SLC President’s Cricket Vision a far reaching take off

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The cutting edge dimension far reaching plan driven by Sri Lanka Cricket’s far sighted President, Thilanga Sumathipala to steer the sport in Sri Lanka under a hitherto never seen concept to drive domestic cricket at all levels in the length and breadth of the country is by all accounts path breaking for the cricket crazy island nation whose over 20 million people delight in. It would effectively be path breaking for the future of Sri Lanka cricket given the fact that the game had been negated in the past due to the lack of an adequate network and finances to address cricket and set in smooth motion from the grassroots level of the domestic periphery undermining national performance; mainly in… 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.

Gallant Dhananjaya de Silva adds muscle to new order

Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya de Silva (L) is in action as Brian Chari escapes a ball during the first day of the second cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports club, on November 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Among Sri Lanka’s young guns who fired down Zimbabwe in the 2-nil Test series sweep, Dananjaya de Silva, the lad from the Southern terrain of Hambantota, measured heavily in that away triumph. At a time the country is on a rebuilding curve, the 25-year old right hander did infuse the flamboyance of stroke play in imbibing the required middle order solidity that Sri Lanka has been questing for in blazing a new trail following the retirement of several veterans in the recent past. Dananjaya made scores of 25, 64, 127 and 9 respectively in the four innings of the two test matches he figured in at Harare recently. It was a wholly insulating effort in what was his maiden overseas… Read More →

තෙමසක ක්‍රිකට් පරිපාලන ප්‍රගතිය විශිෂ්ටයි

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වත්මන් ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් යුත් ක්‍රිකට් විධායක කමිටුව තේරී වසරක් ගතවීමට පෙර විශේෂයෙන්ම පසුගිය තෙමස තුළ ක්‍රිකට් අභිවෘද්ධිය උදෙසා ගත් තීරණ ඉතාමත් වැදගත්ය. ප්‍රිමියර් අන්තර් සමාජ තරගාවලියන්ට සහභාගී වන කණ්ඩායම් වල වියහියදම් වෙනුවෙන් රුපියල් විසිහය කෝටි හතළිස් ලක්ෂයක (රුපියල් මිලියන 264) මුදලක් වෙන් කිරීම, ක්‍රීඩකයන් සිය දෙනෙකු සමග කොන්ත්‍රාත් ගිවිසුම් වලට එළැඹීම, දක්ෂතා මත ක්‍රීඩකයන්ට වැඩි ප්‍රසාද දීමනා ප්‍රදානය, තරුණ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයනට අවස්ථාව ලබාදීම සදහා ප්‍රථම ආසියානු ක්‍රසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලිය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංවිධානය කිරීම, තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයනට ජාතික කණ්ඩායමේ දොරටු විවෘත කිරීම, පාසල් ක්‍රිකට් දියුණුවට අතදීම, කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් අභිවෘද්ධියට ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා හා එංගලන්ත ජාතික කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ගෙන්වා තරග සංවිධානය කිරීම නව කාන්තා පුහුණුකරුවන් පත්කර පරිපාලන ව්‍යුහය සැකසීම, ප්‍රිමියර් ක්‍රිකට් සමාජවලට ඉතා අඩු මිලට පන්දු යවන උපකරණ… Read More →

Herath leads from the front to reach crowning moment in career

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

The short and stocky built Rangana Herath looks innocuous to the eye as to a class performer on the cricket stage. But put the ball in his hand or even a bat in his grip and the small man has indeed demonstrated what a winning streak he possesses. Ever since he made a fruity debut for Sri Lanka on September 22, 1999 with 3 wickets including the prize scalp of the then Aussie skipper Steve Waugh, it has been a telling Everest climb at age 21 Rangana Herath has certainly dwarfed size in roller-coaster fashion. That in a 17 year career since then that Herath has risen monotonously to becoming modern cricket’s ICC No.2 bowler exemplifies the oozing talent of… Read More →

තරුණ කණ්ඩායමෙන් එතෙර ටෙස්ට් ජයග්‍රහණ

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  සිම්බාබ්වේ කණ්ඩායම සමග ඔක්තෝබර් 29 සිට නොවැම්බර් 2 දක්වා ප්‍රථම ටෙස්ට් තරගයටත් නොවැම්බර් 6 සිට 10 දක්වා දෙවැනි ටෙස්ට් තරගයටත් නොවැම්බර් 14 සිට 27 දක්වා දැන් පැවැත්වන තුන්කොන් එක්දින සීමිත ඕවර ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියටත් සහභාගි වන තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයන් රැසකින් යුත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නව කණ්ඩායම  එතෙරදී ටෙස්ට් ජයග්‍රහණ පෙන්වීමෙ අවස්ථාව උදා කරගත්තේ ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකම පහසුවෙන් ජය ගනිමිනි. තුන්කොන් සීමිත ඕවර තරගාවලියට එක්වුනු අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම වන බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් දූපත් වෙතින් ලංකා පිල ප්‍රථම තරගයේ දී දරුණු ලෙස පරාජය වුවද අඩුපාඩු සකසා ගැනීමට ලංකා පිලට අවස්ථාව ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකා – සිම්බාබ්වේ ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකම හරාරේ ජාතික ක්‍රීඩා සමාජ ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේත් බ.ඉ.කො. පිළ එක්වුනු තුන්කොන් තරගාවලිය හරාරේ ජාතික ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ සහ බුලවායෝ කුයින්ස් ක්‍රීඩා සමාජයේත් සංවිධානය කර කිබුණි. එක් කණ්ඩායමක් අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම සමග තරග… Read More →

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 →