Kithuruwan Vithanage issued immediate suspension

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Disciplinary Committee find him guilty of misconduct per the SLC constitution and ICC CoC. SLC Issues an immediate suspension from playing all forms of cricket for 1 year. At a Disciplinary Inquiry conducted by the Disciplinary Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket on 16th June 2016 at SLC Headquarters, the Disciplinary Committee has found Kithuruwan Vithanage guilty of misconduct and in breach of ICC Code of Conduct clause(s) 3.1.9.10 and 3.1.9.11 The Disciplinary Committee was presented with written and oral evidence from witnesses to the incident in question and Vithanage was invited to present similar evidence in his defense. After a closed hearing, and in consideration of the evaluation of the evidence presented, the Disciplinary Committee has recommended an immediate suspension,… Read More →

Debutant Asitha bowls Sri Lanka A to narrow win

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Asitha Fernando, who was Sri Lanka’s leading wicket-taker in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, claimed seven wickets on first-class debut, including five in the last innings, to secure a slim victory for Sri Lanka A in Leicester. The result meant Sri Lanka A went 1-0 up in the two-match series against Pakistan A in England. Sri Lanka A 299 (Udawatte 64, Hasan 4-63) and 131 ( Azizullah 4-21, Nawaz 4-31) beatPakistan A 277 (Nawaz 68) and 120 (Asitha 5-33, Pathirana 3-27) by 33 runs 

Buttler, Morgan lead England to T20I win

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Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 73 helped England trounce Sri Lanka by eight wickets in the one-off T20 International in Southampton on Tuesday (July 5). Promoted to open the innings, Buttler gave Sri Lanka’s attack the runaround with four sixes and three fours in a 49-ball innings – his highest ever T20 score. Liam Dawson, the debutant left-arm spinner, took 3 for 27, and Chris Jordan returned 3 for 29 as Sri Lanka was bundled out for 140 after opting to bat. Buttler shared a fluent unbroken 114-run third-wicket partnership with Eoin Morgan, who shrugged off a dislocated finger to score 47 not out, as England got to the target in 17.3 overs. The defeat completed a disappointing tour for Sri Lanka,… Read More →

ENGLAND TEST SERIES: Several positives Sri Lanka can take heart from

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In the harsh rigors of Test cricket, Sri Lanka’s campaign, with two overseas Test series triumphs in the hat having won a 1-off series in 1998 and 1-nil in 2014, did hit a wall. That is considering the bad timing of the 3-test itinerary by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) in favour of the home team. That the lords of the game scheduled the first two tests in the bitter cold climes of Northern England at Leeds and Durham was a bitter pill to swallow for the Sri Lankans who had thrashed England the last time on tour in 2014. The scheduling this time around in the two initial exchanges was clearly an ill consequence of the English… Read More →

Root, Buttler star as England wins series 3-0

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Joe Root (93 of 106 balls) and Jos Buttler (70 off 45 balls) starred in England’s rousing 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in the fifth and final One-Day International in Cardiff on Saturday (July 2). The duo’s 109-run partnership for the fifth wicket helped the home side make 324 for 7. It was a total that proved beyond Sri Lanka’s reach as it was bowled out for 202 with more than 7.2 overs to spare. The result meant England achieved a 3-0 series win, with one tie and one no result. A green-tinged pitch convinced Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, to bowl first after winning the toss. Jason Roy, who won the Man of the Series for his two… Read More →

ICC Annual Conference concludes in Edinburgh

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ICC Media Release The 2016 ICC Annual Conference concluded on Saturday in Edinburgh with the ICC, IDI and IBC Board meetings, which were held under the chairmanship of Mr Shashank Manohar. Among the discussions held, decisions made and reports received were: Significant progress made in the ongoing review of the ICC’s governance structure The Board noted with satisfaction that significant and positive progress had been made by the working group established to oversee a complete review of the 2014 resolutions and constitutional changes. The Board was informed that a draft of a new constitution will be prepared in the coming weeks for consideration by the Board at its October meetings. ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar said: “We have undertaken the responsibility… Read More →

Rampant Roy blasts England to series triumph

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Jason Roy’s magnificent 162 off 118 balls, with 13 fours and three sixes, helped England canter to a six-wicket win on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the fourth One-Day International at The Oval against Sri Lanka and take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday (June 29). The opener batted like a man possessed as he hammered the second highest individual one-day score by an England batsman. The match was reduced to 42-overs-per-side due to rain, but the gloom of the South London skies was lifted by Roy’s strokeplay. His second hundred in three ODIs helped England hunt down the revised victory target of 308 in just 40.1 overs. It was the home side’s second highest successful one-day… Read More →

Kumar Dharmasena – a tremendous job as Elite ICC Umpire

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Kumar Dharmasena is going strong performing a tremendous task as an elite ICC umpire. Having made his foray in 2009 as an ICC accredited umpire in the ODI match between Sri Lanka and India at Dambulla, the former Sri Lanka cricketer was quick into his stride in cementing a name as one of world cricket’s most astute officiator’s in the middle. So much so that by 2012 Dharmasena hit the jackpot as world cricket’s No.1 umpire when he was adjudged the Umpire of the Year at the 2012 ICC Awards. The prestigious award won by a Sri Lankan for the first time at that level has served in enhancing not only the stock of the individual, but as much the… Read More →

England stays ahead after rain ruins third ODI

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England remained 1-0 up against Sri Lanka with two matches left to play after rain meant the third One-Day International in their five-match series ended in a no-result in Bristol on Sunday (June 26). Chasing 249 for victory, England was 16 for 1 from four overs when rain stopped play for good. A minimum of 20 overs was needed in the second innings for a result to be declared under the Duckworth-Lewis method. But the players were off the field when the umpires abandoned the match at 5.30pm local time. On Friday, Sri Lanka had 34.1 overs in the field without any success as England won the second ODI at Edgbaston by ten wickets to go 1-0 up in the five-match series… Read More →