Every team has something to aim for in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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One among them will lift the trophy on February 21, but four will leave with prize berths for the eight-team ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 A tournament in which the likes of Thailand and Papua New Guinea rub shoulders against higher-ranked teams such as India and South Africa reflects the International Cricket Council’s efforts to spread the game worldwide. These four nations will be among 10 teams – joining Pakistan, Bangladesh, Ireland, Scotland, Zimbabwe and host Sri Lanka – in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo. Starting Tuesday (February 7), they will begin their campaign for spots at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, the pinnacle of the sport, in England in June-July. One among them will… Read More →

Gala reception for National team – tickets sold out

Tickets for the charity Gala dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket to facilitate the Sri Lankan National Cricket Team in Australia have been sold out according to the organizers. The proceeds from the ticket sales is for the ‘Cricket Aid’ initiative, which is Sri Lanka Cricket’s only charitable arm. The team and well-wishers will be hosted to a grand reception on Saturday 18th from 6:30pm onwards at Cathies Lane Wantirna, South Victoria. At the reception well-wishers will also be afforded the opportunity of taking photographs with their favourite cricketers. Come 13th February, the National team will be embarking on a tour of Australia which includes three International T20 matches.

Sri Lanka U-19 cricketers return in trophy glitter

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Sri Lankan team celebrate winning the series after the Youth Triangular Series Final match between South Africa U/19 and Sri Lanka U/19 at Boland Park on January 28, 2017 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the felicitation of the Sri Lanka U- 19 cricketers tomorrow (7) at 8 p.m. at the SLC on their triumphant return home from South Africa in the trophy glitter as the Youth Tri Nation Champions having comprehensively defeated the host country South Africa in the finals. The exuberant Sri Lanka U-19 cricket team has thus capped a rollercoaster 2016 by coming thumbs up annexing the Youth Tri Nation Trophy in South Africa in January to cap 2017 on a winning note. Led by former Sebistianite Avishka Fernando, Sri Lanka showcased its strong arm at youth level by defeating South Africa in the final by 88 runs. It was a remarkable comeback from… Read More →

Live online streaming from ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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Matches from the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 will be live streamed across ICC’s digital platforms for the first time as the ICC continues its commitment to raising the profile of the women’s game. The first match to be broadcast live online will be the opening game between hosts Sri Lanka and India when the tournament gets underway on Tuesday in Colombo. ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice: “The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 is a very important event, with some of the best teams competing for spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. I’m sure the comprehensive coverage of the Colombo event across our digital platforms will showcase the talents of the players to a… Read More →

Sri Lanka to play three T20 matches in Australia

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The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket is expected to meet this Tuesday (7) to decide the national squad for three T20 matches that Sri Lanka will play against Australia from 15th to 23rd February. Prior to the meeting however, it has been announced that Captain Angelo Mathews will not be part of the squad as he has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. The skipper sustained an injury during the second T20 International at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg last month. Although he had made prior arrangements to leave during some point of the tour, he made an early exit following his injury. The meeting on Tuesday will decide the squad and the captain who will… Read More →

De Villiers, Pretorius lead South Africa to series win

Sri Lanka lose by seven wickets after being bowled out for just 163, as home side takes a winning 3-0 lead An all-round South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match One-Day International series with a convincing seven-wicket victory in the third ODI in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 4). In a perfect game that started with winning the toss, South Africa’s bowlers first combined to shoot out Sri Lanka for a paltry 163 in 39.2 overs before AB de Villiers’s unbeaten 60 led it to victory in just 32 overs. Sri Lanka’s batsmen, barring Niroshan Dickwella who made 74, capitulated against a relentless attack in a must-win game. Dwayne Pretorius, playing in his first match of the series,… Read More →

10 Players to watch in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from February 7 to 21 will see the best cricketers from 10 nations play for a chance to join the top four women’s sides at the marquee event in June-July in England. Here are some of the players expected to make a splash: Group A Deepti Sharma made an impression during home series against New Zealand in 2015. Deepti Sharma (India) Just 19 years old, Deepti Sharma’s understanding of the game belies her age. She made her One-Day International debut in 2014, but it was during the home series against New Zealand in 2015 that she made her first impression. Her unbeaten 44 and an unbroken second-wicket stand of 103 with… Read More →

SLC’s three-member committee conducts fully-fledged impartial inquiry

SLC’s three-member committee conducts fully-fledged impartial inquiry

2nd February, 2017, Colombo: A three-member Independent Committee appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket convened their first meeting at SLC headquarters this afternoon to discuss matters pertaining to allegations of foul play at a recently concluded Tier ‘B’ match. The committee comprises of Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee Asela Rekawa, former national player Jayantha Paranathala and head of Security and Investigations at SLC Sarathchandra Liyanage. SLC officials have stated that the process will be expedited judiciously and a decision is to be reached. The management of the SLC has categorically stated that it will not condone any illegal acts that destroys the spirit of the game or brings disrepute to the sport and the board.

Du Plessis, Miller centuries set up big South African win

South African Francois du Plessis celebrates his 100 runs during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Kingsmead cricket ground on February 1, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

Sri Lanka goes 2-0 down in five-match ODI series after folding for 186 in response to the home side’s 307/6 Centuries from Faf du Plessis and David Miller set up South Africa’s comprehensive 121-run victory in the second of five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka in Durban on Wednesday (February 1). On a good batting track, South Africa was put in and it didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, posting a formidable 307 for 6. Du Plessis made 105 off 120 balls, while Miller finished the innings with a burst of power-hitting to make 117 not out off 98 deliveries. Sri Lanka was left to rue the decision during the chase. It had rejigged the opening combination, Upul… Read More →

India fancied in Group A of ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

·      India captain Mithali Raj: “We aim to have a settled team through the tournament and prepare for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by working on our tactics” ·      Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera: “We are a fresh team but looking forward to playing against India and other teams in this tournament” ·      Ireland captain Laura Delany: “We have worked hard for a number of months and have a mix of experience and youth in our team” ·      Zimbabwe captain Sharne Mayers: “Our biggest challenges will be the conditions in Colombo and that we we’ll be going into the 50-over format after a few years” ·       Thailand captain… Read More →

Stage set for ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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·         ICC Women’s Committee Chair Clare Connor: “The tournament represents the culmination of a hugely exciting few years for the international women’s game” ·         Tournament Director Holly Colvin: “The good thing about the format is that it is a robust system, meaning teams need to consistently perform in order to qualify” ·         Final four spots at the ICC Women’s World Cup up for grabs A chance to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, places in the next ICC Women’s Championship and ODI status for the next four-year cycle – there’s a lot at stake in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 to be held in Colombo from 7-21 February. The 14-day event will culminate with the final… Read More →

SLC launches impartial inquiry into Panadura vs. Kalutara PCC match

29th January 2017, Colombo: The Tournament Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is convening an emergency meeting this evening, as part of an impartial inquiry into complaints from the match officials that there may have been foul play during the Panadura SC vs. Kalutara Physical Cultural Club match played on 25th at the Surrey Village grounds in Maggona. Panadura SC claimed their 5th win in the Tier B segment during the recently concluded match. The club which won the toss and elected to bat first reached their target of 165 within just 13.4 overs. “This emergency meeting by officials of the tournament committee will be a decisive meeting during which all evidence will be tabled and carefully studied,” K. Mathivanan,… Read More →

Sri Lanka wins Tri-Nation U19 series in South Africa

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Sri Lankan team celebrate winning the series after the Youth Triangular Series Final match between South Africa U/19 and Sri Lanka U/19 at Boland Park on January 28, 2017 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sri Lanka under-19 cricket team beat South Africa under-19 by 77 runs at Boland Park in Paarl on Saturday in the final match for the 2016/17 Tri-Nations Under-19 Tournament. The home side was shot out for just 79 runs in 32.4 overs after Sri Lanka had made a modest 156 from 44.5 overs having elected to bat first. Sri Lanka Under-19: 156 in 44.5 overs (Ashen Bandara 33, Praveen Jayawickrema 20, Ruan de Swardt 3/30, Kenan Smith 2/29) South Africa Under-19: 79 in 32.4 overs (Praveen Jayawickrema 2/13, Nipun Ransika 5/19, Hareen Weerasingha 2/5). Full Scorecard

Tahir, batsmen seal easy win for South Africa

Amla and du Plessis hit half-centuries to steer comfortable chase of 182 against Sri Lanka in first ODI Imran Tahir (3 for 26) and Wayne Parnell (3 for 48) set up a facile eight-wicket win for South Africa with 15.4 overs to spare in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka St George’s Park on Saturday (January 28). South Africa did well to bowl Sri Lanka out for 181 after opting to field on a two-paced and slow pitch — more suited to the visiting side than the home side — and was equally clinical in the chase with both Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hitting fluent half-centuries. With the required run-rate below four runs per over, Quinton de… Read More →

SLC announces 16-member squad for ODIs in South Africa

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Sri Lanka Cricket National Selection Committee, led by Chairman Sanath Jayasuriya has announced the names of 16 players who are to be included in Sri Lanka’s one-day International (ODI) for the ongoing series against South Africa. Sri Lanka will play five ODI matches as part of this series from January 28th to February 10th , 2017. The names on the squad are: Upul Tharanga – Captain Dinesh Chandimal Dhananjaya de Silva Niroshan Dickwella Sandun Weerakkody Kusal Mendis Asela Gunarathne Chathuranga de Silva Sachith Pathirana Jeffery Vandersay Lakshan Sandakan Lahiru Madushanka Nuwan Kulasekara Lahiru Kumara Suranga Lakmal Vikum Sanjaya The squad will be captained by Upul Tharanga due to the absence of Angelo Mathews who exited from the series on personal… Read More →