Mahela Jayawardena’s 17-year Test career came to an end on a winning note on Monday (August 18) as Sri Lanka defeated Pakistan in the final Test of the two-match series by 105 runs to take the series 2-0. Pakistan, having resumed its second innings on the final day at 127 for 7 chasing 271, was bowled out for 165 before lunch after No 11 Junaid Khan was unable to bat due to injury. Rangana Herath, who claimed nine wickets in the first innings, was again the chief destroyer, picking up 5 for 57 in the second innings and thus was named Man of the Match and Man of the Series. Jayawardena, 37, who had retired from Twenty20 Internationals after Sri… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the National Selectors have nominated Lahiru Gamage for the 2nd Test against Pakistan in place of Shaminda Eranga due to Shaminda Eranga not having recovered from his injuries. This has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports.
Media Release Welcoming the guest for the Launch of the Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket Awards 2014, Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga said ” We are gathered here to launch the annual cricket awards which recognises and honours the nation’s cricketers both men and women, once again, who have been identified as our stars – icons of the game and whose names have entered into our cricketing records. We are also happy to recognise our young and aspiring club players. Mr. Ranatunga went on to say that “Around 65 cricketing heroes will proudly carry away their awards and the recipients are feted in recognition of their exceptional performances in all forms of the game during the cricketing season… Read More →
Centuries from Ravi Bopara and captain James Taylor helped England Lions complete a comprehensive seven-wicket victory against Sri Lanka A in the Tri-Series at Worcester. England have two wins from three games after beating Sri Lanka twice, while New Zealand have won both their completed matches after their opener against Sri Lanka was washed out. Steven Finn took 4-67 as Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten 119 underpinned Sri Lanka’s 283 for six from 50 overs. Dinesh Chandimal entered the crease with the score on 16-2 but the 24-year-old hauled his team back into contention with a superb unbeaten 119 in 127 balls. Sri Lanka’s number three was ably supported by Ashan Priyanjan, who made 42 before being caught behind off Bopara (one for 29). Bhanuka… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket National Selectors has nominated to include Binura Fernando and Dimuth Karunaratne as replacements for Nuwan Pradeep and Chathuranga Kumara for Sri Lanka’s second Test against Pakistan, starting at SSC in Colombo on Thursday. Shaminda Eranga too is nominated for the above Test Match, subject to fitness. This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.
Kumar Sangakkara has regained the number-one Test batting spot in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his 10th double century in the Galle Test which Sri Lanka won by seven wickets to lead Pakistan by 1-0 in a two-Test series. Sangakkara, who won the ICC Cricketer of the Year and ICC Test Cricketer of the Year awards in Colombo in 2012, scored 221 and 21 in the Test, which earned him 31 ratings points that, in turn, helped him to dethrone AB de Villiers from the top pedestal. The South African had snatched the number-one spot from his team-mate Hashim Amla in October 2013 and spent a total stretch of 287 days and 33 Tests at the top. Sangakkara had first… Read More →
ICC Media Release Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side’s seven-wicket loss in the first Test match against Sri Lanka at Galle International Stadium on Sunday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to Pakistan team manager Moin Khan on Sunday, cited concerns over a number of deliveries that were considered to be suspect and concluded that the bowler’s action needed to be tested. Ajmal’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 21 days, and, during this period, Ajmal is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results… Read More →
Sri Lanka pulled off a thrilling seven-wicket win against Pakistan on Sunday (August 10), the final day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium, amidst threats of rain and bad light. Rangana Herath, the left-arm spinner, starred with a six-wicket haul for Sri Lanka. Herath’s 6 for 48 helped Sri Lanka bundle Pakistan out for 180 in its second innings. Needing 99 from a minimum of 21 overs, Sri Lanka reached home in the 17th over. In a rare move, Sri Lanka opted to open the innings with Mahela Jayawardena. The veteran batsman, who is due to retire from the format at the end of this series, top-scored with 26. Kumar Sangakkara chipped in with 21 before Angelo… Read More →
ICC Media Release The two-Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan gets underway in Galle on 6 August, with the host aiming to improve its ranking in the Reliance ICC Test Team Rankings Table, and Pakistan looking to retain its third position. Pakistan is currently ranked third with 103 ratings points, while Sri Lanka is eight ratings points behind in sixth position, with 95 ratings points. While the final rankings of each team are heavily dependent on the ongoing five-Test series between England and India, both will be aiming for a series win to avoid downwards movement. The five-Test series between England and India will end a day after the series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan finishes. The series between England and India… Read More →
Media Release The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the two test matches against Pakistan. 1.Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2.Lahiru Thrimanne (Vice Captain) 3.Kaushal Silva 4.Upul Tharanga 5.Kumar Sangakkara 6.Mahela Jayawardena 7.Kithuruwan Vithanage 8.Niroshan Dickwella 9.Rangana Herath 10.Dilruwan Perera 11.Shaminda Eranga (Subject to fitness) 12.Suranga Lakmal (Subject to fitness) 13.Chanaka Welagedara 14.Dhammika Prasad 15.Nuwan Pradeep This has been approved by the Hon.Minister.
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Lasith Malinga had sent a letter on the 15th of July 2014, wherein he had requested to represent the Mumbai Indian in the Champions League T20 – 2014, The request letter was tabled at the Exco meeting held on the 22 July. As per the Team Participation Agreement of CLT20 – 2014, the decision on which team a player should represent is the sole prerogative of the player himself. Accordingly whilst expressing Sri Lanka Cricket’s preference for Lasith to represent the Southern Express Team at the said event, the Executive Committee left this decision at his sole discretion. Lasith Malinga has informed the CEO Mr. Ashley De Silva that he will… Read More →
South Africa’s tailenders put on a gritty effort that was led by Vernon Philander to fight off Sri Lanka’s spinners to snatch a thrilling draw in the second Test and seal a 1-0 series win at Colombo on Monday (July 28). The series victory ended South Africa’s jinx of 21 years in Sri Lanka, after winning a series in the island in its first tour in 1993. South Africa won the first Test in Galle by 153 runs. Chasing 369 for a win, South Africa was struggling at 148 for 8 in the final session of the Test, but Philander (27 not out) and Imran Tahir (4 not out) hung on in the final nine overs to finish at 159… Read More →
ICC Media Release Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella has been fined 10 per cent of his match fee and also received an official reprimand after being found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct following an incident on day three of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the Sinhalese Cricket Club (SSC) in Colombo. Dickwella admitted to the charge and accepted the sanction imposed by Jeff Crowe of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing. Through his admission, Dickwella was found to have breached Level 1 Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which states: “Where the… Read More →
Sri Lankan skipper Ashan Priyanjana top scored with 111, and received excellent support from Chathuranga de Silva, Mahela Udawatte, and Danushka Gunatilleke. The trio all scored half centuries as their side compiled an imposing 329 for 8 in their 50 overs, benefitting from an excellent pitch and a lightning fast outfield, which offered full value for their strokes. The Sri Lanka top order punished anything remotely loose, striking a total of 49 boundaries, which the Irish attack found difficult to stem. Andrew White showed all his experience to take 1-29 in his 10 overs, while Craig Young bowled excellently to finish with 4 for 44. The Irish reply got off to to the worst possible start as Wednesday’s centurion Stuart… Read More →