Selectors keep players ‘In-touch and game-ready’

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Media Release The newly appointed selectors of Sri Lanka Cricket, headed by the legendary Aravinda de Silva have announced a well-received move to keep the players selected to the pool for the WT20, ‘in-touch’ and ‘game-ready’ in the event they are required as replacements in the ICC WT20. The pool of players from whom the final squad was picked, will be called on as replacements during the ICC WT20 currently underway in India. Chairman of Selectors Mr. Aravinda de Silva said “Since the boys here are playing 4 day cricket at the moment, we felt that a few T20 matches would help keep them in touch and ready to step up to the plate immediately when their services are required”… Read More →

SLC appoints Disciplinary Committee: Reiterates confidence in new Selection Committee Roadmap

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is disappointed to note the negative and misleading comments made by former Chairman of the Selection Committee – Mr. Kapila Wijegoonawardne, in the wake of the appointment of the new Selection Committee headed by Mr. Aravinda de Silva. Mr. Wijegoonawardne’s statements are inaccurate, misleading, and defamatory, and furthermore are of the nature to cause grevious injury to the moral of the Sri Lanka Cricket team, currently intent on bringing home the ICC World Twenty 20. In view of the above, Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed a three member independent panel, headed by Mr. Palitha Kumarasinghe PC to review the said statements and comments and make recommendations to Sri Lanka Cricket on the appropriate disciplinary action… Read More →

Oshadi Four Gives Sri Lanka Women Victory

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Oshadi Ranasinghe’s four-wicket haul, including a hat-trick was the highlight of Sri Lanka Women’s five-wicket win over Bangladesh Women in the second warm up match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Thursday (March 10). Ranasinghe dismissed Jahanara Alam, Panna Ghosh and Khadija Tul Kubra in consecutive deliveries of the 20th over to help dismiss Bangladesh for 95, before Shashikala Siriwadene wrapped up the chase with 1.5 overs to spare. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bangladesh got off to the worst possible start when Eshani Lokusuriyage and Udeshika Prabondhani combined to reduce them to 16 for 4 in the fourth over. Rumana Ahmed and Nigar Sultana tried to resurrect Bangladesh’s innings with a 40-run partnership, but they fought a lone battle. The… Read More →

SLC President spends time with minor districts combined youth team as they embark on a tour to Malaysia – 2016

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Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala spent some quality time with the Sri Lanka Minor Districts Combined Youth Team to wish them luck as they will depart today for a cricket tour of Malaysia. The Team will play 3 One Day (50 Overs) matches and 2 T20 matches on this tour. The team comprises some bright and upcoming talent selected by the Junior National Selectors. During the 9-day tour, which commences on the 10th March 2016, the Sri Lanka Minor Districts Combined Youth Team will play its Malaysian counterpart in what is widely expected to be an exciting clash and one that will provide ample opportunity for spectators to witness some quality cricket. Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket launches 1 Team. 1 Nation.

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Sri Lanka Cricket selects as its theme ‘1 team. 1 nation’, a rallying call to spur all Sri Lankans to come together to support our national team. This campaign coincides with the departure of the Sri Lanka cricket team to participate in the ICC World Twenty20, 2016 in India. In a widely diverse country with a people from different races and religions, cricket remains the single uniting factor that brings over 20 million people together. Every Sri Lankan is fiercely proud of their team and almost fanatical about the sport that is played in every street, every field and every beach. It is this undying love and fervour for the game, this unifying ‘bokkeng’ feeling that’s the inspiration and essence… Read More →

Sri Lanka National Team for ICC World Twenty20 India 2016

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on the 07th of March 2016, the National Selectors named the following players for the above tour. Angelo Mathews – Captain Dinesh Chandimal – Vice Captain TM Dilshan Lahiru Thirimanne Shehan Jayasuriya Milinda Siriwardana Chamara Kapugedara Dasun Shanaka Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Dushmantha Chameera Rangana Herath Suranga Lakmal Sachithra Senanayake Lasith Malinga The Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara has approved the above Squad.

Selection Committee for Sri Lanka Cricket for the year 2016/2017

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Media Release Honorable Dayasiri Jayasekara Minister of Sports has appointed a new National Cricket Selection Committee with immediate effect. The appointment of the National Selection Committee was carried out by the Honorable Minister citing recent failures encountered by the National Team in their Tours to New Zealand, India, Asia Cup in Bangladesh and the inconsistency of selection criteria. The members of the newly appointed National Selection Committee are as follows. 1.     Mr. Aravinda De Silva – Chairman 2.     Mr. Kumar Sangakkara – Member 3.     Mr. Romesh Kaluwitharana -Member 4.     Mr. Lalith Kaluperuma -Member 5.     Mr. Ranjith Madurasinghe – Member

Dhawan muscles India to sixth Asia Cup crown

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Shikhar Dhawan finally ran into good run-scoring touch, Virat Kohli played his role to perfection, and MS Dhoni finished things off in style as India, after a competent bowling performance led by Jasprit Bumrah, ensured that the Asia Cup 2016 final went its way with greater all-round ability. It was India’s sixth Asia Cup crown, and the second time the team had won the title with Dhoni at the helm. Asked to bat at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Sunday (March 6) in a match reduced to 15 overs a side due to rain, Bangladesh ended on 120 for 5. It got tense, but after Dhawan and Kohli had done all the hard work, Dhoni blitzed 20 from six balls with two sixes… Read More →

Batsmen deliver as Pakistan ends on high note

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A strong batting effort led by Tillakaratne Dilshan took Sri Lanka to a formidable total, but Pakistan, buoyed by contributions from Sharjeel Khan, Sarfraz Ahmed and, most significantly, Umar Akmal, went past the target with relative ease to record a win in the last round-robin stage match of the 2016 Asia Cup. Sri Lanka, after being put in, scored 150 for 4, brilliant by the standards of the tournament. But Pakistan knocked off the runs in 19.2 overs for a six-wicket victory. Sharjeel and Sarfraz set things up for Pakistan, and when Akmal and Shoaib Malik got together, the target was still a tricky 57 from 43. But it was one of Akmal’s better days, and with Malik for company,… Read More →

​Imperious Kohli powers India to final

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Virat Kohli bossed yet another tricky chase, taking charge after India had lost its openers early, and Yuvraj Singh wound back the clock with some majestic hits to script a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup 2016 game on Tuesday (March 1) at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. After the bowlers had produced another clinical performance to keep Sri Lanka down to 138 for 9, India raced to 142 for 5 with four deliveries to spare to secure its place in Sunday’s final. There are very few sights in modern-day cricket as appealing as Yuvraj connecting cleanly. He hasn’t managed to do it too often of late, but against Rangana Herath, he did, twice off consecutive balls. The wet outfield and… Read More →

Sabbir Rahman powered Bangladesh to a win against Sri Lanka

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Sabbir Rahman, standing head and shoulders above everyone on either side, powered Bangladesh to a famous win against Sri Lanka at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur. Rahman pummelled 80 in 54 balls to take Bangladesh to 147 for 7, and Sri Lanka was kept down to 124 for 8, sealing a 23-run win. For a change, it was a pitch without as much green as in the previous games, and that made the Bangladesh v Sri Lanka contest at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday (February 28) less of a bowling unit v bowling unit affair. The conditions also made fast bowlers, with the exception of Mustafizur Rahman, a lesser threat than they were in the first four matches, and the spinners… Read More →