Event Technical Committee approves replacement in SL squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015


ICC Media Release The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Upul Tharanga as a replacement player for Jeevan Mendis in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Mendis is suffering from a hamstring injury, which he picked up at a training session on Tuesday. The 30-year-old Tharanga has played 176 One-Day Internationals in which he has scored 5,339 runs at an average of 33.57. He has also hit 13 centuries and 28 half-centuries. The left-handed opener’s last ODI for Sri Lanka was against India in Cuttack in November 2014. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as… Read More →

Jeevan Mendis Injured


Media Release It has been notified that Jeevan Mendis has sustained an injury at practices and is presently awaiting the ICC’s doctors to visit and asses him and his medical reports will be forwarded to the ICC Technical Committee for a replacement. However due to the time constraints the Selection Committee , Coach and Captain has requested that Upul Tharanga be sent to Melbourne immediately in case he is needed. Hon.Minister of Sports & Tourism has approved the above.

Classy Jayawardena guides Sri Lanka to win


Mahela Jayawardena’s 19th One-Day International century and a late charge from Thisara Perea guided Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-wicket win over Afghanistan at the University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday (February 22). Sri Lanka, opting to bowl first under overcast conditions, restricted Afghanistan to 232 from 49.4 overs.Asghar Stanikzai (54) and Samiullah Shenwari (38) were the key players, forging an 88-run partnership for the third wicket. In reply, Sri Lanka was rocked early as it lost Lahiru Thirimanne off the very first ball from Dawlat Zadran. To make matters worse for the Sri Lanka fans, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara too perished early Afghanistan sensed a chance to create history, but Jayawardena was not willing to go down without a fight. He staged a remarkable recovery, adding 126 runs for the fifth wicket with Angelo Mathews,… Read More →

Mathews seeking a more consistent effort from his team against Afghanistan


listen to ‘Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews seeking a more consistent effort from his team against Afghanistan tomorrow’ on audioBoom Q. Ever since the last game how have been your preparations leading up to this game? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah, preparation has been really good. We worked extremely hard the past few days to prepare ourselves for this game because we have to take it very seriously. We can’t be complacent and we can’t take it lightly. We’ll just be very well prepared and be up for the challenge. Q. There’s been a lot of talk on the team’s fielding. During the last couple days, any special stress been placed on the discipline of fielding? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah, absolutely. We’ve been… Read More →

Black Knight Partners Sri Lanka Cricket


Black Knight, one of the foremost brands in men’s personal care and grooming, has been named the Official Personal Care Partner in the Grooming Category for Sri Lanka Cricket. Group Director, International Cosmetics, Kirubha Kumarakulasingham, took pride in partnering with Sri Lanka Cricket, “We feel truly honoured to be associated with the valiant knights of Sri Lanka who have brought glory to our country. Black Knight’s association with the game and its highly popular players will greatly enhance its brand appeal”, he expressed. “Cricket is a hugely popular sport in Sri Lanka, and is loved by almost everyone. The cricketers are seen as role models by the youth and many aspire to be like them one day. By partnering with… Read More →



Exclusive Column My message to Sri Lanka – the squad and the fans following the action at home and all around the world – after the hammering the side suffered in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 opener against New Zealand in Christchurch is simple: don’t panic! The margin of the loss, by 98 runs, and the nature of it, with the side conceding 331 runs amid a lack of control from most of the bowlers and at least four dropped catches, followed by a disjointed batting display, is a worry, of course. But at the same time there also needs to be some realism. After all, it is not as if Sri Lanka came into the match in great form. The squad as a… Read More →

All-round New Zealand pockets 98-run win


A cold, grey morning underpinned by a blustery southerly and a fine drizzle gave way to a summery bright afternoon in Christchurch as the home team rang in the ICC World Cup 2015 with an all-round performance against Sri Lanka on Saturday (February 14). If the Hagley Oval provided the perfect location, New Zealand played inch-perfect cricket to reaffirm its position as a favourite to win this tournament. That New Zealand won by 98 runs – its first success in five World Cup attempts against Sri Lanka – was not the point, nor was its collection of two points that set the team on its way to a spot in the knockouts. Rather, this was an exercise in ticking boxes, and New Zealand did… Read More →

In-form NZ, experienced SL kick World Cup off

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Players from two teams will heave a collective sigh of relief when the first ball is sent down at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday (February 14). New Zealand has never had as much expectation on its shoulders, and, Sri Lanka, who has been in this neck of the woods since December, can’t wait for the real action to begin. The clash between the teams, the first of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, could serve a very early pointer as to what to expect from a group stage that all captains are describing as being wide open. New Zealand has every single element in place and after a bit of fine-tuning is purring along. In terms of obvious weaknesses, New Zealand has none. The… Read More →

Angelo Mathews looks ahead to the ICC CWC 2015 opener against New Zealand


match-press-conference”>listen to ‘Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference’ on audioBoom   Full transcript of press conference Q. You’ve been here now for what must seem like an eternity since you first arrived here before Christmas. Can you give a sense of what it means to the team now that we’re 24 hours or 22 hours out from the start? You must be basically itching to go. ANGELO MATTHEWS: Yeah, of course. I mean, it’s nice to have played a bit more cricket in New Zealand before the start of the World Cup, but I think from tomorrow onwards, whoever plays the best cricket will obviously go on to win. But I think we have a slight advantage. We got used… Read More →

Launch of Reconciliation through Sports Cricket Tournament

Chief Guest, Hon Arjuna Ranatunga, Australian High Commissioner, HE Robyn Mudie and Mr Guido de Vries with the group of youth from the north and east at the launch of “Reconciliation through Sports” project launch at the R Premadsa Stadium

Australian High Commission Media Release: The Australian High Commission kicked off the ICC Cricket World Cup countdown yesterday (10th February) with the launch of the “Reconciliation through Sports” cricket tournament. The Hon Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation was Chief Guest at the event which was held at R. Premadasa Stadium. The Sports for Reconciliation cricket tournament, implemented by ZOA Sri Lanka, brings together 18 village-level youth teams from the Northern and Eastern Provinces representing all communities. The tournament will be played in a knock-out format with the grand final held at Mullaitivu in March 2015. The tournament aims to bring the excitement and spirit of the ICC Cricket World Cup to these communities, while also promoting social… Read More →

Masakadza guides Zimbabwe to win in warm-up


Zimbabwe 281-3 (Masakadza 117 no) beat Sri Lanka 279-8 (Karunaratne 58) by seven wickets World Cup warm-up game, Lincoln Zimbabwe got off to a poor start in its chase, losing openers Chamu Chibhabha and Sikandar Raza within the first seven overs. Masakadza and captain Taylor kept the side going with a steady partnership. Angelo Mathews rotated his bowlers but to no avail. Both batsmen hit half-centuries and kept the run rate around six, taking Zimbabwe past 160 in 27 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan finally ended the 127-run partnership with the wicket of Taylor, but Williams ensured that the good work didn’t go to waste. With 118 runs needed from 22 overs, Williams and Masakadza upped the ante. Masakadza went past his century and remained… Read More →

Event Technical Committee approves replacement in Sri Lanka’s squad


The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Dushmantha Chameera as a replacement player for Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament, which starts on 14 February. Prasad fractured his hand while training on Saturday. The 23-year-old Chameera’s only ODI was against Sri Lanka in Wellington last month, in which he returned figures of two for 60. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or… Read More →

Dushmantha Chameera to replace injured Dhammika Prasad


Media Release Dhammika Prasad will not be in a position to represent the World Cup squad for the upcoming 2015 ICC WC owing to the injuries received by him during practice. Hence the Selection Committee in consultation with the Team Management has approved to include Dushmantha Chameera in place of Dhammika Prasad in the above squad subject to receiving the ICC Technical Committee’s approval in this regard. The Hon.Minister has approved same.

Dominant South Africa downs Sri Lanka


South Africa put up a dominant show to beat Sri Lanka in the second warm-up match of the 2015 World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday (February 9). Put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 279 for 7, courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan’s century and a half-century from Angelo Mathews, after a lengthy spell of rain curtailed its innings at 44.4 overs. South Africa, which was set a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 188 in 25 overs, cantered to a five-wicket win despite a late wobble. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a dream start, adding 106 in just 15.1 overs before Rangana Herath drew first blood. De Kock, who scored a 55-ball 66 with six fours and two sixes, edged to Dimuth Karunaratne. Amla,… Read More →

Dhammika Prasad injured


Media release Dhammika Prasad was hit on the outside of the left hand when attempting a return catch while bowling today.  X-ray showed a fracture of the 5th metacarpal bone.  The fracture has been realigned and put in a cast. Dhammika will not be available for the upcoming World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket will follow the ICC protocol in order take the process forward.