New Zealand scrapes home in thriller

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After super bowling and mediocre batting by both teams, Sri Lanka goes down by one wicket in nail-biting finish New Zealand bowled and fielded brilliantly, went to lunch with not a care and then came back to find the bottom falling out of its innings in its ICC Champions Trophy match against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on Sunday (June 9). Needing just 139 to win, it squeaked home with just a wicket to spare. The climax was farcical, with Tillakaratne Dilshan bowling a wide down the leg side even as Mitchell McClenaghan and Tim Southee hared back and forth with two needed for the win. Sri Lanka had the outstanding batting and bowling performers in the match – Kumar Sangakkara… Read More →

Level 1 Coach Educator Course for Provincial & District Coaches

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Media Release The Coach Education Unit of SLC will be conducting a ‘Level 1 Coach Educator’ Course for selected Provincial & District Coaches from the 11th to 13th June at the ‘Max Academy’ located at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The whole purpose of this exercise is to cater to the growing demand throughout the Country for many who would like to join the Cricket Coaching Industry by enhancing their knowledge & obtaining a qualification by following the SLC Level 1 Cricket Coaching Course which is endorsed by the ‘International Cricket Council’. While currently the ‘Coach Education Unit’ of SLC only conducts such Courses at present it is the belief of the National Coaching Department that building a bench strength of Coach Educators for the future… Read More →

ICC Champions Trophy Opening Ceremony Mishap

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that with regard to the mishap that took place at the opening ceremony of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga wrote to Mr. Dave Richardson  CEO of ICC, requesting a clarification on the incident & as to how ICC intends to rectify this mishap. Sri Lanka Cricket will keep the media updated on the outcome of this clarification.

Under 23 Division 1 Tournament Postponed by 1 week due to Bad Weather

The Tournament Committee at the meeting held yesterday decided to postpone the scheduled Under 23 Division 1 tournament by one week, due to the  bad weather conditions experienced and  requests made by some clubs citing inability to prepare wickets. Based on the above, the Division 1 tournament will commence on the 14,15,16th June 2013and the matches scheduled for the 7,8,9th of June will be played on 26,27,28th July 2013. The Under 23 Division 2 will be on schedule starting 15,16th June 2013.

SLC Talent Search goes to North Central Province

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North Central Province – Talent Search/Coach Education/MIC Program Conducted  Talent Search Program (age group) SLC National Coaching Department on 28th May 2013 conducted an Cricket ‘Talent Search’ program at the Dambulla International Cricket  Stadium. The main objective of this exercise was to search for young talent at age group level. The training program was attended by (148) Cricketers from the ages of (14) to (19) years old. The Cricketers represented the districts of Kurunegala/Matale/Anuradhapura & Polonnaruwa. Cricketers who attended the program were from various Schools in the North Central Province, Cricketers identified with talent will continue to work closely with the respective District & Provincial Coach, while any Cricketers identified with extreme talent will be drafted to the National age group squads… Read More →

“Don’t Underestimate Sri Lanka at the Champions Trophy” : Russel Arnold

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Ex Sri Lankan Cricketer who played 44 Tests and 180 ODIs and is now a well known commentator – part of the commentary team for the Champions Trophy – Russel Arnold spoke exclusively to PakPassion.net about Sri Lanka’s squad for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy, Sri Lanka’s chances at the aforementioned event, Sri Lanka’s ability to regularly produce world class and unorthodox cricketers and much more. By Saj Sadiq (3rd June, 2013) During the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up game between Sri Lanka and India, we’ve seen both the possible strengths and weaknesses of the Sri Lankan team. What are your thoughts on the Sri Lankan squad and how do you think the team will perform at the Champions Trophy, in… Read More →

Indian Tour of Sri Lanka 2010

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket read with surprise, an account of an incident that supposedly lead to the filing of an anti corruption report during the Indian tour of Sri Lanka in 2010 and the subsequent withdrawal of the said report due to ‘arm twisting’ by the BCCI. We wish to state that such an incident did not take place as alleged and no report was submitted to the Indian Team Manager nor was an incident report filed with the Anti Corruption Unit of the ICC who were present during the series. The allegations that follow are therefore not pertinent. Ashley De Silva – Actg. Chief Executive Officer – SLC  

Under 23 Division I Tournament – Fixture

      Date Host Opponent Venue 14-15-16 June Army SC Tamil Union C & AC Panagoda Colts CC NCC Colts Navy SC Ambalangoda Singha SC Welisara Moors SC Bloomfield C & AC Moors Moratuwa SC Air Force SC De Zoysa Ragama CC Negombo CC Kadirana Date Host Opponent Venue 20-21-22 June Tamil Union C & AC Ambalangoda Singha SC P Sara Colombo Cricket Club Colts CC CCC Navy SC Army SC Welisara Negombo CC Moors SC Kadirana Leo’s CC Air Force SC Surrey Bloomfield C & AC Ragama CC Bloomfield Date Host Opponent Venue 28-29-30 June NCC Tamil Union C & AC NCC Ambalangoda Singha SC Colts CC Galle Colombo Cricket Club Navy SC CCC Moratuwa SC Moors SC… Read More →

SLC Talent Search/Coach Education/MIC Program Conducted in Southern Province – Galle

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Talent Search Program (age group) SLC National Coaching Department on the 21st of May 2013 conducted an Cricket ’Talent Search’ program at the Galle International Cricket Stadium. The main objective of this exercise was to search for young talent at age group level. The training program was attended by over (70) Cricketers from the ages of (14) to (19) years old. The Cricketers represented districts such as Galle, Matara & Hambantota. SLC over the years have had many Cricketers from the Southern Province who have represented the Country & still to date SLC keeps a close watchful eye in this part of the Country from where Cricketers show great promise & eventually the most talented go on to don the National cap one day. Cricketers who attended the program were from… Read More →

Dilhara Lokuhettige to replace injured Welagedara

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that due to an injury to his ankle, Chanaka Welagedara has been replaced by Dilhara Lokuhettige for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy to be played in England. The Minister of Sports Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage has approved the above replacement. SLC have written  to the ICC Event Technical Committee regarding this replacement. The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad.

Sri Lanka A v Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI – Scorecard

Sri Lanka A innings (50 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s  SR EMDY Munaweera b Dilhara 0 11 0 0 0.00 MDUS Jayasundera b Serasinghe 22 24 3 0 91.66 N Dickwella† c de Silva b Perera 9 14 0 0 64.28 KDK Vithanage b Serasinghe 14 23 2 0 60.86 AK Perera* c Perera b Udana 24 28 1 1 85.71 SMA Priyanjan st †Silva b Serasinghe 0 4 0 0 0.00 RLB Rambukwella st †Silva b Serasinghe 1 8 0 0 12.50 S Prasanna run out (de Silva/Serasinghe) 7 8 1 0 87.50 RAS Lakmal b de Silva 11 14 0 1 78.57 PLM Jayaratne not out 32 60 3 1 53.33 V Perera c Perera b Dananjaya 33… Read More →

Rest of Sri Lanka v Sri Lanka A – Scorecard

Sri Lanka A innings (50 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s  SR N Dickwella† b Siriwardana 30 53 2 0 56.60 MDUS Jayasundera b Perera 5 14 0 0 35.71 KDK Vithanage b Eranga 22 22 4 0 100.00 AKKY Lanka c Kandamby b Kapugedera 6 12 1 0 50.00 AK Perera* lbw b Eranga 112 97 8 3 115.46 SMA Priyanjan not out 136 99 15 5 137.37 RLB Rambukwella not out 6 3 1 0 200.00 Extras (lb 3, w 5) 8 Total (5 wickets; 50 overs) 325 (6.50 runs per over)   Did not bat S Prasanna, V Perera, PLM Jayaratne, RAS Lakmal   Fall of wickets 1-10 (Jayasundera, 3.6 ov), 2-47 (Vithanage, 11.2 ov), 3-56 (Lanka, 14.3 ov), 4-79 (Dickwella, 19.6 ov),5-303 (AK Perera, 48.5… Read More →

Rest of Sri Lanka v Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI – Scorecard

Sri Lanka Cricket Combined XI innings (50 overs maximum) R B 4s 6s SR FDM Karunaratne* lbw b Perera 3 11 0 0 27.27 ML Udawatte c Kapugedera b Kulasekara 9 16 1 0 56.25 JK Silva† c †Chandimal b Kulasekara 99 122 7 0 81.14 J Mubarak c †Chandimal b Welegedara 54 75 6 0 72.00 SC Serasinghe c Welegedara b Eranga 38 39 6 0 97.43 PC de Silva c Kulasekara b Perera 1 3 0 0 33.33 LHD Dilhara not out 35 29 2 1 120.68 I Udana c Herath b Kulasekara 0 1 0 0 0.00 AML Perera c Kandamby b Welegedara 0 2 0 0 0.00 HMCM Bandara not out 3 3 0 0 100.00 Extras… Read More →