AN­OTHER CHANCE FOR SRI LANKA

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - LIFE -

It’s an­other game in an­other park. By­gones are by­gones and get on with a game anew while West In­di­ans boast­fully speak of a three zero black wash is in the mak­ing. Over con­fi­dence can cause bal­loons to bust?

An ul­tra Sri Lankan sup­porter for any na­tional cause, was fan­ci­fully iden­ti­fied by the ICC po­lice­man be­long­ing to a ‘casino crowd’ with threats ut­tered of an ouster stripped of the press pass (who cares but file ac­tion by way of dam­ages) by a white dis­ci­plinar­ian, long de­parted from Trinidad af­ter hav­ing dis­tanced our boys from the vis­it­ing sup­port­ers from the USA and Canada. Mustapha O! Mustapha, is it not time for you to smother the shoul­der of Guru or Haturu wait­ing for the com­fort zone with the ap­pear­ance and dis­ap­pear­ance of a white peril… leav­ing in­struc­tions that af­fects our state of play? Mr. Com­pe­tent Author­ity you can­not bolt the door to fall asleep?

Team man­age­ment seems crip­pled not know­ing what to do next with a Com­pe­tent Author­ity fid­dling; came out of jail un­hurt pre­pared to help the team if sought while the com­pe­tent author­ity was be­ing pho­tographed watched over by his beloveds. Such is the game in this is­land in the sun.

Hardly knew St Lu­cia was an­other sov­er­eign state in the Caribbean Is­lands till fill­ing forms to seek an ar­rival visa. A small par­ti­cle in a group of is­lands known as the Wind­ward Is­lands where St Lu­cia’s con­tri­bu­tion to cricket came in the form of Dar­rel Sammy the man who won the World Cup in 20/20 in Colombo. He is the only reg­u­lar test player from St Lu­cia from the time cricket was played in the West Indies from the year 1930 and right­fully has the sta­dium in the cap­i­tal Rogers Bay named af­ter him. Windies are amused we have four cricket sta­di­ums named af­ter politi­cians - Pre­madasa, Ra­japakse, Mooneku­lama and Ty­ronne Fer­nando. Why is pub­lic opin­ion so neg­a­tive when such giants as C. Ivers Gu­nasek­era, Ar­juna Ranatunga, Arvinda de Silva and Mut­ti­aha Mu­ralitha­ran are side­lined while the pan­sies ride the show­boat us­ing pub­lic build­ing blocks to enhance their pri­vate egos!

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