Tharanga suspended for two ODIs for serious over-rate offence at The Oval

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ICC MEDIA RELEASE Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended from the next two ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches after his side was found guilty of a serious over-rate offence in its Group B fixture against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after the Sri Lanka side was ruled to be four overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to… Read More →

Upul Tharanga pre-match press conference – South Africa v Sri Lanka

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Q. Angelo is having a fitness test later. How is he? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think he’s having a fitness test like today also, so we are going to look tomorrow morning, as well. So I think final decision, we think by tomorrow morning. Q. Obviously South Africa go into the game as favourites, having beaten you guys 5-0 in South Africa. How is the mood in the camp leading up to this tournament? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think they have played against us in the last series but I think we know what are the areas we have to improve. Like since the run in England, I think we have done well so far. I think especially even we… Read More →

Calf injury to sideline Sri Lanka skipper

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Colombo, 31st May 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (31) announced that skipper Angelo Mathews will most likely sit out the first group stage match of the Champions Trophy due to a calf injury. Mathews who returned to lead the side in their Champions Trophy campaign after a hiatus of several months had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the Team management to conduct radiographic investigations which revealed a strain on the muscle. Following a hamstring injury sustained last year, Mathews was on a strict regimen of supervised rest and recovery, which saw him declared match fit well in time to lead the side at a 6 day intensive residential training & conditioning camp in Pallakelle prior to their departure to… Read More →

Women’s Cricket given new impetus

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Colombo, 31st May 2017; In a landmark move that augers well for the development of Women’s cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket today announced the formation of a Women’s National Development Squad. A squad of 30 player was hand-picked based on their performance at the recently concluded inaugural women’s under 23 Provincial tournament by the Women’s National Selection Committee headed by former Captain – Rasanjali de Alwis. The Squad which consists of talented young women from across the island were issued contracts by Sri Lanka Cricket last morning (30) at a simple ceremony attended by the players and their families who were greeted by President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala and Vice-President in charge of Domestic Cricket Mr. K. Mathivanan. Sri Lanka Cricket… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket AGM 2016

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Colombo, 28th May 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today conducted its first Annual General Meeting in 12 years with the participation of 76 of 84 stakeholders. The AGM was held at the Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters, 35, Maitland Place, Colombo 7 at 11.00 am today (28). The Annual General Meeting was preceded by an Emergency General Meeting where the following resolutions were unanimously ratified by the membership. 1.) Special Resolution I – The formation of the Schools Cricket Committee (Article 22 L) It was resolved that the Schools Cricket Committee shall be comprised of the following members; a.) President of the Schools Cricket Association b.) Two persons nominated by the Schools Cricket Association c.) Assistant Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket d.)… Read More →

Sri Lanka doesn’t mind ‘underdog’ tag at Champions Trophy

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ICC MEDIA RELEASE Sri Lanka will embrace the ‘underdog’ tag at the ICC Champions Trophy in England, according to skipper Angelo Mathews. A joint-winner in 2002, Sri Lanka has only reached the semi-final stage once since, getting to the last four in the 2013 edition, also in England. In a pool also featuring India, Pakistan and South Africa, Mathews admits his team is being seen as an outsider to lift the trophy, but is confident Sri Lanka has the firepower to make a run at the title. He said: “All the teams are quite even, I think in the past few months we have had a few lapses here and there. Nobody will give us a chance, to be really… Read More →

Summary of Executive Committee Decisions of Sri Lanka Cricket (ExCo18-20/5/2017)

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Colombo 22nd May 2017, The following is a compilation of key Executive Committee decisions taken at the Executive Committee meeting held on the 20th May 2017 at the Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters. 1.) Renovations & Repairs to the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium 2.) Augmentation of Stadia & Online Ticketing 3.) ExCo members to travel to UK at own cost 4.) National Development Projects 5.) Annual grants to the membership 6.) Sri Lanka to support Zimbabwe’s bid to host ICCWC 2019 Qualifiers 7.) Tasmania to tour Sri Lanka Renovations & Repair of the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium at Sooriyaweva, Hambantota, for the Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka 2017. Under the direction of the National Development Committee (NDC) a comprehensive… Read More →

Sooriyawewa to get a new lease of life

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21st May 2017, Hambanthota; President SLC Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala and members of the Executive Committee today (21) undertook an inspection of the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS) in Sooriyawewa, Hambanthota. The stadium which had fallen into a state of disrepair is to be renovated ahead of the Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka at the end of June this year, and will host 3 of five One Day International matches of the tour. A comprehensive assessment of the Stadium and its facilities was undertaken by M/s Design Consultants (Pvt) Ltd, whose report was tabled at the Executive Committee of SLC. In careful consideration of the contents therein, SLC has decided to invest in the renovation of MRICS with a view… Read More →

SLC invests in Podiatry in continued injury prevention & performance enhancement measures

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Colombo, 19 th May 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket today (19) announced the latest in a series of injury prevention & management measures of its national performance squads with the introduction of the services of former Olympic [swim] medallist and elite athlete, Australian Podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Sprenger. Sprenger is one of the Gold Coast’s most respected Podiatrist who practices in all aspects of conservative care of the foot and ankle, as well as post-operative care following orthopaedic surgery of the foot and ankle. As an athlete himself, he has a special interest in Sports Podiatry and has been working with the Queensland Academy of Sports Athletes, the Queensland Rugby League Referees and the Brisbane Lions AFL. Identifying an unusually high incidence… Read More →

SLC Announces Premier International Insurance scheme for Contracted Players

Colombo, 18th May 2017: Sri Lanka Cricket today (18) announced it had obtained a comprehensive worldwide insurance coverage for all its contracted national players. The coverage which is underwritten by a reputed global insurance giant and provides the players with substantial increase in medical and well as personal accident benefits. The scheme which comes into effect immediately will see each player receive a health benefit of up to 900,000 GBP (approximately Rs. 180 Million) per annum, and a Life insurance benefit of up to 5,000,000 USD (approximately Rs. 750 Million) in the event of death or disability. Sri Lanka Cricket Hony. General Secretary Mohan de Silva explained the advantage of this comprehensive cover; “Cricket, like all sport is intensely physical,… Read More →

බලාපොරොත්තු රැසක් ඇතිව ලංකා කණ්ඩායම එංගලන්තයට

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2017 එංගලන්තයේ චැම්පියන් කුසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියට සහභාගි වන ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා (18) දිවයිනෙන් පිටත් ව යති.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම කෙන්ට් ප්‍රාන්තයේ දී පුහුණු තරග දෙකකට සහභාගිවන්නේ  මේ මස 21 හා 23 වන දිනවල දී ය. ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස්ගේ නායකත්වයෙන් යුත් ලංකා කණ්ඩායම පසුගිය සතිය පුරා මහනුවර පල්ලේකැලේ ක්‍රිකට් අධිතාක්ෂණ පුහුණු මධ්‍යස්ථානයේ දී ප්‍රධාන පුහුණුකරු ග්‍රැහැම්ෆෝඩ් හා සෙසු පුහුණුකරුවන් යටතේ මනා පුහුණුවක් ලැබීය. දක්ෂ පළපුරුදු හා කැපවීමකින් යුත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම මේ තරගාවලිය පුරාම ප්‍රතිවාදීනට ප්‍රබල සටනක් දී ජයග්‍රහණ අත්කරගන්නවාට සැකයක් නොමැත.  මැතිව්ස්ගේ පළපුරුදු නායකත්වයෙන් හා උපුල් තරංගගේ උප නායකත්වයෙන් යුත් ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල, කුසල් ජනිත් පෙරේරා, කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස්, චාමර කපුගෙදර, අසේල ගුණරත්න, දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල්, ලසිත් මාලිංග, සුරංග ලක්මාල්, නුවන් ප්‍රදීප්, නුවන් කුලසේකර, තිසර පෙරේරා, ලක්ෂාන් සඳකැන් හා සීක්කුගේ… Read More →

Residential High Intensity Training & Conditioning Camp at CoE Kandy a success

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Colombo, 13th May 2017; The national team’s 6-day residential training camp at the Centre of Excellence – Kandy ahead of the Champions Trophy 2017 draws to its successful culmination with a practice game on Sunday (14) before the team returns to Colombo for three well-deserved days off with their families prior to departing Colombo on the 18th . The program that was spread across an intense schedule of sessions focused on specialty training, strength training & conditioning, altitude training, team building & motivation, strategic simulation & analytical sessions and specialist sessions with the bat, ball and on the field. The sessions conducted by SLC’s panel of expert coaches were both practical and theoretical, and included group-centric activities such as quizzes… Read More →