2nd T20: West Indies A strolled to a comfortable five-wicket victory

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Kingstown, St Vincent – West Indies strolled to a comfortable five-wicket victory with more than eight overs to spare at an overcast Arnos Vale. Having bowled out for the Sri Lankans for a meagre score of 81 in 18.5 overs, Lendl Simmons charged West Indies to victory with cameo knocks by Smith himself and Andre Russell along the way. Though the victory left Smith please, he felt Sri Lanka didn’t play as well as they could have. He said after the game, “I really thought they would have given us a better fight but having said that our boys bowled well and we also fielded well so it was good.” Sri Lanka A’s batting fell away at regular intervals with… Read More →

ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final – India vs. Sri Lanka on Giant Screen

Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the  ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final -  India vs. Sri Lanka (20th June) will be televised on Giant Screen at the below mentioned locations for the benefit of the general public from 3 p.m. onwards. Galle Face Green – Colombo Diyatha Uyana – Battaramulla Madiwela Car Park (Jogging Track) Parliament Grounds (Food Court) Wetland Park - Nugegoda (Weli Park) Race Course – Colombo 7

1st T20: Match abandoned – Sri Lanka ‘A’ in West Indies

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After the 2nd ‘Test’ had been washed out at Arnos Vale, West Indies A and Sri Lanka A returned to the ground on Tuesday in hope that the first Twenty20 would come off. But things looked bleak from the morning. St Vincent awoke to heavy rainfall that lasted for much of the first half of the day. The weather eased two hours before the game, allowing the groundstaff to mop up and get the ground ready for the 2PM ECT start, but above, grey clouds and a consistent drizzle always threatened proceedings. It turned out to be the case after West Indies A won the toss and elected to field. There was enough time for journalists to pen that Sheldon… Read More →

Sri Lanka overcomes Australia to reach semifinal

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Sri Lanka joins England as Group A semifinalists, will face India in Cardiff This match had enough permutations and combinations to keep a mathematics student more than happy. At halfway, Australia knew that it would have to reach the target of 254 in 29.1 overs or less to qualify. For Sri Lanka, a win was enough, though restricting Australia to less than 164 would have ensured top spot in the group and an Oval semifinal against South Africa. Australia went for glory, and Sri Lanka won by 20 runs, but the margin was not enough to avoid India – newly anointed the tournament favourite – in the Cardiff semifinal on Thursday (June 20). That Australia was going to tilt at the windmill… Read More →

Sangakkara keeps Sri Lanka in the hunt

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Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket win over England means all four teams in Group A are still in with a chance of making the semifinals A magnificent unbeaten 135-ball 134 from Kumar Sangakkara and three stroke-filled contributions, including an audacious 30-ball half-century from Nuwan Kulasekara, led Sri Lanka to an emphatic seven-wicket win against England at The Oval on Thursday (June 13). Needing 294, Sri Lanka won with 17 balls to spare, a result that ensured that semifinal places from the group would only be decided after the final round of matches on June 16 and 17. For half the innings, England bowled relatively tightly and fielded brilliantly. Then, as Sri Lanka’s two most experienced batsmen piled on the pressure, they fell apart. Kulasekara merely… Read More →

SLC Under 23 Preliminary Squad for ACC Tournament in Singapore 2013

The Selection Committee named the following players for the above named tour. Kithruwan Withanage PHT Kaushal Akila Dhananjaya Shehan Jayasuriya Niroshan Dickwella Dushmantha Chameera Kasun Madushanka Vishwa Fernando Ramith Rambukwella Gayan Maneeshan Pabasara Waduge Imran Khan Lahiru Jayaratne Yashoda Lanka Rumesh Buddika Charith Jayampathi Danushka Gunathilake Udara Jayasundara The above players are requested to contact the coach Mr. Sumithra Waranakulasuriya to get the practice schedule. There will be additions to the above squad based on the performance of the ongoing Under 23 tournament.

Postponement of Under 23 Tournament

The Tournament committee collectively decided to postpone the Under 23 Div I and II tournaments by one week due to the prevailing weather conditions. If the Finals of the Div I is clashing with the SLPL Season II, Tournament Committee will conduct the final of the Under 23 Div I after the conclusion of the SLPL. U 23 Div II will be played along with the SLPL.  

Five OD players to join Sri Lanka A in the West Indies

The Selection Committee named, the following four (4) players to be recalled from the Sri Lanka ‘Á’ tour of West Indies and the named five (5) players to join the remaining squad for the one days and the T20 games. 4 Players to be Recalled 1.      Kaushal Silva 2.      M.Pushpakumara 3.      P.H.D Kaushal 4.      Lahiru Gamage   5 Players to Join the Squad 1.      Dilruwan Perera 2.      Thilina Kandambi 3.      Ramith Rambukwella 4.      Seekuge Prassanna 5.      Lahiru Jayaratne

Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee Decisions – June 2013

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The Executive Committee meeting of Sri Lanka Cricket was held this evening presided by President of SLC Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa.  The major decisions taken were as follows: >Exco appointed high powered Coaching & Cricket Committee including eminent past cricketers together with the office bearers to look into Sri Lanka’s Cricket affairs and to drive it forward. Coaching & Cricket Committee: All Office Bearers to be Ex Officio Members Ranjit Fernando – Chairman Sanath Jayasuriya – National Selector Hashan Tillakaratne – National Selector Chaminda Mendis – National Selector Muttiah Muralidaran Kapila Wijegunawardene Dushan Soza Gamini Wickramasinghe Lalith Kaluperuma Jayantha Amarasinghe – Women’s Selection Committee Representative Duminda Wickramasinghe -  Junior Selection Committee Representative Roshan Iddamalgoda – Tournament Selection Committee Representative Dilshan De… Read More →

West Indies Tri Series 2013 – Itinerary

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Date and Time Match Details and Series Fri Jun 28 20:00 SLST| 14:30 GMT 1st ODI - West Indies vs Sri Lanka Sabina Park, Kingston Sun Jun 30 20:00 SLST | 14:30 GMT 2nd ODI - West Indies vs India Sabina Park, Kingston Tue Jul 2 20:00 SLST | 14:30 GMT 3rd ODI – India vs Sri Lanka Sabina Park, Kingston Fri Jul 5 19:00 SLST | 13:30 GMT 4th ODI - West Indies vs India Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain Sun Jul 7 19:00 SLST | 13:30 GMT 5th ODI - West Indies vs Sri Lanka Queens Park Oval, Port of Spain Tue Jul 9 19:00 SLST | 13:30 GMT 6th ODI – India vs Sri Lanka Queens Park Oval, Port of… Read More →

Former Test Umpire of SLC K.T. Francis dies

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It is with deep regret that Sri Lanka Cricket announces the passing of Mr. K.T. Francis – Former Test Umpire of SLC. Umpire Kandiah Francis, who officiated in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test match against England at the P Sara Oval in February 1982, died on Sunday in hospital after losing his battle against diabetes. Francis was 73 years old. Francis was a member of the ICC international panel of umpires and officiated in 25 Tests between 1982 and 1999, and 56 ODIs in that period which included two World Cups in 1996 and 1999. Remains will lie at AF Raymonds Funeral Parlour no.3  after 9.30 am tomorrow(11th June 2013) and the funeral will take place on Thursday 13th June 2013 at 4.30 pm… Read More →

Dilshan and Jayawardena reprimanded for excessive appealing

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Sri Lanka’s Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardena have been officially reprimanded after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 match against New Zealand in Cardiff on Sunday. Dilshan and Jayawardena were found to have breached Article 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “excessive appealing during an international match”. The charges was laid by the on-field umpires Bruce Oxenford and Rod Tucker, as well as third umpire Ian Gould and fourth umpire Steve Davis, all from the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Umpires. Dilshan and Jayawardena were charged for excessive and prolonged appealing in a keenly-contested match that New Zealand won… Read More →

ICC regrets the mishap at the Opening Ceremony of the ICC Champions Trophy

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This is with reference to the Hindi song which was played while the Sri Lankan National Flag was paraded onto the field, at the opening ceremony of the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy in England. As concerns raised by the Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga to the ICC regarding the above matter , The International Cricket Council Tournament Director Chris Tetley has written to SLC regretting the incident. He further stated that the ICC will take this matter for discussion with the Event Management Company who were entrusted to handle the opening ceremony.

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 →