President ACC and President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala extends hearty congratulations to the new President of BCCI

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President ACC and SLC, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala together with the members of the Board, the Executive Committee and the Management of the ACC, and of Sri Lanka Cricket, congratulate Mr. Anurag Thakur on his election as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. In a congratulatory letter to the new BCCI chief, Hon. Sumathipala said “… Your unanimous victory reflects the confidence and faith of the membership of the BCCI … I am confident that under your leadership the game will continue to progress and flourish …” The 42-year-old Thakur replaces Mr. Shashank Manohar who is the newly appointed Chairman of the International Cricket Council. The former Secretary whilst being the youngest elected President, is also… Read More →

Dushmantha Chameera sustains injury to lower back

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24 year old right-arm fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera who rattled the England lower order with 3 quick wickets in the 1st Investec Test has sustained an injury to his lower back, and will be returning to Colombo for further treatment and rest. Chameera, who scalped the seemingly unstoppable Jonny Bairstow on 140, underwent a MRI/CT Scan this morning, which has indicated a stress fracture to his lower back, and medical recommendation is treatment and rest for as much as four months. Medium-fast bowler Dhammika Prasad also returned to Sri Lanka with an injury to his shoulder last week, and is currently undergoing treatment. National Selectors headed by Sanath Jayasuriya will meet within the next 24 hours, to decide on a… Read More →

Simon Willis appointed High Performance Manager

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Kent Cricket high performance director Simon Willis has been appointed high performance manager at Sri Lanka Cricket. The wicketkeeper-batsman will take up his appointment overlooking the National Academy from the 1st of June 2016. Speaking about the appointment, the 42 year old Englishman says “I am very grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for offering me this exciting new opportunity … I see it as an exciting time to get involved with Sri Lanka Cricket and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together” The appointment of a High Performance Manager is just one of the progressive strides taken by SLC in consultation with the newly appointed Cricket Advisory Committee. Sri Lanka Cricket has focused on high performance… Read More →

Anderson ten propels England to win

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James Anderson ran through Sri Lanka’s line up once again, picking up the third ten-wicket haul of his career, as England bowled the visiting side out for 119 to complete an innings and 88-run win on the third day of the first Test at Headingley on Saturday (May 21). The home side leads the three-match series 1-0. Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, finished with figures of 5 for 29 to add to his return of 5 for 16 in Sri Lanka’s first innings 91. His haul for the day included Kusal Mendis, who rode his luck to make 53 — an innings where he gave four chances. Sri Lanka resumed in the morning on one without loss. The overcast… Read More →

National Cricket team joins flood relief efforts

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The Sri Lanka National team expresses their solidarity with the nation. Donates Rs. 1 million to aid flood relief through Cricket Aid. Funds disbursed for potable water, medical supplies and other essentials. Immediate relief measures being coordinated. In a short message to the nation aired on television and via social media, captain Angelo Matthews expressed the distress of the national team, away in England and said “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the floods and landslides …. we love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you” in the face of the widespread damage and loss of life and livelihood caused by the catastrophic and incessant rains. The team wore black armbands as they opened their… Read More →

Hales, Bairstow lead England fightback

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Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan all-rounder, turned in a memorable opening day in office as Test cricketer, ripping the heart out of England’s top-order, before Alex Hales and Jonathan Bairstow joined hands in an innings-retrieving stand at Headingley on Thursday (May 19). Shanaka swung out Alastair Cook, Nick Compton and Joe Root in an impressive burst before lunch, and Shaminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep then picked up a wicket each on resumption as England slumped to 83 for 5 on day one of the opening Test match. Hales and Bairstow, however engaged themselves in an unbroken sixth-wicket association of 88 to help England move to 171 for 5 when rain prevented any play after tea and forced an early close… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket commences Flood Relief operations through Cricket Aid

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Collection Centre at SLC. Immediate relief measures being coordinated. As tragedy strikes our beloved nation once again, Sri Lanka Cricket, together with captain Angelo Matthews and the national team wish to express our solidarity and love to all those affected in any way or form. Cricket-Aid, the charity arm of Sri Lanka Cricket, which is due to be re-launched officially on the 4th of June in London, will commence immediate relief operations, and we invite you all to join in as one team for one nation. Contributions of items such as bed linen, towels, clothing, dry rations, medical supplies etc, can be made to Sri Lanka Cricket 35, Maitland Place, Colombo 7 and inquiries may be made on 011-2-681601 or cricketaid@srilankacricket.lk We urge you to… Read More →

Series win will move Sri Lanka into sixth position in Test rankings

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Sri Lanka will target moving ahead of sixth-ranked South Africa while England will aim to narrow the gap with third-ranked Pakistan in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings when the three-Test series begins at Headingley on Thursday. England currently sits in fourth position on 105 points (six behind Pakistan), while Sri Lanka is on 88 points in seventh spot (four behind South Africa). If England wins all the three Tests, then it will rise to 109 points (two behind Pakistan) while a 2-0 win will put it on 108 points (three behind Pakistan). In contrast, Sri Lanka can move to as high as 98 points, but to make this to happen, it will have to win all three Tests. In this scenario, there… Read More →

Avishka Gunawardene and Roy Dias to steer Youth Cricket

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Avishka appointed Sri Lanka A Team coach. Roy Dias takes on Under 19 Team. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the executive Committee has appointed former Sri Lanka opener Avishka Gunawardene as coach of the Sri Lanka A Team ahead of their upcoming tour of England. The former batsman, known for his ‘explosive style’ is a current member of the SLC Coaching panel, and has just completed a stint as the Assistant coach of the Sri Lanka Under 19 Team. Gunawardena who was the Head Coach of Sri Lanka premier club the SSC for 9 consecutive seasons, also functioned as the Director of Cricket for Royal College Colombo prior to taking on his National appointment. An old boy… Read More →

Cricket-Aid fundraiser at Lord’s

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Sri Lanka Cricket CSR to raise funds for CKD Pandemic in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket re-ignites its CSR Arm. Charity dinner and silent auction to be held at the Long Room at Lord’s. Funds to be disbursed toward CKD patients in Sri Lanka. Known as a nation of smiling people, Sri Lankans are celebrated for their hospitality and kinship the world over. Sri Lankans are also known for their passion for cricket – a passion of religious proportions, so much so as to say that Cricket is the one unifying force that transcends all boundaries of race, religion, cast or creed, in an extremely diverse culture. It is this very passion that led Sri Lanka Cricket in the aftermath… Read More →

The President of Sri Lanka Cricket, was the Guest of Honour at the ‘Malaysia Cricket Awards Night 2016′

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Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, President of the Asian Cricket Council and President Sri Lanka Cricket, was the Guest of Honour at the ‘Malaysia Cricket Awards Night 2016′ held at the Kinrara Oval recently. At the event Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala was presented an award for Services Rendered to Cricket.

North Western crowned SLC Super Under 19 Provincial Champions

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North Western Province won the SLC Super 19 Provincial Tournament 2016 beating Southern Province on first-inning in the three-day final which concluded on Friday at R. Premadasa International Stadium. AWARD WINNERS Best Batsman Navindu Nirmal of Southern Best Bowler Hareen Buddila of Southern Man of the series Damitha Silva of NWP Man of the final Pubudu Ganegama of NWP   Brief scores of the final Southern Province U19 - 247 in 80 overs (Ashen Bandara 74, Navindu Nirmal 56, PS Ganegama 3/45) & 214-9 dec. in 74 overs (Ashen Bandara 67, Navindu Nirmal 48, Hareen Buddila 38, Damitha Silva 4/73, RK Ranasinghe 4/38) North Western Province U19 - 342 on 111.4 overs (PS Ganegama 106, Damitha Silva 64, WS Wanninayake 45, Dilum… Read More →