Crowd Protest in Dambulla


In the consequence of the unfortunate crowd protest that took place in Dambulla during the 04th ODI, SLC wishes to state that SLC together with the Sri Lanka Police applied stringent security measures in place to safeguard the cricket fans who had purchased tickets for the matches. We continuously announced through the media that there will be no tickets sold on the day of the match and fans were thus requested to purchase their tickets prior to the day of the match in a bid to prevent recurrence. SLC would like to stress the fact that SLC will be obliged to secure the seats for the ticket holders who have purchased tickets prior to the match and it considers as… Read More →

Hastings six-for sets up Australia series win


John Hastings plucked six wickets before Aaron Finch and George Bailey’s attacking half-centuries powered Australia to a series clinching six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the fourth One-Day International in Dambulla on Wednesday (August 31). Australia rode on Finch’s blistering 19-ball 55 and an unbeaten 90 in 85 balls from Bailey to reach 217 for 4 in 31 overs, chasing down the 213-run target and taking an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series. Earlier, Hastings’s career-best figures of 6 for 45 helped bowl out Sri Lanka for 212, despite Dhananjaya de Silva’s fighting 76, after it had elected to bat upon winning the toss. It was Finch’s blitz at the start that launched Australia against a Sri Lanka attack… Read More →

Sachith Pathirana joins the ODI squad in place of TM Dilshan

Sri Lankan cricketer Sachith Pathirana delivers a ball during a practice session at The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket stadium in Dambulla on August 30, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S.KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that Sachith Pathirana has been drafted into the ODI squad in place of T.M. Dilshan. Sachith joins the squad for the 4 th ODI match to be played in Dambulla. The rest of the squad remains the same as given below: 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kusal Mendis 3. Dinesh Chandimal – Vice Captain 4. Angelo Mathews – Captain 5. Danajaya De Silva 6. Angelo Perera 7. Avishka Fernando 8. Danushka Gunathilaka 9. Suranga Lakmal 10.Thisara Perera 11.DilruwanPerera 12.Seekuge Prasanna 13.Lakshan Sandakan 14. Amila Aponso 15. Lahiru Kumara 16. Sachith Pathirana

The Aussies won, but retiring Dilshan the Larger Hero


Dambulla turned out to be the farewell ground Sunday to veteran all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan before a sell out crowd on an emotional day to the 39-year old capping his 333rd ODI. Australia won the match by two wickets with 24 balls to spare, but the day belonged to the big made Sri Lankan who could not hide the tears as he swivelled around bat upraised in a salute to the crowd after his final innings in a final look at his farewell venue before heading for the pavilion. The moment typified how much the game means to a player for whom it all begins as a schoolboy’s ‘First Love’ dream of playing for his country. The start to the proceedings… Read More →

3rd ODI in Dambulla – Press Release


Sri Lanka Cricket sincerely wishes to announce that it regrets the inconvenience caused to the ticket holders and cricket fans who could not get to their allocated seats at yesterday’s 3rd ODI match played in Dambulla. Having the capacity of accommodating 18,000 spectators, over 45,000 cricket fans attended the match as per the SLC security estimates. Therefore the security staff and the ushering teams lost the crowd control systems which was in place to assist the spectators as usual. Due to the above situation contingency measures were taken to protect the playing area and the 2 teams, which was considered as a priority for the continuation of the game. SLC wishes to state that it will take adequate measures to… Read More →

Bailey steers chase as Australia goes 2-1 up


George Bailey’s 99-ball 70, and his fifth-wicket partnership of 81 runs with Matthew Wade (42 off 46 balls), stood out in Australia’s tricky chase of 227 in the third One-Day International against Sri Lanka at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Sunday (August 28). It overshadowed Tillakaratne Dilshan’s last ODI and Dinesh Chandimal’s century, as Australia’s thrilling two-wicket win with four overs to spare helped the visiting side take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. On a pitch where the ball stopped and turned, Sri Lanka bowled well to remove David Warner, the stand-in captain, Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh in the first 8.5 overs. The home team had a good grip on the context, but Bailey used all… Read More →

ක්‍රිකට්‌ හැදෙන අලුත් ක්‍රමය ගැන සභාපති කියයි

Thilanga Sumathipala

* “පරණ නම් වලට 11 ට ගහන්න දෙන්නෙ නැහැ. දක්‍ෂතම එකොළහ මැදට ගෙනාවා” * “ජයන්ත සමග මගේ ප්‍රශ්නයක්‌ නැහැ. මෙතනට එන්න ඉන්න අය තමයි ඔය ප්‍රචාර කරන්නෙ” * “මට අයි.සී.සී. යන්න බැහැ කියල පට්‌ටපල් බොරු කිව්වා. කුසල්ව නිදහස්‌ කරගෙන වන්දිත් ගත්තෙ මම. ලෝකයේ කවුරුත් එහෙම කරල නැහැ.” ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රීඩාවේ කොඳුනාරටිය බඳු ක්‍රිකට්‌ ක්‍රීඩාවට ජවය දීමේ ප්‍රධාන සුක්‌කානම තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ අතට පත්ව අට මසක්‌ ගෙවී ගොස්‌ය. ක්‍රිකට්‌ පරිපාලනය විටෙක නොයෙකුත් විවේචනයන්ට භාජන වෙද්දී ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට්‌ කණ්‌ඩායමද පරාජයේ කුණාටුවකට හසු විය. නමුත් දැන් යළිත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට්‌ අළු ගසා නැගිටිමින් තිබේ. එබැවින් තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ පරිපාලන ව්‍යqහය සංකල්පය මොන වගේදැයි දැන ගැනීමට “දිවයින ඉරිදා සංග්‍රහය” ඔහු සොයා ගියෙමු. සුමතිපාල මහතා අධික රාජකාරී වලින් හෙම්බත් වන චරිතයකි. ඔහු නියෝජ්‍ය කථානායකවරයාය…. Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for 3rd ODI against Australia


The National Selectors have drafted Under 19 youth player Lahiru Kumara into the National squad for the 3rd ODI to be played at RDICS, Dambulla. Left Hand batsman & Right-arm medium-fast bowler Lahiru Kumara who is from Kandy replaces Milinda Siriwardena. The rest of the squad remains the same as given below: 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kusal Mendis 3. T.M. Dilshan 4. Dinesh Chandimal – Vice Captain 5. Angelo Mathews – Captain 6. Danajaya De Silva 7. Angelo Perera 8. Avishka Fernando 9. Danushka Gunathilaka 10. Suranga Lakmal 11. Thisara Perera 12. DilruwanPerera 13. Seekuge Prasanna 14. Lakshan Sandakan 15. Amila Aponso 16. Lahiru Kumara