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ICC Should Take Religion Out Of Cricket — Forthwith.

by Anura Guruge


Keep religion God out of cricket Anura Guruge
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Watch the start of this YouTube video — 0:39 second mark.

And you will see what I am getting at.


Check YouTube for any and all videos from 2017 involving the Pakistan or Bangladesh teams.


Cricket has a wonderful camaraderie, exemplary behavior on the field and a very precise, and clear ‘Code of Conduct’ that makes sure that it remains THE sport of gentlemen and ladies.

In spirit of the multicultural, multiethnic and MULTIRELIGIOUS nature of cricket — even with the SAME team, e.g., Sri Lanka — we should take religion out of cricket.

I am talking ALL religions. I, as many know, am totally areligious — a reformed, born-again heathen. I have no axe to grind against any religion. I respect those of all religions but prefer if they kept their religion to themselves.

I really do NOT think God or gods play any role in cricket!

IF God chose who wins the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 how come the Israelites didn’t play cricket thousands of years ago.

IF you are an avid cricket fan YOU KNOW what I am talking about — and yes, the above YouTube video spells it all out.

DO NOT get me wrong. I like Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Some of my abiding cricket heroes are from Pakistan … Imran, Zaheer, Intikhab.

IF the truth be known I am very fond of Sarfraz Ahmed. I root for him, always. I am glad they won. They sure played one heck of a match. But, hearing ALL of them, on rote, claim that this was all due to “All mighty …” irks me. When they beat Australia, how do you think Steve Smith felt when he was subjected to that. Same God.

I never believed God picked sides in wars and always found in amusing that both the Allies and the Germans were constantly praying to the same God asking for the other side to be vanquished.

So, that is it ….

Lets just UPDATE our glorious ‘Code of Conduct’ to include that captains and players cannot reference any religions and religious figures during any public appearances.


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2017 ICC Champions Trophy Google Doodle Recycled With Emphasis On Playing Cricket On The Screen.

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Anura Guruge ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Google Doodle Cricket Play
It is fun and addictive. Beats working!

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Same Google Doodle as shown June 1, 2017
when the Championship started.

We are only at the Semi-Final stage, and ironically,
there are no matches, at all, at all, on June 13, 2017!


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Cricket Now Has Bat Sensors, Built By Intel — And They Are Being Used At The ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

by Anura Guruge



Click image to access the Intel Press Release talking about these bat sensors.


The bat sensor is on top of the handle, with the red surround.


I was watching the England vs New Zealand, ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match, live, on Willow, when I heard that both England openers, Jason Roy and Alex Hales, were using bat sensors — and they even managed to show a close-up of a sensor in-between overs.

I was intrigued BUT immediately knew what they were supposed to do. Basically another accelerometer-based sensor that would monitor bat speed, bat angle etc. And that is exactly what it does. Data is transmitted in real-time, via WiFi I guess, to the pavilion. If used by every batsmen they would provide a third means, behind Hot-Spot and Sniko/Ultra Edge to detect contact with a ball. Incredible. Cricket has come a long way from my days as a player and I am happy. All this technology makes it more competitive and exciting.


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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Playing Knock-Out ODIs In England Without Rain-Days Is Plain Crazy.

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Just into the 5th day and have already lost 2 matches to rain!

That is a 40% of the matches.

That is crazy, and unfair.

Given that rain is a given in England in June, they should have allocated 2-days per match.

The two ‘no results’ matches have given an unfair, undeserved edge to Bangladesh. They haven’t played well and should not be in any contention for a quarter-final match.


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Very Cool, Cute Animal-Themed, Interactive Google Doodle For The Start Of The 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

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Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Use above link to access original.
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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Complete Match Schedule June 1 To June 7.

by Anura Guruge



I needed this fixture list for my own viewing edification on Roku Sling Willow.

So, I thought I will share with YOU also — just in case you needed it too.

That is a lot of cricket. Even just watching the highlights I will be way behind by June 3. But, it should be fun. Rain will mess a few matches up. That is a given.


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ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Starts In England, At The London Oval, On June 1 — England v Bangladesh.

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Click image to access the OFFICIAL ICC Homepage for the Trophy.


Click image to access the ESPN ‘CricInfo’ Website for the Trophy.


That my West Indies are not playing puts damper on this as far as I am concerned — but, I appreciate that the Windies have not covered themselves in glory over the last few years.

Should be an interesting contest.

I tried to predict who might win and it, right now, looks like a toss up between: Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. Not sure that the current Sri Lankan team has sufficient firepower. India, as ever, could surprise. Pakistan, fresh off the tour of the West Indies, might not excel in this format.

But, let June 1, 2017 roll around. Who knows. Home Field advantage might spur England


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