No Objection Certificates (NOC) issued to the players for IPL

Press Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that discussions were held with the Minister of Sports this morning regarding the release of the Sri Lanka players for the IPL 2013.  Based on a note sent by the Minister of External Affairs regarding the safety of players and reports appearing in the electronic and print media, it was decided that the No Objection Certificates (NOC) issued to the players be restricted to exclude their appearance at any venue in the state of Tamilnadu and also to obtain the Players’ personal opinion on their willingness to participate in the event. At the initial stages, SLC liaised with the BCCI and obtained Safety Guarantees for their participation and conveyed their assurances to each… Read More →

SLC receives safety assurance from BCCI

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With regard to the prevailing situation in India, Sri Lanka Cricket has written to the President and to the Secretary of Board of Control of Cricket in India and received assurances that the BCCI will take all necessary steps to ensure that the players feel safe and action will be taken to ensure that the players’ safety is paramount. BCCI also stated that they are monitoring the situation closely and will take necessary action as and when required, to request teams not to bring Sri Lankan players to Tamil Nadu if the situation escalates. Further Sri Lanka Cricket has written to the Ministry of External Affairs through the Ministry of Sports seeking advice on the prevailing situation.

Ashley de Silva appointed acting CEO of SLC

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that Head of  Cricket Operations Mr. Ashley De Silva has been appointed as the Acting CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket with effect from 1st April 2013. Manager Umpires & Schools Cricket Mr. Carlton Bernardus will assume duties as Acting Head of Cricket Operations with effect from 1st of April 2013. The above two appointments have been ratified by the Executive Committee of SLC.

Generator Failure at Hambantota – Press Release

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Press Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to explain the reasons behind the Generator Failure at Hambantota tonight during the first ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. 2 of the 4 light towers had failed due to both the operating generator and the standby generator for the said 2 light towers that is provided by the Ceylon Electricity Board, failing due to a technical failure. The cause of the said generator failure is to be investigated by CEB. The main pavilion stand by generator was used to provide the necessary power to the light towers. It should also be noted that these generators were tested the day before and was fully functional during the said testing period. Sri Lanka Cricket wish… Read More →

Tickets for Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka go on sale

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Tickets for the ODI and T20 series of Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka are now available for purchase. Dhaka Bank ODI Series will start on the 23rd of March 2013 in Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota starting at 2 pm. The details of the ticket sale points are stated below ———————————————————————————————————————————- Hambanthota – 1st ODI & 2nd ODI  Tickets Available at:  Hambanthota Stadium - Available from 20th March 2013 Time: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. SLC Head Office Time: 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Tickets range from Rs. 20/- , Rs. 50/-, Rs.100/- Rs. 150/- Rs.200/- ———————————————————————————————————————————- Kandy – 3rd ODI & T20  Tickets Available at: Kandy – Abans City Centre & Pallekele Stadium - Available from 22nd March 2013 Time: 8.30 a.m. to… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under 19 Tour of Bangladesh – 05th – 29th of April 2013

At a Selection Committee meeting held on 11/3/2013, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the U19 Tour of Bangladesh. Test Squad 1.      Kusal Mendis – (Capt)       (W/K/Batsman)        Prince of Wales College 2.      Sandun Weerakkody –      (V.Capt)                  N.C.C 3.      Sadeera Samarawickram (W/K /Op Bat)         St.Josephs’ College Colombo 10 4.      Minod Bhanuka               (Op Bat)                   Maliyadewa College 5.      Tharindu Kulasekara       (Op Batsman)          Thurstan College 6.      Hashan Dumindu             (Op Batsman)           Gurukula Kelaniya 7.      Pawan Dewinda              (Op Batsman)           Mahanama College 8.      Harsha Rajapaksha         All Rounder              Rahula College 9.      Chamika Karunaratna     F. Bowler                 Royal College 10.  Dilshan Kanchana           F. Bowler                  Devapathraja College 11.  Binura Fernando             F.Bowler                   D.S… Read More →

Sale of International Media, Sponsorship & TV Production rights – Press Release

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the receipt of offers for sale of International Broadcast, Internet, Mobile, Radio, and Sponsorship Rights from the following parties. 1)    Taj Television Limited 2)    Nimbus Communications Ltd 3)    NEO Prime Sports 4)    Total Sports Asia Further, Sri Lanka Cricket also received offers from the following parties in relation to the TV production for International Cricket matches hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket. 1)    Kingsdown TV 2)    STV Productions 3)    Nimbus Communications 4)    Sportsorkz Fine Vision Group The bid opening for both Tenders took place today 16th March 2013 at the Taj Samudra Hotel in the presence of SLC Officials, the representatives from the respective bidders, representation from the Ministry of Sports & the Auditor Generals Department.  The bids will be submitted to the Technical… Read More →

Bangladesh earn first draw against Sri Lanka

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Bangladesh drew the high-scoring first test against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium on Tuesday to snap their 12-test losing streak against the islanders. Chasing an improbable 268-run victory target with just one session and 37 overs left, Bangladesh were 70 for one wicket in 22 overs when the teams agreed to a draw after five days of batting dominance on a placid track. Only 19 wickets fell in the test while eight centuries were scored, equalling the record set in the 2005 South Africa v West Indies test at Antigua. The 1613 runs scored by both teams also made it the highest match-aggregate in a test in Sri Lanka. Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim, who scored his country’s maiden… Read More →

Malinga censured and advised

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Mr Ajit Jayasekera, CEO SLC, conducted an inquiry on the Lasith Malinga incident and in his report to the Executive Committee, recommended that Malinga be censured and advised on his behavior when dealing with the press in the future, considering his standing in the game. The Executive Committee accepted his recommendations and appointed Mr Camillus Abeygunawardena (Retired DIG and Ex Co Member), Mr Harigupta Rihanadeera (Attorney at Law and Ex Co Member) and Mr Ajit Jayasekera (CEO, SLC) to speak to Lasith Malinga on this matter.

Inquiry into Malinga’s behaviour

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The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket has directed the Chief Executive Officer of SLC Mr. Ajit Jayasekara to conduct an Inquiry into the two incidents pertaining to  Mr. Lasith Malinga & the Media Personnel that took place outside SLC headquarters. The CEO has been requested to forward a report on the same to the Executive Committee.

Thilan Samaraweera to retire

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Test Cricketer Thilan Samaraweera handed over a letter to SLC Secretary Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga expressing his intention to retire from all forms of International Cricket. However, SLC has requested Thilan to have a meaningful dialogue with the National Selectors prior to finalising such a decision. Thilan Samaraweera is scheduled to meet the National Selectors tomorrow (6th of March).

Signing of the Annual Contracts finalized

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the signing of the Annual Contracts offered to the National Team has been finalized. These contracts were given to 23 National Players who were categorized in to 4 groups. Category 1 1. Angelo Mathews 2. T.M.Dilshan 3. Mahela Jayawardana 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Lasith Malinga 6. Nuwan Kulasekera 7. Rangana Herath Category 2 1. Dinesh Chandimal 2. Ajantha Mendis Category 3 1. Lahiru Thirimanne 2. Thisara Perera Category 4 1. Shaminda Eranga 2. Chanaka Welagedera 3. Dimuth Karunarathne 4. Jeewan Mendis 5. Suraj Randiv 6. Kusal Janith Perera 7.Sachitra Senanayaka 8.Upul Tharanga 9. Suranga Lakmal 10.Nuwan Pradeep   Special Category 1. Prasanna Jayawardana 2. Thilan Samaraweera At this meeting the… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad for the 1st Test against Bangladesh

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At a Selection Committee meeting held at SLC,at 3.00 pm today ,the following Players were selected by the National Selectors for the 01st Test of the Bangladesh Tour scheduled to be held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium from the 8th to the 12th of March 2013. Anjelo Mathews (Capt) Dinesh Chandimal (V.Capt & Wk) T.M Dilshan Dimuth Karunaratne Kumar Sangakkara Lahiru Thirimanna Shaminda Eranga Kusal Janith Jeewan Mendis Kithruwan Vithanage Ajantha Mendis Nuwan Kulasekara Chanaka Welagedara Suranga Lakmal Rangana Herath P.H.T Kaushal   The following Cricketers who were in the original squad of 20 players have since been injured and have not been considered for the 1st Test Match.   Dushmantha Chameera Nuwan Pradeep   The selected players have all duly… Read More →

3 Day Game against Bangladesh – Emerging XI Squad

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At a selection meeting held the following players were selected by the National Selectors to represent the emerging XI for the 3 day game against Bangladesh. Angelo Perera  (Capt) Kithruwan Withanage (V Capt) Ashen Silva Shehan Jayasuriya Niroshan Dickwella (Wk) Udara Jayasundara Ashan Priyanjana Ishan Jayratne Dushmantha Sameera Kasun Madushanka Vishwa Fernando Lahiru Gamage Akila Dhananjaya Dulanjana Mendis Chathuranga De Silva It was also decided to include Kumar Sangakkara to the 3 day squad due to lack of cricket since injury and to include Ramith Rambuwella in place of injured Akila Dhananjaya.