Malinga issued six month suspended sentence and 50% fine


Colombo, 27th June 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today announced the outcome of the Disciplinary Inquiry held against national player Lasith Malinga with regard to his breach of Tour Contract. The special inquiry panel comprised of SLC Hony. Secretary Mr. Mohan de Silva and SLC Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva and Chairman Disciplinary Committee Mr. Asela Rekawa AAL, found the player guilty of breach of contract after an inquiry held this afternoon at SLC Headquarters where Malinga accepted the charges levelled against him and tendered a formal apology. The finding were subsequently reported to a specially convened Executive Committee this evening, who imposed a sentence of a 1 Year suspension, suspended by six months (whereby the punishment would be imposed… Read More →

ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයන්ගේ නිවැරදි පාද චලනයට විශේෂඥ සහය

Dr. Sprenger

ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයින්ගේ පාද ක්‍රියාකාරීත්වය (පාදචලනය) නිවැරදිව සිදු කළ යුතු ආකාරය පිළිබඳ උපදෙස් දීමටත් අත්පන්දු  යැවීමේ හා පන්දු රැකීමේදී නිතර මුහුණ දෙන ආබාධවලින් වැළකී සිටීමටත් ආබාධයන්ට ළක්වන ක්‍රීඩකයනට ඉක්මනින්ම සුවය ලබා ගැනීමට උපදෙස් සැපයීමටත් නිවැරදිව පාද ක්‍රියා කරවීමේ ඕස්ට්‍රේලියානු විශේෂඥයෙකුගේ සහය ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයන්හට ලබාදීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය පියවර ගෙන තිබේ. ඕස්ට්‍රේලියාවේ හිටපු පිහිනුම් සූරයෙකු හා පාද ක්‍රියා කරවීමේ (චලනය) විශේෂඥයෙකු වන නිකලස් ස්ප්‍රෙන්ජර් මහතාගේ සේවය මේ අනුව ඉදිරියේ දී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයනට හිමි වේ.  දීර්ඝ වේලාවක් පන්දු යැවීම පිටියේ ඈත ප්‍රදේශවල පන්දු රැකීමේදී බිම පෙරැළී පන්දු නවතා ගැනීම් වේගයෙන් කඩුලු අතර දුවයාම පන්දු නතර කිරීමට ක්ෂණිකව දෙපසට පැනීම ආදී ඉරියව්වලදී ඇතිවන ආබාධවලින් වැළකීමට නිවැරදිව පාද චලනය සිදු කිරීම මේ වැඩ පිළිවෙලින් අපේක්ෂා කෙරේ. එංගලන්තයේ දී පසුගියදා පැවැති චැම්පියන්ස්… Read More →

Player fitness imperative to optimize fielding


Player fitness and improving the fielding levels is indeed a high priority factor in Sri Lanka’s thrust to mounting the international ladder of ICC team rankings. Presently, Sri Lanka is 7th in Test rankings next to Pakistan, and 8th in ODI rankings next to Bangladesh. In that context, Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara’s stated concern about Sri Lanka player fitness is indeed timely. Fact of the matter is Sri Lanka had a very good chance of making it to the semi finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy, but crucial dropped catches put paid to that. That cricket’s gospel slogan ‘Catches win matches’ is a stark pointer to how sacred fielding is knitted to the outcome of matches in a contemporary high… Read More →

Emergency ExCo called – Malinga to face inquiry for breach of contract terms

Lasith Malinga

Colombo, 27th June 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today announced that it had called an Emergency meeting of its Executive Committee at 7 pm at SLC Headquarters in order to table & regularize the following agenda items  Resignation of Mr. Graham Ford  Interim appointment of National Team Head Coach  Disciplinary inquiry against Mr. Lasith Malinga  Under – 23 Inter-Provincial/Super Provincial Tournament  Zimbabwe Tour Meanwhile SLC also announced that it would conduct a Disciplinary Inquiry against national player Lasith Malinga for repeated breach of the terms of his contract. Malinga has on two occasions since his return from the Champions Trophy acted in contravention of the terms of agreement which specifically barr him from making any statements… Read More →

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


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 →

SLC bids a fond farewell to Head Coach Graham Ford


Colombo, 24th June 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (24) announced that Graham Ford, would be stepping down from his post as Head Coach of the Sri Lanka National Team. The 56 year old South African affectionately known as ‘Fordy’ was headhunted for the post in February last year and has in his quiet and confident way steered the team to many a milestone. Fordy, a popular and well respected coach no doubt worked his magic on the Sri Lankan side when he steered them to a historic Test Series victory over the then No. 1 ranked Australia in August last year – following on with a Triangular Series victory in Zimbabwe and a T20 series victory in Australia. Commenting on… Read More →

Home tour vs Zimbabwe a pick up ground for SL from Champions Trophy blunders


With the dust settled on the recent showpiece cricket heat wave that pitted the eight creams of nations in battle, giving way to the customary country versus country exchanges, Sri Lanka hosting Zimbabwe late June will be new ground in its team building process.  It will be the pick up passage from those costly ICC Champions Trophy fielding blunder let off that profited Pakistan to the title. That Sri Lanka on a cricket mainstream reshaping process from player retirement voids has been a belittling onus in high stakes grabs. In the consequent youth accentuation drive under expert coaching guidance that has been the necessary way forward; poor fielding will be the major concern for the Sri Lankan cricketing think tanks… Read More →

සිම්බාබ්වේ සඳුදා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට එයි

GICS, Galle

එක්දින තරග පහකට හා පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරගයකට සහභාගිවීමට සිම්බාබ්වේ ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම සඳුදා (26) ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට පැමිණීමට නියමිතය.  සිම්බාබ්වේ සමඟ පැවැත්වෙන එක්දින තරග පහ ම කොළඹින් පිට පළාත්වල පැවැත්වෙන අතර ටෙස්ට් තරගය පමණක් මාලිගාවත්ත, ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දී පැවැත්වෙනු ඇත.  සිම්බාබ්වේ සමඟ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අවසාන වරට සිම්බාබ්වේ හි දී ම තරග කළ අතර, එම තරගාවලියේ ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකත්, බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් පිළ සහභාගි වූ තුන්කොන් එක්දින තරගාවලියත් ජයගත්තේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ය.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායක, ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස් ආබාධිතව සිටි හෙයින් එවර ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියට රංගන හේරත් ද, එක්දින තරගාවලියට උපුල් තරංග ද නායකත්වය දුන්හ.  ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස් දැන් සුවය ලබා පසුගිය දා එංගලන්තයේ චැම්පියන්ස් කුසලාන තරගාවලියේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිළට නායකත්වයද ලබාදුන්නේය. ශ්‍රී ලංකා – සිම්බාබ්වේ එක්දින තරගාවලියේ ප්‍රථම හා දෙවන තරග පැවැත්වෙන්නේ ජුනි 30… Read More →

SLC announces high tension extensive Physical Fitness & Conditioning programme for National Performance Squad ahead of Zimbabwe & India tours


22 nd June 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday (21) announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness & conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo. The move comes in the wake of Sri Lanka’s unfortunate exit in the quarter final stage of the Champions Trophy 2017, where they lost to eventual champions Pakistan in a nail-biting game on the 12th of June. Elaborating on the plans set in motion, Team manager Asanka Gurusinha stated – “We know how much resource and effort was invested in the team ahead of the CT17, and we now how much effort each… Read More →

ICC WOMEN’S WORLD CUP: Sri Lanka face New Zealand June 24 in opener

Sri Lanka Womens team in UK

It will be a tough call for the Sri Lanka Women’s cricket team in the high stakes USD 660, 000 winner’s prize and glittering trophy of the 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup that kicks from June 24 to July 23. Sri Lanka will face New Zealand in the championship opener on Saturday at Bristol. Skippered by Inoka Ranaweera, it is a new look Sri Lankan side that of course, packs experience in the likes of former captains Shashikala Siriwardena and Chamari Atapattu, the opening batsman, the skipper Ranaweera and Chamari Polgampola. Players to watch will be Eshani Lokusuriya, Nipuni Hansika, and Prasadini Weerakkody. India will face England on the same day. The Sri Lankans will need to shrug off the… Read More →

Pakistan rise from the unpredictable to Kings of 2017 Champions Trophy


Pakistan bulldozed to kingly status authoritatively crowning themselves champions from the lowly dumps of the unpredictable to such brilliant glitz of a two pronged thrust of brilliant batting and impeccable swing bowling reminiscent of Wasim Akram fame. That the final trophy glitter was by whacking the daylights out of arch foes India who was on an ascendancy to a point of Virat Kohli breags,  was indeed a truly remarkably euphoric new aura making milestone for a long war riddled nation unable to host international cricket, and that had last won a major world tournament in 1992. That was when the mercurial Imran Khan led Pakistan to the World Cup title 24 years ago. That it took a long odyssey from… Read More →

සූරයන්ගේ සුරයා පාකිස්තානය

Hasan Ali

සුරයන්ගේ (චැම්පියන්ස්) කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියේ අවසාන මහා තරගයේදී පාකිස්තානය සුරයන් බවට පත් වූයේ අවසාන මහා තරගයේදී ඉන්දියාව ලකුණු 180ක දැවැන්ත පරාජයකට ලක් කරමිනි.  ලන්ඩනයේ ඕවල් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ පැවැති අවසාන මහා තරගයේදී මුලින් පන්දුවට පහරදී පාකිස්තානය ඕවර 50කදී කඩුලු 4කට ලබාගත් ලකුණු 338ට පිළිතුරු ලෙස ඉන්දියාවට ලබාගත හැකි වුයේ ඕවර 30.3කදී සියලු ක්‍රීඩකයන් දැවී ලකුණු 158ක් පමණකි. තරගාවලියේ දක්ෂම කණ්ඩායම තමන් බවට අවසාන තරග හතරේදී ම ඔවුන් ඔප්පුකර ඇති නිසා කුසලානය හිමි කරගැනීමට සුදුසුතම කණ්ඩායමද පාකිස්තානය වේ.  අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයට තේරීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිල 237කට දවාලීමත් අවසාන පූර්ව තරගයේදී එංගලන්තය ලකුණු 211ක ට දවාලීමත් මූලික වටයේදී දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව 235ට අඩුවෙන් සීමා කිරීමත් අවසාන තරගයේදී ඉන්දියාව ලකුණු 158ක ට දවාලීමත් මත ඔවුන් තම වේග පන්දු යවන්නන්ගේ දක්ෂතා පැහැදිලිවම ප්‍රදර්ශනය කර තිබේ.  කලක් ඉම්රාන්… Read More →

A message of congratulation sent to the President PCB from SLC


A message of congratulation sent to the President PCB from SLC on the occasion of Pakistan’s incredible victory of the #CT17 : “On behalf of the Executive Committee, the Sri Lanka National team and the entire cricket loving populace of Sri Lanka may I offer my heartiest congratulations to the Pakistan National Team on a well deserved and resounding victory in the Champions Trophy 2017. They say that cricket is unpredictable – and this tournament most certainly proved it. A tournament of epic proportions, where on every day and every pitch cricket was the ultimate hero. Team Pakistan have played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament, and we are proud and privileged as a fellow Asian Nation. Cricket is the beat… Read More →

Coach Ford shoots down criticism; Says, ’Beating India best example of commitment’

Graham Ford

In a back home media meet up reassessment of Sri Lanka’s performance at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) auditorium, in a heavily charged bout of questions raised by media men, Head Coach Graham Ford’s contention that a highly fresher laden Sri Lankan team, most of whom with just 20 odd ODI outings as against the 70 t0 80 by experience hardened opposing players, was plausible reasoning. There was Ford magnifying the majority young team but for a few veterans thrashing reigning champions and championship favourites in record fashion of achieving the highest target chasing as the best example that here was a team evolving. “These youngsters showed tremendous commitment to defeat reigning champions and… Read More →