ICC World Twenty20 trophy to be showcased in Sri Lanka

T20 Trophy

Media Release The ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 trophy will touch down on Sri Lankan shores on 16th January for a three-day stop en route to its global journey spanning 12 countries. The trophy travels through all T20 playing nations, before it returns to India, where the tournament gets underway from 8th March to 3rd April 2016. Sponsored by Nissan, the trophy tour of Sri Lanka will provide ample opportunities for local cricket fans to glimpse the coveted prize, especially significant since defending champions Sri Lanka are without doubt strong contenders at No. 3 in the current T20 team rankings. President of the Sri Lanka Cricket, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala said “Sri Lanka is privileged to play host to the ICC… Read More →

Under 19 World Cup Team hosted for Dinner by Sri Lanka Cricket


Media Release A Dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala for the Sri Lanka Under 19 World Cup team and their parents was held yesterday at Hilton Colombo Residences. This was the 1st time that a junior team was hosted prior to a tour. Minister of Sports Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara too was present to speak to the team and wish them well for a successful tour in the forthcoming Under19 World Cup. Legendary Cricketer Aravinda de Silva who was invited by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala to speak to the youngsters on his experience in his cricketing career, advised the boys how to handle pressure, on the importance of fitness and mental attitudes on the field.  He shared with the… Read More →

ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016 – Match Fixtures


Groups GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D South Africa Pakistan England Australia Bangladesh Sri Lanka West Indies India Scotland Afghanistan Zimbabwe New Zealand Namibia Canada Fiji Nepal   Warm-up matches 22 Jan – West Indies v Scotland, Fatullah; South Africa v Fiji, Fatullah Outer 23 Jan – Pakistan v Nepal, BKSP-1; Sri Lanka v New Zealand, BKSP-2; Afghanistan v Australia, BKSP-3; India v Canada, BKSP-4; England v Namibia, MAAS, Chittagong; Bangladesh v Zimbabwe, ZACS, Chittagong 24 Jan – South Africa v West Indies, Fatullah; Scotland v Fiji, Fatullah Outer 25 Jan – Afghanistan v New Zealand, BKSP-1; Sri Lanka v Nepal, BKSP-2; Australia v Canada, BKSP-3; Pakistan v India, BKSP-4; Zimbabwe v Namibia, MAAS, Chittagong; England v Bangladesh,… Read More →

New Zealand sweeps T20I series after Munro, Guptill turn it on


New Zealand sped to a nine-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Auckland on Sunday (January 10) after a whirlwind batting display from Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. Munro brought up the winning runs with a six to remain unbeaten on 50 from 14 balls, the second fastest T20I half-century behind Yuvraj Singh’s 12-ball spree against England in 2007. Munro’s blitz also meant that the New Zealand record for the fastest T20I fifty, set by Guptill, who took 19 balls to get there at the top of the innings, lasted only 20 minutes. Guptill was the only wicket to fall, out for 63 off 25 balls with six fours and five sixes, while Munro clouted seven sixes… Read More →

Sri Lanka seeks to keep status as No.1 T20I team intact


Sri Lanka has to win the second and last Twenty20 International against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday (January 10) to not only level the series, but also ensure that it holds on to the No.1 ranking in the format, failing which it will slip to third behind West Indies and Australia. That Sri Lanka lost the first game was largely because of a superb bowling display by Matt Henry and Trent Boult, both of whom picked up three wickets each. Chasing 183, Sri Lanka needed 35 runs in the last four overs with four wickets in hand. Milinda Siriwardana was hitting the ball well and had raced off to 42 in 29 balls. That is when… Read More →

President of SLC, Hon.Thilanga Sumathipala assumes duties as the President of the Asian Cricket Council


Media Release Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, who was recently elected as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also taken over the top position in the Asian Cricket Council meeting held in Dubai today. A name associated with cricket for over two decades, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala is no stranger to the game or the management of cricket in this country. He has also served as the President of the ACC during the year 1997-1998. A man committed to developing the game in Sri Lanka, Hon.Thilanga Sumathipala is all set to take the country’s most popular sport to the next level. His vision and passion for cricket makes him the ideal personality to head the cricket council in the region for… Read More →

Boult, openers star in thrilling New Zealand win


A thriller ensued at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui as New Zealand kept Sri Lanka at bay in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday(January 7) by three runs in a veritable thriller. Backed by half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, New Zealand posted 182 for 4. In its chase, Sri Lanka was on the rails when reduced to 42 for 4, but Danushka Gunathilaka and Milinda Siriwardana resurrected the innings to make for an enticing finale. However, the visiting side failed to cross the line, the three-wicket hauls from Matt Henry and Trent Boult restricting it to 179 for 9. Sri Lanka now needs to win the second and final game in Auckland on Sunday, failing which it will slip from… Read More →

Sri Lanka needs to win one match against New Zealand to retain its number-one ranking


ICC World Twenty20 champion Sri Lanka goes head to head with host New Zealand in a two-match Twenty20 International series on Thursday, 7 January, in Mount Maunganui fully aware that it needs to either draw or win the series to retain its number-one position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings. Sri Lanka (125) leads eighth-ranked New Zealand (108) by 17 points, which means it is expected to win the series comfortably. This, in turn, means if the series ends in a draw, the difference will reduce to 14 points, but more importantly, Sri Lanka will retain its number-one position. In contrast, if New Zealand wins both the matches, then Sri Lanka will join the West Indies and Australia on 118 points… Read More →

SLC provides Cricket Gear to Schools


The distribution ceremony of Cricket Balls and Mattings to cricket playing Schools identified by Sri Lanka Schools Cricket Association was held at the Ministry of Sports premises today, with the participation of  Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara, Minister of Sports together with Hony. Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket  Mr. Mohan de Silva. 35 Schools  were recipients of Cricket Mattings and 4000 Grays Cricket Balls were distributed to 178 Schools in the Under 19 – Division 1, 2 and 3 Speaking at the event,  Hony. Secretary of SLC Mr. Mohan de Silva stated that “Due to numerous requests from Clubs and Schools in the country to construct Side Wickets in their respective areas, SLC has taken a decision to re-evaluate all requests in… Read More →

Guptill, Henry seal series for New Zealand


A century from Martin Guptill and a five-wicket haul from Matt Henry took New Zealand to a 36-run win in the fifth and final One-Day International at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday (January 5), giving it a 3-1 series victory over Sri Lanka. Put in, New Zealand posted 294 for 5, Guptill helped along by fifties from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, seemed set to take it down to the wire with a steady 95, but his side lost the last five wickets for only 35 runs, folding for 258 in the 48th over. That Sri Lanka got that far from a precarious 33 for 3 – Henry accounting for two of those wickets – was courtesy… Read More →

Preparations for ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016 to continue


ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council today said it will continue to prepare for this month’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup in Bangladesh despite Australia withdrawing its team from the event and expressing its concerns about the safety and security of its squad and management. The ICC explained that its own security manager and an independent security agency had been working very closely with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and the Bangladesh security agencies, and that the planned security arrangements satisfactorily mitigate the risks identified such that it remains appropriate for the event to continue as planned. The ICC further announced that it has invited Ireland, as the runner-up in the qualifying event in Kuala Lumpur in October, to… Read More →

Inaugural Meeting of the newly appointed Executive Committee


Inaugural Meeting of the newly appointed Executive Committee of SLC took place today. The key issues discussed at today’s meeting were: The appointment of the Management Committee consisting of all Office Bearers. 6 Strategic areas under the business plan of SLC were highlighted at today’s meeting and the following Office Bearers  were appointed to overlook the respective areas. Development – Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala International Cricket – Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa Domestic Cricket –  Mr. K . Mathivanan Administration – Mr. Mohan de Silva Finance – Mr. Shammi Silva Corporate Communications – Mr. Ravin Wickramaratne & Mr. Lalith Rambukwella The establishment of a Financial Advisory Committee which will consist of 5 members as follows – 1.     SLC to nominate a member with… Read More →

Office Bearers of Sri Lanka Cricket – 2016


Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the following were elected as the new Office Bearers of SLC. President – Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala Vice Presidents – Jayantha Dharmadasa & K. Mathivanan Secretary – Mohan De Silva Assistant Secretary – Ravin Wickramaratne Treasurer – Shammi Silva Assistant Treasurer – Lalith Rambukwella ExCo Members: Bandula Dissanayake – Chairman Tournament Committee Rupanath Wickramaratne – Chairman Umpires Committee Channa Weerakody R. S. Biyanwila Aruna De Silva Sunil Mohotti Sujeewa Godaliyadda Chrishantha Kapuwatta Samantha Dodanwela Priyantha Algama Jayantha Jayaweera Kapila Wijegoonawardene – Chairman Selection Committee Tournament Committee: Bandula Dissanayake Aruna Silva Shammi Gunasekara Marlon Fernandopulle Kasun Fernando Umpire Committee: Rupanath Wickramaratne Wasanthalal Fernando Abu Siddhik Deepal Maddurappruma Ashley Rathnayake Sponsorship Committee: Matheesha Dharmasiri Suresh Murugesar… Read More →