Presentation of Domestic Central Contracts 2016/17

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1 Sanjula Abeywickrama Age Group 2 Kamindu Mendis Age Group 3 Krishan Sanjula Age Group 4 Namindu Nirmal Age Group 5 Shammu Ashan Age Group 6 Dilan Jayalath Age Group 7 Damitha Silva Age Group 8 Pathum Nissanka Age Group 9 Ashen Bandara Age Group 10 Wanidu Hasaranga Age Group 11 Vishad Randika Age Group 12 Lasith Embuldeniya Age Group 13 Avishka Fernando Age Group 14 Asitha Fernando Age Group 15 Charith Asalanka Age Group 16 Lahiru Kumara Age Group 1 Nisal Randika Senior 2 TN Sampath Senior 3 Gayan Sirisoma Senior 4 Nadeera Nawala Senior 5 Charitha Buddika Senior 6 Dinuk Hettiarachchi Senior 7 Harsha Vithana Senior 8 Tilina Thushara Mirando Senior 9 Kosala Kulasekara Senior 10 Sajeewa Weerakoon… Read More →

Cremer leads resistance before Zimbabwe goes down by 225 runs

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Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera took three wickets each to help Sri Lanka secure a late 225-run win against Zimbabwe in the first Test at Harare Sports Club on Wednesday (November 2). After declaring on its overnight total of 247 for 6 to set Zimbabwe 412 for victory on the final day, it looked like Sri Lanka would be held to a draw as Graeme Cremer once again led the resistance with an obdurate 43. But Herath returned 3 for 38, which included the wickets of Cremer and Sean Williams, and Perera took 3 for 34 as Zimbabwe was bowled out for 186 with just 7.3 overs left. The final day began with Zimbabwe making a strong start to its… Read More →

Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe in the 1st Test

Sri Lanka's players (L) celebrate the wicket of a kneeling Donald Tiripano during the third day of the first Test match in a series of two cricket matches between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, October 31, 2016.
This is the 100th test match since Zimbabwe began playing international test cricket in 1992. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

“My heartiest congratulations go out to Rangana and his men – President SLC” Sri Lanka Cricket is most pleased with the performance of the National team in Zimbabwe as they win their first Test encounter under the captaincy of veteran bowler Rangana Herath. It was no secret that Herath was slated as the best man to lead the team in the absence of National captain Mathews and Vice-captain Chandimal, both of whom are injured. Veteran Herath is the first bowler to lead the National side in 33 years, and has fully justified Sri Lanka Cricket’s faith in him, not only captaining the team to victory but doing so as the first Sri Lankan captain to win his maiden Test match…. Read More →

Sri Lanka ends rain-hit day 411 ahead

Sri Lanka's batsman Dimuth Karunaratne (C) plays a shot during the first match in a series of two cricket Test matches between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club on October 29, 2016.
This is the 100th Test match since Zimbabwe began playing international test cricket in 1992. / AFP PHOTO / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA

Dimuth Karunaratne scored his fourth Test century as Sri Lanka built a formidable lead before rain thwarted its surge against Zimbabwe on the fourth day of the first Test in Harare on Tuesday (November 1). Karunaratne scored 110 in Sri Lanka’s second innings, which had reached 247 for 6 when rain arrived four overs into the final session, by which time it had lost Dhananjaya de Silva, caught at point by Malcolm Waller to become debutant paceman Carl Mumba’s fourth wicket of the innings. Although the rain halted after an hour, the light failed to improve and Sri Lanka takes a lead of 411 into the final day. Karunaratne came into the match without even a fifty in his three… Read More →

Cremer’s maiden ton holds Zimbabwe up

Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer (R) runs during the third day of the first Test match in a series of two cricket matches between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, October 31, 2016.
This is the 100th test match since Zimbabwe began playing international test cricket in 1992. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Graeme Cremer became the first Zimbabwe player to score a century and take four wickets in an innings in the same match, but Sri Lanka still had the upper hand on day three of the first Test at Harare Sports Club on Monday (October 31). The Zimbabwe captain’s unbeaten 102 – his maiden Test ton – and Peter Moor’s 79 helped Zimbabwe post 373 in reply to Sri Lanka’s first-innings score of 537 all out, a deficit of 164. Sri Lanka’s openers then played out three remaining overs to reach 5 for no loss, extending the team’s lead to 169. Zimbabwe began the day on a promising 88 for 1 but quickly slipped to 139 for 6, losing five wickets… Read More →

Colombo to host ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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>Final four ICC Women’s World Cup slots up for grabs >David Richardson: “I am confident that next year’s qualifying event will give further impetus to the women’s game” >Ashley de Silva: “SLC has staged successful ICC events in the past and it will endeavour to live up to its reputation by putting up another memorable show” With 100 days to go until the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 gets underway, Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo was today unveiled as the host of the 10-team event which will be staged from 7 to 21 February 2017. The tournament will see the bottom four sides from the ICC Women’s Championship* along with Bangladesh, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Scotland and Zimbabwe go head… Read More →

Zimbabwe good in reply after Sri Lanka puts up 537

Sri Lanka batsman Upul Tharanga raises his bat in celebration of his century during the second day's play in the first Test match between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, on October 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Ten years after scoring his maiden Test century, Upul Tharanga got his second as Sri Lanka did most of the running in the first Test against Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club on the second day. Tharanga’s first century had come against Bangladesh in March 2006, and his 110 not out on Sunday (October 30) helped Sri Lanka finish on 537. Having dropped seven catches in the field, Zimbabwe managed to fight back well with the bat and go to stumps on 88 for 1 in reply. Brian Chari fell in Rangana Herath’s first over, but Tinotenda Mawoyo reached the close on 41, with Hamilton Masakadza on 33. Tharanga had not played a Test in more than a year and was… Read More →

West Indies A clinch the One Day series 3-0

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West Indies A completed their one-day series, 3-0 against Sri Lanka A winning the third and final game by 8 runs (D/L method) today at R. Premadasa International Stadium. West Indies A – 305/5 in 47 overs: Jason Mohommed 105*, Andre McCarthy 102, Chadwick Walton 36, Rovman Powell 24, Nuwan Kulasekara 2/65. Sri Lanka A – 248/7 in 38 overs: Sandun Weerakkody 20, Danushka Gunathilaka 58, Charith Asalanka 23, Milinda Siriwardena 35, Dasun Shanaka 33*, Sachith Pathirana 34, Ronsford Beaton 2/38, Kesrick Williams 2/74.

Hemantha Devapriya appointed as Head Coach for Sri Lanka Women’s Team

Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of veteran coach Hemantha Devapriya as Head Coach of the Sri Lanka Women’s National Team. Devapriya holds level III Qualifications from the ECB, and is a Level II Certified Coach in Sri Lanka, who’s coaching career spans over 15 years, during which time he has been the Head Coach of the Colombo Cricket Club, the NCC, The Fingara Cricket Academy and most recently the Bloomfield C & AC. The Wicket-Keeper Batsman made his debut against Australia in 1980 with an explosive 80 in Galle and went on to score several top-notch half centuries against England in during the 1981 English tour. Devapriya has scored 1761 First Class runs in a short… Read More →

Rangana Herath to Captain Sri Lanka against Zimbabwe

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that veteran spinner Rangana Herath will lead the Sri Lanka Team in the 2 Test Series against Zimbabwe commencing on the 29th October in Harare. Hearth, who announced his retirement from the shorter format of the game in June, was the pivotal bowling performance is Sri Lanka’s historic Test Series win over Australia in August this year. Herath is lauded as a consistent and prolific spinner, who’s leadership skills will be put to good use in this Test Series.

Annual Contracts for National Players & Test Squad for the Zimbabwe Tour

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Further to the consent given by the players yesterday (20th of October), Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the 17 players who were offered Annual Contracts for the year 2016/17 have signed and accepted the same. Sri Lanka Cricket also wishes to inform that at a Selection Committee Meeting held on even date, the following players were selected for the Test Matches in Zimbabwe. 1. Angelo Mathews – Captain 2. Kusal Janith Perera 3. Kusal Mendis 4. Kaushal Silva 5. Dimuth Karunaratne 6. Dhananjaya de Silva 7. Niroshan Dickwella 8. Rangana Herath 9. Dilruwan Perera 10. Lakshan Sandakan 11. Kasun Madushanka 12. Lahiru Kumara 13. Lahiru Gamage 14. Suranga Lakmal 15. Asela Gunaratne Dinesh Chandimal was not selected for the above tour as he has not recovered from the operation to his… Read More →

Siriwardana to lead Sri Lanka ‘A’ ODI Squad against Windies A

Sri Lanka cricketer Milinda Siriwardana plays a shot during the first One Day International (ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo on August 21, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that at a Selection Committee Meeting held on even date, the following players were selected for the 3 One Day matches. 1. Danushka Gunathilaka 2. Sandun Weerakkody 3. Minod Bhanuka 4. Charith Asalanka 5. Milinda Siriwardana – Captain 6. Shehan Jayasuriya 7. Dasun Shanaka 8. Binura Fernando 9. Keshan Wijerathne 10. Kasun Rajitha 11. Amila Aponso 12. Lahiru Milantha 13. Shammu Ashan 14. Anuk Fernando 15. Alankara Asanka

Annual Contracts for National Players

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that the 17 players who were offered to be appointed as National Contracted Players of Sri Lanka Cricket have officially consented to sign their respective contracts. The new National Contracts have been drafted to enable the players to benefit based on their performance. Given below are the 17 players:  Angelo Mathews  Rangana Herath  Dinesh Chandimal  Dimuth Karunarathna  Kusal Janith Perera  Suranga Lakmal  Lahiru Thirimanna  Dilruwan Perera  Kusal Mendis  Milinda Siriwardana  Nuwan Pradeep  Kaushal Silva  Dhanajaya de Silva  Dushmantha Chameera  Danushka Gunathilaka  Jeffery Vandersay  Lakshan Sandakan