Selectors look for solidity in Dhananjaya, Mathews and Shanaka in 15-member Test squad to India

Dhananjaya de Silva

Sri Lanka’s 15-member Test squad to India shortly this month has seen a marked change in batsman Dhananjaya de Silva, all-rounder Dasun Shanaka and former captain Angelo Mathews drafted for the out of form Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva and injured Nuwan Pradeep. On paper, the change does see a semblance of balance opted by the selectors headed by Greame Labrooy.  Both Dhananjaya de Silva and Dasun Shanaka have virtually forced themselves in on the merits of some solid performances in the Sri Lanka A XIs 2-1 series triumph against West Indies A in the Caribbean. De Silva, who skippered the side, nudged the selectors strongly to win back a recall on the strength of topping the batting with 260 runs… Read More →

ඉන්දියාවට යන ශ්‍රී ලංකා ටෙස්ට් කණ්ඩායම

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මේ මස 16 වැනිදා ඇරැඹෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමේ ඉන්දීය සංචාරයේ ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියට නම්කර ඇති ටෙස්ට් සංචිතයෙන් පසුගිය දා පාකිස්තානය සමග තරග වැදුණු කෞෂල්‍ය ද සිල්වා සහ කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස් ඉවත් කර  ඇති අතර ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස් සහ ධනංජය ද සිල්වා කණ්ඩායමට අලුතින් එක්ව සිටිති. හිටපු නායක ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස් ආබාධ මතත් ධනංජය ද සිල්වා ලකුණු අතර නොසිටීමෙන් ද පාකිස්තාන තරගාවලියට සහභාගි නොවීය.  මැතිව්ස් දැන් සුවය ලබා සිටින අතර ධනංජය  ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඒ කණ්ඩායමට නායකත්වය දෙමින් කොදෙව් ඒ පිල සමග නිල නොවන සිව්දින ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය තරග 2 – 1කින් ජය ලබද්දී ශතකයක් හා අර්ධ ශතක දෙකක් ලබා දස්කම් දැක්වීය. තුන් ඉරියව් ක්‍රීඩක අසේල ගුණරත්න සහ ආක්‍රමණශිලි පිතිකරු කුසල් ජනිත් පෙරේරා ඉන්දීය සංචරයට සහභාගි වීමට නියමිතව සිටියත් ඔවුන් තවමත් සම්පූර්ණ සුවය ලබා නොමැති හෙයින්… Read More →

SLC Coaches to obtain ICC Level 3 certification. Coaching staff get a further bolster

Sri Lankan cricketer Thilan Samaraweera speaks during a press conference in Colombo on March 6, 2013. Samaraweera, 36, said his decision to quit was fuelled by the decision of the selectors to drop him from the opening Test against Bangladesh which starts in Galle from Friday.  AFP PHOTO / STR / AFP PHOTO / STR

Colombo 5th November 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today (5) announced that 4 of its Specialist Consultant Coaches – namely Hashan Thilakaratne, Avishka Gunawardena, Hemantha Devepriya and Oshadi Weerasinghe would be travelling to the UAE later this month to complete their ICC Level 3 Coaching certification. The Specialists coaches who have been working the National teams over the past months will participate in the ICC Acadamy Level 3 Coaching Course at the Dubai Sports City on the sponsorship of Sri Lanka Cricket which views it as a strategic investment into Specialist resources. The selected coaches are currently employed as SLC Specialist Consultant Coaches and are assigned to various National teams. Meanwhile SLC also announced today the recruitment of former Sri Lanka… Read More →

India tour Test Squad announced

Sri Lanka Test Team Celebration

Colombo, 5th November 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following squad selected for the Sri Lanka tour of India commencing on the 16th November at Eden Garden’s in Kolkatta. The squad which was ratified by the Minister of Sport, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera, is as follows: 1. Dinesh Chandimal – Captain 2. Dimuth Karunarathne 3. Dhananjaya de Silva 4. Sadeera Samarawickrema 5. Angelo Mathews 6. Lahiru Thirimanne 7. Rangana Herath 8. Suranga Lakmal 9. Dilruwan Perera 10. Lahiru Gamage 11. Lakshan Sandakan 12. Vishwa Fernando 13. Dasun Shanaka 14. Niroshan Dickwella 15. Roshen Silva The squad will depart the island on 8 th November 2017.

Under 19 Squad departs for Under 19 Youth Asia Cup 2017

SL Under 19 team for Asia Cup 2017

Colombo, 5 th November 2017 The Sri Lanka Squad participating the Under 19 Youth Asia Cup 2017 which is as follows will depart the island on 8 th November for the Under 19 Asia Cup to be held in Malaysia from the 9th to 20th November 2017. The Squad which has received the ratification of the Minister of Sport, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera is as follows; 1. Kamindu Mendis – Captain 2. Jehan Daniel – Vice Captain 3. Ashen Bandara 4. Dhananjaya Lakshan 5. Nishan Mathushanka 6. Nipuna Dhananjaya 7. Hasitha Boyagoda 8. Krishan Sanjula 9. Navindu Fernando 10. Randir Ranasinghe 11. Thisaru Rashmika 12. Nipun Ransika 13. P Jayawickrama 14. Kalana Perera 15. K. K. Kevin The selected 15, have… Read More →

Dinesh Chandimal’s statement

Dinesh Chandimal

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to draw your attention to the following transcript of the statement made by Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal at the press briefing held at SLC on (31) which has been deliberately misrepresented by sections of the media Sinhala: ” English : Q- “There were various reports on Social Media stating that you had received blessings from a “maniyo” prior to the Test series. This this help you win, and If so how?” A- “It’s like this – any religion blesses, furthermore no religion enables wrongdoing. Therefore not only this particular person but even if any member of the clergy blesses me I will gladly accept that blessing. Ones beliefs in the effectiveness of this blessing is a… Read More →

Herath is Dialog Cricketer of the Year 2016

Dialog Crickter of the Year - Rangana Herath

Colombo, 1st November 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards night, The Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2017, which honours the performances and achievements of players in both the national and international arena from the period June 2016 – June 2017, was held at the Water’s Edge, Battaramulla last evening. Awards were presented to 58 men’s and women’s cricketers who have excelled in their respective specialist areas over the period June 2016 to June 2017. The adjudicatory panel, which consisted of the Sri Lanka National Selectors – Mr. Graeme Labrooy, Mr. Gamini Wickramasinghe, Mr. Jerryl Wouterz, Mr. Sajith Fernando, Mr. Asanka Gurusinha, the National Women’s Selectors – Ms. Rasanjalee de Alwis, Ms. Thilaka Nilmini and Ms. Indika and the Awards Committee… Read More →

ඓතිහාසික තුන්වැනි 20 – 20 තරගයත් පාකිස්තානය ජයගනී

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera (L) celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's Ahmed Shehzad (not seen) next to Pakistan's Shoaib Malik (R) during the second Twenty20 series cricket match Pakistan vs Sri Lanka on October 27, 2017 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUT

පාකිස්තානයේ ලාහෝර් හි ගඩාෆි ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ පැවැති ශ්‍රී ලංකා – පාකිස්තාන ඓතිහාසික 20 – 20  ට තෙවැනි තරගය ද පාකිස්තානයේ ලකුණු 36ක ජයග්‍රහණයක් අත්කරගත්තේ තරගවලිය ද 3- 0ත් ලෙස ජයගනිමිනි.  වසර ගණනාවකට පසුව ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමක් පාකිස්තාන භූමියේ තරග වදිනු දැකීමට එරට ක්‍රීඩා ලෝලීන් ගඩාෆි ක්‍රීඩාංගණය අතුරු සිදුරු නැතිව  පිරෙන්නට පැමිණි සිටීම විශේෂත්වයකි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා නායක තිසර පෙරේරා කාසියේ වාසිය දිනා මුලින් පන්දුව පහරදීමට පාකිස්තානයට ඇරියුම් කළ අවස්ථාවේ අබුඩාබි හි සෙයඩ් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ මෙන් නොව ලකුණු ලබාගැනීම පාරාදීසියක් වන ගඩාෆි ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දී පාකිස්තාන පිතිකරුවන් සිය ඕවර 20 අවසානයේ කඩුලු තුනකට ලකුණු 180ක් ලබමින් ලබාගත්තේ ප්‍රබල ස්ථාවරත්වයකි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඕවර 20 අවසානයේ කඩුලු 9ක් දැවී ලබා ගත්තේ ලකුණු 144කි. ලකුණු අතර සිටින ප්‍රවීණ පිතිකරු ෂොයිඩ් මලික් නැවත වතාවක් තම පැරැණි සුපුරුදු දක්ෂතා පෙන්වමින්… Read More →

Western Province Central clinch Prima Under 15 Inter Provincial Tournament Title

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Western Province Central won the Prima Under 15 Inter-Provincial Cricket Tournament after obtaining first innings points against Western Province South in the final played at the SSC ground in Colombo on Saturday Brief Score: Western Province South 96 all out (Pasindu Pathum 28, Chamod Gihan 23: Sampath Nissanka 5/26, Tashik Nirmal 4/23) and 187 for 9d (Prabashwara Herath 27, Sukitha Manoj 74 n.o.: Tashik Nirmal 4/59, Kavindu Pathiratna 2/31) Western Province Central 170 all out (Tashik Nirmal 37, Bawantha Harith 49 n.o.: Chamod Gihan 2/15, Vinuja Ranpul 2/30, B. Mendis 2/35, B. Ninuka 2/47) and 75 for 6 (Vinuka Rubasinghe 24: Ashan Fernando 3/16, Piyanga Mendis 2/11)