Siddle strikes to spark dramatic Australia win

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Seamers Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc shared six late wickets to give Australia a dramatic 137-run victory over Sri Lanka in the last hour of the fifth and final day of the first test on Tuesday. Siddle, who finished the match with figures of 9-104, and left-armer Starc, who took 5-63 in the second innings, caught fire in the final session to bowl the tourists out for 255 and give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-test series. Having been stymied in similar circumstances by a brilliant rearguard action from South Africa in Adelaide last month, Australia were desperate not to repeat the experience in Hobart. It looked like it might be a case of deja vu at tea, however,… Read More →

Premier Limited Over Tournament 2012-13 – Points Table

Group A Teams Mat Won Lost NR/Tied Bo Pts NCC 9 7 1 1 6 36 Colts 9 6 2 1 5 31 Moors SC 9 5 3 1 4 26 Panadura SC 9 4 3 2 2 22 Tamil Union 9 4 4 1 3 21 Baduraliya 9 3 4 2 2 18 SLPA CC 9 3 4 2 1 17 CCC 9 2 4 3 1 15 Saracens SC 9 2 5 2 2 14 Kurunegala Y 9 0 6 3 0 6 Group B Teams Mat Won Lost NR/Tied Bo Pts Ragama 9 7 1 1 3 33 SSC 9 6 2 1 5 31 Army SC 9 6 2 1 5 31 Lankan CC 9 4… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardena Steps down from Captaincy of the National Team

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Sri Lanka Cricket would like to announce that Mahela Jayawardena has decided to step down from the Captaincy of the National Team after the end of the current Australian tour. He has informed the officials of the SLC about his decision. The fifth ODI on January 23 in Hobart will be his final match as the National Captain.

SLC looks back at 2012: A Marketing Review

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Media Release The year 2012 saw many positive changes to Sri Lanka Cricket, with a newly elected Executive Committee taking office. It was the Executive Committee’s decision to appoint a fresh faced Marketing Department comprising of professionals within the existing SLC cadre stepping up to the plate. SLC is pleased to note that for the first time the Organization has secured a National Team Sponsor for ICC Events, with the likes of M/s Homestead, an international Real Estate giant coming on board and launching itself in Sri Lanka through Sri Lanka Cricket. Up until 2012, SLC did not have a Sponsor for its National Team during ICC Events with the team participating in the ICC Cricket World 2011 sans a… Read More →

ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 – 30 Players Squad

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At a Selection Committee meeting held , the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the ICC Womens World Cup in India in 2013. The squad of the 30 players – 1. Shashikala Siriwardena 2. Sandamali Dolawatta 3. Chamani  Senevirathne 4. Sherina Ravikumar 5. Madhuri Samuddika 6. Prasadini Weerakkody 7. Dilani Manodara 8. Eshani Lokusooriya 9. Sripali Weerakkody 10.Yasoda Mendis 11. Deepika Rasangika 12. Chamari  Athapaththu 13. Udeshika Prabodani 14. Chandima Gunaratne 15. Lasanthi Madushani 16. Chamari  Polgampola 17. Oshadi Ranasinghe 18. Darshani Dharmasiri 19. Inoka  Ranaweera 20. Rangika Fernando 21. Ama Kanchana 22. Nipuni Hasika 23. Achini Kulasuriya 24. Kanchana Weerakkody 25. Nilakshi De Silva 26. Roshini Perera 27. Sanduni  Abeywickrama 28. Poojani Liyanage 29…. Read More →

SLC Coaching & Umpiring team up on ‘Suspect Bowling Actions’

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The SLC National Coaching & Umpiring departments in conjunction conducted a workshop on ‘Suspect Bowling Actions’ on 6th (Thursday) Dec. 2012 at SLC headquarters. The workshop was conducted with the intention of educating the present first class Umpires & Match Referees on suspect bowling actions which has been a common problem faced by many umpires over the recent years. During the last season the Umpiring division with the blessings of SLC clamped down on bowlers who seemed suspicious during matches with regard to illegal deliveries been delivered by bowlers during competition, once reported SLC also went to the extent of filming the reported bowler during matches & obtaining footage for further investigation by SLC. A system was introduced last year… Read More →

ExCo meets to address key issues outlined by Haroon Lorgat’s Report

Media Release The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket met yesterday (Wednesday) on the instructions of the Minister of Sports, consequent to the meeting that was convened by the Minister on Friday 30th November, to study and make recommendations on the ‘Haroon Lorgat Report’. As a first step, it was decided by the Ex Co, to appoint three committees, viz: Finance, Constitutional and Administrative, to discuss Mr Haroon Lorgat’s report and make recommendations for its implementation. The Committees were given time until 15th January 2013 to submit their reports for possible implementation of the findings by 1st February 2013. Sri Lanka Cricket will keep the Media updated on the processes being adopted, on submission of the reports.

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.