Bowlers help England inch ahead in third Test

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Nuwan Pradeep took three wickets as Sri Lanka continued to fight in the third Test at Lord’s on Saturday (June 11). England, in its second innings, was 109 for 4 at the close of the third day, with a healthy but not impregnable lead of 237 runs. Alex Hales was 41 not out, with Steven Finn, the nightwatchman, unbeaten on 6. England, 2-0 up in the three-match series, was on a precarious 50 for 3 before first-innings century-maker Jonny Bairstow helped Hales add 52 for the fourth wicket. Hales launched the innings with two fours in as many balls off Suranga Lakmal. But he was dropped on 19 when Dimuth Karunaratne failed to hold a one-handed slip chance off Pradeep…. Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Chief Operating Officer

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerome Jayarathne as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sri Lanka Cricket. Mr Jayarathne has been invited to take on this administrative role at the Headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket with immediate effect. The 50 year old former seam-bowling all-rounder, Jerome Lee Jayarathne, began his career in cricket administration in 1997, when he began coaching his Alma Mater, St. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia, who went on to win one Royal-Thomian and draw three more under his tutelage. Jayarathne captained and coached the Colombo Cricket Club in 1996 having played for the CCC for 10 years, leading them to be winners of Division I Premier League Championship. Jayaratne represented Sri Lanka as… Read More →

Cricket Aid Launched internationally to a packed house

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s Cricket Aid was launched in London on Saturday evening (4th) amidst a packed gathering of cricketers and well-wishers. The dinner, which was preceded by a tour of Lord’s and followed by a documentary presentation that detailed the work of Cricket Aid as well as the CKD pandemic. Cricket Aid is pleased to announce that over £200,000 was pledged at the launch events, held on the 4th and 5 th (being an open event held at the Surrey Grounds, where the Sri Lanka national team met and mingled with cricket lovers residing in the UK.) Cricket Aid was established in 2004, following the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami, and most recently was resurrected with the aim of raising funds… Read More →

Bairstow’s maiden Lord’s ton puts England ahead

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Jonny Bairstow (107 not out) was England’s saviour, hitting a steely century on the first day of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 9). At close of play, the home side was 279 for 6, having recovered from 84 for 4 when Bairstow strode to the crease. It wasn’t the first time Bairstow was coming to England’s rescue this series. In the first Test, England was reduced to 83 for 5 before he carved 140 on his Headingley home ground to help the side win by an innings and 88 runs. But the script could have gone very differently this time around had Bairstow been caught on 11 when he clipped Nuwan Pradeep firmly off his pads… Read More →

Sri Lanka A Team 4-day and ODI Squad to UK announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the Sri Lanka A-Team 04-Day squad for the upcoming tour of UK. 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Madhawa Warnapura 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Roshen Silva 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Lahiru Gamage 12. Kasun Rajitha 13. Vishva Fernando 14. Asitha Fernando 15. Ramith Rambukwella 16. Prabath Jayasuriya The following are the A-Team ODI Squad: 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Bhanuka Rajapakse 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Kithruwan Vithanage 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Thisara Perera 12. Lahiru Gamage 13. Kasun Rajitha 14. Mohamed Dilshad… Read More →

ODI Squad to UK announced

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Farveez Maharoof, Upul Tharanga, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Suraj Randiv and Seekuge Prasanna get call-up to join their team mates in UK. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following national players have been selected to join the Sri Lanka squad on the ongoing tour of UK. They will be available for selection for the ODI series. Danushka Gunathilaka Farveez Maharoof Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randiv Upul Tharanga The selected players will be departing for UK shortly.

Suspension of employees of Sri Lanka Cricket

Notice to Media With respect to several new items appearing in the local media, Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to confirm the suspension of three of its employees pending disciplinary action. However we wish to inform you that this is an internal matter of the administration of SLC, and inquiries are being conducted with strict adherence to the Labour laws of Sri Lanka and under due legal counsel. As such, no details of the inquiries will be disclosed or discussed with the media pending the finality of these proceedings, at which time a notice of the final decision of the Executive Committee may be conveyed to the media. We appeal to all media to refrain from publishing conjecture and hearsay with… Read More →

Eranga available to play 3rd Test if selected : Bandara to join KJP to UK

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Eranga to be assessed early next week, can play Lord’s test if selected. 9/68 earns Left-arm Fast Bowler Chaminda Banadara a place in the Sri Lanka test squad. The ICC has confirmed to Sri Lanka Cricket that fast bowler Shaminda Eranga who was reported for suspect action during the 2nd Investec Test, can be considered for selection to the 3rd Test at Lord’s on the 9th June. Eranga is due to present himself for assessment at Laughborough on the 6th of June, and the ICC has confirmed that “Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known” Meanwhile, National Selectors, headed by Sanath Jayasuriya have called up 29 year old left-arm-medium-fast bowler… Read More →

Sri Lanka to face South Africa in first Champions Trophy match

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ICC Media Release •    Former winners Sri Lanka and South Africa to lock horns at The Oval on 3 June India will launch its ICC Champions Trophy title defence against traditional rival Pakistan when the two Asian powerhouses go head to head at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 4 June 2017. The 18-day tournament will run from 1 to 18 June 2017 and will also see matches played at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff and The Oval in London. A couple of days before this mouth-watering all-Asian clash, Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in a repeat of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final at Edgbaston. Event host and 2004 and 2013 finalist England will take on Bangladesh in… Read More →

Nuwan Kulasekera announces his test retirement; Intends to concentrate on shorter format

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Former ODI No.1 spot holder Nuwan Kulasekara has announced his retirement from Test Cricket with immediate effect. In a letter addressed to SLC, Kulasekera says, “I would like to retire from playing Test cricket with immediate effect. After much thought I believe it is the right time to retire and I hope it will allow me to better prepare for ODI and T20 cricket, which I would like to continue playing for Sri Lanka subject to good performance and selection” The former strike bowler with 48 test wickets to his name and best innings figures of 4/21, was ranked the ICC ODI No1 bowler in March 2009 after a 47 wicket haul in the preceding eleven months. His prowess is… Read More →

Shaminda Eranga reported for suspect bowling action

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka fast bowler Shaminda Eranga has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the second Test against England, which the host won at Chester-le-Street on Monday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 29-year-old’s bowling action. Eranga’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known. Details of the ICC regulations for the review of bowlers reported with suspected illegal bowling actions can… Read More →

Cook tops 10,000 as England grabs winning 2-0 lead

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Alastair Cook became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as England sealed a series win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Monday (May 30). England completed an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test with more than a day to spare to taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Cook was unbeaten on 47 as England eased to its target of 79 after Dinesh Chandimal made a fine century to lift Sri Lanka, following on, to 475 in its second innings. Nick Compton, who hit the winning runs, finished 22 not out. Cook started his innings needing just five runs to reach the milestone, and got there with a boundary through mid-wicket off Nuwan Pradeep. In the process,… Read More →