ICC Regional Umpires Workshop in Sri Lanka timely with new rule changes from Oct. 1

The ICC Regional Umpires Workshop of Asia to be hosted by Sri Lanka commencing on Thursday, September 21 will be of tremendous importance to Sri Lanka and the regional countries in updating their knowledge. It is being prioritised so as to raise their knowledge in conformity to international level in view of the new change of laws in playing conditions that will come in to effect from October 1. The 2-day workshop to be conducted by ICC accredited Peter Manuel from Sri Lanka and David Levens from England, will be attended by the three Sri Lankan ICC accredited international umpires namely Ruchira Palliyaguru, Ranmore Martinez and Ravindra Wimalasiri. One each from Bangladesh and Pakistan and an ICC manager umpire will… Read More →

State-of-the art Ground Maintenance Equipment for Top Tier Clubs

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Colombo, 30th August 2017 Enhancing facilities of the Tier A and B Clubs, SLC today (30) handed over equipment including Hand Tractors, Pitch Cutters, Manual Spike Rollers, Outfield Rollers, Hand Rollers, Gang Movers, Pitch Covers, Boundary Ropes and other equipment, to the following clubs. Singhalese Sports Club Bloomfield Cricket Club Colombo Cricket Club Nondescript Cricket Club Tamil Union Cricket & Athletics Club Chillaw Marians Cricket Club Moors Cricket Club Colombo Colts Cricket Club Army Sports Club Burgher Recreation Club Navy Sports Club Police Sports Club Air Force Sports Club Panadura Sports Club The Equipment which cost approximately Rs. 5,000,000/- was provided as a grant to the clubs under the National Development Policy to develop facilities across the island at school,… Read More →

Sports Medicine & Player Management – a key role in Injury prevention

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Colombo, 8th August 2017 A heavy investment in Sports medicine & Player Management over the past 6 months with the recruitment of specialized Trainers and Physios as well as implementation of state-of-the-art assessment and monitoring systems has begun to pay dividends in injury management of the National Performance Squad. Key players such as Suranga Lakmal (Fatigue) who sat out the 2nd Test against India and Rangana Herath (Back Stiffness) who will sit out the 3rd Test are being coined ‘unavailable for selection’ by the Sports Medicine Team (SMT) based on their chronic workloads leading up to the games and the scientific data that show an increased risk of injury accordingly. At a discussion held with NPS players, National Selectors and… Read More →

SLC invests in Podiatry in continued injury prevention & performance enhancement measures

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Colombo, 26th June 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket today (26) introduced former Olympic [swim] medallist and elite athlete, Australian Podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Sprenger, who has been consulted to specialize in the podiatric assessment and remedial assistance for the National Performance Squad (NPS). Sprenger is one of the Gold Coast’s most respected Podiatrist who practices in all aspects of conservative care of the foot and ankle, as well as post-operative care following orthopaedic surgery of the foot and ankle. As an athlete himself, he has a special interest in Sports Podiatry and has been working with the Queensland Academy of Sports Athletes, the Queensland Rugby League Referees and the Brisbane Lions AFL. Identifying an unusually high incidence of injuries plaguing the national… Read More →

Sooriyawewa to get a new lease of life

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21st May 2017, Hambanthota; President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala and members of the Executive Committee today (21) undertook an inspection of the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS) in Sooriyawewa, Hambanthota. The stadium which had fallen into a state of disrepair is to be renovated ahead of the Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka at the end of June this year, and will host 3 of five One Day International matches of the tour. A comprehensive assessment of the Stadium and its facilities was undertaken by M/s Design Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, whose report was tabled at the Executive Committee of SLC. In careful consideration of the contents therein, SLC has decided to invest in the renovation of MRICS with a view… Read More →

SLC launches cricket coaches’ training in Kandy

The Coach Education Unit members of SLC - from left: Chaminda Kodikara (Provincial Coach,Uva), Nuwan Samaranayake (Programme coordinator) Manjula Vaas (Programme Cordinator) Heshan de Mel(head of the Coach Education Unit) Janaka Deegoda Gamage(Coach Education) Image: Dailynews.lk

The Coach Education Unit of Sri Lanka Cricket, Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association and Sports Science Unit of Sports Ministry jointly organized a Programme for the first time to educate cricket coaches on finer points of the game as well as other requirements that will help to mould a complete cricketer covering strength and coordination, basic, first aid, endurance, general theory of training, sports nutrition etc. The programme was held at the Trinity College Pavilion from May 7 to 9 and 85 cricket coaches from Kandy, Matale, Nuwara-eliya, and Badulla attended. The three-day programme was headed by Heshan de Mel, Head of the Coach Education Unit of Sri Lanka cricket and Sajith Jayalal, the Director of Sports Science Department of… Read More →

President SLC visited the District Cricket Associations of the Southern Province

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Colombo 8th May 2017, President Sri Lanka Cricket Hon.Thilanga Sumathipala yesterday (7) visited the District Cricket Associations of the Southern Province together with several members of the Executive Committee. The Executive members inspected the ground and infrastructure development currently underway at the Bandaragama Ground and engaged in discussions with the officials of the Kalutara District Cricket Association led by Mr. Priyantha Algama, the General Secretary prior to conducting a forum discussion with the membership. The President also visited the Matara District Cricket Association together with the President MDCA, Hon. Laksman Yapa Abeywardena, and engaged in discussions with officials with regards to the current and proposed developments for cricket in the Southern Province. Among the topics discussed was the establishment of… Read More →

SLC Unveils first phase of Kandy High Performance Centre

Sri Lanka Cricket today (6) announced the opening of a newly completed 6 strip, state-of-theart, Indoor bowling facility at the Pallakelle International Cricket Stadium to coincide with the start of a six-day high intensity training and conditioning programme for the National squad ahead of the Champions Trophy 2017. The newly installed floodlights of the side-wickets too will be inaugurated on the 9th of May and the completion of the Indoor nets together with the Floodlighting of the side-wickets marks the completion of the first phase of SLC’s ambitious plans to establish 4 Provincial Centres of Excellence across the Nation to cater to Cricket from the grass root levels onward. The four centres have been identified as Colombo (R. Premadasa International… Read More →

PHOTOS: President lays foundation stone for Monarawila Cricket Ground

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Opening of refurbished nets – As part of the long term development plan for Cricket in the Island the SLC lead by president Thilanga Sumathipala opens refurbished Cricket nets in Ratnapura. Monarawila district office / grounds – Moving forward to strengthen and provide opportunity for players throughout the island SLC with the guidance of President Thilanga Sumathipala laid the foundation stone for the Monarawila District Office and commenced construction work on the Monarawila Cricket grounds.  

President Sri Lanka Cricket selects Jaffna for a new Intl’ Cricket Stadium

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Giving every outstanding cricketer a “just and fair” opportunity to represent Sri Lanka is the underlying theme of Sri Lanka Cricket’s ambitious National Development Plan for 2017. To achieve this, the current SLC administration strongly believes that the development of the provincial cricket infrastructure and proper stadium facilities will uplift the standards of the school and local club cricket. This had been ignored by the authorities for many years and a carefully designed plan is underway to remedy these challenges in a professional manner. Out of the two ear-marked projects for this year, special attention is given for the proposed Jaffna International Cricket Stadium. SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala along with the SLC officials embarked on a visit to Jaffna Peninsula,… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket EGM – 18th December 2016

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At an Emergency General Meeting of the membership of Sri Lanka Cricket held on Sunday (18) at the SLC Headquarters in Colombo 7. At the said EGM which was attended by over 60 member clubs, the membership unanimously ratified the proposed changes to the constitution of SLC which was adopted in 2003. The membership also considered and adopted the Audited Financial Statements for the period ending December 31st 2015. The meeting was attended by representation from 61 of 83 member Associations and Clubs counting for a 73% turnout of the membership. Resolution No.1 which was unanimously adopted by the membership.

King of Swing to launch SLC’s Legends Series on 1st December

Wasim Akram, the opening bowler of Pakistan, appeals for a leg-before decision at the De Beers Diamond Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 match in Kimberley, South Africa, between Pakistan and Namibia 16 February 2003. The tournament is being played in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya with the final being played in Johannesburg on the 23 March 2003.  / AFP PHOTO / KIM LUDBROOK

Sri Lanka Cricket introduces new initiative aimed at boosting standards of cricket Sri Lanka Cricket announced today (29) that the man considered by many to be the best left-arm fast bowler of all time and an absolute legend in world cricket, Wasim Akram, would conduct a special workshop in Colombo on December 1st at the SSC. Pakistan’s King of Swing, and the man known to have complete mastery over swing and seam will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 29th at the invitation of President Sri Lanka Cricket, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala MP and will grace Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards night on the 30th November as a Guest of Honour. Akram will launch SLC’s latest initiative in the development of… Read More →

Players to participate in Higher Tier Tournaments

SLC removes restrictions that see talent under-utilized Sri Lanka Cricket announced today (28) in a widely lauded move, that any players who have participated in the national tournaments during the current season will be eligible to play in higher tier tournaments during the same season, subject to the club represented at a lower tier not participating at the higher tier. The decision was made in consideration of circumstances whereby talented young players are forced to miss the tournaments due to employment obligations and the like, which have thus far rendered them ineligible to play at higher tiers. It was the consensus of the Executive Committee that such a waste of talent would only negatively impact the quality of Cricket in… Read More →