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I.P.L. Cricket, Film Stars, Politics and Money

Politics and Money have ruined Gentleman’s Cricket, as it was known in the past.
I.C.C. CEO’s did not see it coming or did not wish to see it that way, anyway.
Final nail in the coffin was sending young cricketers to prison.
There was no rehabilitation for players.
Banning them for life or sending them to prison won’t solve any of the problems now ingrained in cricket.
It will worsen and  young blood with correct frame of mind will not contemplate cricket as a career.
It is not worth the trouble.
In this background England will become the best test playing country.
But it has no meaning to Indians who are cricket fanatics.
Ultimately test cricket will also die a natural death.
What is happening in Australia is the dress rehearsal for test cricket.
It happened to great West Indies.
It will happen to India.
It has already happened to Sri-Lanka.
In Ceylon what ruined can be put in two words.
Politics and Money.
In India it were I.P.L, Film Stars and book makers.
I.P.L is an embodiment of money and the corruption that goes with it.
I saw it coming and stop watching cricket at all.
It is a blessing in disguise and I could now concentrate more on other vices.
Watching New Zealand Rugby (not Sri-Lankan) more entertaining that cricket.
R.I.P for cricket in Asia.
Unfortunately, I have to say this before the Asia Cup.
If anybody watches these games he or she has to get his/her mind tested by a psychologist who does not understand what is cricket.
We all had this disease and thank god I am fully cured due to our politicians.
When politicians take control of sports there is no turnaround.
It will remain corrupt to the core and become more and more corrupt.

I.P.L., Cricket,Politics and Money

I.P.L., Cricket,Politics and Money
I made few decisions sometime ago and they were the right decisions and I spend more time on Linux and Linux games now instead of cricket.
One of these decisions was to not to write about Sri-Lankan cricket.

Cricket Administration (Sri-Lankan) was so rotten and digging its dirty linen in public was not my intention and let mediocre journalists do that for their own living.
Second was I will watch only when it is played in good spirit and irrespective of the side to or the country one belongs when a player players a good innings enjoy the moment and praise the praiseworthy and condemn the bad acts.

I am not Jeffry Boycott and I love listening to him on the BBC radio like terry Vaughan the Irishman.
Mind you there is an Irishman playing cricket in a flamboyant one day style English Team.
Can you believe that?

He always says don’t be diplomatic and his Yorkshire humour reminds me of the my Yorkshire time, which was very plesant.

What it means is do not be partisan or make political capital out of cricket like the cheap Indian and Sri-Lankan soap opera (yesteryear) actors turned politicians.
I also hate people who take up politics while wielding a cricket bat and we have ample in this country.
I may sound anti-Sri-Lankan (I am anti-politician, does not matter which side they are in, who are corrupt to the core) too but that is my nature.
I may sound anti-Indian and but certainly not in Cricket and one example will clear any doubts.
There are many but I will state only one.
When Vivendra Shrawag, one of my favorite opening batsmen was denied a century by letting 4 byes and balling a noball next (all three of them are in our Sri-Lankan Team currently and it is a shame) and when his sixer was not allowed or counted, within seconds I vented my anger and blogged it.

This match was played in preparation for the world cup and we were the least prepared team then and it was wonder we came that far afterward.

That is the lowest we have gone ( on the field and off the field must be too numerous to mention from selection to ground preparations) and on that count alone we did not deserve to win the world cup.

There are many including a bogus doctor looking after our team and many political insinuations.

The second incident was when Andrew Srauss played a brilliant innings and match was drawn in the Wold cup.
I said, a Star of Wonder was born for England and everybody was prepared to dish him out of cricket after their elimination at our hands in the world cup.
He may not be a brilliant tactician but a very good cricketer and today he proved beyond any doubt (by beating India comprehensively) that he is a test class player.
Now coming to what happened to India?
Many will be written in India but I will be brief.
It is the IPL which started the rot.

There was easy entry for Indian (Pakistani too) businessmen and bookies who were only interested in money spinning that ruined the cricket in general and Indian cricket particularly.

In this context Ravi Bopara’s act of not accepting the IPL should be commendable.

The second factor is too much of cricket and ICC should take the full blame for it (the CEOs also looking at money but not players welfare).

I feel sorry for Shrawag, Dravid and Tendukar (they have done enough for Indian cricket) but not for the rest of the team or on the bench who came up from IPL ranking and showing how good they are to the world.

I have no sympathy for Dhoni too.
He has to take the blame for not saying enough to BCCI and standing up to them and saying my warriors are battle fatigued and they need a decent rest in between major fixtures.
That is his crime.

I cannot forgive him for that error of judgement.

IPL in essence ruined our cricketers (Sri-Lankan) and our young prospects too and we won’t recover for decades.

That I do not care.

We present Sri-Lankan who cannot even fill a form in Eglish at an airport love to have air ticket free and money on the sly, often illegal foreign exchange and lot of other dealing besides cricket (that include journalists, commentators and perhaps umpires too if not cricketers and their affiliated guys and girls).

What we need is national integration not too much of cricket or too much Sinhala jubilation’s.
I thank gods for losing the Worlds Cup (we made billions of Indians happy) and in England.
If we won our politicians will be basking in sunshine and doing sweet nothing for corruption at all levels.
They have to work hard and show the voters that they are worth the 5 years pension they get for doing sweet nothing for five years.

How to make a Hot ABI-Word Soup out of Word Processing (Mallum) Noodles

I was writing a small booklet from the gathering of various pieces of my writing, not related to y blogging of course.

 Blogging and copying one web format to another can be a noodle soup with entangled code soup if you paste from one web application to another even though web format is a standard without jargon or macros.

 But due to universal presence of Java applets that creep into the web format that is also can be pain in the ass.

 But nothing to compare with Word processing applications from Microsoft to Word Perfect to K-office to Open Office to LibreOffice.

 I had done the formatting in all of the above and when I wanted to get that to print form for a particular length and breath of the book the macros were playing Pandu (Cricket).

 After 24 hours of struggling with K-Office and Open Office, I decided to give up.

 What ever I did a macro from five years ago will creep in and none were print ready in spite of conversion to PDF.

 I decided to remove macros.

 Can you guess.

In earlier edition of Open Office before it became a Gorilla and much bigger than Microsoft Word sometimes, Open office 1 and 2 let you remove the macros and when I had the same problem when finishing my thesis and get print format ready I used them.

 Even I find LibreOffice is a pain in the neck.

 So what I did was import the document over 100 pages to a ABiWord, my dear friend, now very versatile.

 With 3 hours of juggling I removed all irritating formatting macros and got it less heavy.

 Mind you I could not change the colour blue (I use blue for eye pleasing effect) to black in some part of the document due to so much of background macros.

 I saved the document in abi format.


Luckily Abiword does not have page formatting ability and my current page layout of 6 by 9 inches were left untouched.


Then I forgot I have to post a blog in the morning and I did not want to write something long having worked three hours on the trot on a word document of 100 pages.

 If you are stuck only ABiword will help you to remove macros.

 I kept the the page size and number of pages to my original plans but few pages less than the original.

 Not only that I saved huge amount of memory and when I upload it to America it will be quick too.

 There is always a package in Linux to bail you out and for 24 hours I am going to sleep without typing a word.

 It will be 24 hours before you get a post from me.

Thank god we are on industrial action and today is Saturday.


Please excuse me for the typos.


I will edit them when I get up.


Update including Cricket

I hope above blog post done in only ten minutes before I went to sleep needed, another 25 minutes of editing and looking for typos.

I was I was listening to BBC radio and listening to cricket and I had to give up editing and went down to my son’s room and peo TV was blocked for (cricket from UK) then I had make my wife to move out to answer a call to get to the digital TV (Capture card)and tune into Eye Channel and was able see to Mahela’s mastery.

Take my word, they are the modern version of Rohan Kanhaie and Kallicherran of yesteryear West Indies. 

This I said long time ago when they were young

I will not miss a match when Mahela is on song.

Sanga should learn a lesson or two from Mahela.

West Indies cricketres who are young and never seen the two classy players mentioned above should watch Mahela and Sanga play limited over games and believe that they can produce high class players (there problem is batting once Lara was gone).

The difference in the above two players as opposed to Sri-Lankan players were they always played like that every time they came to the crease, limited or not.


I never missed them when they came to Colombo on short visits (including great Westly Hall, Greenich and Griffith and I think Lance Gibbs the spinner).

Sorbers I have not seen playing live.


There is a documentary on West Indian cricket of yesteryear produced by a cricket loving Englishman. Everybody who is a cricket liver should see that documentary including West Indians.


Without them cricket will be dead the way Indians cronies (not players) not West Indian who are marketing cricket like tooth paste and soap opera (Bollywood style).


I hope west Indies stop fighting and play gentleman cricket and beat India who has become too big for comfort for any cricket (IPL included.) 

They actually gave Indian a wake up call and  scare.

If not for Dravid, the Wall (a real mature cricketer of class, whom I like very much) I will be rubbing salt on their woulds.

Dravid was one player who was very badly treated by Indian Cricket Selectors, who thinks that any Indian who can play soft ball cricket can represent India.

Now that Kersten is gone like in Sri-lanka (political involvement) all the cronies will get in to ruin Indian Cricket Board and ICC.

On a finer note my daughter, my wife and the Gon Bass (work supervisor) did not let me sleep even three hours at a stretch and woke me up three times on three different occasions in spite of the fact it was a Saturday.

My dog was the only considerate soul who did not disturb my sleep but left a big poo in the living room to state emphatically, industrial action all right I need to go out and I am not a prisoner on hold like in Guanthhimala Bay.

I got the message and decided to regularize my daily routines at least with the dog.

Coming back to ABiWord, it has 30 odd different formats including PDF and LaTex.

Its Pdf file is so light and opens in a Flash.

Who needs Adobe Flash anyway?

I have now decided to learn LaTeX as soon as possible before I am too old (grumpy dog) to learn a new tricks to please the master, from above the Maha Brahma.

I think LaTeX would take even less code behind the keyboard.

Learn it now if you are a young person.