ශ්‍රී ලංකාව කඩුලු 4ට 227 

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එක්සත් අරාබි එමීර් රාජ්‍යයේ අබුඩාබි හි දී 28 වැනිදා ආරම්භ වූ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පාකිස්තාන පස්දින ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේ කාසියේ වාසිය දිනා, මුලින් පන්දුවට පහර දුන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම දිනය නිමා වනවිට කඩුලු 4කට ලකුණු 227ක් ලබා සිටියේය.  දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල් නොදැවී ලකුණු 60ක් ද නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල නොදැවී ලකුණු 42ක් ද ලබා සිටියහ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව යම් ස්ථාවර තත්ත්වයකට ගෙන ඒමට ආරම්භක පිතිකරු දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න හා නායක දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල්ගේ දක්ෂතා බෙහෙවින් දායක වූහ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව කඩුලු 3කට ලකුණු 61ක් පමණක් ලබා, අවදානම් තත්ත්වයක සිටියදී දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න සහ දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල් සිව්වන කඩුල්ලට ලකුණු 100ක් රැස්කර (ඕවර 41කදී) අසීරු තත්ත්වයෙන් ලංකාව ගොඩගැනීමට ක්‍රියා කළහ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඉනිම සෙමින් ගොඩනැගුනත් අවශ්‍ය තරම් ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවක් කරා යාමට පිතිකරුවන්ට මේ ක්‍රියාමාර්ගය ගත යුතු විණි.  දිමුත්ගේ හා චන්දිමාල්ගේ ශතකයක සබඳතාවයෙන් පසුව මුළු ලකුණු 161 දී මොහමඩ් අබ්බාස්ගේ පන්දුවකට කරුණාරත්න පහරක් එල්ල කර දුවයාමට සැරසුණු විට දුවද්දී දැවීමට හසුව දැවී ගියේ ලකුණු 93ක් ලබා සිටියදීය.  දිමුත්ට අහිමිවූයේ අගනා පස්වන ටෙස්ට් ශතකයයි.  එහෙත් ඔහු 12 වන අර්ධ ශතකය ලැබීය.  ශතකය පෙනි පෙනී ඊට ලකුණු හතක් අඩුවෙන් දැවී යනවිට දිමුත් සිය 42… Read More →

Karunaratne a solid 93 in Sri Lanka’s 227/4; Chandimal 60*, Dickwella 42*

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Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne proved to be Sri Lanka’s anchorman stroking a solid 93 off 205 balls to pull his side out of the rut of 61 for 3 wickets to 227 for 4 in 90 overs at the close on a green top wicket in Abu Dhabi on the opening day of the first Test match against Pakistan Thursday. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal was unbeaten on a painstaking 60 off 184 balls spanning 6 boundaries having shared in a productive 66-run unbroken partnership with wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella who was on a quick fire 63-ball 42 studded with 5 boundaries and a six.  That Karunaratne’s innings ended by a tragic run out going for a cheeky single with his captain the non-striker Dinesh Chandimal not responding was an agony from the ecstasy of having done the hard repair work. Indeed, Karunaratne carried back to the pavilion the grief… Read More →

Roshen and Sadeera tipped to debut in first Test vs Pakistan

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Batsmen Roshen Silva and Sadeera Samarawickrema are strongly touted to play in the First Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday in Abu Dhabi as Sri Lanka quests to break its hoodoo of losses recently. Head Coach Pothas, who has reportedly stated that it is time to shed the transition tag, has singled out the left handed Roshen Silva with a sound domestic record as the most consistent batsman in the last six years as almost certain to fill in the vacant No.5 berth for the injury sidelined Angelo Mathews. The 28-old year old Colts CC product has averaged a pleasing 55.81 in this year’s Premier League Tournament on 614 runs and has been tapping on the door for big stage… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket salutes Sangakkara

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara as he is carried by unseen teammates at close of play on the fifth and final day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on August 24, 2015.  Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara bid a tearful farewell to international cricket on August 24, 2015 and was immediately offered the post of the island's top envoy in Britain where he plays county cricket.   AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S.KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket takes pleasure in saluting one of its greatest stars of recent times on the latest honour bestowed upon him by the County of Surrey of offering him an honorary life time membership in the club. This follows Sangakkara’s three year stint of playing for the county for the County Championship following the ex Sr Lankan cricketer’s retirement from playing in the national team. This act of appreciation follows Sangakkara’s honorary membership at MCC a couple of years ago. * This is a great tribute to Sangakkara and to cricket in Sri Lanka’ said Sumathipala the President of SLC. ‘We at SLC are proud of him and value the prestige bestowed on him and thank him for the… Read More →

SLC donates Rs. 1.6Mn. for Association of Cricket Umpires office complex

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The Association of Cricket Umpires (ACU) realized a long felt dream of getting a headquarters office of its own after 74 years, Friday September 22. The ceremonial opening took place on an auspicious note with the President of the Association of Cricket Umpires, Member of Parliament, Dr. Buddhika Pathirana and its 744 strong membership attending with a special feature being the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Thilanga Sumathipla as the Chief Guest. A highlight was the donation of Rs.1.6 million by Sri Lanka Cricket towards the setting up of the office complex. The cheque was handed over by SLC president to the ACU Treasurer, Roshan Dhammika soon after the opening. Making the welcome speech, Located at the P. Saravanamuththu… Read More →

National cricketers refute Pramodya’s baseless allegations; request SLC for inquiry

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22nd September 2017 The national cricketers including 40 contracted players have called for an immediate inquiry in to certain ‘shocking’ allegations made by former Sri Lanka cricketer and selector, Pramodya Wickremasinghe insinuating unnatural and mysterious match patterns. The cricketers, in a petition signed by all including both captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), have drawn attention in to what they say was shockingly disparaging and hurtful statements by Wickremasinghe to a private television station that tend to give the general public a suspicious impression about them. The players have drawn exception to Wickremasinghe’s ‘serious’ allegations highlighting nine issues that unnatural and mysterious match patterns take place. They have refuted the allegations as totally baseless and… Read More →

Blessings from SLC President, cricketers who receive Sports Festival torch

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The country’s ongoing 41st National Sports Festival is the rage these days, and it took on the pomp and pageantry associated with this colorful annual event as the torch wended its way through the city metropolis to the Ministry of Sports. The spotlight of this traditional showpiece did attract the cricket loving fraternity as well who were lined up to shower their blessings on the grand spectacle. Some of the national cricketers were on hand with Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala showing the way. Here, they are pictured opposite the SLC headquarters receiving the torch bearers.

කණ්ඩායමේ නව වෙනස්කම් කිහිපයෙන් අලුත් බලාපොරොත්තු ඇතිවේවි – ක්‍රිකට් ප්‍රධාන විධායක

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ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ දුර්වල ප්‍රතිඵල ලැබුණු කාලපරිච්ඡේදයක් පසුගිය දිනවල තිබුණා. නව තේරීම් කමිටුවක් නව කණ්ඩායමක් සමග පාකිස්තාන සංචාරයේදී අපට නැවත වතාවක් යහපත් ප්‍රතිඵල පෙන්වීමට අවස්ථාව උදාවේවි. ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ දියුණුව වෙනුවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය නිරතුරුවම ක්‍රියාකරන්නේ යැයි එහි ප්‍රධාන විධායක ඈෂ්ලි ද සිල්වා මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කරයි. ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ක්‍රීඩකයන් කිහිපදෙනෙකුම පාකිස්තාන සංචාරයට ඇතුළත් වනවා. තරුණ දක්ෂයන් සමග ඔවුන් මේ සංචාරයේ දී අප අපේක්ෂා කරන වෙනස සිදුකරනු ඇතැයි බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නේ යැයි ද ඈෂ්ලි ද සිල්වා පවසයි. පාකිස්තානය සමග පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකකට එක්දින තරග පහකට හා 20 – 20 තරග තුනකට සහභාගි වීම මේ මස 24 වැනිදා එක්සත් අරාබි එමීර් රාජ්‍ය බලායන ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ තරග වැඩ සටහන පිළිබඳව මාධ්‍ය දැනුවත් කිරීම සඳහා පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේ දී ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක… Read More →

Hope in new players in the fold for Pakistan – CEO

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Change in outlook in the national cricket in new selectors and a set of new players among seniors has generated new hope for Sri Lanka embarking on the test tour of Pakistan on Saturday, September 24. “With the new selection committee and some new players change brings hope and people look forward to hear of positive results,” was the expectant message from Sri Lanka Cricket’s (CEO), Ashley De Silva to the media who could encourage the players at Thursday’s media briefing in view of the first leg of the tour. Sri Lanka play the first Test from September 28 to October 2 in Abu Dhabi, and the second Test from October 6 to 10 in a historic day-night game with… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad against Pakistan announced

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Colombo, 20th September 2017 Sri Lanka has declared the following Test Squad ahead of their 2 Test series against Pakistan commencing on the 28th of September in Abu Dhabi, UAE next week. Dinesh Chandimal – Captain, Lahiru Thirimanna – Vice Captain, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, Sadheera Samarawickrema, Roshen Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishva Fernando, Lahiru Gamage. Standby: Dhananjaya De Silva, Jeffery Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Kumara, Dasun Shanaka.

Sri Lanka qualify for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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ICC Media Release The 1996 champions join hosts England, Australia, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa to progress automatically for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over event The Windies can still qualify for the World Cup by finishing in the top two of next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier Sri Lanka have qualified for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after the Windies lost the first ODI against England at Old Trafford on Tuesday. With 30 September 2017 set as the cut-off date for automatic qualification for the ICC’s pinnacle 50-over tournament, the Windies (78 points) now cannot move ahead of Sri Lanka (86 points) on the MRF Tyres ICC ODI Team Rankings irrespective of how their remaining matches against England… Read More →