Romesh Kaluwitharana appointed to Technical Committee of ACC

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce its decision to nominate Romesh Kaluwitharana to the Technical Committee of the Asia Cricket Council for Asia Cup 2016. A man who is passionate about the game, Kaluwitharana is the former Sri Lanka A Team Head Coach.  Having played for Colts Cricket Club, Galle Cricket Club and Sebastian’s Cricket and Athletic Club, he has played 49 test matches and 189 ODIs for Sri Lanka. Romesh played a vital role as a wicket keeper / batsman in the 1996 World Cup winning team.  Romesh Kaluwitharana is delighted to accept this new appointment in the Technical Committee of the ACC

Graham Ford rejoins Sri Lanka Cricket

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket has embarked on a significant initiative of securing a professional coach to serve the National Team and is proud to announce that Graham Ford will rejoin Sri Lanka Cricket as the Head Coach with effect from 1st February 2016.  As per the vision of the newly appointed Executive Committee, it was priority to head hunt and appoint a reputed coach to serve Sri Lanka Cricket until the World Cup in 2019 in England. Bringing back a coach of Graham Ford’s caliber is part of the new Executive Committee’s plan towards restoring Sri Lanka Cricket back to its glory days.  He will be entrusted with the National Team for a period of 45 months to build… Read More →

All-Round Sri Lanka U19 Overpowers Canada U19

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  Sri Lanka opened its ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 campaign with an authoritative, dominant performance against Canada to seal an mammoth 196-run victory at the Sylhet District Stadium on Thursday (January 28). There were four half-centurions in the line-up as Sri Lanka posted 315 for 6. In response, Canada was bundled out for 119 as Sri Lanka sealed victory with minimum fuss.Canada might have hoped to emulate Nepal, who sprung the first upset of the tournament, beating the much-fancied New Zealand in Fatullah earlier in the day. However, Sri Lanka was merciless, and wasn’t willing to budge an inch. It chose to bat and was on the front foot almost throughout the match, even accounting for its tendency to lose quick wickets. Arslan… Read More →

Sri Lanka T20 squad for India tour

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held on even date, the National Selectors named the following players for the above tour. 1.    Dinesh Chandimal (Captain) 2.    T M Dilshan 3.    Seekuge Prasanna 4.    Milinda Siriwardena 5.    Dhanushka Gunathilaka 6.    Thisara Perera 7.    Dasun Shanaka 8.    Asela Gunaratne 9.    Chamara Kapugedara 10. Dushmantha Chameera 11. Dilhara Fernando 12. Kasun Rajitha 13. Binura Fernando 14. Sachithra Senanayake 15. Jeffrey Vandersay  The Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara has approved the above Squad. Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekera, Rangana Herath & Nuwan Pradeep were not available for selection due to injuries. The Squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup and the ICC World T20 will be selected by the National Selectors after the conclusion… Read More →

Under 19: No room for complacency as Sri Lanka U19 aims to top table

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Sri Lanka has taken good care to ensure that its preparation would be thorough in pursuit of a maiden trophy in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016. It started way back in October 2014, when it beat Australia by a 6-1 margin at home. There was a 2-3 loss to Bangladesh in January thereafter, a 3-0 victory over Pakistan at home and a loss to India in the final of a tri-series that also involved England. It has had matches aplenty under its belt, and enough time to settle on a combination. However, its tournament gets going at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Thursday (January 28) in what can very likely be a banana peel against Canada, who are all set to make… Read More →

PHOTOS: Day One – Super T20 Provincial Tournament

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Match 1: Galle Guardians 162/6 (20) Kithuruwan Vithanage 53, Udara Jayasundara 45, Dilshan Munaweera 20, Kasun Rajitha 2/10, Upul Indrasiri 2/24 v Colombo Commandos 163/7 (19.4) Niroshan Dickwella 51, Dananjaya De Silva 51, Dushmantha Chameera 4/26, Isuru Udana 2/27 COMMANDOS WON BY 3 WICKETS   Match 2: Kandy Crusaders 114/9 (20) Lahiru Thirimanne 38, Danushka Gunathilake 21, Ashan Priyanjan 2/07, Binura Fernando 2/23, Thilina Thushara 2/33 v Hambantota Troopers 117/3 (13.5) Jehan Mubarak 30*, Ashan Priyanjan 27*, Seekuge Prasanna 25 TROOPERS WON BY 7 WICKETS

Under 19: Sri Lanka downed Nepal by 65 runs in warm-up game

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Shammu Ashan shone again with the bat as Sri Lanka downed Nepal by 65 runs. Ashan, who made 66 against New Zealandon Saturday, hit 81 off 74 balls with four sixes and as many boundaries to lift Sri Lanka to 230-9 in 45 overs. Nepal was shot out for 165 in reply with Sri Lanka captain Charith Asalanka taking two wickets for 11 runs. Dipendra Airee played a lone hand for Nepal with an unbeaten 33. Scores in brief: Sri Lanka beat Nepal by 65 runs at BKSP-2 Sri Lanka 230-9, 45 overs (Shammu Ashan 81) Nepal 165 all out, 42.1 overs (Dipendra Airee 33 not out; Charith Asalanka 2-11)

Super T20 Provincial Tournament 2016 – Press Briefing

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A media briefing to launch the tournament was held at the SLC headquarters yesterday with SLC president Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, Vice President K.Mathivanan, CEO Ashley de Silva, Tournament Director Jayantha Paranathala and the captains of the five teams in attendance. MATCH SCHEDULE Match No Date Team Team Time Venue 1 26th Jan Colombo Commandos Galle Guardians Morning RPICS 2 Hambantota Troopers Kandy Crusaders Evening RPICS 3 27th Jan Colombo Commandos Hambantota Troopers Morning RPICS 4 Galle Guardians Kurunegala Rangers Evening RPICS 28th Jan — REST DAY — 5 29th Jan Kurunegala Rangers Hambantota Troopers Morning RPICS 6 Kandy Crusaders Colombo Commandos Evening RPICS 7 30th Jan Galle Guardians Kandy Crusaders Morning RPICS 8 Kurunegala Rangers Colombo Commandos Evening RPICS 31st… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in warm up game

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Sri Lanka beats New Zealand by four wickets; India piles up 485 for three against Canada; England makes 307 for seven against Namibia and Pakistan scores 291 for seven against Nepal;  Three-time champion India, 1998 winner England and two-time champion Pakistan flexed their batting firepower to win their warm-up matches on Saturday ahead of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016, which starts on Wednesday, 27 January. There were also wins for Afghanistan and host Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka registered an impressive four-wicket win over New Zealand in a battle of equals. Shammu Ashan hit 66 off 69 balls to steer Sri Lanka to a four-wicket win over New Zealand, whose 204 for eight after being sent in to bat revolved… Read More →

Super T20 Provincial Tournament 2016

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that it has decided to play a Super T20 Provincial Tournament commencing on the 26th of January 2016. The 5 Teams would be Colombo Commandos, Galle Guardians, Kurunegala Warriors, Hambantota Troopers and Kandy Crusaders. Click here for the 5 Teams and its Officials together with the Tournament Schedule. All Team Members are requested to contact the respective Manager. Mr. Balan Asiriwathan – 077 7525909  – Colombo    Mr. Nalin Ilangakoon – 077 7379903 – Kurunegala Mr. Brian Cooray – 071 4814829 – Hambantota Mr. Baheetharan – 077 7780934 – Kandy Mr. Nuwan Samaranayke – 076 8225003 – Galle MATCH SCHEDULE  Match No Date Team Team Time Venue 1 26th Jan Colombo Galle… Read More →

Under 19: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Canada Gear for Wide-Open Group B

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· Gohar Hafeez: “We have a very balanced team” · Charith Asalanka: “Our first target is to top the group” · Ihsanullah Janat: “We are aiming to not only make the semi-finals but also go on to be the champion side” · Abraash Khan: “We are going into this tournament with the intent to win” Two-time champion Pakistan, strong contender Sri Lanka, fast-improving Afghanistan and Canada make Group B the toughest preliminary round in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February. The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland. Teams have been divided into… Read More →