Schedule and format of ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 announced

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Host India will open the ICC Women’s World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai next year, where the India men’s team won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 last April, against the West Indies on 31 January 2013. The International Cricket Council (ICC) released the schedule and format of the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013, to be held in Mumbai from 31 January to 17 February 2013, and holder England will begin its trophy defence also at Wankhede Stadium – against Sri Lanka on 2 February. Beaten finalist at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2009 in Australia was New Zealand and it opens its campaign against South Africa, also at Wankhede Stadium on 1 February. The top eight… Read More →

Herath becomes highest-ranked spinner in the world

ICC Ranking News Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath has become the highest-ranked spinner in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test bowlers following the conclusion of the Colombo Test, which New Zealand won by 167 runs to draw the two-Test series at one-all. Herath returned figures of six for 103 and three for 67 at the P.Sara Oval. For this performance, he has been rewarded with a jump of two places, which has put him in second position, ahead of Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal and South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander. Herath, whose 20 wickets in the series earned him the player of the series award, overall gained 56 ratings points in two Tests, which has put him 20 ratings points… Read More →

New Zealand wraps up famous Test victory

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New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 167 runs to claim their first Test victory in the country for 14 years. After reducing the home side to 47-4 by the close of day four, New Zealand finished the job off during the final session on the final day with 27.1 overs remaining. In so doing the Kiwis avoided a sixth successive Test defeat and the victory represented a rare win against a major Test nation in recent years. Angelo Mathews (84 in just under five hours) put up stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka but he was last man out after hitting five boundaries in his previous eight deliveries in an attempt to hurry towards his second Test century. Trent Boult (3-33)… Read More →

Opening of the Gamini Dissanayake Cricket Indoor Nets

The newly refurbished Cricket Indoor Nets at Maitland Place Colombo – 7 will be opened by Madam Srima Dissanayake wife of the late Gamini Dissanayake in the presence of Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage Minister of Sports on Friday 23rd November at 5.00pm. The cricket Indoor nets have been refurbished to comply with modern international standards, after a lapse of 28 years. The Nets were first constructed on a lease of land obtained from the NCC by the Sri Lanka Cricket Foundation then headed by Hon. Gamini Dissanayake, Chairman SLCF in 1984. The Indoor Net practice facility has served Sri Lanka’s National and Club level players and visiting foreign teams immensely over the years. The cricketing fraternity including past and present Sri Lanka cricketers and officials have… Read More →

Test Squad for the Sri Lanka Tour of Australia

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 19th November 2012, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the Test Squad for the Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2012.  The Minister too has approved same.Please forward to relevant persons. 1. Mahela Jayawardena (Capt) 2. Angelo Mathews (V.Capt) 3. T.M Dilshan 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Tharanga Paranavithana 6. Thilan Samaraweera 7. Prassanna Jayawardane 8. Rangana Herath 9. Nuwan Kulasekara 10.Shaminda Eranga 11.Suraj Randiv 12.Dinesh Chandimal   13.Chanaka Welagedara 14.Nuwan Pradeep 15.Dhammika Prasad 16.Dimuth karunaratne Stand By Lahiru Thirimanne Tissara Perera Jeevan Mendis Akila Dhananjaya Ajantha Mendis

Herath achieves career-best rating

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There has been a significant shake-up in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings after the conclusion of the Ahmedabad, Galle and Mirpur Tests, while the second Test between Australia and South Africa, starting in Adelaide on Thursday, may lead to changes at the top of the batting and bowling tables. India defeated England by nine wickets in Ahmedabad, with Cheteshwar Pujara picking up the man of the match award. Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 10 wickets in Galle, with Rangana Herath collecting the player of the match award, and Kieran Powell was adjudged man of the match in Mirpur where the West Indies overpowered Bangladesh by 77 runs. Rangana Herath has achieved a career-best rating of 828 points on the… Read More →

Important Notice – To members of media

Dear Members of the Media, A press conference will be held at the SLC Conference room tomorrow (20/11/2012) at 4.00pm. The event was scheduled by SLC in order for the media to gain an in depth knowledge of the report presented by Mr. Haroon Lorgart to SLC’s Executive Committee today. Your valued presence will be greatly appreciated.

Herath spins Sri Lanka to comfortable win

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11 wickets in the match from Rangana Herath helped Sri Lanka clinch a comfortable 10-wicket victory over New Zealand on Monday in the opening Test Match. Herath claimed 6-43 in the second innings as New Zealand collapsed on Monday morning, making just 118 all out, having slumped from 35-1 to 79-7 in another disappointing batting display. Only one batsman could get to 20, despite eight players making double figures, as Herath added to his figures of 5-65 in the first innings. Sri Lanka wasted no time in chasing down its victory target of 93, with Dimuth Karunaratne (60 not out) and Tharanga Paranavitana (31 not out) putting on an impressive undefeated stand in 18.3 overs. The teams now head to… Read More →

Haroon Lorgat meets SLC stakeholders – Press Release

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Media Release Mr Haroon Lorgat, who is consulting to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), arrived last evening on the final leg of his assignment to review and recommend changes to SLC vis-a-vis its administration, finances and cricket structure. Mr Lorgat presented his views to Club stakeholders at R.Premadasa Stadium this morning when he met with them to explain the process and to seek their input and views. The meeting was attended by Hony Secretary Mr Nishantha Ranatunga, Treasurer Mr Nuski Mohamed, several members of the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and CEO Ajit Jayasekera. Mr Lorgat will now proceed to meet with the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket tomorrow evening to present his full report. This will be followed… Read More →

Dilshan to miss first Test against New Zealand

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Sri Lankan opener T.M Dilshan will not be considered for selection for the 1st Test match against New Zealand which is scheduled to commence tomorrow at Galle International Cricket Stadium. This is due to the back injury he suffered during the ODI series. Uncapped Left handed opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been drafted in to the squad as cover for Dilshan. The Hon. Minister of Sports has approve this selection.

Mathews now fifth in the ODI all-rounders’ table

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka vice-captain Angelo Mathews has broken into the top five of the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI all-rounders in the latest rankings released on Tuesday, after his team’s series against New Zealand. Mathews moved up a place to fifth and also achieved his career-best rating of 331 in the fourth ODI in Hambantota. The all-rounders’ table is still headed by Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, with Mohammad Hafeez in second position, followed by Shane Watson in third place. The five-match series itself, marred by rain, ended in favour of Sri Lanka 3-0. Mathews made 63 runs in four innings to move up a place to 37th in the Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen. A right-arm… Read More →

Black Caps thwarted by rain

Sri Lankan cricket captain Mahela Jayawardene poses with the trophy after victory in the One Day International (ODI) Series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in Hambantota on November 12, 2012

New Zealand were denied the chance to pull off a consolation victory in the ODI series against Sri Lanka when the final match in Hambantota was abandoned. The Black Caps had put themselves into a strong position by reducing the hosts to 123-8 as Sri Lanka, already 3-0 up in the series, played a carefree brand of cricket. A long delay for rain then ensued before the match was called off just before 8.30pm. Tim Southee was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers with 3-18 from 5.3 overs but all of the New Zealand attack played their part as the home side found the going tough. Kumar Sangakkara’s departure left Sri Lanka reeling on 44-4 before Upul Tharanga and… Read More →

Sri Lanka seals ODI series with comfortable win

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Sri Lanka completed a comprehensive 3-0 series victory over New Zealand in another rain affected match. New Zealand was restricted to just 131-8 in 32 overs, with Brendon McCullum top scoring with 30, as Jeevan Mendis took 3-15 off his four overs. In reply, a lively 27 from just 28 balls from Upul Tharanga helped Sri Lanka to a useful opening stand of 36. His opening partner, Dinesh Chandimal (43) and Kumar Sangakkara (42 not out) then combined to add 87 for the second wicket. Victory was essentially sealed, despite the loss of a couple of quick wickets, with 5.4 overs still remaining and with seven wickets in hand. Courtesy: International Cricket Council