Mahela Jayawardene completes 11,000 runs in Tests

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Mahela Jayawardene joined the 11,000 Test runs club during the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday. The 36-year-old, when on eight, swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test, becoming the eighth batsman but first Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone. Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis are the others who crossed the 11,000 Test run mark.  

Warm-Up Matches against the England Lions

The National Selectors have nominated the below named players to play 2 warm up matches against the visiting England Lions. 1st Warm Up Match (1st – 3rd February 2014 at RPICS ) Angelo Perera (Captain) Udara Jayasundara Pabasara Waduge Banuka Rajapakshe Kithruwan Vithanage Roshen Silva Chathura Randunu P.H.T Kaushal Ishan Jayaratne Lahiru Gamage Niroshan Dickwella 2nd Warm up Match ( 06th – 08th February 2014 at Colts CC ) Ashan Priyanjana (Captain) Shehan Jayasuriya Mahela Udawatte Madhawa Warnapura Danushka Gunatillake Romesh Buddhika Gayan Maneeshan Chathuranga De Silva Akila Dhanajaya Kanishka Elvitigala Charith Jayapathi

Sri Lanka Women’s Preliminary Squad – ICC World Twenty20 2014

The Women’s National Selectors have selected the following squad as the preliminary squad for the ICC Women’s World T20 2014. Shashikala Siriwardena Chamari Athapaththu Eshani Lokusuriya Deepika Rasangika Sripali Weerakkody Dilani Manodara Yashodha Mendis Maduri Samuddika Oshadhi Ranasinghe Udeshika Pramodhini Chandima Gooneratne Lasanthi Madushani Anushka Sanjeewani Chamari Polgampola Rangika Fernando Inoka Ranaweera Chathurani Gunawardena Nilakshi Silva Kanchana Weerakkody Nipuni Hansika Nimali Perera Janani Kaushalya Achini Kulasooriya Rebecca Vandort Nilangika Sanjeewani Prasadini Weerakkody Dinesha Jayasighe Harshitha Madhavi Surangika Perera Hashini Perera

Sri Lanka Women’s Team tour of India 2014

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Sri Lanka Women’s team left for India last night(15th January) to participate in a 3 -ODI & 3-T20 series against Indian Women’s which begins on the 19th January 2014. Match Schedule 19th Jan – 1st ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 21st Jan – 2nd ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 23rd Jan – 3rd ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 25th Jan – 1st T20 – India v Sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram 26th Jan – 2nd T20 – India v Sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram 28th Jan – 3rd T20 – India v sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram

Sri Lanka goes 1-0 up with comprehensive win

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Pakistan all out for 359 after Lakmal’s 4 for 78; batsmen then achieve 137-run target for nine-wicket win. Suranga Lakmal returned career-best figures of 4 for 78 before half-centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by nine wickets in Dubai to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday(January 12). Lakmal claimed all three wickets to fall on the fifth morning as Pakistan was bowled out for 359 in the second innings, setting Sri Lanka a target of 137 runs to win. Karunaratne and Silva put on 124 for the opening wicket, and though Silva was dismissed for 58, trapped in front by Saeed Ajmal, Kumar Sangakarra (9 not out) accompanied Karunaratne to… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under-19 World Cup Squad announced

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Media Release The following Squad was selected by the Selection Committee as the 15 member squad for the upcoming U19 ICC World Cup to be played in Dubai in February 2014. 01 Kusal Mendis (Prince of Wales College – Moratuwa) (Captain) 02 Sadeera Samarawickrama – St.Joseph’s College – Colombo 10 (Vice Captain) 03 Vinod Banuka – Maliyadewa College – Kurunegala 04 Hashan Dumindu – Gurukula Vidyalaya Kelaniya 05 Kavindu Kulasekara – Thurstan College 06 Priyamal Perera – St.Josephs’ College 07 Thilaksha Malshan Sumanasiri – St..Thomas College Mt Lavinia 08 Hashan Ramanayake – Royal College – Colombo 09 Binura Fernando – D.S Senanayake College 10 Anuk Fernando – St.Sebastian’s College – Moratuwa 11 Hashan Vimarshana – St.Thomas  Matara 12 A.K Tyronne… Read More →

Mathews stars in drawn Test

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Unbeaten half-centuries by Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad helped Pakistan draw the first Test with Sri Lanka on the fifth and final day in Abu Dhabi on Saturday(January 4). Sri Lanka made a remarkable comeback after conceding a 179-run first innings. With Pakistan firmly in control of the match at the end of third day, and Sri Lanka finishing on 186 for 4, leading by just seven runs, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, hit his career-best 157 not out, his second Test ton, to bail Sri Lanka out of a tricky situation. Sri Lanka lost just one wicket after adding 234 runs to its overnight score, leading Pakistan by 241 runs, on the fourth day. Chasing an improbable target of 302,… Read More →

Dolawatte and Chamani Seneviratne announced retirement

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the two National Women’s team players Sandamali Dolawatte and Chamani Seneviratne tendered their resignation to the Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ashley De Silva on the 29th of December 2013. SLC wishes to state that on the 29th morning Sandamali Dolawatte was informed to attend a final selection trial match scheduled on the 30th of December 2013. Sandamali refused to abide by the request and informed of her desire to resign from the team. Chamani Seneviratne was already selected for the ODI Squad. Subsequently she tendered her resignation to the CEO of SLC. SLC wishes to state that all the selections are done by the Selection Committee in consultation with the Coaching… Read More →

BBL:Clearance not granted to Thisara Perera

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Thisara Perera was not granted the No Objection Certificate (NOC) by SLC in order to prevent him from taking part in the Big Bash League in Australia. This decision was made in consultation with the National Selectors. This decision will enable Thisara to spend maximum time with the local Coaching staff and attend training alongside the Sri Lankan A team.

Chandimal bags consolation victory

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Dinesh Chandimal pulled off a breathtaking heist in Abu Dhabi on Friday (Dec 27) night, an unbeaten 64 from Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 captain sealing a futile but exciting consolation win. His innings pulled Sri Lanka out of jail and led it to a two-wicket win with just two balls to spare. Chandimal snuck up on Pakistan almost unnoticed. Having arrived in the 25th over, he only reached his fifty in the 47th, with what was, until then, his first boundary. At that stage Sri Lanka was out of the match, eight down and with 28 runs still to get. But in the next over, Ajantha Mendis was dropped by Sohaib Maqsood at cover and it was a vital drop. He… Read More →

Pakistan takes series after Hafeez century

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Pakistan wrapped up a One-Day International series win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday (December 25) night in Abu Dhabi, its seventh bilateral ODI series triumph of the year, a record for it. By most standards, that is a good haul, even if it includes wins against Scotland, Ireland and Zimbabwe. More than any other player, Mohammad Hafeez has embodied the performance swings of the side. Last night he was the exceptional Hafeez. His unbeaten 113 was the base with which Pakistan sauntered home to an inadequate target of 226 at the Shaikh Zayed stadium with eight wickets and 53 balls to spare. It was an impeccable innings, full of exactly the kind of flawless stroke making that can, on occasion, make him look like… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad for Pakistan in UAE 13/14

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Media Release The following Squad was selected by the National Selectors for the Test Series against Pakistan 13/14. 1.      Angelo Mathews (Capt) 2.      Dinesh Chandimal (V.Capt ) 3.      Dimuth Karunaratne 4.      Kaushal Silva 5.      Kumar Sangakkara 6.      Lahiru Thirimanne 7.      Mahela Jayawardane 8.      Prasanna Jayawardane 9.      Nuwan Kulasekara 10.  Suranga Lakmal 11.  Shaminda Eranga 12.  Vishwa Fernando 13.  Sachithra Senananyake 14.  Nuwan Pradeep 15.  Rangana Herath 16.  Dilruwan Perera

Ahmed Shehzad fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct

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ICC Media Release Ahmed Shehzad has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after pleading guilty to a Level 2 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during Pakistan’s 113 run victory over Sri Lanka in the third One-Day International (ODI) in Sharjah on Sunday. The opener was found to have breached Article 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between Players in the course of play during an International Match”. The charge had been laid by the on-field umpires Johan Cloete and Shozab Raza, as well as third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire Ahsan Raza. The incident happened at the end of the… Read More →

Hafeez stars in impressive win

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Mohammad Hafeez starred in Pakistan’s convincing 113-run win over Sri Lanka on Sunday (December 22 )in the third One-Day International, first hitting a career best 140 not out and then taking 2 for 35 against Sri Lanka. Hafeez, 33, was the rock around which Pakistan put up on imposing 326 or 5, before helping bowl Sri Lanka out for 213 in 44.4 overs at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The win gave Pakistan a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. Hafeez, who hit 122 in the opening game in Sharjah last week, laid the foundation for Pakistan’s innings with Ahmed Shehzad, the opener, in a crucial second-wicket stand. Shehzad, who had hit a century in the second ODI, made 81 and shared in… Read More →

Sri Lanka holds nerves to level series

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Ahmed Shehzad has been able to avoid extended lean spells with the bat in his 37-match One-Day International career till now, thanks to that determination and, after a duck and an 11 in his past two innings, the 22-year-old scripted his second three-figure score in four matches and the fourth century of his One-Day International career. Anchored by his 124, Shehzad’s highest score in international cricket so far, Pakistan posted 284 for 4 after being asked to bat. But Sri Lanka, who came agonisingly close to winning the first game, prevailed by three wickets in a wildly swinging finish in Dubai on Friday (December 20) to level the five-match ODI series. Kumar Sangakkara (58), who became only the fourth batsmen to cross 12,000… Read More →