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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 11:40 on 29th Apr 2014

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memphis1964 Wrote:
You can also get your fingers burnt after the the dates are confirmed in that part of the world!!!!!!!! Sri Lanka 07 and World cup in India.


Very true!
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 12:03 on 29th Apr 2014

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Pete Brandon1 Wrote:
Big Harvey Wrote:
Pete Brandon1 Wrote:
Just had this from the Barmy Army, what a pile of poo.


Why do you think that?


3 games in Colombo (been twice, not really bothered about going again), only one by the coast and nothing in Galle.

If the fixtures do stay like this I may combine a couple of games with a week at the beach.

It's not like it's proper crickeeet, more an excuse to go back to one of my fave countries.


My thoughts on seeing that itinerary were actually positive apart from it being all one dayers and no T20s. Do we really need (or want) 7 match ODI series?! For the Colombo and Hambantota games the new motorway would make it feasible for you to base yourself in Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Marissa, or the like, enabling plenty of beach time. The trip up to Dambulla would be a bit gruelling, but if you didn't fancy that, skip it in favour of a couple more days on the beach or sightseeing before heading up to Kandy. For the final Colombo game you could base yourself in Negombo, which although not as nice as the resorts down South is extremely handy for the airport. That's assuming they go with that itinerary of course!

Galle isn't normally used for one dayers because it doesn't have lights.
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ferret
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 17:50 on 18th May 2014

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7 ODI matches which clown agreed to that? A very needless series.Preperation for the world cup in Aus and NZ on very different pitches . By the time they get to the world cup they will all be injured or tired. Bring back the old days of proper series or tours of a few tests and a couple of ODIs in one country . The players don't know where they are here there every bloody where. Madness
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 20:03 on 18th May 2014

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ferret Wrote:
7 ODI matches which clown agreed to that? A very needless series.Preperation for the world cup in Aus and NZ on very different pitches . By the time they get to the world cup they will all be injured or tired. Bring back the old days of proper series or tours of a few tests and a couple of ODIs in one country . The players don't know where they are here there every bloody where. Madness


Even aside from the stench of corruption, cricket's looking pretty screwed at the moment, isn't it?

A bunch of us was discussing it at the Scotland ODI. People were asking what's happened to the forum, which has never been quieter. Of course,some of it might be down to a lot of people using social networking sites instead nowadays, but the biggest issue is that we've had a surfeit of Ashes cricket, followed by no really attractive tours for ages.

Test cricket seems to have been put on hold on the run-up to the World Cup, which (much as I love the competition) could hardly have been made less attractive to fans who might otherwise have been interested in going. In this instance the issue isn't ticket pricing, but the horrendous expense of travelling between venues spread over vast distances and more than one country. I bet if all the games in our group were hosted in New Zealand, for example, loads of people would have wanted to go. Expats will no doubt turn out in force at each venue, but not many seem to be planning to make the trip from England, and most of us who are only seem to be planning on going to 3 or 4 games rather than the whole lot.

Meanwhile the only Test cricket of the winter is against a weak West Indies side, likely to either have players missing due to IPL commitments or looking completely fed up due to missing out on IPL paydays. Maybe one or two of our players will be feeling the same. What's more, the WICB for whatever reason (inter-island bickering or international politicking) can't even seem to agree on venues, let alone dates.

Add to that the feeling of Ashes fatigue, with YET ANOTHER Ashes series coming up next summer, and I detect the palates of England fans getting distictly jaded.
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fernando
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 13:53 on 6th Jun 2014

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www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/27734903.

There you go.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 21:29 on 6th Jun 2014

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fernando Wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cricket/27734903.

There you go.


Thanks for that! To avoid newcomers getting confused with all the provisional itineraries posted on this thread, I'll post a sticky with these dates on them.
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gideonellis@hotmail.com
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 21:46 on 8th Jun 2014

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Sri Lanka is indeed a beautiful country and the people as welcoming as any I've met but there's no way i can take three weeks off work to watch a maximum of seven one dayers. The time they're spending there they could have got at least one test in, perhaps even two.

What I remember so well about the SL boards glorious decison to charge us ten times what they had our anitipodean cousins is how the locals laughed. Not out of malice but a benign sympathy that their own board could be so greedy. £25 isn't bad for a day's international cricket but being taken the piss out of hardly endears me to use scarce holiday that could be used for watching other cricket.

Just a thought about Big Harvey's point about why cricket is in the doldrums, I'm tempted to feel that way England played, even surrendered in Chittagong to the Netherlands hasn't helped. Every Bangladeshi I spoke to afterwards wanted to have a chuckle about it afterwards, despite their own ignominous exit.
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Sri Lanka Dates [Merged]
PostPosted: 11:30 on 9th Jun 2014

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gideonellis@hotmail.com Wrote:
Sri Lanka is indeed a beautiful country and the people as welcoming as any I've met but there's no way i can take three weeks off work to watch a maximum of seven one dayers. The time they're spending there they could have got at least one test in, perhaps even two.

What I remember so well about the SL boards glorious decison to charge us ten times what they had our anitipodean cousins is how the locals laughed. Not out of malice but a benign sympathy that their own board could be so greedy. £25 isn't bad for a day's international cricket but being taken the piss out of hardly endears me to use scarce holiday that could be used for watching other cricket.

Just a thought about Big Harvey's point about why cricket is in the doldrums, I'm tempted to feel that way England played, even surrendered in Chittagong to the Netherlands hasn't helped. Every Bangladeshi I spoke to afterwards wanted to have a chuckle about it afterwards, despite their own ignominous exit.


They will chuckle all the more after our self appointed elevation as one of the three saviours of the game.
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