ICC announces Team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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Brendon McCullum named captain of the side that includes five New Zealanders The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the team of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with Brendon McCullum as its captain. McCullum was chosen as the captain following his aggressive, innovative and inspirational leadership during the 44-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team’s progression to the final where it lost to Australia by seven wickets. In doing so, McCullum also scored 328 runs in nine matches with four half-centuries at a strike-rate of 188.50. The team was chosen by a select group of experts* who were given the task of picking a balanced side on the basis of performances in the tournament. Statistics were used… Read More →

Dominant Australia lifts World Cup for fifth time

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There is nothing Australia loves more than to strut its stuff in front of its fans. There was no shortage of support as the MCG, bursting at the seams with a record 93,013 fans in attendance, buzzed with electricity well before the toss. Decked up in their yellow tees and wearing their yellow caps with pride, Australia’s supporters prepared for a capital show from their heroes. They were not to be disappointed. In Michael Clarke’s final appearance as a One-Day International player, Australia showed its class, romping to a big win in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. New Zealand arrived in Australia hopeful of becoming the newest first-time champion. But in the space of seven hours… Read More →

Australia sets up final showdown with New Zealand

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India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign, colourful and vibrant and fearless, ended with a whimper on Thursday (March 26) night, allowing Australia to set up a title clash against trans-Tasman neighbours and co-host New Zealand at the MCG on Sunday. A vast majority of the packed house at the Sydney Cricket Ground seldom found its collective voice as India was conquered once again by Steve Smith, its principal tormentor in the Test series in December-January, and the scoreboard pressure that is invariably amplified on a stage as imposing as the semifinal of a World Cup. Australian fears proved unfounded as the SCG pitch held up extremely well, encouraging stroke production in the afternoon and slightly quickening up under lights. Michael Clarke hit it lucky with the coin after Mahendra Singh Dhoni called… Read More →

Elliott the hero as New Zealand makes final

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The wildest dreams of 41,279 hearts came one step closer to realisation on a blow-hot blow-wet autumn night in Auckland as New Zealand’s fire burned bright enough to overcome dogged South African opposition, the elements and the occasion. Set 298 to win on Tuesday (March 24) from 43 overs after just under two hours were lost to a rain break, New Zealand began in a new-age Brendon McCullum blaze towards glory, then fell back on its greatest traditional strength, good old-fashioned teamwork. The sum of New Zealand’s parts, on the field, with the ball and finally, gloriously, with the bat, was enough to steal a four-wicket win with one ball remaining, putting it in its first ICC Cricket World Cup final. When Grant Elliott, born in Johannesburg and cricket… Read More →

Sri Lanka ‘A’ Team Pool

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Media Release National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following 28 players  for the ODI and 4 day pool. It was decided to prune it down to 15 players each by the end of this month separately for both the ODI and 4 day format. Kusal Janith Perera Dhanushka Gunathilaka Udara Jayasundara Niroshan Dickwella Ashan Priyanjan Kithuruwan Vithanage Roshen Silva Madawa Warnapura Romesh Buddika Shehan Jayasuriya Milinda Siriwardana Sachith Pathirana Lahiru Madushanka PHT Kaushal Seekkuge Prasanna Malinga Pushpakumara Sandakan Lakshan Lahiru Gamage Nisala Tharaka Dushmantha Chameera Vishwa Fernando Kasun Madusanka Binura Fernando Nilanka Premaratne Dhananjaya De Silva Kaushal Gajasinghe Denuwan Rajakaruna Kusal Mendis

Death Notice – Mr. Kavindra Liyanage

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It is with deep regret that Sri Lanka Cricket announces the passing of Mr. Kavindra Liyanage, Secretary Tournament Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and Treasurer of Colombo District Cricket Association. Born on 19th February 1960, Kavindra attended St John’s College, Nugegoda, Lumbini Vidyalaya & Isipathana College Colombo which he Captained the 1st XI Cricket Team in 1977/78. He was elected Secretary of Nugegoda Sports and Welfare Club in the year 1990 and held that post until his passing away. Kavindra leaves behind his wife Sriya Liyanage Son Avishka Liyanage & Daughter Charini Liyanage His mortal remains lie at 480/7, Homagama Road, Athurugiriya. Funeral will take place on Monday 23rd March at Borella Cemetery. His name would certainly go down in… Read More →

Replies to the Complaint made by Hon. Sunil Handunetti to the Commission of Bribery and Corruption

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This release is made as the complaint was released to the Media by the JVP media unit which resulted in SLC’s reputation amongst the general public being defamed. The section of answers comprise two elements namely the answers given by the Executive Committee of SLC and the answers provided by Hony. Secretary. The decision to carry out this press release was made by the Executive Committee of SLC at the meeting held on the 10th of March 2015. The sheets of answers will also be sent to the offices of the H.E The President, Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Minster of Sports.  

South Africa storms into semi-finals

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South Africa was bundled out of the 1992 edition, at the semi-final stage against England. Since then, despite making the knockouts in 1996, 1999, 2007 and 2011, it always found itself on the wrong side of the result. But on Wednesday (March 18) evening, AB de Villiers and his men laid those ghosts to rest in the most comprehensive of fashions. Through a steady diet of hostile pace, followed by a masterful display of guile from Imran Tahir and the wicket-to-wicket accuracy of hat-trick man JP Duminy, South Africa sent Sri Lanka sliding to 133 all out with 12.4 overs unutilised in the first quarter-final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa wasn’t letting this one go. Quinton de Kock followed up a… Read More →

Sri Lanka v South Africa Preview, Sydney

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It’s come down to this now; 12 days, 7 games and 3 victories stand between eight teams and the label of World Cup winners. After a prolonged period of foreplay that involved 42 games, cricket’s pinnacle event has reached the business end, as it were. This is the point of no return, there are no more second chances, no further opportunity to right a wrong. This is when you either shape up, or ship out. Sri Lanka has been here many times in the past. More often than not, it has surmounted this hurdle, an obstacle that can make nervy boys out of solid men. South Africa has been here too, many times in the past. It has been nothing… Read More →

President, PM wish SL Cricket Team via Skype

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President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to the Sri Lankan cricket team via Skype today and wished them for the quarter finals of the cricket world cup. Sri Lanka will face South Africa in the quarter final knock out stage of the 2015 cricket world cup on Wednesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. The President praised Kumar Sangakkara for his performance so far during the tournament. Sangakkara had scored four consecutive centuries during the tournament. President Sirisena said the team had brought pride to the Nation and hoped they perform as good as they have done so far during the next stage of the tournament. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also spoke to the team via Skype and wished them for… Read More →

SLC Executive Committee Decisions – March 10th 2015

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Media Release 2 day workshop  at RPICS for Schools and Club Curators & Grounds men 2 day workshop will be at R Premadasa Initernational Stadium to up the skills of the Curators & Grounds men of Schools and Clubs. The workshop will be focused on the practical situation of pitch preparation, maintenance, off season renovation, top dressing, control of weeds, use of machinery and their maintenance. It will be conducted for around 30 participants. The workshop will be organized during the last week of April 2015. Request to obtain ‘ICC’ assistance to endorse current ‘SLC Level 2 Cricket Coaching Course’ SLC has decided to obtain the ‘ICC’ certification in having the current ‘SLC Level 2 Cricket Coaching Course’ conducted by… Read More →

Sri Lanka romps home after Sanga, Dilshan tons

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You could almost see the century coming, from the time Kumar Sangakkara strode out to the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne batted as if he had just woken up from a nightmare, the white cricket ball treated with suspicious apprehension, if not a little dread. And it wasn’t as if the ball was doing a great deal – a little bit of movement, a little bit of bounce. Nothing undue or alarming. Even as Tillakaratne Dilshan seemed in the middle of a net session, Thirimanne appeared nervy and uncertain. Alasdair Evans did Thirimanne a favour by having him caught at second slip and putting him out of his misery; Evans had, however, done his team no favours at all by thus heralding the arrival in the middle of the… Read More →

Chandimal ruled out of 2015 World Cup, Kusal as replacement

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ICC Media Release The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Kusal Perera as a replacement player for Dinesh Chandimal in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Chandimal suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s match against Australia in Sydney and has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament. Perera has played 41 ODIs for Sri Lanka in which he has scored 839 runs with one century and four half-centuries. His last ODI was against England in Pallekele in December 2014. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of… Read More →

Kithuruwan and Kaushal to Australia

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Media Release Owing to the injuries faced by Dinesh Chandimal,the National Selectors have in discussion with the Team Management recommended to fly in Kithruwan Vithanage as a cover up batsman and in case Rangana’s injury is not fully healed to fly P.H.T Kaushal as cover up for same.They will be subjected to the approval of the ICC’s WC 2015 Technical Committee. This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.