Sri Lanka will earn as much as Rs. 8.6 billion per year over a four-year period (Rs. 34.2 billion in total income) as the island’s allocation from the International Cricket Council’s annual payouts. In US dollars Sri Lanka’s share is 27.12 million compared to India’s lion’s share of USD 230 million but the amount in still massive by Sri Lanka’s standards. The International Cricket Council has made the allocations taking into account factors like performance in both the men’s and women’s teams on the international stage over the past 16 years and contribution to the ICC’s commercial value. The earnings of the ICC of over $3.2 billion come from the sale of its media rights alone, which recently, for the first time, were sold across five separate regions globally including the Indian market. The vast bulk of that money has come from the sale of rights in the Indian market, where Disney Star paid just over $3 billion for four years according to ESPNcricinfo (Sunday Observer, 14.5.2023).
Venkat B Krishna in The Indian Express,24 May 2023…. where the title reads “How CSK’s Tamil fans fell in love with two Sinhalese players Pathirana and Theekshana””
Things have changed after years of strained relationship when CSK were forced not to play Sri Lankan players at home, and a famous actor had to pull out of a Muralitharan biopic.
There is something special brewing in Chennai this season apart from their obsession with MS Dhoni. Two Sri Lankan cricketers – Matheesha Pathirana and Maheesh Theekshana – have become the fans favourite at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, where not so long ago players from the Island nation couldn’t take the field because political tensions in the aftermath of the Eelam war that ended in 2009.
Lasith Malinga, now a bowling consultant with Rajasthan Royals, has been watching Chennai Super Kings’ games with particular interest. Matheesha Pathirana, CSK’s death-overs specialist, not only bowls with the same, unusual round-arm action with which Malinga dominated the IPL for many years, but is also in a sense a protege. Over the last three years, Malinga has worked sporadically with Pathirana in Sri Lanka’s high performance centre, and has advised him on what he needs to do to build a career.
Alagappan Muthu,23 May 2023, with this title“CSK squeeze the Titans to enter their tenth IPL final”
Chennai Super Kings 172 for 7 (Gaikwad 60, Conway 40, Shami 2-28) beat Gujarat Titans (Gill 42, Jadeja 2-18) by 15 runs
MS Dhoni has led Chennai Super Kings to their tenth IPL final. He’s had the whole country wrapped around his fingertips without even trying, and nights like these are the reason why. Even the umpires couldn’t win against him.
He met Gujarat Titans on a pitch that he likes – the kind that used to greet international teams during his reign as India captain – and turned their comfort zone into anything but. A team that likes batting second lost for only the fourth time in 18 chases.
Deepak Chahar had Shubman Gill caught on the long-leg boundary for 42• Getty Images
Rex Clementine, in The Island, 24 May 2023, where the title reads: “Matheesha: Cricket’s Latest Sensation” ….…. with highlighting imposed by The Editor, Thuppahi
We’ve heard it from cricket’s supremo M.S. Dhoni that young fast bowling sensation Matheesha Pathirana should get nowhere near red ball cricket. There would have been quite a furore had Kumar Sangakkara or Mahela Jayawardene said it. Remember the reaction when they echoed similar sentiments in the case of Lasith Malinga all those years ago. But with talents like Matheesha and Malinga it seems a sensible move. After all, Sanga and MJ rarely get their facts wrong.
HEADLINE: “The 15-member Sri Lanka Emerging Squad has been announced for the tour of Japan.”
Former Thomian cricketer Dellon Peiris will lead the touring Sri Lankan contingent. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced that as per a request made by the Japan Cricket Association, Sri Lanka Emerging Team will tour Japan during the month of May 2023. The team will leave for Japan on the 8th May.
The 18-year-old, slinging fast bowler Matheesha Pathirana has burst upon the T20 format in wicket-clattering manner. Not for Sri Lanka – but for the Chennai Super Kings under veteran Dhoni’s captaincy and Stephen Fleming’s oversight; …. and watching him from some other ground as one of the backroom coaching staff for another IPL team was …. guess whom? None other than the original slinger Lasith Malinga.
I’m sharing this story because most people give up so easily. Its an amazing testament to Marvan’s tenacity and intelligence! An amazing story on Marvan Attapattu, Srilankan Cricketer.
It’s a story that needs to be told, over and over again. Making his debut in Test cricket for Sri Lanka, Marvan scored a duck in his first innings. And again, in his second innings.
UNITED KINGDOM – MAY 16: Cricket: 1st test 2002 England v Sri Lanka at Lord’s 1st day MARVAN ATAPATTU / SRI LANKAN OPENING BATSMAN MADE 185 IN FIRST INNINGS (Photo by David Munden/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)
Sri Lankan batsman Marvan Atapattu hooks a boundary during his innings against the British Universities at the County Ground Northampton, on the opening day of their tour match (Photo by David Davies – PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Congratulations to Sri Lanka, as they registered their 100th Test win in 318 Test Matches since 1982. Ireland did well to give of their best in very tiring conditions. They were bowled out for 202 runs , hence lost the Test by an innings and 19 runs. Sri Lanka will be happy with a series win.
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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Thuppahi's Blog · This web site presents the interventions of MICHAEL ROBERTS in the public realm with reference to Sri Lankan political affairs. It will embrace the politics of cricket as well. ROBERTS was educated at St. Aloysius College in Galle and the universities of Peradeniya and Oxford. He taught History at Peradeniya University and Anthropology at Adelaide university. He is now retired and lives in Adelaide.