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Test Matches Should NOT Be Played In Empty Stadiums — It Is NOT Cricket.

by Anura Guruge


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I have already talked about this. Click image to access my post.


I have just been watching the highlights of the Pakistan v Australia 1st Test in Dubai, UAE.

It is bloody amazing. TOTALLY EMPTY STADIUM.

Just a sea of empty blue seats.

I do NOT think there is even 100 people there if you don’t count the teams and the support staff.

You cannot play Test cricket in an empty stadium. It just kills your spirits.

There should be an asterix in the record books for all Tests played where the average attendance was less than 10,000/day.

This is a travesty.

The ICC should NOT permit this. The umpires should call the match off. I am NOT kidding.


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Sri Lanka In The News Again With “The Bridge On The River Kwai” — BUT I Covered It 4-Years AGO!

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the U.K. “Daily Mail” story.


But, I covered basically the SAME story
4-years ago.


Moreover, as I explain, I have been to BOTH sites —
the REAL ONE in Thailand and the
make believe movie set in Sri Lanka!

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Happened to see it in the U.K.Daily Mail“, which I read online, on my tablet, first thing in the morning, in bed, while drinking my first cup of coffee. Daily ritual going back decades.

Caught my eye. Made me smile. I knew I had done the same story some years ago. So, I am sharing. Enjoy.


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How Do The Obamas, e.g., Michelle This Weekend, Officiate At Weddings?

by Anura Guruge


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When I saw a news story this morning that Michelle Obama had officiated at a wedding over the weekend, it got me thinking. I kind of knew that ex-First Ladies do not have an automatic right to perform marriages. Yes, she, as a very qualified lawyer, could easily be a Justice of the Peace (JP), but I had never heard of her mentioned as a JP. Then I vaguely recalled that I had also read that Barack had officiated at a wedding.

Is that a prerogative of a President and does it get carried over even when he leaves office.

I had to look it up.

Aaaahhhh! Simple when you know. They became ‘Temporary Officiants‘. In their case that would not been very hard. Cool. Neat. Glad I looked it up.

I wanted to share.


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‘Botham Shem Jean’, Accidently Shot By Female Dallas Police Officer Must Have Been Named After Sir Ian Botham.

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I had NOT initially paid much attention to his name because it wasn’t as if I was going to know him.

Then while reading a news story it suddenly struck me. ‘Botham‘ as a First (i.e., given) name. I had never seen that before.

Of course we cricketers all know Botham — Ian, BUT ‘Botham’ as a last name.

But, it all makes sense. He is from St. Lucia and cricket is very popular in St. Lucia. Possibly even the unofficial National Sport.

Botham Shem Jean, 29, was born in 1989. That was at the height of Ian Botham’s cricket exploits around the world.

I am sure that one or both his parents are cricket mad (like I) and named their son after ‘Ian Botham’. I would know. My son’s middle name, Gordon, is after West Indian cricket legend, Gordon Greenidge.


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Serena Williams’ Appalling Behavior At The U.S. Open — Definitely Wasn’t Cricket.

by Anura Guruge



Wow. WOw. WOW!

I have never seen anything like that from a professional, famous sports figure! That was totally uncalled for. She looked demented, even demonic. What was she thinking?

Why was she allowed to get away with it? Her $17,000 fine, given the $1.54 MILLION she got paid for playing in the U.S. Open, was a pathetic JOKE. She should have been FINED $3 Million.

I watch at least an hour of professional cricket, from around the world, every day. Cricket prides itself on the decorum of play. Players seldom take exception, on the field, to a decision made by an official. When they do, they are HARSHLY punished and penalized. They can lose ALL their match fees — and more. They can be banned for months.

Unlike cricket, which is very much a team sport, tennis (even with doubles) is an individual sport — and I guess tennis doesn’t want to lose the money-making power of star players. But her behavior brought the game and HUMANKIND into disrepute. What kind of example is this to our kids. They should NOT be taught that screaming at an official is acceptable behavior.

I really was shocked and even more so that she was allowed to get away with it.


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It Grieves Me So To See Ian Botham Shamelessly Sporting A HUGE Gut. Oh, Ian!

by Anura Guruge


From this August 6, 2018 YouTube video — BELOW. Most recent example I could find. I have seen him, the last two days, on the England vs. India 2nd Test coverage from Lord’s. That is when I noticed it.



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


I have, of course, been watching the engrossing England v India 2018 series with increasing fascination. The Tests have been so amazingly gripping that I have been trying to watch as much ball-by-ball coverage and pre-/post-match commentary as possible in addition to my usual consumption of the 1-hour ‘highlights’. That is how I had come to see full, body shots of Ian. It is NOT a pretty sight. I only saw the above video (from August 6, 2018), which quite clearly shows his overspilling belly, when I went looking for a picture to illustrate my point.

Ian and I are British contemporaries, in reality he 3-years my junior. I saw a LOT of him, some in the flesh (in Somerset (with Viv), in Hampshire and at Lord’s), and tons on TV. I like Ian. What is there NOT to like. He is the cricketer’s cricketer.

That is why I am distressed.

Why Ian? Why?

He knows better. He has a daughter with Type 1 diabetes. We also now know that he suffers from impotence! That sounds like an oxymoron. How can OUR Ian Botham be impotent?

This is NOT right.

Yes, he is not the only famous ex-cricketer lugging around a hefty gut.

But, Ian.

Yes, he was ‘BEEFY’ all his adult life. But, never like this.

Yes, I need desperately to lose 20 – 30 pounds. But, luckily (and it just pure luck) my gut is not as big as his — as yet. So, I too suffer.

Please, Ian …


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