Colombo, 24th June 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (24) announced that Graham Ford, would be stepping down from his post as Head Coach of the Sri Lanka National Team. The 56 year old South African affectionately known as ‘Fordy’ was headhunted for the post in February last year and has in his quiet and confident way steered the team to many a milestone. Fordy, a popular and well respected coach no doubt worked his magic on the Sri Lankan side when he steered them to a historic Test Series victory over the then No. 1 ranked Australia in August last year – following on with a Triangular Series victory in Zimbabwe and a T20 series victory in Australia. Commenting on… Read More →
22 nd June 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday (21) announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness & conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo. The move comes in the wake of Sri Lanka’s unfortunate exit in the quarter final stage of the Champions Trophy 2017, where they lost to eventual champions Pakistan in a nail-biting game on the 12th of June. Elaborating on the plans set in motion, Team manager Asanka Gurusinha stated – “We know how much resource and effort was invested in the team ahead of the CT17, and we now how much effort each… Read More →
A message of congratulation sent to the President PCB from SLC on the occasion of Pakistan’s incredible victory of the #CT17 : “On behalf of the Executive Committee, the Sri Lanka National team and the entire cricket loving populace of Sri Lanka may I offer my heartiest congratulations to the Pakistan National Team on a well deserved and resounding victory in the Champions Trophy 2017. They say that cricket is unpredictable – and this tournament most certainly proved it. A tournament of epic proportions, where on every day and every pitch cricket was the ultimate hero. Team Pakistan have played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament, and we are proud and privileged as a fellow Asian Nation. Cricket is the beat… Read More →
By Kumar Sangakkara A Sri Lanka versus Pakistan virtual quarter-final was always likely to be an intriguing encounter with an unpredictable outcome – in the end Pakistan scraped through, thanks to some woeful lapses in the field from Sri Lanka and a really gutsy 61 not out from Sarfraz Ahmed. It was a fantastic low-scoring game of cricket, full of twists and turns as both teams made plenty of mistakes, but ultimately Sri Lanka made more mistakes and it ultimately cannot claim it deserved a victory. At one stage, Pakistan’s triumph appear unlikely after a brilliant spell from Nuwan Pradeep, who has been the most threatening of the Sri Lanka bowlers throughout this tournament. Bowling with heart and aggression, he… Read More →
Q. Angelo, there’s a feeling in the cricket world that Sri Lanka is the worst fielding team in the world. Given today’s performance, is there any reason why you disagree with that? ANGELO MATHEWS: Looking at today’s performance, well, I thought we were pathetic once again. If we had held those catches, it would have been a different story today, especially at very crucial times — first over, and towards the end, where we let go of Sarfraz was very crucial. Being an international team — well, I thought we’ve improved a little bit, but today was not really our day. Q. We keep hearing these talks about — you said, Asanka Gurusinha said that the fielding is improving, but… Read More →
Colombo, 12th June 2017 The Sri Lanka Women’s National Team (WNT) will depart the island tomorrow (13) to engage in a 5-day conditioning & acclimatization programme ahead of their Women’s World Cup 2017 campaign which commences with a game against New Zealand on the 24th of June. The Women’s National team, led by Captain Inoka Ranaweera, have been engaged in an intensive training schedule under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya over the past 45 days, most recently concluding a five-day residential camp at the recently opened SLC Centre of Excellence in Kandy. The WWC squad consists of; Inoka Ranaweera (Captain) Prasadani Weerakkodi (Vice Captain) Shashikala Sriwardena, Chamari Athapaththu, Eshani Lokusooriya, Dilani Manodara, Sripali Weerakkody, Udeshika Prabodani Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Oshadi… Read More →
#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q. Angelo, can you give us an update on Thisara Perera and what exactly happened to him yesterday? ANGELO MATHEWS: He’s fine. He just got hit on the head, but he’s fine. He’s feeling very good. He’s okay. Q. Obviously, Dhananjaya de Silva has joined the squad. Can you tell us, given the way Kusal (Perera) played the last game, how big a loss it is, and what are Dhananjaya’s chances of featuring in tomorrow’s game? ANGELO MATHEWS: It’s a shame to lose Kusal. He batted extremely well. Given the fact that he was — we brought him as the third opener, but he can bat in the middle as well. So he’s always that player who… Read More →
Colombo, 11th June 2017 Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera was hit by a ball on the head during practice at Cardiff yesterday (10) ahead of the all important CT17 game against Pakistan tomorrow (12). In a most fortunate turn of events, there has been no serious injury and although under careful observation there is currently no complaint related to head injury, with only reports of tenderness in the area of impact. Sri Lanka Cricket will continue to keep him under strict medical observation.
The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has approved Dhananjaya de Silva as a replacement player for Kusal Perera in the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament. Perera suffered a hamstring injury in Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket victory over defending champions India at The Oval on Thursday, 8 June. He is the second Sri Lanka player after Chamara Kapugedera and fourth overall after Chris Woakes of England and Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz to withdraw from the tournament. De Silva, a 25-year-old right-handed top-order batsman and an off-spinner, has represented Sri Lanka in 16 ODIs in which he has scored 334 runs and taken four wickets. His last ODI was against South Africa at Centurion… Read More →
Colombo, 9th June 2017 After a brilliant knock of 47 off 44 balls that included 5 boundaries, a flare up of a Hamstring injury has seen Kusal Janith Perera retired hurt from the Champions Trophy 2017. Perera, whose partnership of 26 with Kusal Mendis and 75 with skipper Mathews yesterday (8) anchored the Sri Lankan innings after the loss of Danushka Gunathilaka, was helped off the field in the 42nd over, and preliminary medical investigations have revealed a possible lateral mid-hamstring injury. KJP will undergo radiographic testing today (9) to ascertain the extent of his injury. Sri Lanka who had two standbys on tour training with the team in the UK, substituted Danushka Gunathilaka in after the untimely injury of… Read More →
Brilliant top-order batting throws Group B wide open as Dhawan’s century goes in vain. In a result that will only make the tournament more interesting in the days ahead, self-confessed underdog Sri Lanka thumped India by seven wickets after successfully chasing a stiff target of 322 at The Oval on Thursday (June 8). Victory was made possible by aggressive batting, as promised by captain Angelo Mathews. The personnel who did that were Kusal Mendis (89) and Danushka Gunathilaka (76), who wasn’t even in the squad until an injury to Chamara Kapugedera on the eve of the game. The pair added 159 in 139 balls for the second wicket to set up the chase before passing on the baton to Mathews… Read More →
Colombo, 7th June 2017 The Sri Lanka camp today announced that a fluke injury would/could see right-hand batsman Chamara Kapugedara’s CT17 campaign come to an untimely conclusion. The 30 year old was hit on the knee during fielding practice this morning and SLC Medical experts have recommended a supervised convalescence of two weeks. Kapugedara’s solid batting performances at the recently concluded Super Provincial Tournament saw him attain a place in the CT17 side, however the batsman has not had an opportunity to show his aptitude in the Champions Trophy thus far. Kapugedara will be replaced by 26 year old All-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka in tomorrow’s game against India.
#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q. Can you give us an update on Chamara Kapugedera? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah he just got injured at training, so we sent him for an MRI scan. We are waiting for the doctor’s report. If need be, we might have to bring in a replacement, which is Danushka. Q. Angelo, probably you won’t be bowling tomorrow. How much does it affect the balance of the side that your 10 overs have been very crucial in the scheme of things? How do you look at that? How to manage the plug? ANGELO MATHEWS: It does upset the balance a little bit. If I could bowl my 10 overs, unfortunately, I mean, I’m okay to play as… Read More →
“If Angelo Mathews is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India.” Sri Lanka go into its crucial do-or-die game against India with a few concerns having lost its opening match versus South Africa. Firstly, it has its stand-in captain Upul Tharanga suspended for the remaining ICC Champions Trophy group stage matches for a serious over-rate offence and, then, it also has ongoing concerns about the fitness of Angelo Mathews. If Angelo, Sri Lanka’s best batsman and captain, is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India. Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major… Read More →