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

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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

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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 →

Sri Lanka under 19 World Cup Squad

Sri Lanka ICC Under 19 World Cup Team Official Photograph

Media Release 27th December, 2017 Given below is the 15 member squad, which will leave for New Zealand to take part in the ICC under 19 Cricket World Cup, scheduled to be held from 06th January to 04th February 2018. Minister of Sports Honourable Dayasiri Jayasekera after considering the appeals made by concerned parties, approved the following original squad sent by the SLC. Kamindu Mendis – Captain Dhananjaya Lakshan Santhush Gunathilaka Hasitha Boyagoda Nawanidu Fernando Nipun Dananjaya Ashen Bandara Kishan Sanjula Nishan Madushka Jehan Daniel Praveen Jayawickrama Haren Buddila Thisaru Rashmika Kalana Perera Nipun Malinga

Tour Itinerary: Sri Lanka’s tour to Bangladesh

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Media Release 27th December, 2017 Sri Lanka will depart to Bangladesh on Saturday, 13th January to take part in a Tri-Nation One-Day Tournament, involving Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, while it will be followed by two test matches and two T20i played vs. Bangladesh. Refer Below for the Tour Itinerary DATE MATCH MATCH TYPE VENUE 17th January, 2018 Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe  ODI – Day Night SBNCS, Dhaka 19th January, 2018 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka ODI – Day Night SBNCS, Dhaka 21st January, 2018 Sri Lanka vz Zimbabwe ODI – Day Night SBNCS, Dhaka 25th January, 2018 Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka ODI – Day Night SBNCS – Dhaka 27th January, 2018 Final – Tri Nation Tournament Day Night SBNCS, Dhaka 31st January,… Read More →

20-20 තරඟාවලියත් ඉන්දියාව 3-0 කින් ජයගනී

Sri Lanka's bowler Dushmantha Chameera (3rd R) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of India's batsman Manish Pandey during the third T20 international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

ශී‍්‍ර ලංකා කි‍්‍රකට් කණ්ඩායමේ 2017 වර්ෂයේ ඉන්දීය කි‍්‍රකට් සංචාරය නොබෝදා (24* නිමාවට පත්වුයේ දෙරට අතර පැවති අවසාන තරඟාවලිය 20-20 තරඟ 03 කින් ඉන්දියාව ජය අත්කර ගනිමිනි. මුම්බායි හි පැවති තෙවන 20-20 තරඟයේදී මුලින්ම පන්දුවට පහරදුන් ශී‍්‍ර ලංකාව ඕවර් 20 අවසානයේ කඩුළු 7 ට ලබාගත් ලකුණු 135 ට පිළිතුරු ලෙසින් ඉන්දීය පිළ කඩුළු 5 කට ලකුණු 139 ක් ලබාගත්තේ ඕවර් 19.2 කදී තරඟය නිමවීමට පන්දු 4 ක් ඉතිරිව තිිබියදීය. දෙරට අතර 20-20 මුල් තරඟ 2 හා සසඳන විට මේ තරඟයේ අවසාන ඕවරය තෙක් ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ප‍්‍රබල ඉන්දීය පිළ සමඟ සටනක නිරත විණි. ඉන්දීය ජයග‍්‍රහණයට අවසාන පන්දු 07 ක් තුළ ලකුණු 09 ක් අවශ්‍යව තිබු අවස්ථාවේ තරඟ ජයග‍්‍රහණය මොන කණ්ඩායමට හිමිවේ දැයි ප‍්‍රශ්නයක් මතු වුණි. එහෙත් 19 වන ඕවරයේ අවසාන පන්දුවට (නුවන්… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s bowlers fight back, but batting mind set a setback as India take T20 series

Sri Lankan bowler Dushmantha Chameera (R) celebrates after taking the wicket of Indian cricketer KL Rahul during the third T20 international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on December 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

Sri Lanka did well to stretch India in the third and final T20 losing by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Having been put in to bat, Sri Lanka’s batting did not live up to expectations totalling 135 for 7 in 20 overs. The setback consequently saw India tightrope it to victory. The Sri Lankan bowlers fought back reducing India to 17 for 1, 2 for 39, 3 for 81 and 4 for 99, but the wall of runs was within the opposition’s reach with the steadying influence of skipper Rohit Sharma’s 27, M.K. Pandey’s 32 with K.D. Karthik on 18 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 16 finishing it on 139 for 5 off 19.2 overs…. Read More →

Thisara’s gamble fails as India amass 260/5 on Sharma’s record ton as Lanka lose

Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) takes a run during the second during the second T20 international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on December 22, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / ----IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE----- / GETTYOUT

By Srian Obeyesekere With the exception of the first three batsmen Niroshan Dickwella (25), Upul Tharanga (47) and Kusal Janith Perera (77),  the rest of the Sri Lankan specialist batsmen must rue their inability to have come good in the second T20 that India won on a massive 260 for 5 wickets. The mountainous Indian total certainly was a tall order for Sri9 Lanka, but it was lamentable that Sri Lanka collapsed from 155 for 3 wickets to 172 all out in 17.2 overs.   Kusal Janith Perera’s half century off 37 balls and in 43 minutes inclusive of 4 boundaries and spiced with a rain of 7 sixes was a fantasic effort as the left hander put on 102… Read More →