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    Kumar Sangakkara and Arjuna Ranatunga involved in ugly spat

    Social media has been abuzz of late with various allegations being made as to why Sri Lanka lost the recently concluded ODI series against Zimbabwe. Everyone from former World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga to Kumar Sangakkara to fans have expressed their thoughts on the decline of Sri Lanka’s most loved sport. With regard to this, many have spoken out about the role of a particular player manager and lack of quality players who could lead the team forward.

    In the meantime, a back and forth between Arjuna Ranatunga and Kumar Sangakkara has emerged with the pair pointing fingers at each other over various issues that have taken place in the past.

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    Ranatunga alleged that the former Sri Lanka captains Kumar Sangakka and Mahela Jayawardene held onto their batting positions in the side for a long period, preventing the youngsters from being groomed to occupy the most critical batting positions in the line-up. He went on to say that this was not the case when he first broke into the national set-up nor when he was reaching the twilight of his career.

    “I played as the number four batsman for most of my career but towards the latter part of my career, I moved down to number six and seven. That was in order to let other younger players have a chance to establish themselves in a batting position. But in the recent past, Sangakkara played at number three most of the time while Mahela Jayawardene batted at number four. They didn’t allow younger players to be groomed into those positions,” he said.

    Sangakkara responded to these allegations in a Skype call made to the media. “I have batted from the opening position to No. 9 in the Sri Lanka ODI team. In the 2007 World Cup, I batted at No. 4. Then after 2011, when Dinesh Chnadimal was doing very well at No. 3, I dropped down to No. 4.”

    He went on to say, “At the time I was even told by a coach that if the ball was swinging, I should bat up at 3 but if the conditions were favourable to batsmen, we should allow a youngster to move up that position.”

    “I am not someone who forced my way into the No 3 position. I had the belief that I could score runs whether I batted at No. 3 or 4 and I have done so too” articulated the former Sri Lankan No 3 batsman.

    Sangakkara also brought up Sri Lanka’s tour of Pakistan in 2009, which could have ended in tragedy. He was critical of the board for giving the green light for the 2009 February-March which was confirmed amid security concerns. During the second Test of the tour, masked terrorists attacked the team bus carrying Sri Lanka’s cricketers to the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, injuring five cricketers, including Mahela Jayawardene, the captain, and Kumar Sangakkara, his deputy, who received minor injuries. Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paravitarana were also injured in the attack which killed six security men and two civilians.

    “They didn’t care about our safety during the 2009 tour of Pakistan. They had no guarantee as to what would happen but they decided to send us on this seemingly suicidal journey anyway. They didn’t listen to our security concerns before this tour. It eventually ended with some of our guys being shot and some of them badly injured. I still have bruises on my body from those injuries including shrapnel from the shooting. I believe this is the ideal time to investigate if this tour was given the green light considering player safety. I will always have the respect for matters regarding cricket, but I have no time to spend on the other accusations.” Sangakkara said. Was the former skipper referring to Ranatunga under whose tenure the said tour was organized?

    Ranatunga responded to this by calling for investigation on the matters pointed out by Sangakkara, but flung an allegation of his own insisting an investigation done on the 2011 Cricket World Cup final in Mumbai where Sri Lanka, led by Sangakkara, went down to India. He made this comments to a set of journalists at the Ports Authority this morning while also pointing out that the man in charge during the period mentioned by Sangakkara, was S. Liyanagamage, who was the Secretary at the time.

    “If Sangakkara wants an investigation, it should be done. Liyanagamage was the man in charge during that time. I was the Chairman of the Asian Cricket Council a few months before that and we had a successful Asian Cup campaign in Pakistan in July 2008. I was sacked towards the end of the year 2008 by the Sports Minister back then, Gamini Lokuge. I was not in charge when the 2009 Pakistan tour went ahead and I don’t mind having an investigation on that. But don’t forget that this same lot of players toured Pakistan for the Asia Cup a few months before the shooting happened while I was in charge. I sent people for security checks while I was in charge. Have they ever complained about bombings around India? They just complain if it’s a national tour but if it’s the IPL, they go ahead anyway.” He said.

    He added that “Investigations should be done on the World Cup final where Sri Lanka lost to India. The ministers who are talking now need to make sure their actions speak louder than their words. The time has come now for these players to confess on what happened and investigations to be done. I was also in India at the time and I was heartbroken after the loss while I also had doubts about it. I will open up about all this very soon with proof. Therefore if you are investigating, this is what you need to investigate about.”

    http://www.thepapare.com/ranatunga-v...-war-of-words/


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    Idiotic stuff from Ranatunga tbh.

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    I played as the number four batsman for most of my career but towards the latter part of my career, I moved down to number six and seven. That was in order to let other younger players have a chance to establish themselves in a batting position
    This is rubbish. Ranatunga played 36 out of 269 odis at number 4 and 5 out of 93 tests. Yet he claims he played at 4 for most of his career.

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    Why would you have a go at the nicest man I have seen in cricket.

    And actually ranatungas point is invalid,Double lols

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy1999 View Post
    Why would you have a go at the nicest man I have seen in cricket.

    And actually ranatungas point is invalid,Double lols
    Sangakkara is not the nicest man in cricket

    LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rayyman View Post
    Sangakkara is not the nicest man in cricket

    LOL
    Exactly, he is not always the nicest man this sangakara, in fact ranatunga has expressed some valid points. If it's a national tour then they complain, not if it's a t20 league.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    This is rubbish. Ranatunga played 36 out of 269 odis at number 4 and 5 out of 93 tests. Yet he claims he played at 4 for most of his career.
    He mixed #5 with #4, where he played most.

    195 innings in #2 to #5 positions

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    I tend to support Sanga here - he batted on the spot, which benefited his team most (which resulted in 2 WC Finals, 3 T20 Finals & one T20 trophy). Besides, don't think Lankan youngsters utilized the comfort of playing behind those 2 (in LO 3) greats properly. Sanga also kept for long years, even in his late 30s, for better team balance. If Sanga & Mahela are accused of selfish batting, then I wonder what few PAK seniors should end at. IPL example I can understand, but it's not only Sanga - even western players are doing same.

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    Ranatunga does not make any sense. Sanga was scoring hundred after hundred in both tests and ODIs. Why should he have batted at #6? Team's best batsman always bats in top 4 positions.

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    No doubt SLC and co are behind all this. Have certainly managed to divert attention away from the real reasons as to why SL cricket is in such a huge mess. Decades of their incompetent, corrupt and short sighted ways.

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    The cricket match where Sehwag was denied a 100. The stump mike clearly recorded sangakkara asking the bowler to bowl a no ball for the final run so though the match would be won by India, sehwag will not have a century.

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    This is a point when a players performance is declining eg Ricky Ponting (who vacated the number 3 position) but given how well Sangakkara was playing it made no sense.


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    Ranatunga's comment remind me of what miandad has to say when criticizing any new player here in pak. Nasty & absolutely contradicting the real facts.

    Lot of subcontinent seniors have this mindset. Even in your normal bhaitaks, 99% percent people will exhibit this behavior when they got a problem or don't agree with you.

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    Both are legends of game.

    Very Pakistani-sque stuff from them. Understandable, tho, considering SL's recent losses.

    [Always hate to be reminded of SL 2009 attack, bad memories]

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    Ranatunga is talking rubbish. Why should the teams best batmen bat himself Lower?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vildoc View Post
    The cricket match where Sehwag was denied a 100. The stump mike clearly recorded sangakkara asking the bowler to bowl a no ball for the final run so though the match would be won by India, sehwag will not have a century.
    Dilshan gave the instruction to the bowler not Sangakkara. Anyways, who cares. We won the match.


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    They didn’t care about our safety during the 2009 tour of Pakistan. They had no guarantee as to what would happen but they decided to send us on this seemingly suicidal journey anyway. They didn’t listen to our security concerns before this tour. It eventually ended with some of our guys being shot and some of them badly injured. I still have bruises on my body from those injuries including shrapnel from the shooting. I believe this is the ideal time to investigate if this tour was given the green light considering player safety. I will always have the respect for matters regarding cricket, but I have no time to spend on the other accusations.” Sangakkara said.

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    Was it Ranatunga who decided to brush aside all security concerns for that tour?


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    Also, Sanga was in good form till the last few series. It would have made no sense for him to bat at 6-7.


    "If this happens I will swim across the Charles River! In winter!" -- OZGOD on NZ batting 6 sessions

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    Ranatunga acting as if he was some monster top order batsman who sacrificed his career and position in the order for a youngster. Truth is his style of batting was always suited to batting at 5 or 6.

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    Ranatunga fishing for attention. Expected better

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    Ranatunga hinted wc2011final was fishy

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    Gambhir, Nehra rubbish Ranatunga's Allegations on 2011 final

    New Delhi: The 2011 World Cup winners with India, Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra expressed their displeasure over former Sri Lankan captain Arjuna Ranatunga's demands for inquiry on fixing of the 2011 World Cup final that was won by India.

    Gambhir who was India’s top scorer in the final said, "I am surprised by Arjuna Ranatunga's allegations. These are serious comments by a very respectable voice in international cricket. I think to clear the air; he should back his claims with proofs".

    While Nehra who was another integral member of the Indian team that lifted the trophy after 28 years said, “I don't wish to dignify Ranatunga's comments by airing my views on the issue. There is no end to these kinds of statements. If I question Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup victory, is it in good taste? So let's not get into it. But yes, it is disappointing when someone of his stature says something like this," Nehra told PTI.

    Even the Turbanator, Harbhajan Singh was asked to give his views on the matter but he refused to give any.

    Ranatunga on Friday in a press conference had expressed his views on the 2011 final being fixed, “If Mr. Sangakkara wants an inquiry into the tour of Pakistan then they should have one. But I think we should also inquire into what happened to the Sri Lanka Team during the 2011 World Cup final. I think this is something that the Sports Minister should look into rather than concentrating on fitness issues.” he said.

    The 53 year old further added, “The time has come now for these players to confess what happened and the investigations to be done. I cannot reveal what happened on that day, but I would someday reveal the truth with proof. So, I think we should hold an inquiry into this matter. I was on the panel of commentators during this World Cup final, and I was really disappointed with Sri Lanka’s performance”.

    Ranatunga’s spokesman Thamira Manju told AFP that he was writing to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe complaining about the state of cricket in the country.

    This statement from Ranatunga comes at a time when the Sri Lankan cricket is facing one of its worst phases, recently also suffering a humiliating 3-2 ODI series loss by the hands of Zimbabwe, who won their first ever series on Sri Lankan soil.

    http://www.abplive.in/sports/gambhir...1-final-552142


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    Sri Lanka was the only team without any match fixing scandal during late 90s and early 2000s. Bangladesh was too minnow then, why haven't team led by Ranatunga back then investigated ?

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    Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga has kicked up a row with his demand for an inquiry into the 2011 World Cup final in which India prevailed over the island nation. While a few Indian cricketers who were part of the triumphant side have called Ranatunga’s comments “outrageous”, legendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan feels the former captain’s sudden demand for a probe could be the result of a simmering tension between two former players.

    Ranatunga and Kumar Sangakkara have been at loggerheads for a while and recently the latter had questioned why the 2009 tour of Pakistan was arranged amid security concerns.

    “I think, it’s a personal battle between some past players. I don’t want to get involved in that. If he thinks it has to be investigated, so be it,” said Muralitharan, who is here as mentor of TNPL team, Thiruvallur Veerans. The 2011 World Cup was Muralitharan’s last international tournament.

    http://www.asianage.com/sports/crick...alitharan.html


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    https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/sri-...l-team-1868259

    Sri Lankan cricket legends Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan have rejected a request to provide consultancy services to the struggling national team, saying they had no "trust in the system". National selectors made a formal request Thursday to hire several former players, including Jayawardene, Muralitharan and Kumar Sangakkara, for a special committee that would advise the team on how to return to winning ways. Last year, Sri Lanka suffered a Test and one-day whitewash to India on home soil, lost a home ODI series to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe, and crashed out of the Champions Trophy in the group stage.

    They were also soundly beaten in the first Test on the tour of the West Indies last weekend, and skittled for 253 in the first innings of the second Test on Thursday.

    Muralitharan, 46, retired from international cricket in 2010 after becoming the world's highest Test wicket taker with a haul of 800.

    "I am of the view that it (the invitation) is an insincere, cunning move, to use us when the cricket administration is in such a deplorable state," the spin maestro said in a statement on Friday.

    Late last year, Jayawardene was appointed to a special panel to advise the then-sports minister on corrective measures.

    He turned down the latest request saying his recommendations in the past had been ignored and that he did not want a repeat of the experience.

    "I don't have any trust in the system. If any one wants to buy time please don't use us!" the former Sri Lanka captain said on Twitter.

    Jayawardene scored 11,814 Test runs in 149 matches. He also appeared in 55 Twenty20 internationals and 448 ODIs, scoring a century in Sri Lanka's defeat by India in the 2011 World Cup final.

    There was no immediate response from Sangakkara and Sri Lankan cricket authorities.


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    Sri Lanka cricket's anti-corruption unit detained five Indian spectators on suspicion of match-fixing during Sunday's third and final women's one-day international (ODI) between the hosts and India, an official said.

    The five were initially asked to leave the ground at Katunayake, just north of the capital Colombo, and later detained by police for investigations, the official said.

    “We felt their behaviour was suspicious at the grounds and all of them were seen excessively communicating on their phones,” the Sri Lanka cricket official, who declined to be named, told AFP. “We exercised our right to remove them from the ground and the police took over the investigation.”

    Authorities believe that the suspects may have had links with foreign gambling operations. Betting on sports is illegal in Sri Lanka. Police said they were questioning the suspects.

    Sri Lanka won Sunday's match by three wickets, but India won the three-match tournament 2-1.

    Last month, two Indians were apprehended in Sri Lanka after officials spotted them behaving suspiciously and making repeated calls on their mobile phones during a domestic T20 tournament match.

    Since last month Sri Lanka Cricket has deployed more anti-corruption officials at match venues.

    Sri Lanka has also announced plans for tougher laws against sports corruption and a special police unit to deal with match-fixing following an Al-Jazeera documentary in May exposing corruption in global cricket in which three Sri Lankan officials were filmed agreeing to sway matches.

    https://www.dawn.com/news/1433296


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