Series win will move Sri Lanka into sixth position in Test rankings

Sri Lanka will target moving ahead of sixth-ranked South Africa while England will aim to narrow the gap with third-ranked Pakistan in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings when the three-Test series begins at Headingley on Thursday. England currently sits in fourth position on 105 points (six behind Pakistan), while Sri Lanka is on 88 points in seventh spot (four behind South Africa). If England wins all the three Tests, then it will rise to 109 points (two behind Pakistan) while a 2-0 win will put it on 108 points (three behind Pakistan). In contrast, Sri Lanka can move to as high as 98 points, but to make this to happen, it will have to win all three Tests. In this scenario, there… Read More →

Avishka Gunawardene and Roy Dias to steer Youth Cricket

Avishka appointed Sri Lanka A Team coach. Roy Dias takes on Under 19 Team. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the executive Committee has appointed former Sri Lanka opener Avishka Gunawardene as coach of the Sri Lanka A Team ahead of their upcoming tour of England. The former batsman, known for his ‘explosive style’ is a current member of the SLC Coaching panel, and has just completed a stint as the Assistant coach of the Sri Lanka Under 19 Team. Gunawardena who was the Head Coach of Sri Lanka premier club the SSC for 9 consecutive seasons, also functioned as the Director of Cricket for Royal College Colombo prior to taking on his National appointment. An old boy… Read More →

Cricket-Aid fundraiser at Lord’s


Sri Lanka Cricket CSR to raise funds for CKD Pandemic in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket re-ignites its CSR Arm. Charity dinner and silent auction to be held at the Long Room at Lord’s. Funds to be disbursed toward CKD patients in Sri Lanka. Known as a nation of smiling people, Sri Lankans are celebrated for their hospitality and kinship the world over. Sri Lankans are also known for their passion for cricket – a passion of religious proportions, so much so as to say that Cricket is the one unifying force that transcends all boundaries of race, religion, cast or creed, in an extremely diverse culture. It is this very passion that led Sri Lanka Cricket in the aftermath… Read More →

The President of Sri Lanka Cricket, was the Guest of Honour at the ‘Malaysia Cricket Awards Night 2016’


Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, President of the Asian Cricket Council and President Sri Lanka Cricket, was the Guest of Honour at the ‘Malaysia Cricket Awards Night 2016’ held at the Kinrara Oval recently. At the event Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala was presented an award for Services Rendered to Cricket.

North Western crowned SLC Super Under 19 Provincial Champions


North Western Province won the SLC Super 19 Provincial Tournament 2016 beating Southern Province on first-inning in the three-day final which concluded on Friday at R. Premadasa International Stadium. AWARD WINNERS Best Batsman Navindu Nirmal of Southern Best Bowler Hareen Buddila of Southern Man of the series Damitha Silva of NWP Man of the final Pubudu Ganegama of NWP   Brief scores of the final Southern Province U19 – 247 in 80 overs (Ashen Bandara 74, Navindu Nirmal 56, PS Ganegama 3/45) & 214-9 dec. in 74 overs (Ashen Bandara 67, Navindu Nirmal 48, Hareen Buddila 38, Damitha Silva 4/73, RK Ranasinghe 4/38) North Western Province U19 – 342 on 111.4 overs (PS Ganegama 106, Damitha Silva 64, WS Wanninayake 45, Dilum… Read More →

Jayawardena and Dravid appointed to ICC Cricket Committee


ICC Media Release Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena and ex-India captain Rahul Dravid have been appointed to the ICC Cricket Committee, adding even more cricketing experience to the list of eminent people already on the committee. Dravid and Jayawardena have played 1,161 international matches between them from 1996 to 2015, and each has been appointed for a three-year term. They will attend their first meeting at Lord’s on 31 May and 1 June, three weeks before the ICC Annual Conference takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland. Dravid, along with former Australia off-spinner and ex-Chief Executive of Federation of International Cricketers’ Association (FICA), Tim May, have been elected by the current Test captains as current player representatives, replacing former Sri Lanka… Read More →

ICC withdraws disciplinary proceedings against Kusal Perera


ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced that it has withdrawn disciplinary charges against Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Perera and lifted the provisional suspension previously imposed on him. Mr Perera is, therefore, now free to return to domestic and international cricket without restriction and with immediate effect. The ICC has made the decision after the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar today withdrew its original Adverse Analytical Finding following further investigations. DETAILED ICC STATEMENT IS AS FOLLOWS In November 2015, the WADA-accredited laboratory in Qatar reported to the ICC that urine samples collected out-of-competition from Sri Lankan international player, Kusal Perera, had tested positive for 19-Norandrostenedione, an anabolic steroid prohibited under WADA’s Prohibited List. Pursuant to the ICC’s WADA-compliant… Read More →

Super U19 Provincial Finals – Match Summary

Captains with Trophy

Southern Province U19 Batting Batting Status R B 4s 6s SR Navidu Nirmal c Keshan Wanniarachchi b Damitha Silva 56 168 3 0 33.33 Dhananjaya Lakshan lbw b R K Ranasinghe 8 22 1 0 36.36 Kavindu Ediriweera c Kamesh Nirmal b P M Dharmadasa 7 36 1 0 19.44 Kavish Kumara lbw b W S Wanninayake 20 21 3 0 95.24 Ashen Bandara c Kamesh Nirmal b W S Wanninayake 74 102 9 2 72.55 Kasun Maduranga run out 1 3 0 0 33.33 R P Chathura Milan lbw b Damitha Silva 1 3 0 0 33.33 Prashan Kumara c Heshan Dhanushka b P S Ganegama 22 59 1 0 37.29 Nipun Ranshitha not out 26 22 3 1… Read More →

Super Under 19 Provincial Cricket Tournament – Finals

Southern Province  Squad - Photo-horz

Update: Please be informed that the 3 day final has been pushed back by a day and re-scheduled for 11th, 12th and 13th May, on the advice of the Tournament Committee and we regret the inconvenience caused to all. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the Final of the U19 Provincial Cricket Tournament will be played on the 11-12-13 May 2016 (3 Day) between Southern Province vs North Western Province at RPICS. SLC cordially invites the Media to cover this event. Please be kind to send you company representative and provide the maximum exposure for the above. In order to provide maximum coverage to these emerging stars, no exclusivity is given to any TV or Radio station –… Read More →

Super U19 Provincial – Match Summary – 06-07 May 2016


North Central Province U19 v Central Province U19 – R. Premadasa Stadium NCP U19 – 205/10 (64.5) Saith de Silva 39, Pupudu Chathuratnga 32, Sahan Ishara 31, Heshan Senura 31, Anthoni Tyron 6/81, Thisaru Dilshan 2/37 & NCP U19 199/8 (69) Asela Sigera 59, Gihan Vitharana 6/71, Anthoni Tyron 2/73 CP U19 – 291/5 (65) S Sanogeeth 72, H R B Boyagoda 70, Thisaru Dilshan 38*, Bawantha Udangamuwa 29. Asela Sigera 2/66. Result: CP U19 won by 1st innings ____________________________________________________________________________ Western Province Central U19 v Northern Province U19 – Colts Ground WPC U19 171 (64) Manelka De Silva 97*, Vishad Randika 37, S. Mathushan 3/32, Kapil Raj 4/67, Ayana Siriwardhana 2/42 & 207/6 d (45.1) Thanuka Dabare 50, Pasindu Sooriyabandara 64, Pathum Nissanka 45, Ayana Siriwardana 3/68 v NP… Read More →

Super U19 Provincial Tournament 2016 – Top 10 Players


Series Top Batsman Player Name Bat / Ball Team Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s 1 Vishwa LHB/- WPS 4 7 0 345 135 49.29 380 90.79 2 0 45 3 2 Navidu RHB/- SP 4 6 1 338 84 67.60 514 65.76 0 3 31 0 3 Lasith RHB/RAOS EP 4 6 2 336 114 84.00 478 70.29 2 1 28 11 4 A Fernando RHB/RAM WPS 4 7 0 318 160 45.43 352 90.34 1 2 32 11 5 Pathum RHB/- WPC 4 6 0 275 128 45.83 335 82.09 1 1 40 2 6 Kaveesha Manelka De Silva LHB/RAF WPC 4 6 2 266 97 66.50 327 81.35 0 3 25… Read More →

Late inclusion causes delay in Irish visa process : Thirimanne to join squad shortly

Sri Lanka Cricket is wishes to inform the media and general public that due to the late inclusion of Lahiru Thirimanne in the Sri Lanka test squad to UK, a delay has occurred in obtaining his visa to Ireland. It is expected that the Consulate of Ireland would issue the visa by tomorrow and Thirimanne will join the Sri Lanka team shortly. _____________________________________ UPDATE  17.30: Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that further to the earlier Press Release, Lahiru Thirimanne’s Irish visa has been received by SLC. He and Computer Analyst Dulip Samarasekara will depart for UK on UL 503 tomorrow (5th May 2016)