Vaas to guide the pacies

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga (R) and bowling coach Chaminda Vaas speak during a practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on July 25, 2013. The third ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka will be played on July 26 in Pallekele .  AFP PHOTO/ Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S.KODIKARA

Colombo 21st July 2017, Sri Lanka Cricket today (21) announced that ace paceman Chaminda Vaas has been drafted into the National side to guide the pace attack for the India tour of Sri Lanka. The series opener takes place in Galle on the 26th – 30th of July. The former new ball seamer has been at the helm of the National programme working with the feeder squads since August last year and joins the National team as Specialist Fast Bowling Coach ahead of the India tour.

Chandimal hospitalised

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Colombo, 21st July 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (21) confirmed that Test Captain Dinesh Chandimal has been hospitalised following a diagnosis of Pneumonia this morning. The newly appointed captain, who led his side to a historic Test victory, chasing the highest ever total on Asian soil earlier this week contracted a viral influenza that has been dogging the Sri Lankan team over the past few weeks and was recommended a rest period of 3-5 days yesterday, but was hospitalised this morning when increased symptoms showed a development of Pneumonia. Chandimal will miss the 1st Test against India in Galle on the 26th – 30th July, and in his absence the team will be led by veteran Spin master Rangana Herath.

Herath climbs to second position among Test bowlers

Rangana Herath

In the latest rankings update, Herath has leapfrogged Ravichandran Ashwin to move within 32 points of Ravindra Jadeja Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath has climbed to second position in the MRF Tyres ICC Player Rankings for Test Bowlers after grabbing his eighth 10-wicket match haul and helping win the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Colombo by four wickets on Tuesday. In the latest rankings update, which also includes performances in the second Test between England and South Africa which the latter won by 340 runs at Trent Bridge on Monday to level the four-match series 1-1, Herath has leapfrogged Ravichandran Ashwin to move within 32 points of Ravindra Jadeja, making it a 1-2 for left-arm spinners. The 39-year-old Herath, who is the… Read More →

Bowling action of Sri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga found to be legal

Shaminda Eranga

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the bowling action of Sri Lanka’s Shaminda Eranga has been found to be legal, and the player can now resume bowling in international cricket. Eranga underwent a re-assessment of his bowling action at the ICC accredited testing centre in Chennai with the assessment concluding that the amount of elbow extension in his standard deliveries was within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC Regulations for the Review of Bowlers Reported with Suspected Illegal Bowling Actions. The umpires are still at liberty to report Eranga in the future if they believe he is displaying a suspect action or that he is not reproducing the action that has been declared legal during this assessment. To… Read More →

Under 23 Provincial Tournament 2017 – 15th – 16th July Match results

 UNDER 23 INTER PROVINCIAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT 2017 – GROUP A Western Province Central 249 (53.2) Himasha Liyanage 75, Akeel Inham 53, Mohammed Shiraz 4/55, Lakshan Fernando 4/60 & 226/6 (59) Manilka de Silva 67, Janith Liyanage 59*, Sadeera Samarawickerama 51, Mohammed Shiraz 2/66, Charith Sudaraka 2/70, Lakshan Fernando 2/52 Vs Central Province 298 (77.4) Ron Chandraguptha 99, Thanuka Dabare 70, Janith Liyanage 3/63, Lasith Embuldeniya 2/57, Sahan Nanayakkara 3/58 MATCH DRAWN (CENTRAL PROVINCE WON FIRST-INNINGS POINTS) 2-day match at CCC ground (Toss: Central Province won & chose to field)  UNDER 23 INTER PROVINCIAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT 2017 – GROUP B Uva Province 163 (45.1) Navindu Nirmal 64, Meedum Dineth 37, Binura Fernando 5/20 & 121 (43.3) Lisula Lakshan 54, Nishan Pieris 5/27, Duvindu Thilakarathne 4/38 Vs Western Province North 292 (76.5) Shammu Ashan 108, Pathum… Read More →

Gunaratne picks up Hamstring injury

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Colombo, 15th July 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (15) confirmed that middle order batsman and all-rounder Asela Gunaratne has picked up a left hamstring injury during the morning session of the second day’s play in Sri Lanka’s Test against Zimbabwe. Gunaratne has been recommended a 7-10 day recovery period and will not bowl or field in the remainder of the single Test match in the Hero Cup Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka.

Angi steps down; Chandimal & Tharanga appointed as Test & Limited over captains respectively

Angelo Mathews resigns

Colombo, 12th July 2017: Sri Lanka Cricket today (12) confirmed that National captain Angelo Mathews has stepped down from the captaincy. Speaking with the board ‘Angi’ stated he felt it was time to take a step back and concede the reigns, and thanked the board for the unstinted support it has extended to his captaincy over the past 18 months. In a letter to the board, Angelo stated: I am immensely thankful [to you] for being extremely considerate of my reasoning and accommodative of my decision to resign as the National Cricket Captain with immediate effect. When I was bestowed with this great Honour of Captaining the Sri Lankan National Team in 2013, I was overwhelmed to say the least… Read More →

Under 23 Inter Provincial Tournament -11th, 12th July Match Results

UNDER 23 INTER PROVINCIAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT 2017 Western Province South U23 39 (15.2) Charana Nanayakkara 7/22, Binura Fernando 3/17 & 188 (52.1) Madhawa Nimesh 53, Sandakan Pathirana 36, Ranitha Liyanarachchi 35*, Rashmitha Opatha 20, Binura Fernando 3/14, Nuwan Thushara 2/31, Duvindu Tillakarathne 2/61 Vs Western Province North U23 155 (53.3) Sahan Arachchige 41, Salinda Ushan 25, Binura Fernando 24, Nishan Pieris 22, Mishen Silva 4/41, Sandakan Pathirana 3/54, Lakshitha Manasinghe 2/12 & 74/1 (19.3) Salinda Ushan 32*, Kaveen Bandara 27 WESTERN PROVINCE NORTH WON BY 9 WICKETS At Police Park Grounds – 2-Day Match (Toss: WPN) UNDER 23 INTER PROVINCIAL CRICKET TOURNAMENT 2017 – GROUP A Northern Province U23 166 (49.4) Revan Kelly 39, Salith Fernando 30, Tharusha Fernando 30, Janith Liyanage 3/38, Sahan Nanayakkara 2/15, Manelkar de Silva 2/15, Lasith Embuldeniya… Read More →

SLC announces Test Squad for single Test against Zimbabwe at the RPICS

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Colombo, 12th July 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket today announced its 15 man squad picked to play the single Test against Zimbabwe on the 14th – 18th July at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo. The selected players, subject to ratification by the Minister of Sport, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekera, are as follows;  Dinesh Chandimal – Captain  Upul Tharanga  Angelo Mathews  Niroshan Dickwella  Dimuth Karunaratne  Danushka Gunathilaka  Kusal Mendis  Asela Gunaratne  Rangana Herath  Dilruwan Perera  Lakshan Sandakan  Vishwa Fernando  Suranga Lakmal  Dushmantha Chameera  Lahiru Kumara SLC also announced, that Dinesh Chandimal has been appointed captain of the National Test Team whilst Upul Tharanga has been… Read More →

Incident occurred with the causal workers at MRICS

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Colombo, 12th July 2017; The President & Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket are perturbed by the reported incident that had occurred with the causal workers engaged as ground laborers at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa last evening (11th). An inquiry has been initiated into the matter and whilst stern action will be taken against those responsible, Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to apologize to those subjected to this ignominy, and will take steps to ensure they are compensated. ඉකුත් 11 දින හම්බන්තොට මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රිඩාංගනයේ තාවකාලික පදනමෙන් බදවාගත් සේවකයින් පිරිසකට ක්‍රිඩාංගන බලධාරීන් වෙතින් සිදුවූ අතපසුවීම සම්බන්දයෙන් ශ්‍රි ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති ඇතුලු විධායක කමිටුව සිය කනගාටුව පළකරන්නේමු. මේ වනවිට අදාළ නිලධාරීන්ගෙන් සිද්ධිය සම්බන්දයෙන් කරුණු විමසා ඇති… Read More →

Substitution of Nuwans

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Hambanthota, 7th July 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (7) confirmed the inclusion of veteran pacie Nuwan Kulasekera into the ODI Squad ahead of the 4th ODI against Zimbabwe at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Sooriyawewa tomorrow (8) Kulasekera replaces Nuwan Pradeep who strained his right quadricep during the 7th over of the 3rd ODI yesterday (6) and has been ruled out of the remainder of the ODI tournament in which Sri Lanka lead 2-1. Also joining the squad is youngster Asitha Fernando, who impressed at the recent Super Provincial Tournament with 12 wickets in 6 games at 30.75. Sri Lanka’s camp has been largely pillaged by an outbreak of a viral ‘flu but Nuwan Pradeep is the first… Read More →