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The Vatican Now Has A Cricket Team — Proving That They Are, Under The New Pope, Getting Much More HIP And Civilized.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to read NBC coverage …


Hollywood has a celebrated cricket club that has been in existence since 1932.

There are cricket clubs all over the U.S. — anywhere where you can find a few hundred brown folks living. I played cricket in Cambridge, MA in 1992. I have seen a dozen cricket games in progress, on a Saturday afternoon, in D.C., around the Tidal Basin.

So it is time that the Vatican did get a cricket team. There are a lot of priests and seminarians in Rome from India, Australia and South Africa. All three of the players shown in the above photograph appear to be brownies, with the batsman possibly from Sri Lanka!

This is good. Cricket is the game of gods. Why else do you think that the most famous of cricket grounds in the world, in Marylebone, in London, is called Lord’s? look it up, if you don’t believe me.

Have YOU Been Watching The Latest (34th) “America’s Cup” Races From San Francisco? Wow. Today MIGHT Be Last Day.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access the official "America's Cup" Website.

Click to access the official “America’s Cup” Website.


Wow. Wow. Wow.

This year’s boats don’t sail. THEY FLY. It is bloody amazing to watch. NASCAR, which I find tediously boring and would rather sit on my steps and watch the grass grow, has nothing on this. This is Formula 1 on water.

And the TV coverage technology. Mind blowing.

Plus the COMPETITION. Larry Ellison’s Oracle U.S. money & technology against Emirates-financed bravado from the cricket and rugby playing ‘All Black’ New Zealanders (though I always get confused watching the TV because the Kiwis are using a red flying machine while Oracle has a black one).

Sailing is not my thing. I was into motor boats. But, I love speed whether it be with cars, running, skiing, boats, computers, planes … The America’s Cup is all about speed and technology. Wow. Wow. Wow.

A couple of nights ago I heard an NBC commentator claim that the America’s Cup was the world’s OLDEST International sporting trophy. I was sure that he was wrong. International cricket goes back a long time. But, I went and checked. He was right. I was mistaken. ‘The Ashes’ is 20 years younger!

I was introduced the America’s Cup by Gregory W. Koss, my most loyal and lucrative client when I used to be a consultant. He hired me, more or less on a daily basis, for over a decade across multiple companies spanning: CrossComm, Andrew, Sonoma and SavaJe. Greg was and still is a passionate and very capable sailor. His lifelong ambition was to sail in the America’s Cup — ideally emulating Larry Ellison. In 2002 he might have got close but the dot,com bust kind of put paid to that. Greg still follows the Cup avidly. Greg is a member of the New York Yacht Club which as its Club House in Newport, RI. That is the symbolic home of the America’s Cup. Given that Greg is one of the most hospitable and generous Americans I have ever had the fortune of meeting he invited me to the Club. I got to see all the pictures and memorabilia. I loved it.

I keep on promising myself that I will follow the Cup. I really haven’t because time has been scarce. This year I caught the last few races. I have about 9 hours on ‘tape’ (DVR) right now.

Today could be the last day and NBC is not covering it. I am bummed. I am contacting as many folks as I can to get it put right.

There is an underlying story here too. The All Blacks, no doubt using American technology, is beating Oracle on the technology front! Kind of funny. Larry must be livid. He is being kind of humiliation. Adds to the drama.

ICC World Twenty20 2012 Final, WI v SL In Colombo, October 7: The Video Highlights


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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T20 World Cup WI v SL, ESPN HD quality 15 minute video

Click for ESPN HD quality 15 minute video


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Livid About ESPN’s Lack Of TV Coverage Of The ICC World Twenty20 2012. I Am Beyond Bummed!Oct. 9, 2012.

Here are 4 links I have found so far:

1/ 74 minute highlights video, quality that not great, from ‘cricketcountry.com’.

2/ 55 minute highlights video on YouTube — of decent quality.

3/ 89 minute highlights video highlights from 4cric.com; very poor quality.

4/ 15 minute HD quality video on ESPN.


Even prior to this gem of an innings I have been following and watching Marlon Samuels with growing fascination and admiration. I think he is the best of the current crop and reminds me of an amalgamation of Gordon Greenidge, Larry Gomes and Desmond Haynes! That can’t be bad. He has, however, been playing at International level for 12 years. So he has to consolidate and really get moving from here.

Click image to read the ‘MSN Sports UK’ coverage of the Final.

Livid About ESPN’s Lack Of TV Coverage Of The ICC World Twenty20 2012. I Am Beyond Bummed!


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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ICC World T20 Finals

Click image to access the ‘ESPN Video’ 15 minute highlights of the ICC World T20 Finals between Sri Lanka and West Indies, October 7, 2012.


What a GREAT uplifting image … from AFP posted at ‘cricinfo’. Click image to see FULL size image


As far as I can remember, all my life, I have been cricket MAD. It is still the abiding passion of my life, a just very few things getting precedence over my addiction to cricket. As a boy growing up in Ceylon I played some form of cricket everyday; if it was raining making do in our garage. My desire to study and analyze subjects in depth, to be a ‘guru’ on a subject, started with cricket. I would study the science of cricket for hours on end. I was good at reading games. Yes, I played, never that well BUT always memorably to all concerned. Yes, people would come to watch me, at all levels, just for the sheer entertainment value I would provide. Nobody, especially me, would be sure what I would do, but invariably there would be a flash of genius followed by long periods of ignominy. But, those flashes, though always fleeting, amused people. I played with gusto. All heart. No discipline. Non-stop action. I watched a LOT of cricket too. I was a member of ‘Hampshire Cricket Club’ and ‘Middlesex Cricket Club’ and was a regular fixture in the Grandstands at most home games.

I saw, in person, all of the GREAT players on the 1970s and 1980s; Barry Richards, Imran Kahn, Mike Proctor, Richard Hadlee, Andy Roberts, Viv Richards, Gordon Greenidge and all the British players. I ‘knew’ many of them from all the times we would be at the same place at the same time. I was there in Southampton the day a 19 year old Malcolm Marshall made his debut on a cold, April day. He bowled terribly and dropped a catch. Me, from my customary perch in the Stands, shouted out: ‘give him a bucket’. I cried when he died.

My son’s middle name is ‘Gordon’, after Gordon Greenidge. I was blessed to see a LOT of Gordon, both for Hampshire and the West Indies. Given that Gordon, Andy and Malcolm, all played for Hampshire (to which I belonged) and Viv played for Somerset (which was my 2nd home in those days), I was a HUGE West Indies fan.

Yes, I was there in 1979 when they won the World Cup.


That very, very briefly was a BIT about me and cricket before I moved to the States in 1985. During the first 10 years I still followed cricket quite a bit. I used to have the London ‘Sunday Times’ air mailed to me. I used to also get both cricket magazines from the U.K. delivered. Plus, I used to go back. During my first two years I used to fly back for weekends — and get a day of watching cricket in, at Lord’s, on Saturday! Fly out Friday night, fly back Sunday afternoon. back at work Monday morning.

Two years ago, I ditched Metrocast and got DISH. DISH offered 3-channels of 24×7 cricket for $20/month. Since this is my only indulgence is life, I rationalized that I can afford it. So, I have the DISH cricket package.

When I first subscribed, DISH did not bother to maintain the Program Guide for those 3 networks; i.e., you had no idea what was going to be shown. All that the ONLINE program guide would say was: cricket, cricket, cricket …

Took me 3 months to get that FIXED. They just could not understand. I had to keep on explaining that it would be like subscribing to HBO and having the guide just say: movie, movie, movie …

I did chronicle my woes … here. Check it out.



So we now come to the ICC World Twenty20 2012 T20 world cup that was held in Sri Lanka (the country of my birth) from September 18 to October 7, 2012.

Willow, Ten Cricket nor NEO Cricket had coverage of it.

The bloody ICC had sold the U.S. and Caribbean rights to SBOs at ESPN. What the heck do the clowns at ESPN no about cricket. Cricket is way, way too subtle and cerebral for those that can only appreciate crash-AD-bang-AD-wallop-AD sports.

I can’t find any bloody TV coverage of the T20 World Cup by ESPN. I don’t want to watch it on my PC. Yes, I have a 27″ HD screen, and yes it looks good, BUT I have a 47″ HD screen and that is where I want to watch the cricket — FULL SCREEN.

Bloody ESPN. May all of them get the POX.