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Seems Incongruous That TWO Touring Test Cricket Teams, One In Australia The Other In South Africa, Come Down With The Flu.

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Very well could be a total coincidence.

But, it struck me as curious and strange. Two touring teams, thousands of miles apart, getting hit with similar symptoms — affecting MULTIPLE KEY players.

Yes, of course, I am a confessed, professional cynic.

In both instances only the touring team affected — and multiple, key players at that. Home team untouched.

Yes, it could just be a fluke. Let’s hope so.

In cricket we have had match-fixing and at least one act of terrorism. We really don’t want germ warfare getting thrown into the equation!

Well, I am going keep an eye on this. So, watch this space. SMILE.


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Sri Lankans Accusing India Of Cheating After 3rd T20I ‘Is Not Cricket’.

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A Sri Lankan posted the (at very top) “Indian Cricket the Real Face (Exposed)” video on Facebook on February 14, 2016. I immediately knew that it must have been in reaction to the India vs Sri Lanka 3rd T20I that too place that day in Visakhapatnam (India). I had not watched it yet but given how badly India thrashed Sri Lanka in the 2nd T20I, after SL’s surprisingly easy win in the 1st I had a feel that Sri Lankans were not happy about the result.

I finished watching the 3rd T20I yesterday. Yes, there were two (2) bad UMPIRING DECISIONS — and yes, both umpires were Indian. Actually there were a couple more questionable decisions but these two, that I ‘spell out’ above were what would have riled Sri Lankans.

The implication that MS Dhoni cheated because he appealed is not right. I was kind of surprised because he also broke the wicket to try and get a stumping — BUT he appealed for ‘caught behind’. IF it was a catch WHY did he bother to break the stumps. You can’t be out caught & stumped. The appeal, however, was instinctive. He didn’t stop and think about it. MS Dhoni has a hard-earned and well-deserved reputation for ONLY appealing when he thinks the batsman is out. He got it wrong this time BUT I for one don’t think he was cheating!

For a start the Indians had NO reason to cheat. Sri Lanka were 7 for 54 in the 11 over. Plus this was NOT a Test Match or an ODI. It was a T20I.

It was bad umpiring. I also don’t think the umpires were cheating. Yes, it would have been better if we had neutral umpires BUT that debate is now done and dusted. ICC umpires have to much at stake to want to cheat. TV replays highlight their decisions and they are rated for how well they did. Mistakes like this cost them in ranking — which translates into the fixtures they will be allowed to umpire in the future — and as such FUTURE income. That is the biggest motivator UNLESS of course they stand to make ‘millions’ on match fixing!

I am pretty harsh about match fixing and cheating — in the game that I love and have loved for 5 decades. But in this case I will NOT even come close to even thinking that the Indians cheated. They bowled well. There was some turn in the pitch and quite a few of the Sri Lankans batted LIKE I USED TO BAT! Smile.

I would like to SCRAP DRS and instead, in every Test, ODI and T20I, have each appeal and decision reviewed to avoid errors.


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Something Is Wrong With South Africa Captain Hashim Amla.

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amlafgdsgdMark my word, something is wrong with Hashim Amla — the captain of the woefully struggling South African’s in India.

I think he has among OTHER things an eyesight problem! In the First Day of the 4th Test against India, in Delhi, he dropped 3 slip catches. Amla dropping catches! I bet prior to that he probably hadn’t dropped three catches in a calendar year. Not right.

He is also getting out CHEAPLY. This used to be, just recently, the World’s #1 Batsman! Something is not right.

In the 3rd Test Match I noticed a MARKED bruise under his right eye. Did he get hit by a ball. That could have done some damage.

I like Amla. What is there not to like. Great cricketer and seems like an all-round nice guy.

BUT HE IS NOT A GOOD CAPTAIN.

His handling of Imran Tahir in the 3rd Test Match showed that — graphically. Not his fault. Being a cricket captain is not something you can be taught. You either have it in you or you don’t. Amla doesn’t. That is fine. Let him go back to being the World’s best opening bat.

He has made a LOT of bad decisions. Another is the omission of Quinton de Kock. Jesus wept. Quinton is class. The new openers. Quinton is better than all of them put together. Plus he is a better wicketkeeper than the one that is struggling like crazy.

And they have AB de Villiers, the ex-captain, in the team. This rotation of captains is silly. Yes, it is a very taxing job BUT if you are good at it, like AB was (and he is good at everything he does) let him have it for life.

So just a heads up. Mark my word. Remember this post.

No, with Hashim Amla, I don’t think there is any match fixing. WOW.


Sri Lanka Have To Have Thrown Away Christmas Day 4th ODI Against Pakistan — In Protest Of Being Forced To Play On A Holiday.

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Even by Sri Lanka’s often erratic standards this was quite a thrashing.

8 wickets and 8.5 overs to spare. It wasn’t even close. They were not even in the same league.

Lost the series too.

Then it occurred to me … and, as ever, I am the first to admit it. I am slow on the uptake. Always have been.

The Sri Lankan players, used to having Christmas off, irrespective of whether they worship their balls or not
(or even worse try to French kiss their bats) as you can often see on TV, must have decided to throw the match
— call it a day early.

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

He puts the ball on the ground and worships it too. I gag each and every time!

Nearly 9 overs short. That is like 45 minutes

Bravo to them. Well they showed that they have balls.

But, to be fair, it was probably done within the wider more
institutionalized framework of match fixing!

So that was a bonus for many.

Oh, dear … what has the world come to?

The Pakistani’s, who don’t celebrate Christmas, nonetheless got a wonderful Christmas present.
No wonder they are prancing around.

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Video (Streaming) Of Rain Ruined England v India ICC Champions Trophy 2013 FINAL — See Rohit Sharma Wicket, Ind. 38 For 1.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Go check, BUT I did say, two days ago, that this could be a rain ruined final.

Always a risk in England in June. Amazing that none of the 1975, 1979 and 1983 World Cup Finals at Lord’s saw any rain — and I was there, in person, at both the 1979 & 1983, in the ‘Mound Stand’ which was always my favorite perch.

So this has turned into a T20 bash. Very unbecoming. Obviously the cricket gods, as I said, are not happy.


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England v India ICC Champions Trophy 2013 FINAL In England, Home Match For Both Teams — How Convenient, How Cynical?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I have up until now tried to avoid thinking about match fixing when it comes to cricket.

In that I was kind of helped by the fact that most of the furor took place over a decade when I did not have the time nor the resources (in satellite access) to follow cricket on a daily basis. By then I had stopped my 10 year indulgence of having the London ‘Sunday Times’ air mailed to me each week so that I would have it by Wednesday to read over the weekend. This way, plus the two monthly cricket magazines that I had air-mailed, meant that I was usually only, at worst, 6 days behind on big cricket stories.

An England vs. India final in Birmingham! That is akin to Manchester United playing Manchester City in Manchester. Home ground for both teams.

Well, at least it is not a Lord’s Final. That would have bordered on sacrilegious, a fixed final at Lord’s — THOUGH I now have my doubts about the 1983 Final that West Indies somehow managed to lose. I was there. Yes, I was also there for the very entertaining 1979 Final.

I am not amused. This bothers me.

40% chance of rain in Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday, June 23, 2013, for this final. Maybe the cricket gods will intervene, but 40% isn’t that high a percentage for always gray, always dreary Birmingham.


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India THRASHES Sri Lanka To Go Into ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Finals. Watch The Free Videos. Is Match Fixing At Play?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Rohit Sharma of India getting 33 in 50 balls ... on their way to a resounding victory over the Sri Lankans ... and I suspect MATCH FIXING! Click to access video.

Rohit Sharma of India getting 33 in 50 balls … on their way to a resounding victory over the Sri Lankans … and I suspect MATCH FIXING! Click to access video.


Wow, Wow, Wow.

Come on. The Sri Lankans aren’t that bad. They can bat a bit. 181 in 50 overs. I don’t buy that.

Losing by 8 wickets with 15, yes 15, overs to spare.

I started to have suspicions yesterday. Now I am convinced.

This has to match fixing — and please don’t insult my intelligence, limited as it may be, that there is no match fixing. Match fixing as we are again learning re. IPL, is very much alive and kicking.

I don’t know. I am not happy. I don’t mind Sri Lanka losing. But …

South Africa Crushed By England In ICC Champions Trophy 2013 1st Semi-Final; Free Videos Already At ICC-Cricket.com. Match FIXED?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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So much for my belief that South Africa will go the extra mile to win this for Mandela!

Wow. Crushed like a dung beetle under the hooves of a water buffalo!

Amla only faced 3 balls and he is the #1 ODI batsman in the known universe?

AB feasting on duck?

Duminy 3?

OK. I have to ask. Are the South African back to the good ol’ days of FIXING MATCHES? This doesn’t look kosher to me.

I am suspicious. South Africa all out in 38.4 overs? Come on? Give me a break, even an off-break.

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