DEPENDENT, CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA AND BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN DEVELOPMENT EFFORT OF THE FUTURE NATION.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES OF MORAL EDUCATION HELPS ONE TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG. IT GETS REFLECTED IN ONE’S PERSONALITY. IT HELPS IN BUILDING A GOOD PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE. IT HELPS TO ELIMINATE PROBLEMS LIKE VIOLENCE, DISHONESTY, JEALOUSY ETC FROM ONE’S LIFE.

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