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Vijay Sethupathi leaves Muttiah Muralitharan biopic 800 after severe backlash



Muttiah Muralitharan has requested Vijay Sethupathi to turn down his biopic 800 after severe backlash.


Vijay Sethupathi has walked out of 800, the biopic of Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan. In a statement, Muralitharan requested Vijay Sethupathi to opt out of the biopic after severe backlash on social media.

Vijay Sethupathi has opted out of 800, the biopic of former Sri Lankan cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan after severe social media backlash. Muttiah Muralitharan, in a statement, requested Vijay Sethupathi to opt out of his biopic 800. Ever since the biopic was announced, there has been a severe backlash on social media against Sethupathi and the entire team of 800. After Muralitharan’s explosive statement, Vijay Sethupathi has now opted out of 800, directed by MS Sripathy.

Muttiah Muralitharan released another press release regarding his biographical film 800 on October 19. He wrote that he is compelled to put out a statement as a lot of people are protesting against his biopic 800 in Tamil Nadu.

His statement in Tamil is roughly translated as, “I understand that Vijay Sethupathi is facing a lot of pressure from a few people. I do not want a celebrated actor like him facing trouble because of people who misunderstood me. I do not want Vijay Sethupathi to face any problem in future. Hence, I am asking him to opt out of this biopic.”

Vijay Sethupathi shared Muttiah Muralitharan’s statement on his Twitter page and thanked him with a folded hands emoji.

In his statement, Muttiah Muralitharan said that he is confident that his biopic will reach the audience, crossing all hurdles. His statement read, “I never felt discouraged whenever I faced a problem in my life. I overcome them and that’s why I am in this position. I agreed to make a biopic on me thinking that it would help aspiring cricketers. I am sure that I will cross this hurdle. Also, I am confident that this biopic will reach you. Soon, the production house will announce updates regarding 800. I will stand by them.”




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Richmond, Trinity clash for Under 19 Division I Tier ‘A’ cricket title  



by Reemus Fernando  

The stage is set for a thrilling climax when unbeaten Richmond meet formidable Trinity in the final of the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘A’ cricket tournament at the Thurstan College ground today.

There are two factors indicating to a thrilling climax. Both teams know what it takes to win a championship title as they have players who have featured in finals before. It was not long ago that a few players in the Trinity team guided their Under 17 team to joint champions title of the Division I cricket tournament of that age category. The team from Galle have in their ranks a number of players who had to be content with the runner up position after reaching the final of this tournament during the last season.

For the final, Trinity are likely to stick to the same team which won the semi –final against their arch rivals St. Anthony’s at the same venue early this week. During this tournament captain Rahal Amarasinghe has seen Manula Kularathne, Theeraka Ranatunga, Dinusha Pieris  and Janith Warnakula sharing most of the batting responsibilities for the team’s success.

In the bowling department, Ranatunga (with over 20 wickets) has topped the wicket takers list. Dinuka Thennakoon, Tharana Wimaladharma and Manula Kularathne are the others shouldering most of the wicket taking duties.

During the semi-final Ranatunga was joined by skipper Amarasinghe, Peiris, Wathila Udara and Vibhavith Ehelepola to play crucial roles with the bat, while the former and deputy skipper Ehelepola took two wickets each to contain St. Anthony’s to 202 runs.  A prominent feature of Richmond during this tournament was the dominant role played by their Sri Lanka Under 19 player Malsha Tharupathi. Tharupathi produced outstanding all-round feats to beat defending champions St. Joseph’s and St. Benedict’s in the quarter-final and the semi-final.

They have a strong batting line up from skipper Tharinda Nirmal, Helitha Edirisinghe, Thamindu Pradeeptha, Kavindu Nirmana, wicketkeeper batsman Janeth Kaushal to Tharupathi.

While Tharupathi is easily their top wicket taker, Nalaka Jaywardena, Nirmal and Sharon Abishek have all shared bowling responsibilities. Maheesha de Silva and Kaveesha Induwara have been economical with the new ball.

How they reached the final 

Trinity beat St. Sebastian’s, Moratuwa and St. Anthony’s, Katugastota during the knockout stage after completing their first round matches as the third placed team in their group. They won five out of the eight matches during that phase.

Richmond have remained unbeaten during this tournament. They won all their eight matches in the first round to be the champions in their group. During the knockout stage they ousted defending champions St. Joseph’s and St. Benedict’s in a row to reach their second consecutive final.


Richmond (from): Tharinda Nirmal  (Captain), Kavindu Nirmana (Vice Captain), Ruwan Jayawardena, Janeth Kaushal, Maheesha De Silva, Malsha Tharupathi, Sharon Abhishek, Thamindu Pradeeptha, Chehan Subasinghe, Sihath Ramanayake, Sasindu De Silva, Seneth Sisan, Kaveesha Induwara, Manuja Dulneth, Helith Edirisinghe, K.K Yuri, Pubudu Mihiranga,  Charuka Gunasekara. 


Nuwan Jayasinghe (Master in Charge), Lakmal de Silva (Head Coach), Umal Udayanga (Asst. Coach), Lahiru Madhuwantha (Asst. Coach) 

Trinity (from):  Rahal Amarasinghe (Captain), Vibhavith Ehelepola (Vice Captain), Theeraka Ranatunga, Supun Waduge, Manula Kularatne, Tharana Wimaladharma, Kusal Wijetunga, Dinusha Pieris, Dinuka Tennakoon, Jayavi Liyanagama, Janith Warnakula, Malith Rathnayake, Lakvin Abeysinghe, Wathila Udara, Yewan Hulangamuwa, Viduka Dhammage. 


Brian Senaratne (Master in Charge), Naveen Ekanayake (Head Coach),  Lakshitha Alahakoon (Asst. Coach) 

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Daraz partners with LPL for the third Consecutive Year



IPG Group, the official right holders of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) franchise, recently announced Daraz, Sri Lanka’s largest online shopping platform as the ‘League Partner’ and ‘Exclusive Ticketing Partner’ of Lanka Premier League 2022 tournament.Sri Lankan cricket fans can now purchase LPL 2022 tickets on Daraz– prices starting from Rs. 300.

The steps are as follows:

1) Log in to Daraz app & Add LPL tickets to the cart and checkout

2) You will receive a QR code via SMS and email

3) Walk into the respective stadium on the match day, show the QR code and get in

Speaking on the partnership, Managing Director of Daraz, Rakhil Fernando stated: “Cricket has always been the most popular sport in Sri Lanka; it plays a vital role in bringing the nation together. Ahead of the LPL 2022 season, Daraz is proud and excited to deliver an enhanced ticketing approach. Through our combined vision and expertise, we strive to deliver a superior cricket experience for the cricket fanbase.”

Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The IPG group, Anil Mohan added, “As planning for the LPL 2022 began, we knew that we needed to take a fresh approach to administration in order to provide our enthused cricket fans with an agile, fast and smooth customer experience. A holistic online shopping platform like Daraz is just what is needed in today’s day and age to ensure smooth, hassle-free ticketing operations for a tournament of this scale. We request LPL fans to purchase their tickets at the earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.”

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Athletes Salamuthu, Nethmika deliver strong message with top grades at O/L Exam



All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships

By Reemus Fernando  

Asian Youth Athletics Championship participants, sprinter Salamuthu Jayathilaka and jumper Nethmika Madushani Herath have a strong message to deliver when they vie for honours on day one of the All Island Schools Games Athletics Championships which starts at the Sugathadasa Stadium today.

Thurstan College athlete Jayathilaka and Nannapurava MV, Bibila long jumper Nethmika are the favourites in their respective age group events when the Education Ministry conducted event makes a return after a lapse of two years. The duo who competed at the recently held Asian Youth Athletics Championships in Kuwait have obtained top grades at the GCE O/L exam.

Their ability to match outstanding sports achievements with top grades at the crucial exam sends a strong message to parents who discourage children from taking sports seriously.

While Jayathilaka has obtained nine ‘A’s, Herath has acquired eight ‘A’s and a ‘B’ at the exam. The two youth athletes who are the top ranked in their respective disciplines in the Under 18 age category in Sri Lanka were part of the youth team that returned with a rich haul of medals from Kuwait.

In the boys’ 400 metres, Jayathilaka won the silver medal at the Asian event in a time of 48.56 seconds. Though she could not win a medal Madushani has proven beyond doubt that she is among the best in Asia in her age category. Her 6.09 metres long jump feat in Colombo in September is still the third best performance in Asia this year in her age category.

It requires a great deal of hard work and commitment from the part of the athlete, his or her coach and parents and the support from the school to achieve such outstanding feats.

Speaking to The Island, Nethmika’s coach Krishantha Kumara said that a couple of teachers at her school Nannapura MV, Bibila went out of their way to give her lessons when she missed classes due to training.

“At Nannapurawa she cannot start training early because the earliest bus that she can take from Yakunnawa, Bendiwewa reaches school around 6.45 am. With some training sessions lasting for two to three hours she misses the first few classes in the morning. Some of the teachers went out of their way to help her. She also took private tuition. I am happy that she could obtain high grades at the exam despite following a tough training schedule. She has set an example,” said Kumara.

He said that her outstanding achievement has attracted the interest of a private tuition institute in her area, namely Universence, which has come forward to provide free tuition for her advance level.

Speaking to The Island Asanka Rajakaruna, the current coach of Jayathilaka said that the sprinter’s parents had helped meticulously plan the time table for their son to balance both studies and sports. He thanked both the parents and the school administration for the support extended.Nethmika who established a national junior record in the long jump in September will compete in the Under 18 triple jump final today, while Jayathilaka is set to compete in the Under 18 boys’ 400 metres heats.

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