Plunkett six secures dramatic tie

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Liam Plunkett smashed Nuwan Pradeep for a massive six over long-off off the final delivery of the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge to help England secure a dramatic tie on Tuesday (June 21). This was the 33rd instance of a tie in ODIs. After Angelo Mathews’ 73 and Seekkuge Prasanna’s 59 had powered Sri Lanka to 286 for 9 from 50 overs, England stuttered to 82 for 6 with hopes of a comeback all but dashed. But a 138-run between Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler revived its chances, and eventually it was Plunkett who took it to the line with his unbeaten 22 as England reached 286 for 8 from 50 overs. Woakes finished on an… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket conducts Extra-ordinary General Meeting

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SLC conducts EGM to ratify Annual Reports and Audited statement of Accounts. Sri Lanka Cricket conducted an Extra-ordinary General Meeting on Saturday (18th) at the SLC Headquarters at Maitland Place in order to complete the pending matters of the January 3rd AGM. Accordingly, the membership approved the Annual Reports of 2014 and 2015. Members approved the Audited Financial Statements for 2014 subject to a probe to be conducted on the value appearing in the balance sheet reflected as ‘Other Venue Creditors’ on the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. Since the audit on the financial statement of Accounts for 2015 has not been concluded, members requested for a SGM/EGM to be convened at a later date to approve same. The EGM… Read More →

ICC confirms Eranga suspended: Eranga hospitalized but out of danger

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The International Cricket Council has informed Sri Lanka Cricket that Shaminda Eranga has been suspended from International Cricket with immediate effect due to an illegal bowling action. Eranga was tested on the 6 th of June at Loughborough, and the report has confirmed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations and requires corrective measures. The ICC has informed SLC that Eranga may however be permitted to play domestically at the discretion of Sri Lanka Cricket which may be beneficial in the process of monitoring his corrective measures. Meanwhile, SLC is pleased to confirm that Eranga who was hospitalized on Saturday (18th) following a detection of an elevated heart-rate is out of danger and… Read More →

Shaminda Eranga’s bowling action found to be illegal

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ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council today announced that an independent assessment has found the bowling action of Sri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga to be illegal and, as such, the fast bowler has been suspended from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect. The assessment revealed that all deliveries exceeded the 15 degrees level of tolerance permitted under the regulations. Eranga was reported after the second Test against England at Chester-le-Street on 31 May 2016. In accordance with Article 6.1 of the regulations, Eranga’s international suspension will also be recognised and enforced by all National Cricket Federations for domestic cricket events played in their own jurisdiction, save that, with the consent of Sri Lanka Cricket, Eranga may be able to… Read More →

Prasanna, Perera make it 2-0 for Sri Lanka

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Kusal Perera’s century and Seekuge Prasanna’s 95 off just 46 balls propelled Sri Lanka to a commanding 136-run win in the second One-Day International against Ireland at Malahide on Saturday (June 18), giving the visiting side a 2-0 series win, after winning the first match by 76 runs. Perera hit 135 off 128, his highest ODI score, at the top of the order, while Prasanna blazed away at No.3 to also register a personal ODI best as Sri Lanka powered to 377 for 8. Ireland’s reply ended at 241 all out in 45 overs, with Suranga Lakmal netting 4 for 38. Sri Lanka had been sent in to bat by William Porterfield, the Ireland captain, and each of the top… Read More →

Chandimal, Shanaka set up easy Sri Lankan win

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Dinesh Chandimal scored his first One-Day International century in nearly five years and Dasun Shanaka made a memorable debut as Sri Lanka cruised to a 76-run victory over Ireland on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the first game of a two-match series in Malahide on Thursday (June 16). Put in to bat by William Porterfield, Sri Lanka powered to 303 for 7 from its 50 overs, a formidable total that indicated the improvement it has made as its tour of England and Ireland has progressed. Porterfield led a spirited Irish chase by making 73 off 88 deliveries, but was dismissed caught at mid-off just before play was interrupted by rain, with Ireland on 164 for 4 in 32.3 overs and Kevin… Read More →

Rain has final say at Lord’s as England wins series 2-0

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Rain ensured England and Sri Lanka drew their third and final Test at Lord’s on Monday (June 13), a result that gave England a 2-0 win in the series. Sri Lanka, set 362 to win, finished on 78 for 1 after rain, which had prevented any play before lunch on the final day, forced the umpires to abandon the match as a draw at 5.12pm local time (1612 GMT). Dimuth Karunaratne was 37 not out and Kusal Mendis 17 not out at the time. Only 22 balls were possible between lunch and tea after rain washed out the first session, but that was long enough for Sri Lanka to lose opener Kaushal Silva. Sri Lanka resumed Monday on 32 without loss, and the first over had… Read More →

Sri Lanka steady in record chase of 362

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Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva battled through 12 tricky overs without being separated as Sri Lanka, set a target of 362 by England, finished day four of the third and final Test at Lord’s on Sunday (June 12) at 32 without loss. England had begun the rain-hit penultimate day of the series on 109 for 4 and declared its second innings closed at 233 for 7, Alex Hales making a Test-best 94 before being dismissed. The host holds an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series, and Sri Lanka will need to make 330 runs or bat out the final day if it is to deny England a clean sweep. Alastair Cook, the England captain, declared his side’s second innings in… Read More →

Bowlers help England inch ahead in third Test

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Nuwan Pradeep took three wickets as Sri Lanka continued to fight in the third Test at Lord’s on Saturday (June 11). England, in its second innings, was 109 for 4 at the close of the third day, with a healthy but not impregnable lead of 237 runs. Alex Hales was 41 not out, with Steven Finn, the nightwatchman, unbeaten on 6. England, 2-0 up in the three-match series, was on a precarious 50 for 3 before first-innings century-maker Jonny Bairstow helped Hales add 52 for the fourth wicket. Hales launched the innings with two fours in as many balls off Suranga Lakmal. But he was dropped on 19 when Dimuth Karunaratne failed to hold a one-handed slip chance off Pradeep…. Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Chief Operating Officer

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerome Jayarathne as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sri Lanka Cricket. Mr Jayarathne has been invited to take on this administrative role at the Headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket with immediate effect. The 50 year old former seam-bowling all-rounder, Jerome Lee Jayarathne, began his career in cricket administration in 1997, when he began coaching his Alma Mater, St. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia, who went on to win one Royal-Thomian and draw three more under his tutelage. Jayarathne captained and coached the Colombo Cricket Club in 1996 having played for the CCC for 10 years, leading them to be winners of Division I Premier League Championship. Jayaratne represented Sri Lanka as… Read More →

Cricket Aid Launched internationally to a packed house

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s Cricket Aid was launched in London on Saturday evening (4th) amidst a packed gathering of cricketers and well-wishers. The dinner, which was preceded by a tour of Lord’s and followed by a documentary presentation that detailed the work of Cricket Aid as well as the CKD pandemic. Cricket Aid is pleased to announce that over £200,000 was pledged at the launch events, held on the 4th and 5 th (being an open event held at the Surrey Grounds, where the Sri Lanka national team met and mingled with cricket lovers residing in the UK.) Cricket Aid was established in 2004, following the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami, and most recently was resurrected with the aim of raising funds… Read More →

Bairstow’s maiden Lord’s ton puts England ahead

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Jonny Bairstow (107 not out) was England’s saviour, hitting a steely century on the first day of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 9). At close of play, the home side was 279 for 6, having recovered from 84 for 4 when Bairstow strode to the crease. It wasn’t the first time Bairstow was coming to England’s rescue this series. In the first Test, England was reduced to 83 for 5 before he carved 140 on his Headingley home ground to help the side win by an innings and 88 runs. But the script could have gone very differently this time around had Bairstow been caught on 11 when he clipped Nuwan Pradeep firmly off his pads… Read More →

Sri Lanka A Team 4-day and ODI Squad to UK announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the Sri Lanka A-Team 04-Day squad for the upcoming tour of UK. 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Madhawa Warnapura 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Roshen Silva 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Lahiru Gamage 12. Kasun Rajitha 13. Vishva Fernando 14. Asitha Fernando 15. Ramith Rambukwella 16. Prabath Jayasuriya The following are the A-Team ODI Squad: 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Bhanuka Rajapakse 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Kithruwan Vithanage 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Thisara Perera 12. Lahiru Gamage 13. Kasun Rajitha 14. Mohamed Dilshad… Read More →

ODI Squad to UK announced

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Farveez Maharoof, Upul Tharanga, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Suraj Randiv and Seekuge Prasanna get call-up to join their team mates in UK. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following national players have been selected to join the Sri Lanka squad on the ongoing tour of UK. They will be available for selection for the ODI series. Danushka Gunathilaka Farveez Maharoof Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randiv Upul Tharanga The selected players will be departing for UK shortly.