Pakistan A team tour of Sri Lanka 2015 – Press Conference

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The Pakistan ‘A’ team has arrived in Sri Lanka for their month-long  tour and the official press conference took place on Thursday evening at JAIC Hilton.  Pakistan ‘A’ team will play three one-day encounters followed by three four-day unofficial Test matches. Itinerary April 23: Arrival in SL April 26: 1st One-day Match at Matara Uyawatta April 29: 2nd One-day Match at Hambantota, MRICS May 2: 3rd One-day Match at Colombo, RPICS May 6-9: 1st Four day Match at Colombo, RPICS May 13-16: 2nd Four day Match at Kandy, PICS May 20-23: 3rd Four day Match at Dambulla, RDICS May 24: Departure  

Fawad to lead Pakistan A in Sri Lanka

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Fawad Alam will lead the Pakistan A one-day and four-day squad on their month-long tour of Sri Lanka. Pakistan A are scheduled to play three one-day and as many four-day games between April 26 and May 23. Pakistan ‘A’ Squad–4 day Matches: Shaan Masood, Khurram Manzoor, Umar Siddiq, Umar Amin (vice-captain), Ali Waqas, Usman Salahuddin, Ali Asad, Immad Wasim, Fawad Alam (captain), Zafar Gohar, Shahzaib Ahmed, Adnan Akmal (wicket-keeper), Mir Hamza, Bilawal Bhatti, Shehzad Azam, Imran Khan.  Standbyes: Zia-ul-Haq, Saad Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Naeemuddin. Pakistan ‘A’ – One-day Squad: Khurram Manzoor, Umer Siddiq, Mukhtar Ahmed, Umar Amin (vice-captain), Fawad Alam (captain), Ali Waqas, Saad Nasim, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Israrullah, Immad Wasim, Zafar Gohar, Shahzaib Ahmed, Mir Hamza, Bilawal Bhatti, Ehsan Adil, Tabish… Read More →

Sangakkara wins outstanding contribution to Sport award

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Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has picked up an Outstanding Contribution to Sport award at the fifth annual Asian Awards in London last Friday. Sangakkara was presented with his award by former England footballer Gary Lineker at the global celebration of Pan-Asian excellence at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The 37-year-old Sangakkara is the second Sri Lankan to win the award after Muttiah Muralitharan who won it in 2011. The Asian Awards recognise and reward outstanding achievements across 11 categories and are open to individuals born (or with direct family origins in) throughout Asia including India, China, Pakistan, Japan, etc. The phenomenal cricketer was chosen as the wicketkeeper in the ICC Team of Cricket World Cup 2015. Sangakkara was also named… Read More →

Badureliya SC clinches SLC Premier Twenty20 title

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Badureliya SC 176/4 (20) Gihan Rupasinghe 74*, Milinda Siriwardena 66, Upul Bandara 2/28, Binura Fernando 2/32 Vs SSC 166/9 (20) Chamara Kapugedara 36, Thilina Kandamby 35, Dasun Shanaka 28, Kasun Rajitha 4/26, Andy Solomans 4/32 Badureliya Sports Club innings (20 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR DNA Athulathmudali c Kandamby b Fernando 0 1 0 0 0.00 RJI Udayanga c Vandersay b Fernando 7 9 1 0 77.77 RJMGM Rupasinghe not out 74 56 6 2 132.14 WAS Niroshan† c Senanayake b Jayasena 11 12 0 1 91.66 TAM Siriwardana* c Vandersay b Jayasena 66 37 4 5 178.37 MSS Jayawickrama not out 13 5 1 1 260.00 Extras (lb 2, w 3) 5 Total (4 wickets; 20 overs) 176… Read More →

Kumar Sangakkara named cricketer of the year by Wisden

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Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara has been named the cricketer of the year in the 2015 Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack. Sangakkara joined India’s Virender Sehwag as the only two players to be named as Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for a second occasion. The 37-year-old left-hand batsman and wicketkeeper won the award after a stellar 2014 that saw him score an all-time record 2,868 international runs in the calendar year, including a triple century. His feats, which added to an already brilliant career, included a man-of-the-match performance in Sri Lanka’s World Twenty20 final win over India last year. Sangakkara also scored his first Test hundred at Lord’s last season, a century that came during Sri Lanka’s Test series win over England…. Read More →

Kapila Wijegoonewardene named chairman of selectors

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the following have been appointed to the National Selection Committee with effect from the 8th of April 2015. Kapila Wijegoonewardene – Chairman Amal Silva Brendon Kuruppu Hemantha Wickramaratne The above names were proposed by the Interim Committee and have been ratified by Hon. Navin Dissanayake Minister of Tourism & Sports.

SLPA CC wins Premier League Championship

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The Sri Lanka Ports Authority Cricket Club (SLPACC) won the Premier League Championship organised by Sri Lanka Cricket. SLPACC recorded outright victories in the first round with CCC, SSC, SARASANS and Chilaw Marians and also won by first inning with the matches between Moors and SL Army teams. SLPACC lost only to the Bloomfield in the Super Eight and recorded outright victories with Tamil Union and Baduraliya team. In the deciding math for the championship SLPA CC beat formidable NCC by 193 runs. Asahn Priyanjana and Dhanajaya De Silva made scores exceeding 700 runs in the series and spinner Malinda Pusphpakumara ended the tournament on a high note taking record breaking tally of 70 wickets in 10 wickets. Tharindu Kaushal, who completed… Read More →

ICC announces Team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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Brendon McCullum named captain of the side that includes five New Zealanders The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with Brendon McCullum as its captain. McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team’s progression to the final where it lost to Australia by seven wickets. In doing so, McCullum also scored 328 runs in nine matches with four half-centuries at a strike-rate of 188.50. The team was chosen by a select group of experts* who were given the task of picking a balanced side on the basis of performances in the tournament. Statistics were used… Read More →

Dominant Australia lifts World Cup for fifth time

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There is nothing Australia loves more than to strut its stuff in front of its fans. There was no shortage of support as the MCG, bursting at the seams with a record 93,013 fans in attendance, buzzed with electricity well before the toss. Decked up in their yellow tees and wearing their yellow caps with pride, Australia’s supporters prepared for a capital show from their heroes. They were not to be disappointed. In Michael Clarke’s final appearance as a One-Day International player, Australia showed its class, romping to a big win in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. New Zealand arrived in Australia hopeful of becoming the newest first-time champion. But in the space of seven hours… Read More →

Australia sets up final showdown with New Zealand

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India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign, colourful and vibrant and fearless, ended with a whimper on Thursday (March 26) night, allowing Australia to set up a title clash against trans-Tasman neighbours and co-host New Zealand at the MCG on Sunday. A vast majority of the packed house at the Sydney Cricket Ground seldom found its collective voice as India was conquered once again by Steve Smith, its principal tormentor in the Test series in December-January, and the scoreboard pressure that is invariably amplified on a stage as imposing as the semifinal of a World Cup. Australian fears proved unfounded as the SCG pitch held up extremely well, encouraging stroke production in the afternoon and slightly quickening up under lights. Michael Clarke hit it lucky with the coin after Mahendra Singh Dhoni called… Read More →