Suranga Lakmal found guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been fined for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code for Players and Players Support Personnel during his side’s Pool A match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 against England at the Wellington Regional Stadium in Wellington on Sunday. Lakmal was fined 30 per cent of his match fee by David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees, after he pleaded guilty to breaching Article 2.1.8, that relates to ‘conduct contrary to the spirit of the game’. The incident happened in the 50th over of England’s innings when Lakmal bowled a second consecutive high full pitched ball to Jos Buttler, after being given a first and final warning by… Read More →

Sangakkara, Thirimanne lead Sri Lanka to big win

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England hasn’t been at its best at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, but it does appear to have a blueprint. And, for half of the Sunday (March 1) game it worked just fine. The second half, not so much. The result, in terms of its margin if not in performance, speed or sheer devastation, was even worse than the defeat New Zealand handed England at the same ground nine days ago, Sri Lanka beating it by nine wickets after chasing down 310. Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara scored contrasting but equally effective centuries in a massive unbroken 212-run stand to take Sri Lanka over the line with 16 balls in hand. England must be glad to leave New Zealand on Monday, although one wonders whether its recent record in… Read More →

Dilshan reflects on Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh

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listen to ‘Dilshan reflects on Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom listen to ‘Dilshan (Sinhalese) reflects on Man of the Match performance against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom Full Transcript Q. Dilshan, what does it mean for you to break Aravinda’s record? He had the record for the highest knock in World Cup innings, 145 against Kenya in the ’96 World Cup. What does it mean for you to break his record? TILLAKARATNE DILSHAN: I don’t know. Just I know is I broke the record of Aravinda. I’m not thinking for record, I just try to bat maximum for the country. It’s great having records in books, as well. Really enjoying batting in the middle. That I think has… Read More →

Sri Lanka trumps Bangladesh after Dilshan, Sangakkara tons

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Sri Lanka brought its full range of experience into play, with a dominant display against Bangladesh at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday (February 26). A fine display with both bat and ball helped Sri Lanka to a 92-run victory that also saw it leapfrog Bangladesh in the Pool A table of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The pitch at the MCG had patches of green on it, but was still considered favourable to the batsmen. So it was no surprise that Angelo Mathews opted to bat first, and the decision was justified by his top order.Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara hammered centuries, while Lahiru Thirimanne contributed a fifty, as Sri Lanka posted a mammoth 332 for 1.     Bangladesh couldn’t front up well enough, and… Read More →

Angelo Mathews previews match against Bangladesh

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listen to ‘Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews previews match against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom listen to ‘Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews (Sinhalese) previews match against Bangladesh’ on audioBoom Full Transcript Q. Angelo, can you give us an update on when will be arriving? If he arrives on time, will he be available for tomorrow’s game? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah, hopefully, Upul (Tharanga) will be arriving tonight, but, Jeevan (Mendis), he’ll be out for minimum of two to three weeks. So he’ll be out of the series, and be going back after this game. I mean, yes, hopefully we’ll be in contention, but among the managers and selectors we’ll decide whether we want to play him or not. Q. How is the bowling situation… Read More →

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 →

MUTTIAH MURALIDARAN: Don’t Panic!

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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

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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

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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

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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 →