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I Am Not Watching ‘IPL 2020’ Because I Refuse To Subscribe To Indian ‘Hotstar’ — Which I Find Repulsive.

by Anura Guruge


One of the worst outfits in the World.

They lie, they cheat & their coverage is HORRIBLE
in that they tell you the RESULT beforehand!


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Nothing to do with costs. Everything to do with how much I despise, resent & abhor bloody Hotstar U.S.

I avowed that I would never subscribe to them again, & I am not.

Yes, I am missing out on ‘IPL 2020’. So be it. I watched a BIT of poor quality highlights on YouTube & realize I can live without it.

Willow TV, to which I have an annual subscription, does NOT have streaming rights to ‘IPL 2020’ yet again. So, I can’t watch it on Sling on my Roku. I can’t get Willow TV per se. So. sod it.

IPL without the crowds looks pretty flaccid.

I will wait for more new cricket on Willow TV. I might even TRY to like the CPL!

SMILE.

But, one thing is for sure. I hate BLOODY Hotstar U.S. Indians at their worst.


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The 1947 “The Laws Of Cricket” Booklet, Published 1952 By The MCC For 1 Shilling.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


My daughter found this buried in one of our many bookshelves. Easy to get lost. It is TINY; 4″x5.4″ & just 30-pages. So, it is incredibly thin.

Cute. My name, written rather shakily, cracks me up. I think this was when I was about 8. That would mean I got this sometime around 1961. Somebody must have got it for I.

1 Shilling in the U.K. No idea what it cost in Ceylon. It was sold by “Diana & Co. Ltd.” in Colombo. WOW. I just looked it up. They became “Cargills“!

I do not recall any other books that were STAMPED with the name of a shop. Strange. Kind of defacing it. Maybe this was their shop copy!

I knew a new Code of Cricket had come out ‘recently’. I had to go check. So, that was 2017.

Wow. Not many since 1788.

I am glad I have this cute little booklet.


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I Am, Of Course, Chuffed That Sir Ian Botham Will Be Lord Botham, BUT I Wish He Would Lose 40 Pounds.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Yahoo Sports’. Just Google for more.


Screen grab from YouTube.


Click image to access MY POST from August 14, 2016.


Well, I said it 2-years AGO too. Click to access that post.


The notion of dear ol’ Beefy becoming a Lord is GRAND. He deserves it. Ian, everything said & done, is a GOOD MAN. I think he has a heart of gold & we all know he has done a tremendous amount for charity.

Of course I like Beefy. What is there, really, not to like. He is the epitome of a man’s man, a cricketer’s cricketer.

I just can’t fathom why he doesn’t take better care of himself.

Yes, he was always bordering on husky. And we all know he likes his food & DRINK. But, this is crazy.

He is such a role model.

Please, Beefy. Lose some weight. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

England & West Indies Players & Umpires Take A Knee At The 1st Test — I CRIED!

by Anura Guruge





I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.

But, this was TRULY special.

I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!

Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.

This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.

Thank you, ALL.

This is why I truly love cricket.

#BlackLivesMatter.


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Willow TV (Cricket): New Customers Can Get It For Half The Price Paid By Existing Customers!

by Anura Guruge



Live cricket starts again
on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

England vs. West Indies
from Southampton/West End (my old hometown).

Willow TV will have coverage.


Another, unforgivable, screw existing customers while trying to recruit new scheme. Yes, everybody tries it.

No, you can’t, if you are on the $10/month plan pick to pay $60, up front, and get 12-months. In a way, that is kind of crazy on Willow’s part. A punter is giving you $60 UPFRONT.

Well you know the solution. SMILE.

You have been told. No need to thank I. That is why I am here.


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Brilliant Article Re. My Main Man, ‘Gordon Greenidge’ By ‘Mark Nicholas’.

by Anura Guruge


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That I named my son after him must say it all as to who & what I think about this great man. As I have said, many times, no man has given me greater pleasure than ‘Gordon Greenidge‘. I wanted my son to be ‘Gordon Guruge’ (GG) — same as Gordon. His mother & her family, ardent Catholics all, claimed that ‘Gordon’ was too Jewish a name! This was long time ago & I did NOT know any better. Since then I have come to know a lot of Jews & I have yet to meet a Gordon. So, I relented that ‘Gordon’ would be his middle name. NO! ‘Matthew’ is NOT Biblical. Named after ‘Matthews Southern Comfort‘ (with Ian Matthews). One of my favorite groups at the time — & I have always liked Ian Matthews.


I was a fully paid up member of the Hampshire Cricket Club (HCC) from 1975 to about 1982 (& I left Britain in 1985 (for what was meant to be 2-years in the States)). So, I was at Hampshire during SOME of the glory days of Gordon (not to mention Barry Richards, Andy Roberts & Malcolm Marshall). Yes, I even saw Mark Nicholas play.

I, of course, knew Gordon & he knew me by sight. I saw him occasionally away from cricket grounds & he would always stop to chat. Very nice guy.

Much of what Mark talks about in this article was AFTER I (alas) left the U.K.

Mark writes well as you would expect of a man of his erudition. This made my day. I wanted to share this with YOU. Enjoy.

Thank YOU, Gordon. Hope you are well. SMILE.


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This Pepsi Ad. For The ‘Pakistan Super League’ (PSL) 2020 Is Rather Good. You Should Watch It.

by Anura Guruge


From the video below.



This appears on ‘Willow TV‘ quite a bit — during my daily binge of cricket watching.

Usually I FF through all Ads. But, this one has got to me. I watch it. Sometimes even REWIND it!

Wanted to SHARE it with YOU. Check it out. I am sure you will enjoy — at least bits of it.

SMILE.


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What The Heck Is Wrong With The South African Cricket Team — Is It Voodoo?

by Anura Guruge



Click to access my post from 4-months ago.


From: cricinfo.com.


Given the amount of cricket I watch, I have seen a lot of teams — and the recent West Indies team readily comes to mind — play horribly. But, the South African performance against Australia in the 1st T20 was beyond comprehension. It was an absolute, bloody abortion. Jesus wept. I nearly did too.

Yes, there is definite Munda Logic — i.e., African thought process, or, in this instance, to be precise, lack of thought process all together. I think the world of Quinton de Kock. But, as captain he is demonstrating what used to be joked about him. He is NO intellectual. He seems utterly lost as captain.

The dropped bloody catches. I have never seen anything like that?

I don’t believe in that mumbo jumbo, but many of them do and is it possible that they think that they are under a Voodoo spell. Sire played like they were under a dark cloud.

Yes, then there is the possibility of CORRUPTION and match-fixing!

What is going on right now is NOT right. Something is very, very WRONG.

I am very upset. I like this team, BUT not when they play like this — like a bunch of teenage girls all having their monthlies at the same time.


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‘Pakistan Super League’ (PSL) 2020 Opening Ceremony — Only Decent Bit That I Found.

by Anura Guruge




YouTube video.

Start at 27-minute mark.


There was no International cricket of interest — and the South Africa v. Australia starts tomorrow — and I was curious to see if the Pakistanis would be able to march the drama of the IPL Opening Ceremonies. It would appear not. I assume the budgets (and for that matter the crowds) are vastly different.

To be honest I found the program flaccid and rather poorly put together. Yikes.

But, I did enjoy this musical part. ‘North Indian’ music. In Ceylon we used to call it a ‘Sakili Band’. I am sure that is not the right name. But, you may enjoy this trumpet and drum routine.


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