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I Had No Idea That ‘Live Cricket’ On TV Actually Has Quite A Delay/Lag Built-In.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, of course, intrinsically I ‘knew’ that there must be a miniscule transmission/propagation delay & possibly a ‘x-second’ delay for bleeping out faux pas by commentators. But never realized that the delay could be long enough to be EXPLOITED by the ardent betting folks. WOW. What a world we live in.

I only found out about it today when I read that they had caught more people ‘cheating’ in the recent IPL 2021 games. I read on …. & learnt about this. I had to go check. I was amazed. WOW.

Yes, I know there is BIG money involved. But, still amazes I. Amazing. The wonders of this world never cease.


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All The Cricket Action Is Now On ‘ESPN+’, NOT ‘Willow TV’; ‘Willow’ TV Is Sucking Wind.

by Anura Guruge



There is plenty of LIVE cricket again
BUT NOT on Willow TV.


It would appear that Willow TV screwed up BIG TIME when it came to getting 2021 cricket series coverage licenses.

They have NO REAL, i.e., MEN’s International, cricket for the next 3.5-months. But, in the meantime some hard to ignore series are taking place: West Indies vs Sri Lanka T20 & Australia vs New Zealand. In past years these would have been on Willow TV. They had the ‘franchise’ for all those countries. But, not right now.

So, a BIG Heads Up. Don’t sign-up (or RENEW) Willow TV before checking what is coming up.

I was FORCED to check ESPN+. 12-, 13-years ago ESPN+ carried a lot of cricket. Then the likes of Willow stepped in. The tide seems to be turning again.

So, as I said, a Heads Up.


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Australia’s New T20 Cricket Shirt With Indigenous Design To Honor The Original Inhabitants Is STUNNING & Praiseworthy.

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I was stunned when I saw it last night. Wow. Wow. WOW.

Such a great & HUGE gesture. Well done Australia. I am PROUD of you. Us cricketers have such big hearts.

Stunningly beautiful shirts. I want one. I will buy one. Bravo. I am so happy.

You can find the details as to the designers, two females here. Check it out.


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The New ‘Lanka Premier League’ (LPL) T20 Cricket Tournament Is So Futile & Meaningless.

by Anura Guruge


Yes, we have a well-earned reputation for ‘monkey see, monkey do‘. So, we HAD TO DO a ‘Premier League‘ whether it made sense, was needed or was going to be productive.

Oh, NO. ‘Monkey See, Monkey Do‘.

We have just finished the Indian IPL — the 1st & best of its kind. Others have tried, but the IPL remains preeminent.

We already have ENOUGH Franchise T20 leagues. There is only so much you can watch, only so much you can take.

This is TOO MUCH. Too much. STOP. STOP.

I for one am NOT watching. Why bother watching it when there is plenty of INTERNATIONAL cricket, SA v Eng & Aus v Ind.

The LPL is a STUPID IDEA. Let it die after this inaugural season.

Monkey See, Monkey Do


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I Am Not Watching ‘IPL 2020’ Because I Refuse To Subscribe To Indian ‘Hotstar’ — Which I Find Repulsive.

by Anura Guruge


One of the worst outfits in the World.

They lie, they cheat & their coverage is HORRIBLE
in that they tell you the RESULT beforehand!


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Nothing to do with costs. Everything to do with how much I despise, resent & abhor bloody Hotstar U.S.

I avowed that I would never subscribe to them again, & I am not.

Yes, I am missing out on ‘IPL 2020’. So be it. I watched a BIT of poor quality highlights on YouTube & realize I can live without it.

Willow TV, to which I have an annual subscription, does NOT have streaming rights to ‘IPL 2020’ yet again. So, I can’t watch it on Sling on my Roku. I can’t get Willow TV per se. So. sod it.

IPL without the crowds looks pretty flaccid.

I will wait for more new cricket on Willow TV. I might even TRY to like the CPL!

SMILE.

But, one thing is for sure. I hate BLOODY Hotstar U.S. Indians at their worst.


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The 1947 “The Laws Of Cricket” Booklet, Published 1952 By The MCC For 1 Shilling.

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Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia.


My daughter found this buried in one of our many bookshelves. Easy to get lost. It is TINY; 4″x5.4″ & just 30-pages. So, it is incredibly thin.

Cute. My name, written rather shakily, cracks me up. I think this was when I was about 8. That would mean I got this sometime around 1961. Somebody must have got it for I.

1 Shilling in the U.K. No idea what it cost in Ceylon. It was sold by “Diana & Co. Ltd.” in Colombo. WOW. I just looked it up. They became “Cargills“!

I do not recall any other books that were STAMPED with the name of a shop. Strange. Kind of defacing it. Maybe this was their shop copy!

I knew a new Code of Cricket had come out ‘recently’. I had to go check. So, that was 2017.

Wow. Not many since 1788.

I am glad I have this cute little booklet.


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I Am, Of Course, Chuffed That Sir Ian Botham Will Be Lord Botham, BUT I Wish He Would Lose 40 Pounds.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From ‘Yahoo Sports’. Just Google for more.


Screen grab from YouTube.


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


Well, I said it 2-years AGO too. Click to access that post.


The notion of dear ol’ Beefy becoming a Lord is GRAND. He deserves it. Ian, everything said & done, is a GOOD MAN. I think he has a heart of gold & we all know he has done a tremendous amount for charity.

Of course I like Beefy. What is there, really, not to like. He is the epitome of a man’s man, a cricketer’s cricketer.

I just can’t fathom why he doesn’t take better care of himself.

Yes, he was always bordering on husky. And we all know he likes his food & DRINK. But, this is crazy.

He is such a role model.

Please, Beefy. Lose some weight. SMILE.


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England & West Indies Players & Umpires Take A Knee At The 1st Test — I CRIED!

by Anura Guruge





I have always said it, & I will gladly & proudly say it again. There is no other game like cricket. Push comes to shove we still always strive to ‘make it cricket‘. A genuine gentleman’s game — in the sense of ‘good manners’ & sportsmanship. Yes, yes, yes … we have had our incidents.

But, this was TRULY special.

I cried. Tears poured down my face. I was happy!

Very well organized & orchestrated. All the Windies had thin black gloves that they wore on their upraised, clenched fist arm. Very moving.

This was good for cricket. This was good for the World. Shame that Trump would NOT even understand. His loss.

Thank you, ALL.

This is why I truly love cricket.

#BlackLivesMatter.


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Willow TV (Cricket): New Customers Can Get It For Half The Price Paid By Existing Customers!

by Anura Guruge



Live cricket starts again
on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.

England vs. West Indies
from Southampton/West End (my old hometown).

Willow TV will have coverage.


Another, unforgivable, screw existing customers while trying to recruit new scheme. Yes, everybody tries it.

No, you can’t, if you are on the $10/month plan pick to pay $60, up front, and get 12-months. In a way, that is kind of crazy on Willow’s part. A punter is giving you $60 UPFRONT.

Well you know the solution. SMILE.

You have been told. No need to thank I. That is why I am here.


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