Sri Lanka champs in champagne style led by Tharanga and Mendis

Sri Lanka's players and their captain Upul Tharanga (R) receive the trophy after winning the final of the Blue Mountain Achilleion tri-series played between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on November 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka’s trophy clinching comprehensive 6-wicket triumph over Zimbabwe skippered by Upul Tharanga in the three cornered triangular final at Harare on Sunday was a fitting rounding off for the Sri Lankans. For, it was a relative new look team with a strong cast of youngsters thrust under the leadership of an old guard in Tharanga while fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera was the only other player from the old cast. Going into the championship, Sri Lanka was tested strongly having allowed the hosts Zimbabwe to dominate them initially losing to the West Indies while figuring in a no decision with Zimbabwe. At the start Sri Lanka lacked the required type of cohesion of knitting as an unit. A major concern… Read More →

Players to participate in Higher Tier Tournaments

SLC removes restrictions that see talent under-utilized Sri Lanka Cricket announced today (28) in a widely lauded move, that any players who have participated in the national tournaments during the current season will be eligible to play in higher tier tournaments during the same season, subject to the club represented at a lower tier not participating at the higher tier. The decision was made in consideration of circumstances whereby talented young players are forced to miss the tournaments due to employment obligations and the like, which have thus far rendered them ineligible to play at higher tiers. It was the consensus of the Executive Committee that such a waste of talent would only negatively impact the quality of Cricket in… Read More →

Mendis, Tharanga steer Sri Lanka to title

Sri Lanka's players celebrate victory after the final of the Blue Mountain Achilleion tri-series played between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on November 27 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Half-centuries from batting duo keep chase on track after bowlers dismiss Zimbabwe for 160 Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis struck half centuries as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by six wickets to clinch the triangular series trophy at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday (November 27). After bowling Zimbabwe out for 160 in 36.3 overs, Sri Lanka lost three early wickets before Tharanga and Mendis chased down the target in 37.3 overs. Zimbabwe had shown great resilience in making the final after initial losses by going past West Indies, but in the title clash, Sri Lanka proved to be too good. Zimbabwe was rocked early after Graeme Cremer, the captain, won the toss and elected to bat first. Peter Moor, the wicketkeeper-batsman, was the… Read More →

Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate against the West Indies

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis is in action during the fifth match of triangular one-day international series between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on November 23 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in the fifth match of the tri-nation series in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Javagal Srinath of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Upul Tharanga’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, Tharanga has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while… Read More →

Training Progaramme for Sri Lanka Under 19 Cricket Team

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Motivation, Team Building and Leadership Training Programme for Sri Lanka under 19 Cricket Team was held at the Combat Training School SLAF Diyatalawa since 17 to 21 November 2016. The training programme was organized under the patronage of the Commanding Officer Air Commodore CB Labrooy. The course was geared towards improving the self-confidence, motivation, leadership qualities and awareness of customs and etiquette of the cricketers while developing positive thinking through theoretical and practical training to enhance performance and the winning spirit among members. The closing ceremony of the programme was held on 21 November 2016 under the auspices of the Officer Commanding Training Wing Commander GPNC Piyasena.

Rs. 11 Million each to Premier Clubs

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SLC invests in cutting edge technology to uplift standards of domestic Cricket. Reveals long term strategy to conquer the world arena. Rs. 264 Million invested in conducting the Premier Tournament 2016. Sri Lanka Cricket announced on this week that it has allocated impressive sum of Rs. 264 Million to conduct the Premier Tournaments of 2016 which will commence on the 25th of November. The tournament which consists of League Tournament, Limited Over Tournament and a T20 Tournament will field 24 teams divided into two tiers and will be played across 8/9 weeks ending in February 2017. In the League Tournament the Tier ‘A’ clubs will play a total of 84 three-day games in 2 groups in the first round and… Read More →

Bowlers deliver bonus-point win for West Indies

West Indies captain Jason Holder is in action during the second match of tri-nation one-day international series Sri Lanka vs West Indies at Harare Sports Club on November 16 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka goes down by 62 runs, with Holder, Gabriel and Nurse combining to bowl the team out for 165 Bowlers deliver bonus-point win for West Indies – Cricket News The West Indies bowlers bowled Sri Lanka out for 165. Shannon Gabriel’s 3 for 31, Ashley Nurse’s 3 for 46 on debut and Jason Holder’s 2 for 16 helped West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs and secure a bonus point in the second game of the triangular One-Day International series, also involving Zimbabwe, at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday (November 16). Chasing 228, after West Indies had been dismissed for 227 in 49.2 overs, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start to be reduced to 16… Read More →

Sri Lanka Women’s squad for the Asia Cup 2016

Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the below named 15 players for the Asia Cup Tournament to be played in Thailand from the 24th November to 05th December 2016. The squad is: 1. Hasini Perera – Captain 2. Prasadini Weerakkody – Vice Captain 3. Chamari Atapattu 4. Sripali Weerakkody 5. Sugandika Kumari 6. Dinali Manodara 7. Nilakshi Silva 8. Nipuni Hansika 9. Inoka Ranaweera 10.Oshadi Ranasinghe 11.Eshani Lokusuriya 12.Yashoda Mendis 13.Hansima Kurunaratne 14.Ama Kanchana 15.Udeshika Probodini Stand by: Inoshi Fernando Lasantha Madushani Anushka Sanjeewani Malsha Shehani

Herath climb to second positions in ICC Test rankings

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England batsman Joe Root and Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath have moved up to take the second positions among batsmen and bowlers, respectively, in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings after their fine performances in recent matches. Root’s knocks of 124 and four in the drawn opening match of a five-Test series against India in Rajkot have seen him overtake New Zealand captain Kane Williamson in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen. Root, who was top-ranked in August 2015 during a home series against Australia and again two months laterduring a series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates, is three points ahead of Williamson at 844 points and 42 points adrift of Australia captain Steve Smith. England… Read More →

Dhananjaya, bowlers deliver victory for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya De Silva (L) and teammate Kusal Mendis (R) walk off the pitch at the end of the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Team chases down Zimbabwe’s 154 all out inside 25 overs to pick up bonus point in opening match of triangular series Dhananjaya de Silva scored an unbeaten 78 to help Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by eight wickets in the first match of the One-Day International triangular series at Harare Sports Club on Monday (November 14). Coming on the back of a 2-0 triumph in the Test series, Sri Lanka bowled Zimbabwe out for 154 in 41.3 overs before chasing its target inside 25 overs to claim a bonus-point victory. It was de Silva’s highest ODI score, and he was ably supported by Niroshan Dickwella, who made 41 as Sri Lanka compiled 155 for 2 in 24.3 overs. Harare experienced heavy… Read More →

England qualifies for ICC Women’s World Cup 2017

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England became the second team to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 with a 122-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first match of their ICC Women’s Championship series in Colombo on Saturday. The win took next year’s ICC Women’s World Cup host to 25 points from 19 matches on the points table. Australia has already won the IWC title with 30 points from 18 matches while the West Indies is close to qualifying with 22 points from 19 matches. The West Indies lost the opening match of its ongoing IWC series against India on Thursday and is due to play the next match on Sunday in what is a busy IWC schedule stretching to November 23. The… Read More →

Sri Lanka Beat Zimbabwe in the 2nd Test and win the Series 2-0

Sri Lanka's captain Rangana Herath (R) receives the series trophy after winning Test series between Sri Lanka and at the Harare Sports Club on November 10, 2016. 
Sri Lanka completed a convincing 257-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test to sweep the series 2-0 at Harare Sports Club today. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

“We are jubilant with the Performance of our Team under Rangana’s Leadership”– President SLC In a series full of defining milestones, Sri Lanka romp to a comfortable series victory over Zimbabwe in Harare today (10). Beating the hosts by 257 runs in this second Test, Sri Lanka climb 1 rating point in the MRF Test rankings to consolidate their place at No. 6, with their rating points on par with South Africa who they meet in a 3 Test Series in December. Skipper Rangana Herath, the veteran master of spin has once again spelled success, this time in his maiden Test captaincy, picking up along the way his personal bests such as 350 wickets, taking the most wickets by a… Read More →

Brilliant Herath seals 2-0 series sweep

Sri lanka captain Rangana Herath is pictured during the fourth day of the second test match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club, on November 9 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Rangana Herath proved why he is Sri Lanka’s MVP once again. The stand-in captain led the side to a 257-run victory against Zimbabwe in the second and final Test early on Thursday (November 10) morning in Harare, picking up the last three wickets to finish with stunning figures of 8 for 63 and overall match figures of 13 for 152, the best bowling in Zimbabwe in an innings as well as a match. The result, coming on the fifth day, sealed a 2-0 series victory for the visiting side, having previously won the first Test by 225 runs. Not bad for a player who made his captaincy debut at 38. The left-arm spinner finished the series with an astonishing 19… Read More →