National Women’s Team depart for WWC17 campaign

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Colombo, 12th June 2017 The Sri Lanka Women’s National Team (WNT) will depart the island tomorrow (13) to engage in a 5-day conditioning & acclimatization programme ahead of their Women’s World Cup 2017 campaign which commences with a game against New Zealand on the 24th of June. The Women’s National team, led by Captain Inoka Ranaweera, have been engaged in an intensive training schedule under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya over the past 45 days, most recently concluding a five-day residential camp at the recently opened SLC Centre of Excellence in Kandy. The WWC squad consists of; Inoka Ranaweera (Captain) Prasadani Weerakkodi (Vice Captain) Shashikala Sriwardena, Chamari Athapaththu, Eshani Lokusooriya, Dilani Manodara, Sripali Weerakkody, Udeshika Prabodani Nipuni Hansika, Hasini Perera, Oshadi… Read More →

Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference – Pakistan vs Sri Lanka

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#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q.  Angelo, can you give us an update on Thisara Perera and what exactly happened to him yesterday? ANGELO MATHEWS: He’s fine. He just got hit on the head, but he’s fine. He’s feeling very good. He’s okay. Q.  Obviously, Dhananjaya de Silva has joined the squad. Can you tell us, given the way Kusal (Perera) played the last game, how big a loss it is, and what are Dhananjaya’s chances of featuring in tomorrow’s game? ANGELO MATHEWS: It’s a shame to lose Kusal. He batted extremely well. Given the fact that he was — we brought him as the third opener, but he can bat in the middle as well. So he’s always that player who… Read More →

BREAKING: All-rounder Thisara Perera takes blow to head

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera unsuccessfully appeals for the wicket of India's Rohit Sharma during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Colombo, 11th June 2017 Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera was hit by a ball on the head during practice at Cardiff yesterday (10) ahead of the all important CT17 game against Pakistan tomorrow (12). In a most fortunate turn of events, there has been no serious injury and although under careful observation there is currently no complaint related to head injury, with only reports of tenderness in the area of impact. Sri Lanka Cricket will continue to keep him under strict medical observation.

Event Technical Committee approves Kusal Perera’s replacement in Sri Lanka squad

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The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has approved Dhananjaya de Silva as a replacement player for Kusal Perera in the Sri Lanka squad for the tournament. Perera suffered a hamstring injury in Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket victory over defending champions India at The Oval on Thursday, 8 June. He is the second Sri Lanka player after Chamara Kapugedera and fourth overall after Chris Woakes of England and Pakistan’s Wahab Riaz to withdraw from the tournament. De Silva, a 25-year-old right-handed top-order batsman and an off-spinner, has represented Sri Lanka in 16 ODIs in which he has scored 334 runs and taken four wickets. His last ODI was against South Africa at Centurion… Read More →

KJP retired hurt

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera (R) receives medical treatment on the pitch during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Sri Lanka at The Oval in London on June 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE

Colombo, 9th June 2017 After a brilliant knock of 47 off 44 balls that included 5 boundaries, a flare up of a Hamstring injury has seen Kusal Janith Perera retired hurt from the Champions Trophy 2017. Perera, whose partnership of 26 with Kusal Mendis and 75 with skipper Mathews yesterday (8) anchored the Sri Lankan innings after the loss of Danushka Gunathilaka, was helped off the field in the 42nd over, and preliminary medical investigations have revealed a possible lateral mid-hamstring injury. KJP will undergo radiographic testing today (9) to ascertain the extent of his injury. Sri Lanka who had two standbys on tour training with the team in the UK, substituted Danushka Gunathilaka in after the untimely injury of… Read More →

Feisty Sri Lanka surges to stunning win

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Brilliant top-order batting throws Group B wide open as Dhawan’s century goes in vain. In a result that will only make the tournament more interesting in the days ahead, self-confessed underdog Sri Lanka thumped India by seven wickets after successfully chasing a stiff target of 322 at The Oval on Thursday (June 8). Victory was made possible by aggressive batting, as promised by captain Angelo Mathews. The personnel who did that were Kusal Mendis (89) and Danushka Gunathilaka (76), who wasn’t even in the squad until an injury to Chamara Kapugedera on the eve of the game. The pair added 159 in 139 balls for the second wicket to set up the chase before passing on the baton to Mathews… Read More →

Fortuitous injury creates batting line-up crater

Sri Lankan cricketer Asela Gunaratne (L) stretches with teammates Chamara Kapugedara (R) during a practice session at The R.Premadasa stadium in Colombo on April 3, 2017.
Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are scheduled to play the first T-20 International match at the R.Premadasa stadium in Colombo on April 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA

Colombo, 7th June 2017 The Sri Lanka camp today announced that a fluke injury would/could see right-hand batsman Chamara Kapugedara’s CT17 campaign come to an untimely conclusion. The 30 year old was hit on the knee during fielding practice this morning and SLC Medical experts have recommended a supervised convalescence of two weeks. Kapugedara’s solid batting performances at the recently concluded Super Provincial Tournament saw him attain a place in the CT17 side, however the batsman has not had an opportunity to show his aptitude in the Champions Trophy thus far. Kapugedara will be replaced by 26 year old All-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka  in tomorrow’s game against India.

Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference – India vs Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews addresses a press conference in The Grange in London on May 25, 2017, ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament to be held from June 1 - 18.  / AFP PHOTO / Daniel Leal-Olivas

#CT17 Press Conference – Transcript Q. Can you give us an update on Chamara Kapugedera? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah he just got injured at training, so we sent him for an MRI scan. We are waiting for the doctor’s report. If need be, we might have to bring in a replacement, which is Danushka. Q. Angelo, probably you won’t be bowling tomorrow. How much does it affect the balance of the side that your 10 overs have been very crucial in the scheme of things? How do you look at that? How to manage the plug? ANGELO MATHEWS: It does upset the balance a little bit. If I could bowl my 10 overs, unfortunately, I mean, I’m okay to play as… Read More →

Young Sri Lanka must play with arrogance against India – Kumar Sangakkara

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“If Angelo Mathews is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India.” Sri Lanka go into its crucial do-or-die game against India with a few concerns having lost its opening match versus South Africa. Firstly, it has its stand-in captain Upul Tharanga suspended for the remaining ICC Champions Trophy group stage matches for a serious over-rate offence and, then, it also has ongoing concerns about the fitness of Angelo Mathews. If Angelo, Sri Lanka’s best batsman and captain, is deemed unavailable for this vital clash, it could severely hamper the team’s chances of winning against India. Even if Angelo is considered fit, the threat of slow over-rate will be a major… Read More →

Skipper back on the field

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Colombo, 6th June 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today confirmed that Skipper Angelo Mathews will lead the team at Thursday’s (8) all important encounter against India. Mathews who was sidelined by an untimely Calf strain ahead of the country’s CT17 opener against South Africa on the 3rd, has been declared fit by the team Medical experts, however he will show his prowess with the bat only in the game due to get underway at 10.30 am local time at the Oval on the 8th. The full-time Skipper who returned to lead the Sri Lanka team after a 5 month hiatus caused by a recurrent Hamstring injury was relegated to the dressers after their warm-up game against Australia in which he scored… Read More →

National Women’s Team to undertake high intensity training ahead of their WWC campaign

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Colombo, 6 th June 2017 The Sri Lanka Women’s National Team (WNT) will follow in the footsteps of their male counterparts when they travel to Kandy today (6) for a 5-day high intensity & conditioning training camp at the SLC Centre of Excellence – Kandy. The Women’s National team, led by Captain Inoka Ranaweera, have been engaged in an intensive training programme under Head Coach Hemantha Devapriya over the past 30 days, the pre-tournament workup has included several practice games that have assisted the resource staff in identifying areas of concern in order to create targeted enhancement sessions. In addition to the on-field training, the National Women’s team have been privileged to experience sessions in motivation and mental preparation under… Read More →

Tharanga suspended for two ODIs for serious over-rate offence at The Oval

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ICC MEDIA RELEASE Tharanga pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended from the next two ICC Champions Trophy 2017 matches after his side was found guilty of a serious over-rate offence in its Group B fixture against South Africa at The Oval on Saturday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension after the Sri Lanka side was ruled to be four overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to… Read More →

Upul Tharanga pre-match press conference – South Africa v Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's captain Upul Tharanga catches a ball during a practice session at The Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium in Dambulla on March 27, 2017, ahead of the second one day international between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA

Q. Angelo is having a fitness test later. How is he? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think he’s having a fitness test like today also, so we are going to look tomorrow morning, as well. So I think final decision, we think by tomorrow morning. Q. Obviously South Africa go into the game as favourites, having beaten you guys 5-0 in South Africa. How is the mood in the camp leading up to this tournament? UPUL THARANGA: Yeah, I think they have played against us in the last series but I think we know what are the areas we have to improve. Like since the run in England, I think we have done well so far. I think especially even we… Read More →

Calf injury to sideline Sri Lanka skipper

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Colombo, 31st May 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (31) announced that skipper Angelo Mathews will most likely sit out the first group stage match of the Champions Trophy due to a calf injury. Mathews who returned to lead the side in their Champions Trophy campaign after a hiatus of several months had complained of stiffness and pain, prompting the Team management to conduct radiographic investigations which revealed a strain on the muscle. Following a hamstring injury sustained last year, Mathews was on a strict regimen of supervised rest and recovery, which saw him declared match fit well in time to lead the side at a 6 day intensive residential training & conditioning camp in Pallakelle prior to their departure to… Read More →