Retirement of Kumar Sangakkara from T20 International Cricket

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Mr. Kumar Sangakkara has tendered his retirement from T20 International cricket. Addressing a letter to the Chairman of Selectors, Kumar Sangakkara has stated that “It is the right time to retire allowing SLC an opportunity to build a team for the next World Twenty20 and also to allow him to focus on Test and ODI cricket during the coming months”. Mr. Ashley De Silva, Chief Executive Officer of SLC has received an electronic copy of the letter from Kumar Sangakkara.

English here to take on Sri Lankan Lion Cubs

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After last year’s successful Sri Lanka U-17 tour of England in August under the captaincy of this year’s Royal College captain Chamika Karunaratne, this year the young lads from the United Kingdom are in the island of the Indian ocean to play a series of 3 ODI’s and a 3- day match,  17th – 27th April 2014. Mr. Carlton Bernadus the Head of Cricket operation SLC thanked the ECB  for providing the youngsters an opportunity to not only improve their skills on the field but, for also providing a stage for the players to interact and make friends which could a long way in the future. He said it will  ‘bond countries together and  also become the force and the… Read More →

Shashikala Siriwardene to play for Rest of the World at Lord’s

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Captain of the National Women’s team Ms. Shashikala Siriwardene has been selected to represent the Rest of the World who will play against the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s main ground. There has never been an M.C.C. Women vs. Rest of the World Women match at Lord’s, neither has a Rest of the World women’s team ever taken the field anywhere in the World. The Match which will be played on the 19th of May 2014 will be an unique occasion. This match is in celebration of the Bicentenary of the present Ground. Shashikala Siriwardene has been selected by MCC in association with the ICC Women’s Committee.

Regional ICC International Panel Umpire workshop in Sri Lanka

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Media Release Sri Lanka cricket wishes to proudly inform that the Regional ICC International Panel Umpire workshop in is currently held in Sri Lanka. This programme is conducted by Simon Taufel – ICC Umpire Performance & Training Manager who has been an ICC Elite Panel umpire for several years. International Umpires from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are taking part in this training programme.

Allegations leveled against the SLC Secretary and CEO

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Media Release At the Press Conference held on April 09, 2014, at the Bandaranaike International Airport to celebrate the National team’s victory during the ICC World T20 2014 Championship, National Cricketer Mahela Jayawardena stated that the Hony. Secretary and CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket had directly engaged with the media through their own channels criticizing Mr. Jayawardena’s supposed decision to retire from the Twenty/20 format of the game. Sri Lanka Cricket would like to categorically state that neither the Hony. Secretary nor the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket had volunteered any statement to the Press regarding Mahela Jayawardena’s decision to address the media regarding his apparent retirement from the T20 format of Cricket save for the CEO’s comment cited in… Read More →

Arrival of our World Champion National Cricket Team

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the arrival of our  World Champion National Cricket Team  on Tuesday 8th April 2014. The Team will land at Katunayake at 3.00 pm and will attend a Press Conference at the VIP Lounge. A group photograph will be taken for the benefit of the Media. Sri Lanka Cricket host broadcaster, CSN will telecast this event live from 2.30 pm onwards. All Media Personal who are interested in attending this Media Conference are requested to submit their Names and NIC numbers to the Government Information Department – Deputy Director Mr. Hilmy Mohamed on fax number 0112512237. The Champion players will be taken in an Open Top bus at 4.30 pm from BIA on… Read More →

Nothing to do with luck, says Malinga

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For all his deadly yorkers and a great assortment of slower deliveries, Lasith Malinga is a gentle soul. Beneath that unruly curly mop lies a shrewd cricket brain, and a smile is never far away, not even when he is, on the rare occasion, being taken apart by the batsmen. Malinga seemed the least likely of individuals to steer Sri Lanka to a world title, but on Sunday (April 6) night at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, he managed what illustrious predecessors such as Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara couldn’t – lay his hands on a global trophy. In the Twenty20 International swansong for two of Sri Lankan cricket’s most celebrated sons, Malinga led the side from the front, marshalling his troops… Read More →

Sri Lanka reclaims the number-one position in T20I team ranking

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka reclaimed the number-one position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Table, after it beat India in the final to win the tournament for the first-time ever. Sri Lanka gained three ratings points to finish on 133, three ahead of India, to move into the top position. Before the semi-finals began, India had gone past Sri Lanka to become the number-one ranked side.  The final therefore was also a contest for either side to reclaim or retain the top spot. There was no other change inside the top ten at the end of the tournament. Jayawardena and Sangakkara sign off on T20I career Sri Lanka’s senior pair of Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara signed off on… Read More →

Right place, right time, right game: Sangakkara

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Cricket doesn’t accord too many of its practitioners fairytale endings. On Sunday (April 6) night in Mirpur, however, two of Sri Lanka’s favourite sons, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena, bid Twenty20 International cricket farewell in the best way possible, holding the world trophy aloft. For Sangakkara, the game was especially memorable as he carved an unbeaten half-century to see his side home. At the end of the day, however, a clearly emotional Sangakkara was just grateful for all that the game had given him. “I don’t think the game owes us, or any player, anything. Our job is to try and play it as best as we can, and walk away hopefully having made a positive impact. The game gives… Read More →

Sangakkara and Jayawardena signs off with WT20 title

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Match Report Having lost four finals in the last seven years, Sri Lanka finally broke the jinx in some style in the final of the ICC World Twenty20 2014, overwhelming hitherto unbeaten India by six wickets on Sunday (April 6) night. The scenes of unrestrained joy with the entire team tumbling on to the field once Thisara Perera had lashed R Ashwin over his head for the winning boundary showed just how the finals losses had hurt the Sri Lankans, and how desperate the team was for the sweet taste of success for the first time since it jointly won the Champions Trophy with India in 2002. In a low-scoring final that seldom flirted with the gripping, Sri Lanka was… Read More →

Match Facts: Sri Lanka v India

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India – young, bold, brave and forceful, is within one win of becoming the first team to hold all three ICC trophies simultaneously. Sri Lanka is that very same win away from making the final Twenty20 International appearances of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena memorable for all the right reasons. Here is a look at the match facts ahead of the ICC World T20 final on Sunday (April 6).   Match Facts: Sri Lanka v India  Sri Lanka has won 40 of their completed 64 T20Is. Only Nepal (two wins and one defeat) has a higher win percentage. Sri Lanka also has the highest win percentage in ICC World Twenty20 matches, having won 20, lost nine and tied one of their 30… Read More →

Focus on bowling 20 good overs: Malinga

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Lasith Malinga did not set out to try and lead his team to glory at the ICC World Twenty20 2014. With Dinesh Chandimal at the helm, and the likes of Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Angelo Mathews in the mix, Malinga would have arrived on Bangladesh’s shores expecting only to be wreaking havoc with the ball. But, as Sri Lanka stood one step away from a major world title, Malinga found himself at the receiving end of volleys, only of the verbal kind, fortunately, as he addressed the media on the eve of the final against India. The first matter he had to deal with was how Sri Lanka will tackle Virat Kohli, who lit up the Dhaka… Read More →

SLC Offers further incentives to the National Team

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Media Release The Executive Committee of SLC which met at an emergency meeting this morning decided to offer USD $ 1.5 million to the National Team Players in the event that they win the final of the on going WT20 tournament in Bangladesh. This includes USD $ 500,000 participation fee which was originally offered and USD $ 1 million WIN Bonus.