Alastair Cook became the youngest batsman to score 10,000 Test runs as England sealed a series win over Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street on Monday (May 30). England completed an emphatic nine-wicket win in the second Test with more than a day to spare to taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Cook was unbeaten on 47 as England eased to its target of 79 after Dinesh Chandimal made a fine century to lift Sri Lanka, following on, to 475 in its second innings. Nick Compton, who hit the winning runs, finished 22 not out. Cook started his innings needing just five runs to reach the milestone, and got there with a boundary through mid-wicket off Nuwan Pradeep. In the process,… Read More →
Sri Lanka put up its best batting performance of the ongoing Test series against England on the third day of the second game at Chester-le-Street in Durham on Sunday (May 29). Bowled out for 101 in its first innings and asked to follow on, Sri Lanka reached 309 for 5 at stumps, with Angelo Mathews leading the way with a knock of 80 before becoming the last wicket to fall for the day. The day started with Sri Lanka 91 for 8 in its first innings in 40 overs. The innings lasted for 3.3 overs after that as Stuart Broad and James Anderson picked up the last two wickets. Broad finished with figures of 4 for 40, while Anderson and… Read More →
Over 300 volunteers of SLC’s Cricket Aid comprised of staff, coaches, cricketers and well wishers spent the day at a Shramadhana organised to assist the flood effected in resettlement. Cricket Aid distributed over 3000 aid packages that contained dry rations, bedding, clothing and toiletries and 10,000 Litres of potable water. Volunteers cleaned and helped in resettlement of over 500 houses. The campaign is set to continue in the coming week with School books and uniforms being distributed as a second phase.
Cricket Australia has announced a 15-man Test squad ahead of their tour of Sri Lanka due to take place from July this year. New South Wales all-rounder Moises Henriques will return to the squad for the first time since 2013. Henriques, 29, played his only three Tests to date for Australia on the 2013 tour of India. He was named earlier this month in the Australia ‘A’ squad for the Quadrangular Series this winter in Queensland in August and September, but will now move to national duties. Australia will embark on its first Test tour since ascending to the No.1 ranking earlier this year in the wake of its 2-0 series win over New Zealand in New Zealand. Victorian paceman… Read More →
President ACC and SLC, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala together with the members of the Board, the Executive Committee and the Management of the ACC, and of Sri Lanka Cricket, congratulate Mr. Anurag Thakur on his election as the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. In a congratulatory letter to the new BCCI chief, Hon. Sumathipala said “… Your unanimous victory reflects the confidence and faith of the membership of the BCCI … I am confident that under your leadership the game will continue to progress and flourish …” The 42-year-old Thakur replaces Mr. Shashank Manohar who is the newly appointed Chairman of the International Cricket Council. The former Secretary whilst being the youngest elected President, is also… Read More →
24 year old right-arm fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera who rattled the England lower order with 3 quick wickets in the 1st Investec Test has sustained an injury to his lower back, and will be returning to Colombo for further treatment and rest. Chameera, who scalped the seemingly unstoppable Jonny Bairstow on 140, underwent a MRI/CT Scan this morning, which has indicated a stress fracture to his lower back, and medical recommendation is treatment and rest for as much as four months. Medium-fast bowler Dhammika Prasad also returned to Sri Lanka with an injury to his shoulder last week, and is currently undergoing treatment. National Selectors headed by Sanath Jayasuriya will meet within the next 24 hours, to decide on a… Read More →
Kent Cricket high performance director Simon Willis has been appointed high performance manager at Sri Lanka Cricket. The wicketkeeper-batsman will take up his appointment overlooking the National Academy from the 1st of June 2016. Speaking about the appointment, the 42 year old Englishman says “I am very grateful to Sri Lanka Cricket for offering me this exciting new opportunity … I see it as an exciting time to get involved with Sri Lanka Cricket and I am looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together” The appointment of a High Performance Manager is just one of the progressive strides taken by SLC in consultation with the newly appointed Cricket Advisory Committee. Sri Lanka Cricket has focused on high performance… Read More →
James Anderson ran through Sri Lanka’s line up once again, picking up the third ten-wicket haul of his career, as England bowled the visiting side out for 119 to complete an innings and 88-run win on the third day of the first Test at Headingley on Saturday (May 21). The home side leads the three-match series 1-0. Anderson, England’s all-time leading Test wicket-taker, finished with figures of 5 for 29 to add to his return of 5 for 16 in Sri Lanka’s first innings 91. His haul for the day included Kusal Mendis, who rode his luck to make 53 — an innings where he gave four chances. Sri Lanka resumed in the morning on one without loss. The overcast… Read More →
The Sri Lanka National team expresses their solidarity with the nation. Donates Rs. 1 million to aid flood relief through Cricket Aid. Funds disbursed for potable water, medical supplies and other essentials. Immediate relief measures being coordinated. In a short message to the nation aired on television and via social media, captain Angelo Matthews expressed the distress of the national team, away in England and said “We are shocked and saddened to hear of the floods and landslides …. we love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you” in the face of the widespread damage and loss of life and livelihood caused by the catastrophic and incessant rains. The team wore black armbands as they opened their… Read More →
Collection Centre at SLC. Immediate relief measures being coordinated. As tragedy strikes our beloved nation once again, Sri Lanka Cricket, together with captain Angelo Matthews and the national team wish to express our solidarity and love to all those affected in any way or form. Cricket-Aid, the charity arm of Sri Lanka Cricket, which is due to be re-launched officially on the 4th of June in London, will commence immediate relief operations, and we invite you all to join in as one team for one nation. Contributions of items such as bed linen, towels, clothing, dry rations, medical supplies etc, can be made to Sri Lanka Cricket 35, Maitland Place, Colombo 7 and inquiries may be made on 011-2-681601 or email@example.com We urge you to… Read More →
Sri Lanka will target moving ahead of sixth-ranked South Africa while England will aim to narrow the gap with third-ranked Pakistan in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings when the three-Test series begins at Headingley on Thursday. England currently sits in fourth position on 105 points (six behind Pakistan), while Sri Lanka is on 88 points in seventh spot (four behind South Africa). If England wins all the three Tests, then it will rise to 109 points (two behind Pakistan) while a 2-0 win will put it on 108 points (three behind Pakistan). In contrast, Sri Lanka can move to as high as 98 points, but to make this to happen, it will have to win all three Tests. In this scenario, there… Read More →
Avishka appointed Sri Lanka A Team coach. Roy Dias takes on Under 19 Team. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the executive Committee has appointed former Sri Lanka opener Avishka Gunawardene as coach of the Sri Lanka A Team ahead of their upcoming tour of England. The former batsman, known for his ‘explosive style’ is a current member of the SLC Coaching panel, and has just completed a stint as the Assistant coach of the Sri Lanka Under 19 Team. Gunawardena who was the Head Coach of Sri Lanka premier club the SSC for 9 consecutive seasons, also functioned as the Director of Cricket for Royal College Colombo prior to taking on his National appointment. An old boy… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket CSR to raise funds for CKD Pandemic in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket re-ignites its CSR Arm. Charity dinner and silent auction to be held at the Long Room at Lord’s. Funds to be disbursed toward CKD patients in Sri Lanka. Known as a nation of smiling people, Sri Lankans are celebrated for their hospitality and kinship the world over. Sri Lankans are also known for their passion for cricket – a passion of religious proportions, so much so as to say that Cricket is the one unifying force that transcends all boundaries of race, religion, cast or creed, in an extremely diverse culture. It is this very passion that led Sri Lanka Cricket in the aftermath… Read More →
Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, Deputy Speaker of Parliament, President of the Asian Cricket Council and President Sri Lanka Cricket, was the Guest of Honour at the ‘Malaysia Cricket Awards Night 2016′ held at the Kinrara Oval recently. At the event Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala was presented an award for Services Rendered to Cricket.