Sri Lanka to face South Africa in first Champions Trophy match

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ICC Media Release •    Former winners Sri Lanka and South Africa to lock horns at The Oval on 3 June India will launch its ICC Champions Trophy title defence against traditional rival Pakistan when the two Asian powerhouses go head to head at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 4 June 2017. The 18-day tournament will run from 1 to 18 June 2017 and will also see matches played at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff and The Oval in London. A couple of days before this mouth-watering all-Asian clash, Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in a repeat of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final at Edgbaston. Event host and 2004 and 2013 finalist England will take on Bangladesh in… Read More →

Nuwan Kulasekera announces his test retirement; Intends to concentrate on shorter format

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Former ODI No.1 spot holder Nuwan Kulasekara has announced his retirement from Test Cricket with immediate effect. In a letter addressed to SLC, Kulasekera says, “I would like to retire from playing Test cricket with immediate effect. After much thought I believe it is the right time to retire and I hope it will allow me to better prepare for ODI and T20 cricket, which I would like to continue playing for Sri Lanka subject to good performance and selection” The former strike bowler with 48 test wickets to his name and best innings figures of 4/21, was ranked the ICC ODI No1 bowler in March 2009 after a 47 wicket haul in the preceding eleven months. His prowess is… Read More →

Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect bowling action

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the second Test against England, which the host won at Chester-le-Street on Monday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 29-year-old’s bowling action. Eranga’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. Details of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions can… Read More →

Cook tops 10,000 as England grabs winning 2-0 lead

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Alastair Cook became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as England sealed a series win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Monday (May 30). England completed an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test with more than a day to spare to taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Cook was unbeaten on 47 as England eased to its target of 79 after Dinesh Chandimal made a fine century to lift Sri Lanka, following on, to 475 in its second innings. Nick Compton, who hit the winning runs, finished 22 not out. Cook started his innings needing just five runs to reach the milestone, and got there with a boundary through mid-wicket off Nuwan Pradeep. In the process,… Read More →

Mathews, Silva, Chandimal fifties shore up Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka put up its best batting performance of the ongoing Test series against England on the third day of the second game at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Sunday (May 29). Bowled out for 101 in its first innings and asked to follow on, Sri Lanka reached 309 for 5 at stumps, with Angelo Mathews leading the way with a knock of 80 before becoming the last wicket to fall for the day. The day started with Sri Lanka 91 for 8 in its first innings in 40 overs. The innings lasted for 3.3 overs after that as Stuart Broad and James Anderson picked up the last two wickets. Broad finished with figures of 4 for 40, while Anderson and… Read More →

SLC Cricket Aid Shramadhana Campaign

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Over 300 volunteers of SLC’s Cricket Aid comprised of staff, coaches, cricketers and well wishers spent the day at a Shramadhana organised to assist the flood effected in resettlement. Cricket Aid distributed over 3000 aid packages that contained dry rations, bedding, clothing and toiletries and 10,000 Litres of potable water. Volunteers cleaned and helped in resettlement of over 500 houses. The campaign is set to continue in the coming week with School books and uniforms being distributed as a second phase.

Australia name Test Match Squad for Sri Lanka tour

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Cricket Australia has announced a 15-man Test squad ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka due to take place from July this year. New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques will return to the squad for the first time since 2013. Henriques, 29, played his only three Tests to date for Australia on the 2013 tour of India. He was named earlier this month in the Australia ‘A’ squad for the Quadrangular Series this winter in Queensland in August and September, but will now move to national duties. Australia will embark on its first Test tour since ascending to the No.1 ranking earlier this year in the wake of its 2-0 series win over New Zealand in New Zealand. Victorian paceman… Read More →

President ACC and President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala extends hearty congratulations to the new President of BCCI

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President ACC and SLC, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala together with the members of the Board, the Executive Committee and the Management of the ACC, and of Sri Lanka Cricket, congratulate Mr. Anurag Thakur on his election as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. In a congratulatory letter to the new BCCI chief, Hon. Sumathipala said “… Your unanimous victory reflects the confidence and faith of the membership of the BCCI … I am confident that under your leadership the game will continue to progress and flourish …” The 42-year-old Thakur replaces Mr. Shashank Manohar who is the newly appointed Chairman of the International Cricket Council. The former Secretary whilst being the youngest elected President, is also… Read More →

Dushmantha Chameera sustains injury to lower back

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24 year old right-arm fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera who rattled the England lower order with 3 quick wickets in the 1st Investec Test has sustained an injury to his lower back, and will be returning to Colombo for further treatment and rest. Chameera, who scalped the seemingly unstoppable Jonny Bairstow on 140, underwent a MRI/CT Scan this morning, which has indicated a stress fracture to his lower back, and medical recommendation is treatment and rest for as much as four months. Medium-fast bowler Dhammika Prasad also returned to Sri Lanka with an injury to his shoulder last week, and is currently undergoing treatment. National Selectors headed by Sanath Jayasuriya will meet within the next 24 hours, to decide on a… Read More →

Simon Willis appointed High Performance Manager

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Kent Cricket high performance director Simon Willis has been appointed high performance manager at Sri Lanka Cricket. The wicketkeeper-batsman will take up his appointment overlooking the National Academy from the 1st of June 2016. Speaking about the appointment, the 42 year old Englishman says “I am very grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for offering me this exciting new opportunity … I see it as an exciting time to get involved with Sri Lanka Cricket and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together” The appointment of a High Performance Manager is just one of the progressive strides taken by SLC in consultation with the newly appointed Cricket Advisory Committee. Sri Lanka Cricket has focused on high performance… Read More →

Anderson ten propels England to win

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James Anderson ran through Sri Lanka’s line up once again, picking up the third ten-wicket haul of his career, as England bowled the visiting side out for 119 to complete an innings and 88-run win on the third day of the first Test at Headingley on Saturday (May 21). The home side leads the three-match series 1-0. Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, finished with figures of 5 for 29 to add to his return of 5 for 16 in Sri Lanka’s first innings 91. His haul for the day included Kusal Mendis, who rode his luck to make 53 — an innings where he gave four chances. Sri Lanka resumed in the morning on one without loss. The overcast… Read More →

National Cricket team joins flood relief efforts

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The Sri Lanka National team expresses their solidarity with the nation. Donates Rs. 1 million to aid flood relief through Cricket Aid. Funds disbursed for potable water, medical supplies and other essentials. Immediate relief measures being coordinated. In a short message to the nation aired on television and via social media, captain Angelo Matthews expressed the distress of the national team, away in England and said “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the floods and landslides …. we love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you” in the face of the widespread damage and loss of life and livelihood caused by the catastrophic and incessant rains. The team wore black armbands as they opened their… Read More →