Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ranjit Fernando Bowled Out!

I'm not even sure if anyone is following this blog anymore... I had sort of left it hanging for a while, and just signed on to see there was a whole bunch of comments that needed to be published. My apologies!!!

The 2011 World Cup is on right now, and I'm watching Sri Lanka play Pakistan in Colombo. I watched SL play Canada the other day as well, and guess what --- RANJIT FERNANDO IS NOWHERE TO BE HEARD/SEEN!!! Could it possibly be better news than winning the world cup itself? :)

I don't know all the details behind is absence, and quite frankly it's irrelevant as long as he's off the air. However, I would like to think that this blog and its popularity had some effect on this wonderful outcome for cricket lovers across the world.

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Ranjit Fernando Not Out

What next for RFS? Apparently not a life of cricketing entertainment sans Ranjit Fernando. The buzz is bugger's back croaking away again. Let's just hope that it was a pre-existing contract. Chances are, those contracts might cover a couple of other events as well.

We tried calling different people and sending emails to folks who are involved in this. I hope you did your share too. If not, it's never too late -- please do so at least now. Details are posted again towards the end of this post.

Other options include climbing to a scoreboard and threatening to jump unless this guy is taken off air. Of course, hunger strikes are also a viable option as long as someone volunteers to sneak in a "Chinese takeaway" every night. Seriously speaking, inundating the SLC phone lines with complaints about Ranjit Fernando would probably be the easiest, most effective way.

Bored at office? Make a call. :)
If you want to record it and share with us, that'd be great.

Other suggestions are always welcome.

Please contact the administrators using the information below
Sri Lanka Cricket
Tel : +94-(0)-11-268-1601 (up to 4)

Fax : +94-(0)-11-269-7405


Sri Lanka Cricket (Media Unit)

Tel : +94-(0)-11-268-1601 (up to 4)
Fax : +94-(0)-11-471-8736


Dilmah Tea

Fax : +94-(0)-11-293-3070

ESPN-Star (HQ)

Tel : +65-6488.6500
Fax : +65-6488-6308


ESPN-Star Sports Corporation

Tel : + 852-2621-8199
Fax : + 852-2621-9668

Ten Sports - Sri Lanka

Tel : +94-(0)-11-244-6622 (Room 672)
Fax : +94-(0)-11-493-5499

Monday, May 7, 2007

Poll Closes, and What Next for Ranjit Fernando Sucks?

With the buzz surrounding the WC declining I think the time is appropriate to end the "dedicated to Ranjit Fernando" part of this blog. I believe this blog has served its purpose in highlighting the shameful cricket commentaries of Ranjit Fernando, and now it is left to the powers that be to make a decision.

The support received for this blog and its popularity took the cause to the international media, with even agency reports issuing stories. Some of the media that mentioned RFS (or the cause) includes Lanka Business Online, LankaNewsPapers, Daily News, India Time, The Hindu, Cricinfo, and Deccan Herald to name a few.

The poll conducted to vote for a possible replacement for Ranjit Fernando saw a clear winner in Roshan Abeysinghe, with a distant tie for second place by Skandakumar and Premasara Apasinghe. Honorable mentions are Eric Goudar, Rohan Wijeratne, Saliya Ahangama and Shanaka Amarasinghe (late entry, not featured in the poll). I do apologize for not getting the name of Premasara Apasinghe's name wrong in the poll. Although it was pointed out later on, I could not correct it without resetting the entire poll.

What next for RanjitFernandoSucks?

I am playing around with the idea of renaming the blog as RFS and carrying things forward highlighting cricketing affairs. I'm sure, with Gilchrist's squash-ball and Sri Lanka's permanent interim committees and all that there'll be plenty of things for me to opine, if anyone gives a hoot anyways. The name RFS is retained to preserve the memory and purpose of this blog, and as a reminder of what this blog stands against -- crappy cricket, on and off the field.

With that, cheers to everyone who supported RanjitFernandoSucks.
Good night, and good luck.

~RFS Admin

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Gilchrist & Squash Balls: Is it Cheating?

It has been revealed that Adam Gilchrist had a squash ball in his bottom hand to improve his grip. I wonder whether anyone would consider this to be cheating? Isn't it using an unauthorized object/device to aid in his grip?

Batting gloves are made to a specific standard. Bowlers, for example, are not allowed to have tape on their fingers (even if they are injured) since it would help them grip the ball. In an age where issues such as ball-tampering are big issues, I certainly think this needs some investigation. Using such aids during practice is one, but in an official match -- is another matter.

I know this topic is tangential to the purpose of this blog, and some might say I'm crazy for suggesting it's illegal. But, any thoughts?

Supporting news reports:
CNN , Yahoo

Ranjit Blunders During the WC Final

Ranjit was under the impression that the 1996 World Cup final was affected by rain, and decided based on D/L. How he fails to remember such a memorable final, until the other guy corrects him, I don't know.

Another thing pointed out by SG:
"In the Final yesterday, Australia were cruising along and it was the end of the 33rd over. Aussies were 237 at that stage and were in full flourish with 5 overs remaining. Enter Ranjit Fernando; he says Australia will look for something around 260 !?!?!? Even singles would have gotten them more than that. Does this guy really have any cricketing sense at all?"

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Tired of Ranjit Fernando?

Take some action... let the direct stakeholders of cricket know how you feel.

[PDF version of the same information as below]

Sri Lanka Cricket

Sri Lanka Cricket (Media Unit)

Dilmah Tea

ESPN-Star (HQ)

ESPN-Star Sports Corporation

Ten Sports - Sri Lanka

  • Tel : +94-(0)-11-244-6622 (Room 672)
  • Fax : +94-(0)-11-493-5499
  • Email :

Sunday, April 22, 2007

What Next?

Ok folks, pretty soon the World Cup will conclude, and along with it any ill-feelings towards the commentaries of Ranjit Fernando will also subside at least until the next series comes along. While this blog seems to have served its purpose of venting frustration quite well, the long-term goal of almost everyone who cared to share his/her thoughts was to get Ranjit Fernando off the box.

Towards that end, I believe the only way for the average cricket fan to get involved is to complain to as many stakeholders of Sri Lankan cricket as possible. This would naturally involve, Sri Lana Cricket, Dilmah, & the media production companies. While the ultimate decision of hiring a commentator would be with the production company other stakeholders (i.e. SLC, Dilmah) would no doubt have significant influence on how these things eventually pan out.

That said, I hope you would take a few minutes to write to at least one stakeholder about Ranjit Fernando. A link to a document containing telephone, fax & email addresses can be found at the end of this article.

As complaints in the absence of suggestions are simply a nuisance please don't forget to mention at least a couple of our prospective alternates;
  • Roshan Abeysinghe
  • Skandakumar
  • Premasara Apasinghe
  • Saliya Ahangama
  • Rohan Wijeratne
  • Eric Goudar
  • Shanaka Amarasinghe
Feel free email RFS if you would like to share your communications, and I'd be happy to post them here.

Link to document with contact details