Mahela Jayawardene to retire from Test Cricket

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Mahela Jayawardene has tendered his resignation from Test cricket. Addressing a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of SLC Mr. Ashley De Silva, Mahela Jayawardene has stated that he would like to retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming Test series against South Africa and Pakistan. Mahela Jayawardene has stated that    ” It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years, but I believe this is the right time”. The former Captain of Sri Lanka reiterated that he is fully committed to playing ODI cricket for Sri Lanka.

Ashan Priyanjan to lead Sri Lanka A in England and Ireland

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Ashan Priyanjan named as Captain of the Sri Lanka A team for the tour of England and Ireland, replacing Upul  Tharanga who will be part of the National squad for the upcoming South Africa Test series. Kusal Janith Perera appointed as the Vice-Captain of the team. This tour will begin on the 14th of July and go on till the 25th August 2014. Squad: Ashan Priyanjana (Captain), Kusal Janith (Vice.Captain), Lahiru Jayaratne, Mahela Udawatte,  Banuka Rajapakshe, Ishan Jayaratne, Danushka Gunethilake, Niroshan Dickwella, Chathuranga De Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Ramith Rambukwella, Seekuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Vishwa Fernando, Priyamal Perera

South Africa win series after de Kock, de Villiers tons

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Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper, and AB de Villiers, the captain, hit aggressive hundreds to carry South Africa to an 82-run win over Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International on Saturday (July 12). The win gave South Africa a 2-1 series win, its first in an ODI series on Sri Lankan soil. De Kock smashed 128 off 127 balls, while de Villiers was even more aggressive, taking only 71 balls for his 108. De Villiers reached his hundred off only 66 balls as South Africa posted 339 for 5 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota, its highest total against Sri Lanka. The home side was restricted to just 257 all out in 44.3 overs, while attempting what… Read More →

Replacements of the Sri Lanka A team squad to England & Ireland

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Media Release The National Selectors have decided to include Lahiru Jayaratne for the “Sri Lanka A Team’s tour to England & Ireland” as replacement for Upul Tharanga who will be part of the National squad for the upcoming South Africa Test Series. Further, with accordance to the medical advice received with reference to Thisara Perera, the Selectors have decided to rest him from the A Team Tour to England & Ireland. Thisara will be replaced by Right-arm medium fast bowler Ishan Jayaratne.

ICC Bowling Action Legality Assessment of Sachithra Senanayake

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket has received the ICC Bowling Action Legality Assessment Report pertaining to Sachithra Senanayake. It was conducted by the Cardiff Metropolitan University – Cardiff School of Sport in England. The Standard ICC Illegal Action Testing Protocol was used to assess the degree of elbow extension from the point of upper arm horizontal to ball release within the bowling action. 15-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the 4th ODI played at Lords. The report concludes that Sachithra bowled with an illegal bowling action and consequently he is banned from bowling in international cricket, effective immediately. This matter will be referred to the SLC Cricket Committee for their recommendation.

Sri Lanka Test Squad against South Africa

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 South Africa. However the above selection is subjected to the approval of the Hon. Minister of Sports. 01 Angelo Mathews. (C) 02 Lahiru Thirimanne (v/c) 03 Upul Tharanga 04 Kaushal Silva 05 Kumar Sangakkara 06 Mahela Jayawardena 07 Dinesh Chandimal 08 Kithruwan Vithanage 09 Rangana Herath 10 Dilruwan Perera 11 Ajantha Mendis 12 Suranga Lakmal 13 Shaminda Eranga 14 Dammika Prasad 15 Chanaka Welagedara

Sri Lanka Squad for 3rd ODI – South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka 2014

Media Release The following squad has been selected by the National Selectors for the 3rd ODI match against South Africa to be played on the 12th July 2014 in Hambantota. 1 Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2 Lahiru Thirimanne (Vice Captain) 3 T M Dilshan 4 Kusal Janith 5 Kumar Sangakkara 6 Mahela Jayawardena 7 Ashan Priyanjan 8 Kithuruwan Vithanage 9 Lasith Malinga 10 Nuwan Kulasaekera 11 Suranga Lakmal 12 Thisara Perera 13 Sachithra Senanayake 14 Ajantha Mendis 15 Rangana Herath 16 Dilruwan Perera

SLC Grants Cash rewards to Schools who won Championships

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that for the first time in its history made a Cash Reward to the Schools who performed extremely well during the cricket season. This was done considering the amount of work the School Coaches and authorities put it into a cricket season and grooming the young talent. Also due consideration will be given to certain schools that win Championships with less facilities and grounds. Under -19 Tournament-Prize Giving Division I (League) Champion Richmond College Galle LKR 1,000,000.00 Runner Up Trinity College Kandy LKR 750,000.00 Limited Over Champion Thurstan College Colombo LKR 500,000.00 Runner Up S Thomas’ College Mt.Lavinia LKR 250,000.00 Division II (League) Champion Anuradhapura MMV LKR 750,000.00 Runner Up Carey College Colombo LKR… Read More →

Dilshan, Malinga help Sri Lanka pull level

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Tillakaratne Dilshan starred with bat and ball as Sri Lanka crushed South Africa by 87 runs in the second One-Day International between the two teams on Wednesday (July 9) to bring the three-match series level at 1-1. Dilshan scored 86 off 90 balls first and then took 3 for 40 to play the lead, While Lasith Malinga also played a big part with two early wickets on the way to figures of 4 for 24 as South Africa was bowled out for 180 off 38.1 overs while chasing 267. Hashim Amla fought hard, making a 102-ball 101, but failed to find support from the other batsmen. Malinga gave Sri Lanka crucial breakthroughs when he sent back Quinton de Kock and… Read More →

Floodlights to be used in the event the light deteriorates

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that both Sri Lanka & South Africa Teams and their respective Boards are in agreement to use lights in the event the light deteriorates during the 3rd ODI of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka One Day Series to be played on the 12th of July at Mahinda Rajapakse International Cricket Stadium in Hambanthota.

Amla, de Villiers secure 75-run win

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Hashim Amla scored a composed century to take South Africa to a formidable 304 for 5 before Ryan McLaren took two wickets in three balls to restrict Sri Lanka to 229 all out in 40.3 overs in the first One Day International on Sunday (July 6). Amla struck eight boundaries and a six en route to a 130-ball 109 after AB de Villiers, the South Africa captain, elected to bat first at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Amla first put on 58 for the opening wicket with Quinton de Kock to get South Africa off to a steady start, after which it lost two quick wickets. De Kock was the first to fall, when he was castled by Angelo… Read More →

ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour

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Colombo, 4th July 2014: Sri Lanka has the honour of being the first stopover on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Trophy Tour. The ICC Cricket World Cup trophy, which is making its way around the world, was received at the airport today by Sri Lanka Cricket team’s current captain and vice-captain. Fans will have a unique opportunity to catch a glimpse and even get up close to the much coveted World Cup trophy at a special unveiling event at Galle Face Green on Saturday, 5th July.  The 2015 World Cup trophy will be unveiled amidst well known cricketing names and fans will also be able to take a picture with the trophy. A papare band and various games are… Read More →

Sri Lanka Squad for 1st and 2nd ODIs against South Africa

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Media Release The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 16 member squad to represent the National Team for the 1st & 2nd ODI matches against South Africa. Angelo Mathews (Capt) Lahiru Thirimanne (V.Capt) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera (Subject to fitness ) Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Kithruwan Vithanage Ashan Priyanjana Upul Tharanga Sachithra Senanayake Rangana Herath Ajantha Mendis Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Lasith Malinga Suranga Lakmal The above selection has been ratified by Minister of Sports.

Board Presidents XI vs South Africa Team 2014

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At a meeting held on 01.07.2014 the following  players were selected to represent the Board Presidents XI to play against the visiting South Africa national squad on 03rd July 2014 at Tyron Fernando  stadium  Moratuwa. 1.  Upul Tharanga 2.  Mahela Udawatte 3.  Jehan Mubarak 4.  Lahiru Thirimanne (Captain) 5.  Dinesh Chandimal 6.  Kithuruwan Withanage 7.  Jeewan Mendis 8.  Thisara Perera 9.  Suraj Randeev 10. Lahiru Gamage 11. Anuk Fernando  Reserves 1. Angelo Perera 2. Sachith Pathirana. 3. Dushmantha Chameera 4. Priyamal Perera