13th October 2015
The Caribbean cricket podcast
Midweek Edition: Talking to Aruna Amirthanayagam – Previewing the Sri Lanka v West Indies series
Welcome to this special edition of The Willow in the WIndies.
I was joined on this midweek extra by my old friend Aruna Amirthanayagam, who I got to know in Barbados – he now resides in the United States – but who hails originally from Sri Lanka.
We looked at the upcoming Test between Sri Lanka and West Indies, to be played for the Sobers/Tissera Trophy – who coincidentally Aruna saw play as the opposing skippers when WIndies visited Ceylon (as it then was) back in 1967.
Aruna provided some background to Tissera’s playing career and his contribution to Sri Lankan cricket, and shared his own memories of watching the WIndies heroes of ’67 play.
Aruna told me he felt the hosts would still have enough batting to win the series without the recently retired Sangakkara and Jayawardene; and gave us some background to the new players in their batting line-up; and also the challenges the Sri Lankan bowlers will present to the visitors, and what we should expect from the pitches.
Aruna also shared his opinion on the emerging young West Indian cricketers in their squad. He felt Sri Lanka are favourites for the Tests and ODIs, but that WIndies are favourites for the T20s.
Aruna also revealed he hopes to go and watch the Shane Warne/Sachin Tendulkar T20 matches in the USA; and we shared our own personal early memories of watching Sri Lanka – Aruna of witnessing their World Cup triumph in 1996, and their very first Test Match v England in 1982; while I saw Sri Lanka’s first Test at Lord’s in 1984 – and we recalled some of Sri Lanka’s early greats.