Extension of the National Selections Committee

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the ratification of the Honourable Minister of Sport Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera MP to the extension of term of the National Selection Committee (Men’s) comprised of: Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya – Chairman Mr. Romesh Kaluwitharana – Member Mr. Ranjith Madurusingha – Member Mr. Eric Upashantha – Member Mr. Asanka Gurusinha – Member for a further period of 6 months, ending 31st December 2017.

Viral influenza in Sri Lanka side

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Galle, 1st July 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed today (1) that Slinga, Lasith Malinga who is just short of his 300th ODI scalp, has been diagnosed with a viral influenza. Medical reports have ruled him out of the next game and recommended a rest period of 48 hours. SLC also confirmed that Chinaman, Lakshan Sandakan had sat out the first ODI against Zimbabwe due to an attack of the same bug. Sri Lanka play their second ODI against visitors Zimbabwe tomorrow (2) at the picturesque Galle International Cricket Stadium.

Malinga issued six month suspended sentence and 50% fine

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Colombo, 27th June 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today announced the outcome of the Disciplinary Inquiry held against national player Lasith Malinga with regard to his breach of Tour Contract. The special inquiry panel comprised of SLC Hony. Secretary Mr. Mohan de Silva and SLC Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva and Chairman Disciplinary Committee Mr. Asela Rekawa AAL, found the player guilty of breach of contract after an inquiry held this afternoon at SLC Headquarters where Malinga accepted the charges levelled against him and tendered a formal apology. The finding were subsequently reported to a specially convened Executive Committee this evening, who imposed a sentence of a 1 Year suspension, suspended by six months (whereby the punishment would be imposed… Read More →

Emergency ExCo called – Malinga to face inquiry for breach of contract terms

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Colombo, 27th June 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today announced that it had called an Emergency meeting of its Executive Committee at 7 pm at SLC Headquarters in order to table & regularize the following agenda items  Resignation of Mr. Graham Ford  Interim appointment of National Team Head Coach  Disciplinary inquiry against Mr. Lasith Malinga  Under – 23 Inter-Provincial/Super Provincial Tournament  Zimbabwe Tour Meanwhile SLC also announced that it would conduct a Disciplinary Inquiry against national player Lasith Malinga for repeated breach of the terms of his contract. Malinga has on two occasions since his return from the Champions Trophy acted in contravention of the terms of agreement which specifically barr him from making any statements… Read More →

SLC invests in Podiatry in continued injury prevention & performance enhancement measures

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Colombo, 26th June 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket today (26) introduced former Olympic [swim] medallist and elite athlete, Australian Podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Sprenger, who has been consulted to specialize in the podiatric assessment and remedial assistance for the National Performance Squad (NPS). Sprenger is one of the Gold Coast’s most respected Podiatrist who practices in all aspects of conservative care of the foot and ankle, as well as post-operative care following orthopaedic surgery of the foot and ankle. As an athlete himself, he has a special interest in Sports Podiatry and has been working with the Queensland Academy of Sports Athletes, the Queensland Rugby League Referees and the Brisbane Lions AFL. Identifying an unusually high incidence of injuries plaguing the national… Read More →

SLC bids a fond farewell to Head Coach Graham Ford

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Colombo, 24th June 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (24) announced that Graham Ford, would be stepping down from his post as Head Coach of the Sri Lanka National Team. The 56 year old South African affectionately known as ‘Fordy’ was headhunted for the post in February last year and has in his quiet and confident way steered the team to many a milestone. Fordy, a popular and well respected coach no doubt worked his magic on the Sri Lankan side when he steered them to a historic Test Series victory over the then No. 1 ranked Australia in August last year – following on with a Triangular Series victory in Zimbabwe and a T20 series victory in Australia. Commenting on… Read More →

SLC announces high tension extensive Physical Fitness & Conditioning programme for National Performance Squad ahead of Zimbabwe & India tours

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22 nd June 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket yesterday (21) announced that it had established a high-profile evaluation and monitoring committee headed by Asanka Gurusinha to oversee the physical fitness & conditioning of the National Performance Squad ahead of their upcoming campaigns against Zimbabwe and India in Colombo. The move comes in the wake of Sri Lanka’s unfortunate exit in the quarter final stage of the Champions Trophy 2017, where they lost to eventual champions Pakistan in a nail-biting game on the 12th of June. Elaborating on the plans set in motion, Team manager Asanka Gurusinha stated – “We know how much resource and effort was invested in the team ahead of the CT17, and we now how much effort each… Read More →

A message of congratulation sent to the President PCB from SLC

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A message of congratulation sent to the President PCB from SLC on the occasion of Pakistan’s incredible victory of the #CT17 : “On behalf of the Executive Committee, the Sri Lanka National team and the entire cricket loving populace of Sri Lanka may I offer my heartiest congratulations to the Pakistan National Team on a well deserved and resounding victory in the Champions Trophy 2017. They say that cricket is unpredictable – and this tournament most certainly proved it. A tournament of epic proportions, where on every day and every pitch cricket was the ultimate hero. Team Pakistan have played outstanding cricket throughout this tournament, and we are proud and privileged as a fellow Asian Nation. Cricket is the beat… Read More →

Sri Lanka left ruing after costly mistakes

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By Kumar Sangakkara A Sri Lanka versus Pakistan virtual quarter-final was always likely to be an intriguing encounter with an unpredictable outcome – in the end Pakistan scraped through, thanks to some woeful lapses in the field from Sri Lanka and a really gutsy 61 not out from Sarfraz Ahmed. It was a fantastic low-scoring game of cricket, full of twists and turns as both teams made plenty of mistakes, but ultimately Sri Lanka made more mistakes and it ultimately cannot claim it deserved a victory. At one stage, Pakistan’s triumph appear unlikely after a brilliant spell from Nuwan Pradeep, who has been the most threatening of the Sri Lanka bowlers throughout this tournament. Bowling with heart and aggression, he… Read More →

Sri Lanka v Pakistan Post-match Press Conference – Angelo Mathews

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Q. Angelo, there’s a feeling in the cricket world that Sri Lanka is the worst fielding team in the world. Given today’s performance, is there any reason why you disagree with that? ANGELO MATHEWS: Looking at today’s performance, well, I thought we were pathetic once again. If we had held those catches, it would have been a different story today, especially at very crucial times — first over, and towards the end, where we let go of Sarfraz was very crucial. Being an international team — well, I thought we’ve improved a little bit, but today was not really our day. Q. We keep hearing these talks about — you said, Asanka Gurusinha said that the fielding is improving, but… Read More →

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.