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What is wrong with SL cricket? Who should take the blame?

For the third time, PakSLPAKistan won four matches in an ODI series of five matches against Sri Lanka. The previous such victory came in the ODI series in Sri Lanka in 1994 (Source: espncricinfo)

Another very painful series is ended. I know that it was a hard period for both fans and players. The thing that I can’t understand is why nothing has changed after England or Australia tournaments?

As most of us, even I could see from the faces of the players something’s drastically wrong. The captain lacked application. Experience means nothing if this kind of display continues. SL team should practice harder and get their mental strength: that will be the only way to win. Currently our team is lacking both of them when compared with other international squads.

Let’s take a step back see what are the major changes done after the World cup 2011.

  1. We have change our selection team
  2. Selected Marvan to our batting coach role
  3. Made Dilshan as the captain

Have all of these worked for us? My answer is NO. I think all these changes made the situation even worse.Cricket

I can’t understand why everything goes wrong with SL cricket? Few years ago I felt that SL team was da luckiest team in the world. But today I feel that I’m wrong. Other teams use young players and they success every time. But we? Better to play a new young team and get them experienced to match situations. What are we waiting for? To be all out 50?

So many excuses from Dilshan fingering to junior players without talking about his poor batting, and captaincy, I’m looking forward to see Dilshan on Friday night (T20), Our team mates must win T20 match and keep the ranking in 2nd position.

With the current form of SL cricketers, simply SL deserves the bottom most position in both the Test and the ODI Ranking Tables in the world. It seems they are going to get there sooner!!

Come on guys, as a real cricket lover in Sri Lanka I hope our team will come back their natural form from upcoming SA tournament. I am banking on Sanga stepping up big time in the upcoming series and carrying the side like he did v Pak.

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If a star is a 1000 light years away, sky we seeing now can be an Illusion of time

I observed that the sky is pretty clear last night after a continuous rain which was there from the morning. From nowhere I suddenly wanted to set up my good old telescope (which I got as a gift from my father about 8 years back) just for fun. So I set it up in my balcony and started to stare at the sky. Well there were few clouds but I can still see the stars.

As I stared at the sky (rather stars) I had this very strange an funny question which has no direct answer, I asked myself, if we are looking at a star 1000 light years away is it possible that the star no longer exists? Is it possible that the billions of stars we are seeing in the night sky may have died long ago? There is pretty good possibility of sky being just an illusion for us.

Most of the stars in the universe are more than 1000 light years away from us. So actually the stars that we see now might not even exist at this time but we can still see it due to fact of the speed of light. Since the light we see from distant stars and galaxies took many years to get here, we have no timely data to know whether those objects still exist. The distances are just too vast. The conventional thinking is that stars can exist for billions of years before they consume all their available fuel and finally blow up or collapse so it’s reasonable to assume that they are still there but we can never really know for sure.

For example, a star called Betelgeuse might have already gone supernova, but we might not see it for the next few hundreds of years. :(

Is this reasonably accurate? If this is accurate night sky is just an illusion for human beings. Too bad.

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Why did I become a project manager? Why do I remain as a project manager?

Today I woke up with a terrible cold and bit of a flue for my American friends. :) Running out to my car 15 minutes earlier than the normal time that I’m leaving usually, just to get some quick medicine on the way, and asking myself, “Why am I doing this?”. Well that answer is quite simple. I have a client who needs my help today and have to submit a draft proposal for a potential project.

Becoming a project manager was an evolution for me; evolution in that I kept falling into scenarios that leave me managing people temporarily from various departments and working to build human workflows between the fortress of IT and the ever changing landscape of the business in various types of clients including fortune 500 companies.

I started my career (right after the first degree) as a business analyst and I found that it’s not my type of job. So I requested from my management to assign me a small scale project. But at that time there was no such position called project manager in the organization. But they gave me a project to start work on and I got a perfect superior (who was my line manager) who has extraordinary skills in organizing. He always ensured to direct me in the correct path. He never made my life easier and due to that I did learn a lot from him.

I continue to be a project manager because it is my chosen profession. I choose to continue. I choose to seek out new clients who need my teams help and support. I choose to get scolded form my loved ones and family members for doing work all the time. I choose to work 12 hours per day even in the holidays. But believe me; I really like this work and start digging further towards the end goal.

I guess the bigger question now is “Why do I remain as a project manager?” You see, project management gives me the variety that my personality type desires in the workplace. No single day is ever the same to me. Very challenging and I find it very interesting too. I know there are plenty of opportunities out there that also give you that same variety, but there are plenty of ones that don’t. I recognize in myself that I am the type of person that would get bored easily in other roles.

Being a project manager also helps me because it is the perfect role to leverage my natural strengths: Organizational skills, people skills, communication skills, ability to deal effectively in ambiguous situations, and it just happens I like having the responsibility and control to make a difference. The challenges that come with Project Management keeps the work interesting, and let’s face it, not everybody can do it. I take pride in my profession, and enjoy the opportunity to continuously learn and lead.

Last but not least I must tell that all the teams and each individual was in the team that I’ve managed so far is simply great and awesome.

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