Sri Lanka and Bangladesh poised for test of strength with Zimbabwe breathing down


TRI NATION ODI SERIES The tri-nation ODI series featuring Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, from January 15 to 27 will generate keen interest. While Sri Lanka and Bangladesh go in to the series having drawn 1-all   when they last met in 2017 in Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe registered a 3-2 maiden series win against Sri Lanka in 2017. Sri Lanka does hold a tournament leverage having won the previous tri-series when the same teams met in Bangladesh in January 2009. Bangladesh will play Zimbabwe in the tri-series opener in Dhaka where all seven day-night matches, including the final, will be held. Each side will face each other twice during the league stage. The triangular does carry a significant element in the… Read More →

ශ්‍රී ලංකා එක්දින කණ්ඩායම සෙනසුරාදා බංග්ලාදේශයට

Sri Lankan cricket team celebrates the wicket of Indian cricketer Manish Pandey with during the first One day international (ODI) cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Himachal Pradesh cricket association stadium in Dharamshala on December 10, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

බංග්ලාදේශයේ දී මේ මස 15 වැනිදා ආරම්භ වන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – බංග්ලාදේශ – සිම්බාබ්වේ තුන්කොන් එක්දින ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට සහභාගි වන ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස්ගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුත් ක්‍රීඩකයන් 16කගෙන් සමන්විත ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම සෙනසුරාදා (13) බංග්ලාදේශය බලා පිටත්ව යති. මේ තරගාවලියට එක්දින තරග හතක් ඇතුලත් වන අතර, මූලික වටයේ දී එක් කණ්ඩායමක් අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම් හා තරග දෙකක් බැගින් තරග හයකට සහභාගි වේ.  ලීග් ක්‍රමයට මූලික තරග පැවැත්වීමෙන්  පසු ඉදිරියෙන් සිටින කණ්ඩායම් දෙක ජනවාරි 27 වැනිදා ඩකාහිදී අවසාන මහා තරගයට සහභාගී වේ. ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස් (ශ්‍රී ලංකාව) මෂ්රෆි මොටාසා (බංග්ලාදේශය) හා ග්‍රේම් ක්‍රීමර් (සිම්බාබ්වේ) කණ්ඩායම් තුනේ නායකත්වයන් දරති.  ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් කවුන්සලයේ එක්දින කණ්ඩායම් ශ්‍රේණිගත කිරීමේදී දැනට බංග්ලාදේශය හත්වන ස්ථානයේත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව අටවන ස්ථානයේත් සිම්බාබ්වේ නවවන ස්ථානයේත් පසුවෙති.  2019 ලෝක කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට තව මාස… Read More →

මැතිව්ස් එක්දින නායකත්වයට

Angelo Mathews & Dinesh Chandimal

ප්‍රධාන ක්‍රිකට් පුහුණුකරු, චන්දික හතුරුසිංහගේ නව සැලැස්ම සහ ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ නව පරිපාලන ප්‍රතිපත්ති සාර්ථක කරගැනීමේ අරමුණින්, එක්දින හා විස්සයි විස්ස කණ්ඩායම්වල නායකත්වය හිටපු ක්‍රිකට් නායක ඇන්ජලෝ මැතිව්ස් වෙත නැවත පිරිනැමූ බව පවසන ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා මෙමගින් නුදුරු අනාගතයේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ විශාල ප්‍රගතියක් ඇතිවනු ඇතැයි ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. ඒ මහතා එසේ ප්‍රකාශ කළේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමේ එක්දින හා 20-20 කණ්ඩායම්වල නායකයා නම් කිරීම සහ මේ මස 13 වැනිදා බංග්ලාදේශය බලා පිටත්ව යන ශ්‍රී ලංකා එක්දින කණ්ඩායම ප්‍රකාශයට පත් කිරීම සඳහා එස්.එස්.සී. ක්‍රීඩාංගනයේ පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවක දී ය. එහිදී වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක්වූ තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා, “මේ ගතවන්නේ ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය ප්‍රතිසංවිධානය කිරීමෙන් පසු නව වැඩපිළිවෙලේ සමාරම්භක අවධියයි.  නව ප්‍රධාන පුහුණුකරු, චන්දික හතුරුසිංහ වැඩ භාරගැනීමෙන් පසු කෙටි,… Read More →

Mathews named long term ODI/T20 captain; Chandimal recalled

Angelo Mathews appointed as Limted Over Captain

Former captain Angelo Mathews was reappointed Sri Lanka’s ODI and T20 captain by the national selectors in a move that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala described as a roundly unanimous decision by the national selectors on the recommendations of Head Coach, Chandika Hathurusinghe and SLCs management headed by CEO Ashley de Silva. The whole exercise was based on the new coach’s new strategy of a short term, medium and long term plan of optimising the national team to winning heights. Hathurusinghe chipped in to say that ‘I thought Mathews is the best person to captain the ODI team.’ My only concern is player fitness, but we have a long term plan in place,” he grated. Mathews, aged 30,… Read More →

Sri Lanka name 16-member squad for Bangladesh Tri-Series

Sri Lanka ODI Team

09th January, 2018 Given below is the 16 member squad, which will leave to Bangladesh to take part in the upcoming Tri-Nation series between Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The team will depart to Bangladesh on the 13th January, 2018. Minister of Sports Honorable Dayasiri Jayasekera has given his approval to the squad. Angelo Mathews Upul Tharanga Danushka Gunathilaka Kusal Mendis Dinesh Chandimal Kusal Janith Perera Thisara Perera Asela Gunaratne Niroshan Dickwella Suranga Lakmal Nuwan Pradeep Dushmantha Chameera Shehan Madushanka Akila Dananjaya Lakshan Sandakan Wanidu Hasaranga

SLC appointed Angelo Mathews as the White-Ball Captain of the National team

Angelo Mathews

09th January, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket’s National Selection Panel has appointed Angelo Mathews as the White-Ball Captain of the National team on a long term basis. Mathews, who earlier led the team in all formats, agreed to once again lead the team in the white-ball format, following a request made by the SLC President Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala. “I invited Angelo to reconsider and accept the Captaincy once again, further to the lengthy discussions I had with the Head Coach, Selectors and the Management of the SLC” said Mr. Sumathipala. The upcoming Tri-Nation ODI tournament in Bangladesh will be Mathews first assignment as the Captain. In the meantime, Dinesh Chandimal will continue to be the Captain of the Test Team.

Sri Lanka Cricket is well towards achieving the twin goals of sporting and financial success

SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala addressing the employees of SLC at the commencement of work for the new year

Media Release  8th January, 2018 President of Sri Lanka Cricket Thilanga Sumathipala says Sri Lanka Cricket is in the right direction towards achieving the twin goals of sporting and financial success. Addressing the employees of Sri Lanka Cricket, while commencing work for the year 2018 at the SLC, Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala said within two years of his election, he along with the SLC employees was able to turnaround Sri Lanka Cricket’s financial position from poor to strong.  “When we took over two years ago, SLC was indebted for a sum of Rs. 5 billion and we were in a quandary as to how we are going to turn around SLC, now, after two years, I am happy to say we… Read More →

SLC Extraordinary General Meeting – 07/01/2018

Mr Thilanga Sumathipala, Roshan Biyanwila, Mohan de Silva

Media Release 07th January, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket’s General Membership at an Extraordinary General Meeting held this morning at the SLC Special Marquee, (07th January, 2017) unanimously resolved as follows: >To adopt the proposed amendments to the Constitution of Sri Lanka Cricket made in accordance with the regulations imposed by the Minister of Sports under section 41 read with section 31 of the Sports Law, No 25 of 1973 by the Gazette Notification No 2006/13 of 2017.02.13 and Gazette Notification No 2017/41 of 2017.05.05 and such other amendments. >To Elect, uncontested, Air Commodore Roshan Biyanwela as the Hony. Secretary of SLC. >To ratify the Code of Tournament Rules, Playing Conditions and Domestic Tournament Structure approved by the Executive Committee of… Read More →

Dr. Phil Jauncey starts working with SL Cricketers

Dr. Phil Jauncey conducting his first session with the players, while Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha looks on

Media Release  04th January, 2018 Dr. Phil Jauncey, the Australian based performance psychologist, who was invited by Sri Lanka Cricket to help raise the performance levels of the national cricket team, started his stint with the Lankan team on Wednesday, 03rd January, 2018 at the SLC headquarters. “We invited Jauncey to work with us at the request of our New Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who wanted us to bring him here to work with our players,” Said Thilanga Sumathipala, President of Sri Lanka Cricket. Accordingly, the performance psychologist is currently working with the Sri Lankan national side, where he will focus on identifying the personality traits of each player, the best communication and learning method suited for each player and also… Read More →

SLC will announce its limited over captain on the 09th January

Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal

Media Release  04th January, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will announce its limited over captain on the 09th January, 2018. This was decided following a discussion held yesterday (03rd January, 2018) at Sri Lanka Cricket, over the appointment of a white-ball captain to lead the Sri Lankan side into the future. Mr. Thilanga Sumathipala, President, SLC, Mr. K. Mathivanan, Vice President, In-charge of International Cricket, SLC, Mr. Ashley De Silva, CEO of the SLC, Mr. Graeme Labrooy, Chairman of the National Selection Panel, Mr. Asanka Gurusinha, Sri Lanka Cricket Manager and Mr. Chandika Hathurusinghe, the Head Coach of the team was present at the meeting.  “During the discussion, the Chairman of selectors informed me that they are considering appointing either… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket sponsors the Sri Lanka Blind Cricket team to the World Cup

Sri Lanka Cricket sponsors the Sri Lanka Blind Cricket team to the World Cup1

Media Release  2nd January, 2018 Sri Lanka Cricket sponsored the Sri Lanka Blind Cricket team that will participate in the 5th edition of the 40-over Blind Cricket World Cup, scheduled to take place from 09th to 22nd January 2018 in UAE and Lahore. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) sponsorship package of Rs. 1.1 million covers cricket equipment and air travel of the 17-member squad and 3 officials that will take wing to Dubai on January 6. The SLC also provided the 40-over Blind Cricket World Cup team with side wickets of the NCC, Center wickets of the Surrey Maggona and also a coach to conduct practices targeting the world cup. In addition to this sponsorship, The SLC also sponsored the team’s… Read More →

Changing player approach the key to arresting decline, and it’s strictly cricket business – Hathurusinghe

Chandika Hathurusingha at Coaching Session

New Sri Lanka Head Coach Chandika Hathursinghe got down to brass tacks in his first training session with his charges yesterday at the R. Premadasa Stadium driving home the message that players must fall in line or part while stressing that his overall focus would be the 2019 World Cup on optimising player skills of what he had identified as a potential cast to coming out of a stagnating cocoon to doing the right thing. The 49-year old former Sri Lanka, Moors and Tamil Union all-rounder, who has graduated to be ranked among the top three contemporary international coaches, identified this as the main bane. He was addressing the media soon after. He stressed that the name of the game… Read More →

ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයන්ගෙන් අනාගතයේ හොඳ දස්කම් බලාපොරොත්තු වන්න – චන්දික හතුරුසිංහ


ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයන්ගේ දක්ෂතා හා හැකියාවන් තමා හොඳින් අධ්‍යයනය කළ අතර, නුදුරු අනාගතයේදීම ඔවුන් දැනට වඩා උපරිමයෙන් දක්ෂතා පෙන්වනු ඇති බවට තමාට සියයට සියයක්ම විශ්වාස යැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකා ජාතික ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායමේ නව ප්‍රධාන පුහුණුකරු චන්දික හතුරුසිංහ ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම සමග පැවැති ප්‍රථම පුහුණු සැසි වාරයෙන් පසුව ප්‍රකාශ කළේය. චන්දික හතුරුසිංහ ප්‍රධාන පුහුණුකරු ලෙස පත්වීමෙන් පසු ප්‍රථම පුහුණු සැසිවාරය මාළිගාවත්ත ආර්. ප්‍රේමදාස ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ දී පැවැත්විණි.  පුහුණු සැසියෙන් පසුව වැඩිදුරටත් අදහස් දැක් වූ චන්දික හතුරුසිංහ “ක්‍රීඩකයනගේ විනය පිළිබඳව මා දැඩි සැලකිල්ලක් දක්වනවා.  අතීතයේ දී ඔවුන් කළ කී දේ වැඩක් නෑ.  සාර්ථක ප්‍රතිඵල ගන්න අනාගතයේ දී දැඩි විනයක් ද අවශ්‍යයි” කීවේය. “මාගේ පළමු තරගාවලිය ලෙස බංග්ලාදේශ තරගාවලියම ලැබීම සතුටක්.  ඔවුනගේ හැකියාවන් මා දන්නා තරමටම මා හිතන ආකාරයත් බංග්ලාදේශ ක්‍රීඩකයන් දන්නවා.  එම සංචාරයට… Read More →