Sangakkara launches spirited chase of 370

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An unbeaten 89-ball 58 from Kumar Sangakkara kept Sri Lanka on track for an impressive win as it reached 110 for 1 at stumps on day four against South Africa on Saturday (July 19). Sangakkara, who scored his 49th half-century, shared an unbeaten 96-run stand for the second wicket with Kaushal Silva (37) after Dale Steyn, the right-arm pacer, dismissed Upul Tharanga, the opener, for 14. Sri Lanka still need 260 runs to pull off a win. Sri Lanka had been forced on the back foot after it was bowled out for 292 to concede a huge 163-run lead in the first innings. But the declaration from Hashim Amla with South Africa at 206 for 6 in its second innings, changed the picture. Although… Read More →

Vernon Philander fined for ICC Code of Conduct breach

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ICC Media Release South Africa’s Vernon Philander has been fined 75 per cent of his match fee after breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the third day’s play in the first cricket Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Philander was charged with an article 2.2.9 offence of the ICC Code of Conduct which relates to “changing the condition of the ball in breach of Law 42.3 of the Laws of Cricket, as modified by ICC Standard Test Match, ODI and Twenty20 International Match Playing Conditions clause 42.1”. The charge was laid following the conclusion of Friday’s play and after viewing television footage by on-field umpires Billy Bowden and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Nigel Llong, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires,… Read More →

Steyn rocks Sri Lanka with five-for

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Dale Steyn was simply scintillating, picking up a five-wicket haul on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka to put South Africa in the driver’s seat on Friday (July 18). Steyn accumulated his 23rd five-for despite bowling on a dry and flat surface in Galle, finishing with figures of 5 for 50. At stumps, Sri Lanka was 283 for 9, still trailing by 172 with just one a wicket in hand. Steyn started things off with the wicket of Kaushal Silva in the morning. Attempting a hook off Steyn’s bouncer, Silva sent it straight to Vernon Philander at long leg, who plucked it out of the air for a spectacular catch. That brought Kumar Sangakkara to the… Read More →

Sri Lankan and South African cricketers raise funds for the Sri Lanka Visually Handicapped XI

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Media Release Standard Chartered joins hands with Sri Lanka Cricket to continue its efforts to raise funds and awareness for the Sri Lankan Visually Handicapped XI and its bid at this year’s World Cup in South Africa in November. Inspired by Standard Chartered’s community investment platform addressing curable blindness globally, Seeing is Believing, the two organisations will drive three very unique fund raising activities around the current tour of South Africa – a money-can’t-buy experience, a mini coaching camp for young cricket enthusiasts, and an online bidding competition for the “Seeing is Believing Super Fan”. Four visually handicapped aspiring cricketers will also participate in the events, sponsored by Standard Chartered. Sanjeewani de Silva, Head of Corporate Affairs/Brand & Marketing, Standard… Read More →

National Women’s Team tour of Korea – Asian Games 2014

At a Selection Committee meeting held, the following decisions were made by the Women’s National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the National Women Team’s Tour to Korea for the Asian Games – 2014. 1. Chamari Attapattu (Captain) 2. Yasodha Mendis 3. Lasanthi Madushani 4. Eshani Lokusuriya 5. Dilani Manodara 6. Chamari Polgampola 7. Sripali Weerakody 8. Udeshika Probodani (V/C) 9. Shashikala Siriwardane 10. Maduri Samuddhika 11. Inoka Ranaweera 12. Anushka Sanjeewani 13. Nilakshi Silva 14. Chamdima Gunarathne 15. Inoshi Fernando Stand by 1. Oshadi Ranasinghe 2. Deepika Rasangika 3. Amma Kanchana 4. Nipuni Hansika This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports

Bowlers lead Sri Lanka fight back after Elgar ton

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Dean Elgar scored a fine century to hand South Africa the initiative on the opening day of the first Test at the Galle International Stadium, but Sri Lanka’s bowlers fought back admirably to restrict it to 268 for 5 by stumps on Wednesday (July 16). After Hashim Amla opted to bat in his first Test as captain, Elgar scored a 187-ball 103, including 11 boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught behind off Suranga Lakmal. Elgar first put on a quick 70 for the opening wicket with Alviro Petersen – their partnership came off 101 balls – as South Africa got off to a decent start. Petersen then fell to Dilruwan Perera’s off-spin, trapped leg before for 34, but… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardene to retire from Test Cricket

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Mahela Jayawardene has tendered his resignation from Test cricket. Addressing a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of SLC Mr. Ashley De Silva, Mahela Jayawardene has stated that he would like to retire from Test cricket after the forthcoming Test series against South Africa and Pakistan. Mahela Jayawardene has stated that    ” It was not an easy decision to make given that it has been a great privilege and honour representing my country during the past 18 years, but I believe this is the right time”. The former Captain of Sri Lanka reiterated that he is fully committed to playing ODI cricket for Sri Lanka.

Ashan Priyanjan to lead Sri Lanka A in England and Ireland

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Ashan Priyanjan named as Captain of the Sri Lanka A team for the tour of England and Ireland, replacing Upul  Tharanga who will be part of the National squad for the upcoming South Africa Test series. Kusal Janith Perera appointed as the Vice-Captain of the team. This tour will begin on the 14th of July and go on till the 25th August 2014. Squad: Ashan Priyanjana (Captain), Kusal Janith (Vice.Captain), Lahiru Jayaratne, Mahela Udawatte,  Banuka Rajapakshe, Ishan Jayaratne, Danushka Gunethilake, Niroshan Dickwella, Chathuranga De Silva, Sachith Pathirana, Ramith Rambukwella, Seekuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Vishwa Fernando, Priyamal Perera

South Africa win series after de Kock, de Villiers tons

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Quinton de Kock, the wicketkeeper, and AB de Villiers, the captain, hit aggressive hundreds to carry South Africa to an 82-run win over Sri Lanka in the third and final One-Day International on Saturday (July 12). The win gave South Africa a 2-1 series win, its first in an ODI series on Sri Lankan soil. De Kock smashed 128 off 127 balls, while de Villiers was even more aggressive, taking only 71 balls for his 108. De Villiers reached his hundred off only 66 balls as South Africa posted 339 for 5 at the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota, its highest total against Sri Lanka. The home side was restricted to just 257 all out in 44.3 overs, while attempting what… Read More →

Replacements of the Sri Lanka A team squad to England & Ireland

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Media Release The National Selectors have decided to include Lahiru Jayaratne for the “Sri Lanka A Team’s tour to England & Ireland” as replacement for Upul Tharanga who will be part of the National squad for the upcoming South Africa Test Series. Further, with accordance to the medical advice received with reference to Thisara Perera, the Selectors have decided to rest him from the A Team Tour to England & Ireland. Thisara will be replaced by Right-arm medium fast bowler Ishan Jayaratne.

ICC Bowling Action Legality Assessment of Sachithra Senanayake

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket has received the ICC Bowling Action Legality Assessment Report pertaining to Sachithra Senanayake. It was conducted by the Cardiff Metropolitan University – Cardiff School of Sport in England. The Standard ICC Illegal Action Testing Protocol was used to assess the degree of elbow extension from the point of upper arm horizontal to ball release within the bowling action. 15-degree elbow extension threshold was exceeded in the four deliveries considered to be suspect in the 4th ODI played at Lords. The report concludes that Sachithra bowled with an illegal bowling action and consequently he is banned from bowling in international cricket, effective immediately. This matter will be referred to the SLC Cricket Committee for their recommendation.

Sri Lanka Test Squad against South Africa

Media Release The National Selection Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the following 15 member squad to represent the National Team for the two test matches against South Africa. However the above selection is subjected to the approval of the Hon. Minister of Sports. 01 Angelo Mathews. (C) 02 Lahiru Thirimanne (v/c) 03 Upul Tharanga 04 Kaushal Silva 05 Kumar Sangakkara 06 Mahela Jayawardena 07 Dinesh Chandimal 08 Kithruwan Vithanage 09 Rangana Herath 10 Dilruwan Perera 11 Ajantha Mendis 12 Suranga Lakmal 13 Shaminda Eranga 14 Dammika Prasad 15 Chanaka Welagedara

Sri Lanka Squad for 3rd ODI – South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka 2014

Media Release The following squad has been selected by the National Selectors for the 3rd ODI match against South Africa to be played on the 12th July 2014 in Hambantota. 1 Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2 Lahiru Thirimanne (Vice Captain) 3 T M Dilshan 4 Kusal Janith 5 Kumar Sangakkara 6 Mahela Jayawardena 7 Ashan Priyanjan 8 Kithuruwan Vithanage 9 Lasith Malinga 10 Nuwan Kulasaekera 11 Suranga Lakmal 12 Thisara Perera 13 Sachithra Senanayake 14 Ajantha Mendis 15 Rangana Herath 16 Dilruwan Perera

SLC Grants Cash rewards to Schools who won Championships

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that for the first time in its history made a Cash Reward to the Schools who performed extremely well during the cricket season. This was done considering the amount of work the School Coaches and authorities put it into a cricket season and grooming the young talent. Also due consideration will be given to certain schools that win Championships with less facilities and grounds. Under -19 Tournament-Prize Giving Division I (League) Champion Richmond College Galle LKR 1,000,000.00 Runner Up Trinity College Kandy LKR 750,000.00 Limited Over Champion Thurstan College Colombo LKR 500,000.00 Runner Up S Thomas’ College Mt.Lavinia LKR 250,000.00 Division II (League) Champion Anuradhapura MMV LKR 750,000.00 Runner Up Carey College Colombo LKR… Read More →