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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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.
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Mihin Lanka has organized a Charter Flight that will take Sri Lankan cricket fans to Dhaka for the Final of the WT20 on Sunday the 6th of April and return on the same day after the match. Departure from Sri Lanka – 8.30 am Landing in Dhaka – 12.30 pm Departure from Dhaka – 2 am Landing in SL – 4.45 am Land transport will be provided from Union Place to Air Port – Back Air Port to Union Place Interested Fans can contact Chandima Tissarachchy on 0773112862 for reservations. Please hand over passport and two photographs to Aitken Spence travels, Vauxhall Street on or before 4.30 pm today(4/4/2014). Hurry limited seats available.
ICC Media Release Sri Lanka’s Udeshika Prabhodhani has jumped five places to take over as the number-one ranked bowler for the first-time ever in the latest Reliance ICC Women’s Player Rankings for T20I Bowlers. Shashikala Siriwardena takes over as the number-one ranked all-rounder. The latest player rankings were released on Wednesday at the end of the group stage of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2014 in Sylhet. The four teams that have progressed to the semi- finals are Australia, England, South Africa and West Indies. The semi-finals will be played in Dhaka on 3 and 4 April, while the final will be held on held on Sunday, 6 April. Prabodhani, who claimed five wickets at an average of 9.40 and at an economy of 3.35, now… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the England Under 17 team will be touring Sri Lanka from the 10th of April 2014 until the 27th of April 2014. England Under 17 Team will start their tour with a One Day Match at Surrey Village on the 17th of April followed by a One Day Match on the 19th of April at SSC. The 3rd One Day Match will be on the 21st April at SSC. The final match will be on the 24th April which will be a 3 day match at Colombo Colts Cricket Club.
Sri Lanka T20 Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been suspended by the Match Referee for slow over rate for one match. He had a suspended sentence active for 12 months and yesterday’s delay brought about the penalty,plus a fine of 20% match fee.The Sri Lanka team is fined 10% of their match fee. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fines after the side, led by Dinesh, was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with the regulations of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel governing minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees… Read More →
Saracens Sports Club in their march to the title beat Kalutara PCC, Sebastiantes, Kurunegala YCC, BRC, Lankan CC and Kalutara TC outright. Galle CC ended runners-up. Members of the champion Saracens Sports Club who won the Emerging Trophy pose for a ceremonial picture. Standing from left: Sachith Dias, Gamindu Kanishka, Amila Mendis, Deeshan Vimukthi, Sachin Peiris, Aravinda de Silva, Duleeka Thisakuttige, Vimukthi Ranasinghe, Ishan Nilaksha(wk), Chandana Jayasanka, Dimuth Warapitiya, Tharindu Madusanka, Mohamed Aslam and Tharushan Iddamalgoda. Seated from left: Pradeep Nishantha (fielding coach), Rohana Fernando (physio), Chanaka Ruwansiri (captain), A.S Vilcassim (secretary), Nuzki Mohamed (president), Dinesh Weerasinghe (coach), Tharanga Indika (vice captain) and Isuru Sampath (manager).
Sri Lanka Cricket has named a 25-man provisional squad for the 17th Asian Games, scheduled to be held from 19th September to 04th October 2014 in Incheon,Korea. National Selection Committee has nominated the following squad: 17th Asian Games Squad – Incheon, Korea 1. Dimuth Karunaratne 2. Upul Tharanga 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Niroshan Dickwella 5. Ashan Priyanjan 6. Kithruwan Vithanage 7. Angelo Perera 8. Jehan Mubarak 9. Romesh Buddhika 10. Mahela Udawatte 11. Asela Gunaratne 12. Bhanuka Rajapaksha 13. Chathuranga De Silva 14. Seekuge Prasanna 15. Dilruwan Perera 16. Ramith Rambukwella 17. Akila Dhanjaya 18. Suraj Randiv 19. Shaminda Eranga 20. Vishawa Fernando 21. Chaminda Bandara 22. Ashan Jayaratne 23. Dushmantha Chameera 24. Charith Jayampathy 25. Sachith Pathirana
Sri Lanka Cricket has named 26-man National squad and 24-man A Team preparation squads for the Sri Lanka tour of England and Ireland in May 2014. National team tour will consist of 1 T20I, 5 ODIs & 2 Test matches. National Squad for the Ireland / UK Tour (2nd May – 24th June 2014) 1. Kusal Janith Perera 2. Kaushal Silva 3. Dimuth Karunaratne 4. Lahiru Thirimanne 5. T.M Dilshan 6. Kumar Sangakkara 7. Mahela Jayawardena 8. Angelo Mathews 9. Dinesh Chandimal 10. Prasanna Jayawardena 11. Ashan Priyanjan 12. Kithruwan Vithanage 13. Chathuranga De Silva 14. Seekuge Prasanna 15. Dilruwan Perera 16. Rangana Herath 17. Sachithra Senanayake 18. Ajantha Mendis 19. Thisara Perera 20. Nuwan Kulasekara 21. Lasith Malinga 22…. Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the National Team of South Africa be in Sri Lanka for a 3 ODI and 2 Test Series in July 2014. The Protea’s will arrive on the 30th of June 2014 and will play a 50 over Warm Up match on the 3rd of July 2014. The series will begin with the 1st ODI which will be played on the 06th of July at R.Premadasa International Cricket Stadium followed by the 2nd ODI at Pallekelle on the 09th of July. The 3rd ODI will be in Hambanthota on the 12th of July. The 2 Test Series will begin on the 16th of July and the 1st Test will be in Galle followed by the 2nd Test at the SSC on… Read More →