Sri Lanka Cricket salutes Sangakkara

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara as he is carried by unseen teammates at close of play on the fifth and final day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on August 24, 2015.  Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara bid a tearful farewell to international cricket on August 24, 2015 and was immediately offered the post of the island's top envoy in Britain where he plays county cricket.   AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S.KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket takes pleasure in saluting one of its greatest stars of recent times on the latest honour bestowed upon him by the County of Surrey of offering him an honorary life time membership in the club. This follows Sangakkara’s three year stint of playing for the county for the County Championship following the ex Sr Lankan cricketer’s retirement from playing in the national team. This act of appreciation follows Sangakkara’s honorary membership at MCC a couple of years ago. * This is a great tribute to Sangakkara and to cricket in Sri Lanka’ said Sumathipala the President of SLC. ‘We at SLC are proud of him and value the prestige bestowed on him and thank him for the… Read More →

SLC donates Rs. 1.6Mn. for Association of Cricket Umpires office complex

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The Association of Cricket Umpires (ACU) realized a long felt dream of getting a headquarters office of its own after 74 years, Friday September 22. The ceremonial opening took place on an auspicious note with the President of the Association of Cricket Umpires, Member of Parliament, Dr. Buddhika Pathirana and its 744 strong membership attending with a special feature being the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Thilanga Sumathipla as the Chief Guest. A highlight was the donation of Rs.1.6 million by Sri Lanka Cricket towards the setting up of the office complex. The cheque was handed over by SLC president to the ACU Treasurer, Roshan Dhammika soon after the opening. Making the welcome speech, Located at the P. Saravanamuththu… Read More →

National cricketers refute Pramodya’s baseless allegations; request SLC for inquiry


22nd September 2017 The national cricketers including 40 contracted players have called for an immediate inquiry in to certain ‘shocking’ allegations made by former Sri Lanka cricketer and selector, Pramodya Wickremasinghe insinuating unnatural and mysterious match patterns. The cricketers, in a petition signed by all including both captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), have drawn attention in to what they say was shockingly disparaging and hurtful statements by Wickremasinghe to a private television station that tend to give the general public a suspicious impression about them. The players have drawn exception to Wickremasinghe’s ‘serious’ allegations highlighting nine issues that unnatural and mysterious match patterns take place. They have refuted the allegations as totally baseless and… Read More →

Blessings from SLC President, cricketers who receive Sports Festival torch

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The country’s ongoing 41st National Sports Festival is the rage these days, and it took on the pomp and pageantry associated with this colorful annual event as the torch wended its way through the city metropolis to the Ministry of Sports. The spotlight of this traditional showpiece did attract the cricket loving fraternity as well who were lined up to shower their blessings on the grand spectacle. Some of the national cricketers were on hand with Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala showing the way. Here, they are pictured opposite the SLC headquarters receiving the torch bearers.

කණ්ඩායමේ නව වෙනස්කම් කිහිපයෙන් අලුත් බලාපොරොත්තු ඇතිවේවි – ක්‍රිකට් ප්‍රධාන විධායක


ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ දුර්වල ප්‍රතිඵල ලැබුණු කාලපරිච්ඡේදයක් පසුගිය දිනවල තිබුණා. නව තේරීම් කමිටුවක් නව කණ්ඩායමක් සමග පාකිස්තාන සංචාරයේදී අපට නැවත වතාවක් යහපත් ප්‍රතිඵල පෙන්වීමට අවස්ථාව උදාවේවි. ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ දියුණුව වෙනුවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය නිරතුරුවම ක්‍රියාකරන්නේ යැයි එහි ප්‍රධාන විධායක ඈෂ්ලි ද සිල්වා මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කරයි. ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ක්‍රීඩකයන් කිහිපදෙනෙකුම පාකිස්තාන සංචාරයට ඇතුළත් වනවා. තරුණ දක්ෂයන් සමග ඔවුන් මේ සංචාරයේ දී අප අපේක්ෂා කරන වෙනස සිදුකරනු ඇතැයි බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නේ යැයි ද ඈෂ්ලි ද සිල්වා පවසයි. පාකිස්තානය සමග පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකකට එක්දින තරග පහකට හා 20 – 20 තරග තුනකට සහභාගි වීම මේ මස 24 වැනිදා එක්සත් අරාබි එමීර් රාජ්‍ය බලායන ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ තරග වැඩ සටහන පිළිබඳව මාධ්‍ය දැනුවත් කිරීම සඳහා පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේ දී ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක… Read More →

Hope in new players in the fold for Pakistan – CEO


Change in outlook in the national cricket in new selectors and a set of new players among seniors has generated new hope for Sri Lanka embarking on the test tour of Pakistan on Saturday, September 24. “With the new selection committee and some new players change brings hope and people look forward to hear of positive results,” was the expectant message from Sri Lanka Cricket’s (CEO), Ashley De Silva to the media who could encourage the players at Thursday’s media briefing in view of the first leg of the tour. Sri Lanka play the first Test from September 28 to October 2 in Abu Dhabi, and the second Test from October 6 to 10 in a historic day-night game with… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad against Pakistan announced

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Colombo, 20th September 2017 Sri Lanka has declared the following Test Squad ahead of their 2 Test series against Pakistan commencing on the 28th of September in Abu Dhabi, UAE next week. Dinesh Chandimal – Captain, Lahiru Thirimanna – Vice Captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadheera Samarawickrema, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishva Fernando, Lahiru Gamage. Standby: Dhananjaya De Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Dasun Shanaka.

Sri Lanka qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019


ICC Media Release The 1996 champions join hosts England, Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa to progress automatically for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event The Windies can still qualify for the World Cup by finishing in the top two of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Sri Lanka have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after the Windies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday. With 30 September 2017 set as the cut-off date for automatic qualification for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, the Windies (78 points) now cannot move ahead of Sri Lanka (86 points) on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings irrespective of how their remaining matches against England… Read More →

කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් දියුණුවට පුළුල් වැඩ පිළිවෙළක්


කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව දැනට වඩා දියුණු තත්ත්වයකට  පත්කිරීම සඳහා ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය විධිමත් වැඩ පිළිවෙළක් දැන් ක්‍රියාත්මක කර තිබේ. අවුරුදු 21 – 27 අතර ක්‍රීඩිකාවන්ගේ සහභාගිත්වය අඩුවීම, ප්‍රමාණවත් ක්‍රිකට් පුහුණුකරුවන් පුහුණුකාරියන් නොමැති වීම විදුහල්පතිවරුන් හා දෙමාපියන්ගේ උනන්දුව අල්පවීම යන කරුණු කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ දියුණුවට බාධාවක්ව ඇති බවට පර්යේෂණ මගින් කරුණු හෙළිදරව් කරගෙන ඇති ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය ඒ සඳහා දැන් සාර්ථක විසඳුම් රාශියක් ඉදිරිපත් කර තිබේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ සභාපති නියෝජ්‍ය කතානායක තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ යෝජනා හා උපදෙස් මත උපසභාපති කේ. මතිවානන් උසස් තාක්ෂණ ප්‍රතිඵල (පුහුණු) කළමනාකරු සයිමන් විල්ස් මහතාගේ අධීක්ෂණය යටතේ නව වැඩපිළිවෙළ ක්‍රියාත්මක වන බව කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් කැඳවුම්කාරිණිය අප්සරා තිලකරත්න මහත්මිය සඳහන් කරයි. දිස්ත්‍රික්ක මට්ටමින් දිසා විසිපහ පුරා කරන ලද පරීක්ෂණවලින් පසුව දිස්ත්‍රික්ක 17ක නව වැඩ… Read More →

1,044 new blood to women’s cricket on SLC President’s vision


The country’s women’s cricket is on an upswing concentrated on an island-wide fine combing drive. The concept mooted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala focusing on rural talent based on encouraging and broad basing to the mainstream national grid launched in November 2016 would be a major facelift to women’s cricket in Sri Lanka. It covers a phased out programme from district to provincial level that would see the gamut in place with essentially three streamlined pools – the National, Emerging and Development, according to the Convener, Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket, Ms. Apsari Tillekeratne. Identifying the lack of a streamlined pathway to tap talent, and a lack of enthusiasm by young women to play cricket with a talent… Read More →

New Selections Panel announced


Colombo, 19th September 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (19) announced the newly appointed panel of Selectors as ratified by the Minister of Sport, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera a short while ago. Graeme Labrooy – Chairman Gamini Wikramasinghe Jeryl Woutersz Sajith Fernando Asanka Gurusinha The new Selectors will begin their term with the selection of the Test Squad to take on Pakistan in their tour of UAE commencing early next week. The National team is due to depart Colombo on Sunday the 24th of this month for a two Test, 5 ODI and 3 T20 Series against Pakistan to be played across the UAE, with the final T20 slated to be played in Lahore.