SLC President and Wasim Akram recall cricket’s poignant past at Dialog Cricket Awards

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The game of cricket is all about performance and the stage and awards of trophy glitter the culminating reward for sweat, blood and tears for players who risk limb and life. It is the colorfully decorative ceremonial awards stage that brings together a cast who have performed for country and self. It is the fusion of performance in a calendar year and what a fusion it was of Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) 2016 Dialog Cricket Awards night in what as the presenter put it was a fusion of cricket and music with the SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala leading the way. There he was flanked by the legendary former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram gangling tall as ever on stage as… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2016

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to unreservedly regret the inconvenience caused to invitees at the Dialog Cricket Awards 2016 held at the Water’s Edge Grand Ballroom on 30th November 2016 caused by the delay in commencement of the event. Due to the unanticipated traffic situation caused by a massive protest at the Parliament roundabout and roads leading thereto during the midafternoon, several VIP guests as well as award recipients informed Sri Lanka Cricket that they would not be able to reach the venue in time. Accordingly a decision was made to delay the commencement of the ceremony by 30 minutes in order to allow the guests, and especially award recipients to arrive at the venue. Sri Lanka Cricket also wishes to… Read More →

Dialog Cricket Awards 2016 – Award Winners

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Cricketer of the Year 2015 –  Angelo Mathews Dialog People’s Player of the Year – T.M Dilshan Future Cricketer of the Year – Kusal Mendis Test Batsman of the Year 2015 – Dinesh Chandimal Test Bowler of the Year 2015 – Rangana Herath Test All Rounder of the Year 2015 – Angelo Mathews ODI Batsman of the Year 2015 – Kumar Sangakkara ODI Bowler of the Year 2015 – Lasith Malinga ODI All Rounder of the Year 2015 – Angelo Mathews T20I Batsman of the Year 2015 – T.M.Dilshan T20I Bowler of the Year 2015 – Lasith Malinga ODI Batsman of the Year 2015 (Womens) – Chamari Atapattu ODI Bowler of the Year 2015 (Womens) – Inoka Ranaweera ODI All rounder of… Read More →

King of Swing to launch SLC’s Legends Series on 1st December

Wasim Akram, the opening bowler of Pakistan, appeals for a leg-before decision at the De Beers Diamond Oval in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 match in Kimberley, South Africa, between Pakistan and Namibia 16 February 2003. The tournament is being played in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya with the final being played in Johannesburg on the 23 March 2003.  / AFP PHOTO / KIM LUDBROOK

Sri Lanka Cricket introduces new initiative aimed at boosting standards of cricket Sri Lanka Cricket announced today (29) that the man considered by many to be the best left-arm fast bowler of all time and an absolute legend in world cricket, Wasim Akram, would conduct a special workshop in Colombo on December 1st at the SSC. Pakistan’s King of Swing, and the man known to have complete mastery over swing and seam will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 29th at the invitation of President Sri Lanka Cricket, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala MP and will grace Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards night on the 30th November as a Guest of Honour. Akram will launch SLC’s latest initiative in the development of… Read More →

Sri Lanka champs in champagne style led by Tharanga and Mendis

Sri Lanka's players and their captain Upul Tharanga (R) receive the trophy after winning the final of the Blue Mountain Achilleion tri-series played between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on November 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka’s trophy clinching comprehensive 6-wicket triumph over Zimbabwe skippered by Upul Tharanga in the three cornered triangular final at Harare on Sunday was a fitting rounding off for the Sri Lankans. For, it was a relative new look team with a strong cast of youngsters thrust under the leadership of an old guard in Tharanga while fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera was the only other player from the old cast. Going into the championship, Sri Lanka was tested strongly having allowed the hosts Zimbabwe to dominate them initially losing to the West Indies while figuring in a no decision with Zimbabwe. At the start Sri Lanka lacked the required type of cohesion of knitting as an unit. A major concern… Read More →

Players to participate in Higher Tier Tournaments

SLC removes restrictions that see talent under-utilized Sri Lanka Cricket announced today (28) in a widely lauded move, that any players who have participated in the national tournaments during the current season will be eligible to play in higher tier tournaments during the same season, subject to the club represented at a lower tier not participating at the higher tier. The decision was made in consideration of circumstances whereby talented young players are forced to miss the tournaments due to employment obligations and the like, which have thus far rendered them ineligible to play at higher tiers. It was the consensus of the Executive Committee that such a waste of talent would only negatively impact the quality of Cricket in… Read More →

Mendis, Tharanga steer Sri Lanka to title

Sri Lanka's players celebrate victory after the final of the Blue Mountain Achilleion tri-series played between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on November 27 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Half-centuries from batting duo keep chase on track after bowlers dismiss Zimbabwe for 160 Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis struck half centuries as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by six wickets to clinch the triangular series trophy at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday (November 27). After bowling Zimbabwe out for 160 in 36.3 overs, Sri Lanka lost three early wickets before Tharanga and Mendis chased down the target in 37.3 overs. Zimbabwe had shown great resilience in making the final after initial losses by going past West Indies, but in the title clash, Sri Lanka proved to be too good. Zimbabwe was rocked early after Graeme Cremer, the captain, won the toss and elected to bat first. Peter Moor, the wicketkeeper-batsman, was the… Read More →

Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate against the West Indies

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis is in action during the fifth match of triangular one-day international series between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on November 23 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in the fifth match of the tri-nation series in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Javagal Srinath of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Upul Tharanga’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, Tharanga has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while… Read More →

Training Progaramme for Sri Lanka Under 19 Cricket Team

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Motivation, Team Building and Leadership Training Programme for Sri Lanka under 19 Cricket Team was held at the Combat Training School SLAF Diyatalawa since 17 to 21 November 2016. The training programme was organized under the patronage of the Commanding Officer Air Commodore CB Labrooy. The course was geared towards improving the self-confidence, motivation, leadership qualities and awareness of customs and etiquette of the cricketers while developing positive thinking through theoretical and practical training to enhance performance and the winning spirit among members. The closing ceremony of the programme was held on 21 November 2016 under the auspices of the Officer Commanding Training Wing Commander GPNC Piyasena.

Rs. 11 Million each to Premier Clubs

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SLC invests in cutting edge technology to uplift standards of domestic Cricket. Reveals long term strategy to conquer the world arena. Rs. 264 Million invested in conducting the Premier Tournament 2016. Sri Lanka Cricket announced on this week that it has allocated impressive sum of Rs. 264 Million to conduct the Premier Tournaments of 2016 which will commence on the 25th of November. The tournament which consists of League Tournament, Limited Over Tournament and a T20 Tournament will field 24 teams divided into two tiers and will be played across 8/9 weeks ending in February 2017. In the League Tournament the Tier ‘A’ clubs will play a total of 84 three-day games in 2 groups in the first round and… Read More →