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Warner’s plea for missing baggy greens

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David Warner will wear an emergency replacement baggy green on day one of his final Test match at the SCG after revealing his two prized caps went missing in transit, prompting Pakistan captain Shan Masood to call for a nationwide search and government intervention ahead of the opener’s momentous farewell game.

On the eve of Australia’s third Test against Pakistan in Sydney, Warner posted a video on Instagram in a desperate attempt to locate multiple caps that did not make the trip from Melbourne to Sydney.

Warner says a backpack containing his two baggy green caps – including one given to him by Michael Slater before his Test debut against New Zealand in 2011 – has been taken from his luggage.

A baggy green cap is presented to an Australian cricketer when they make their Test debut and is arguably the most treasured possession in Australian sport.

“This is my last resort to do this,” Warner said in a video posted to his 10.7 million Instagram followers. “A couple of days ago, our bags got freighted via Qantas. We’ve gone through CCTV footage, they’ve got some blind spots apparently, we spoke to the Quay West Hotel who we absolutely trust and have gone through their cameras, no one’s come into our rooms.

“But unfortunately, someone has taken my backpack out of my actual luggage, which had my backpack and my girls’ presents in there [and] inside this backpack was my baggy greens. It’s sentimental to me, it’s something I would love to have back in my hands walking out there come this week. If it is the backpack you really wanted, I have a spare one here, you won’t get into trouble.

“Please reach out to Cricket Australia or myself via my social media and I’m happy to give this to you if you return my baggy greens.”

Warner addressed the media on Monday at the SCG and posed for photographs on his home ground.

(smh.com.au)

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SL women’s squad for ODI series against WI, announced

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The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee selected the following 16-member Sri Lanka squad to play the ODI series against the West Indies. 

The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Harin Fernando, approved the squad.

The ODI series will be played in MRICS, Hambantota, on the 15th, 18th, and 21st of June.

Squad : Chamari Athapaththu – Captain, Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Nilakshi De Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Hansima Karunaratne, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoshi Fernando, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala

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Sri Lanka’s bodybuilding team shines in Maldives

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Team Sri Lanka secured two gold medals and a bronze at the 14th South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship 2024.

Buddhika Prasanna clinched gold in the 180cm Athletic Physique category, while Sahan Dilruk brought in another gold in the Men’s Sports Physique 180cm category. Vishwa Tharuka meanwhile earned a bronze medal in the WBPF Sport Physique 175cm category. 

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Ali Sabry calls for comprehensive cricket reforms

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, who also chairs the Cabinet Sub-Committee examining issues within Sri Lanka Cricket, has called for substantial reforms in the nation’s cricketing infrastructure. 

The statement follows recent disappointments in the ICC World Cup 2023 and ICC T20 World Cup, which Minister Sabry views as indicative of deeper, systemic problems.

Minister Sabry emphasized that these challenges cannot be resolved with short-term solutions. 

Instead, he advocates for a “bold, professional approach” to free Sri Lankan cricket from those who have mismanaged it for personal gain. “Cricket is the heartbeat of Sri Lanka,” Sabry noted, highlighting the sport’s historical role in uniting the nation and bringing joy and pride to its people.

Key Points from the Minister’s Statement:

Cricket’s National Importance : 

Sabry stressed that cricket is not merely a sport but a reflection of Sri Lankan national spirit. Success should be measured by on-field victories and the inspiration it brings to the populace, rather than financial metrics.

Need for Reform : 

As chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee, Sabry underscored the urgent need for comprehensive reforms. He cited a report presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on January 1, 2024, which outlines a clear path forward for these reforms.

Legislative Changes :

The report recommends new legislation to overhaul the sports law and constitution governing Sri Lanka Cricket, a move seen as critical for the sport’s revival.

Sub-Committee’s Focus Areas:

1. Structural Reforms: Evaluating and proposing changes to the composition and structure of Sri Lanka Cricket.

2. Administration and Coaching: Enhancing the framework for administering, coaching, and ensuring the well-being of players across all levels, including national men’s and women’s teams, as well as under-19 and under-17 teams.

3. Good Governance : Implementing best practices to ensure transparency, professionalism, and accountability, benchmarking against successful systems in other test-playing countries.

4. Grassroots Development**: Revamping the feeder structure, including schools, district, provincial, and club-level cricket, to ensure meritocracy, equality, and equity.

Read the final report of the cabinet sub-committee 

Final report of the Cabinet… by Adaderana Online

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