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 →

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.