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Alastair Cook: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Alastair Cook catching in the nets at Adelaide...

What he said:

“The cricketing gods might look down in a bit of disgust.”

Alastair Cook is not too happy with Sri Lankan batters, who appeared to lose sight of the target in the attempt to ensure that Dinesh Chandimal reached his century at Lord’s.

What he really meant:

“The rain gods did not oblige us with a wash-out. Why should they favour Sri Lanka and particularly Dinesh Chandimal? ”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I would not have had much to say had Sri Lanka batted first.”

“I’d better say something critical before any one points out how long I took to make my ton.”

Weekend Cricket Diary:Shivnarine Chanderpaul , English triumvirate and Gayle storms

Shivnarine Chanderpaul—the leading Guyanese ru...

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6th May 2011

Shivnarine Chanderpaul straight-batted the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB) once more with his straight talk.

Speaking to Line and Length, a local radio station, the seasoned campaigner slammed the West Indian management as ‘interfering’.

“I think, given the opportunity, I might have got bigger scores. Every time I settled in and started to get runs, messages would come telling what to do and what not to do, how to bat and how not to bat.” said the Guyanese.

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Spirit Of The Game:Will and Grace

Sri Lanka's cricketer Kumar Sangakkara smiles during a news conference for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) foundation celebrity cricket match in Colombo June 2, 2010. The IIFA awards will take place in Colombo from the 3rd to 5th of June 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT ENTERTAINMENT CRICKET)

The fallout of the condemnatory reaction to the no- ball incident has been swift in its dénouement.

Suraj Randiv has been suspended for the next game and fined 100% of his match fee.

Tillekaratne Dilshan has forfeited his entire match fee as well.

Tillakaratne Dilshan.

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Kumara Sangakarra gets off with just a slap on the wrist – not even a perfunctory rap on the knuckles.

The Sri Lankan cricket board was quick to react and ordered an enquiry into the unsavory affair.

The Sri Lankan board comes out smelling like roses; it has been commended by the ICC for its speedy resolution of the controversy. The Spirit Of The Game has been enforced.

The same cannot be said of the other protagonists in L’affaire No Ball.


Quote of the day:
For most folks, no news is good news; for the press, good news is not news. – Gloria Borger

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