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

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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

Sri Lankan Squad for the 4th & 5th ODI & Test Squad for the New Zealand Tour 2012

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At a Selection Committee meeting held at SLC the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to SL vs NZ Series.The Minister too has given approval of same.   Squad for the 4th & 5th One Day Games Mahela Jayawardena (Capt)                                       Angelo Mathews (V.Capt) T.M Dilshan                                                                       Kumar Sangakkara Dinesh Chandimal                                                           Lahiru Thirimanne Thisara Perera                                                                  Jeevan Mendis Nuwan Kulasekara                      … Read More →

Premier Clubs and SLC decide on a proposed domestic structure from now and into the future

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Media Release Considering the request of all Premier Cricket Clubs the Cricket Committee & Officials of Sri Lanka Cricket met the respective Premier Cricket Clubs and discussed the new domestic structure that may come in effect from the current season. The Clubs although agreed that the cricket structure and options provided by the Cricket Committee and Sri Lanka Cricket will need to be implemented at some time, requested SLC to consider their request and phase out the tournament to ensure that in a year or 2 the proposed structure by the Cricket Committee and Sri Lanka Cricket will need to adhered to ensure that proper talent is harnessed. There after the  Clubs and Sri Lanka Cricket after a brief discussion… Read More →

Important Notice to the General Public

Further to the decision to change the venue of the New Zealand tour ODI’s from Colombo to Kandy due to the prevailing weather condition, the general public are advised that tickets purchased for the 2nd & 3rd of the ODI which was supposed to be played in Colombo, will be valid for the Kandy matches. The general public who will not be able to use their tickets and  who require a refund for their purchased tickets are requested to collect their refunds from the SLC head office before 12.30 pm on or before the 4th of November 2012. Tickets for the 2nd & 3rd ODI are available in Kandy at the Abans City Center & the Pallekelle Stadium

Sri Lanka Cricket’s Test Matches – Press Release

Media Release There has been numerous articles carried in newspapers and websites lately, stating that Sri Lanka Cricket has been scrapping Test Matches to accommodate ODIs and T20s. Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that contrary to what has been publicized, the actual position is as follows:- 2010 – 6 test matches against West Indies and India 2011 – 11 Test matches against England Australia, Pakistan and South Africa. 2012 – 6 Test matches so far against South Africa, England and Pakistan. From November 2012 until January 2014, Sri Lanka is scheduled to play 12 Test matches against New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and Pakistan. FTPs are not set in stone. It is a schedule of Tours for a period of time… Read More →

Change in venue of second and third ODIs against NZ

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket in consultation with New Zealand Cricket and Host Broadcaster Taj Entertainment Network has decided to change the venue for the 2nd & 3rd ODI’s of the the on going series against New Zealand from R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo to Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy. The matches will be played on the 4th and 6th of November. Tickets issued for the 2nd and 3rd ODI’s previously will be valid for entry into the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on match day. This decision was made considering the prevailing weather patterns and available ground conditions. SLC will be constantly monitoring weather conditions for further review. Further SLC wishes to thank all logistics partners and sponsors for… Read More →

New playing conditions take effect from start of Sri Lanka v New Zealand series

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ICC Media Release The new playing conditions for Tests, One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) will come into effect with the series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand which starts in Pallekele on Tuesday 30 October. The amendments have been approved by the ICC Board following proposals made by the ICC Cricket Committee at its meeting in London in May. It is important to note that the playing conditions are applicable to international cricket and must be read together with the Laws of Cricket. Whilst a playing condition may affect the Laws of Cricket as they may apply to international cricket, these changes are not amendments to the Laws of Cricket themselves. The amendments to the playing conditions are:… Read More →