India’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign, colourful and vibrant and fearless, ended with a whimper on Thursday (March 26) night, allowing Australia to set up a title clash against trans-Tasman neighbours and co-host New Zealand at the MCG on Sunday. A vast majority of the packed house at the Sydney Cricket Ground seldom found its collective voice as India was conquered once again by Steve Smith, its principal tormentor in the Test series in December-January, and the scoreboard pressure that is invariably amplified on a stage as imposing as the semifinal of a World Cup. Australian fears proved unfounded as the SCG pitch held up extremely well, encouraging stroke production in the afternoon and slightly quickening up under lights. Michael Clarke hit it lucky with the coin after Mahendra Singh Dhoni called… Read More →
The wildest dreams of 41,279 hearts came one step closer to realisation on a blow-hot blow-wet autumn night in Auckland as New Zealand’s fire burned bright enough to overcome dogged South African opposition, the elements and the occasion. Set 298 to win on Tuesday (March 24) from 43 overs after just under two hours were lost to a rain break, New Zealand began in a new-age Brendon McCullum blaze towards glory, then fell back on its greatest traditional strength, good old-fashioned teamwork. The sum of New Zealand’s parts, on the field, with the ball and finally, gloriously, with the bat, was enough to steal a four-wicket win with one ball remaining, putting it in its first ICC Cricket World Cup final. When Grant Elliott, born in Johannesburg and cricket… Read More →
Media Release National Selectors at a meeting held selected the following 28 players for the ODI and 4 day pool. It was decided to prune it down to 15 players each by the end of this month separately for both the ODI and 4 day format. Kusal Janith Perera Dhanushka Gunathilaka Udara Jayasundara Niroshan Dickwella Ashan Priyanjan Kithuruwan Vithanage Roshen Silva Madawa Warnapura Romesh Buddika Shehan Jayasuriya Milinda Siriwardana Sachith Pathirana Lahiru Madushanka PHT Kaushal Seekkuge Prasanna Malinga Pushpakumara Sandakan Lakshan Lahiru Gamage Nisala Tharaka Dushmantha Chameera Vishwa Fernando Kasun Madusanka Binura Fernando Nilanka Premaratne Dhananjaya De Silva Kaushal Gajasinghe Denuwan Rajakaruna Kusal Mendis
It is with deep regret that Sri Lanka Cricket announces the passing of Mr. Kavindra Liyanage, Secretary Tournament Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and Treasurer of Colombo District Cricket Association. Born on 19th February 1960, Kavindra attended St John’s College, Nugegoda, Lumbini Vidyalaya & Isipathana College Colombo which he Captained the 1st XI Cricket Team in 1977/78. He was elected Secretary of Nugegoda Sports and Welfare Club in the year 1990 and held that post until his passing away. Kavindra leaves behind his wife Sriya Liyanage Son Avishka Liyanage & Daughter Charini Liyanage His mortal remains lie at 480/7, Homagama Road, Athurugiriya. Funeral will take place on Monday 23rd March at Borella Cemetery. His name would certainly go down in… Read More →
This release is made as the complaint was released to the Media by the JVP media unit which resulted in SLC’s reputation amongst the general public being defamed. The section of answers comprise two elements namely the answers given by the Executive Committee of SLC and the answers provided by Hony. Secretary. The decision to carry out this press release was made by the Executive Committee of SLC at the meeting held on the 10th of March 2015. The sheets of answers will also be sent to the offices of the H.E The President, Hon. Prime Minister and the Hon. Minster of Sports.
South Africa was bundled out of the 1992 edition, at the semi-final stage against England. Since then, despite making the knockouts in 1996, 1999, 2007 and 2011, it always found itself on the wrong side of the result. But on Wednesday (March 18) evening, AB de Villiers and his men laid those ghosts to rest in the most comprehensive of fashions. Through a steady diet of hostile pace, followed by a masterful display of guile from Imran Tahir and the wicket-to-wicket accuracy of hat-trick man JP Duminy, South Africa sent Sri Lanka sliding to 133 all out with 12.4 overs unutilised in the first quarter-final of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. South Africa wasn’t letting this one go. Quinton de Kock followed up a… Read More →
AIA Insurance has come forward to become the official insurance partner of Sri Lanka Cricket and will also sponsor two of the main domestic tournaments according to an agreement entered by both parties. AIA Insurance will be the title sponsor for the Premier Limited Overs tournament and the Premier League tournament for a period of three years. “As the real life company, cricket has a special place in all our hearts. We are excited about this partnership as it enables us to play a part in protecting something that deeply matters to all Sri Lankans,” said Shah Rouf, AIA Sri Lanka’s Chief Executive Officer.“This is an important milestone for the Company and one that I know will leave an indelible… Read More →
It’s come down to this now; 12 days, 7 games and 3 victories stand between eight teams and the label of World Cup winners. After a prolonged period of foreplay that involved 42 games, cricket’s pinnacle event has reached the business end, as it were. This is the point of no return, there are no more second chances, no further opportunity to right a wrong. This is when you either shape up, or ship out. Sri Lanka has been here many times in the past. More often than not, it has surmounted this hurdle, an obstacle that can make nervy boys out of solid men. South Africa has been here too, many times in the past. It has been nothing… Read More →
President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe spoke to the Sri Lankan cricket team via Skype today and wished them for the quarter finals of the cricket world cup. Sri Lanka will face South Africa in the quarter final knock out stage of the 2015 cricket world cup on Wednesday at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia. The President praised Kumar Sangakkara for his performance so far during the tournament. Sangakkara had scored four consecutive centuries during the tournament. President Sirisena said the team had brought pride to the Nation and hoped they perform as good as they have done so far during the next stage of the tournament. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe also spoke to the team via Skype and wished them for… Read More →
Media Release 2 day workshop at RPICS for Schools and Club Curators & Grounds men 2 day workshop will be at R Premadasa Initernational Stadium to up the skills of the Curators & Grounds men of Schools and Clubs. The workshop will be focused on the practical situation of pitch preparation, maintenance, off season renovation, top dressing, control of weeds, use of machinery and their maintenance. It will be conducted for around 30 participants. The workshop will be organized during the last week of April 2015. Request to obtain ‘ICC’ assistance to endorse current ‘SLC Level 2 Cricket Coaching Course’ SLC has decided to obtain the ‘ICC’ certification in having the current ‘SLC Level 2 Cricket Coaching Course’ conducted by… Read More →
You could almost see the century coming, from the time Kumar Sangakkara strode out to the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne batted as if he had just woken up from a nightmare, the white cricket ball treated with suspicious apprehension, if not a little dread. And it wasn’t as if the ball was doing a great deal – a little bit of movement, a little bit of bounce. Nothing undue or alarming. Even as Tillakaratne Dilshan seemed in the middle of a net session, Thirimanne appeared nervy and uncertain. Alasdair Evans did Thirimanne a favour by having him caught at second slip and putting him out of his misery; Evans had, however, done his team no favours at all by thus heralding the arrival in the middle of the… Read More →
ICC Media Release The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Kusal Perera as a replacement player for Dinesh Chandimal in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament. Chandimal suffered a hamstring injury during his side’s match against Australia in Sydney and has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament. Perera has played 41 ODIs for Sri Lanka in which he has scored 839 runs with one century and four half-centuries. His last ODI was against England in Pallekele in December 2014. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of… Read More →
Media Release Owing to the injuries faced by Dinesh Chandimal,the National Selectors have in discussion with the Team Management recommended to fly in Kithruwan Vithanage as a cover up batsman and in case Rangana’s injury is not fully healed to fly P.H.T Kaushal as cover up for same.They will be subjected to the approval of the ICC’s WC 2015 Technical Committee. This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.
It may seem like an odd thing to write after losing a match by 64 runs, but I am feeling very positive after Sri Lanka’s defeat against Australia. After conceding a mountain of runs, the batsmen once again showed their quality, and for 40 overs Angelo Mathews’ men really kept the opposition on their toes. And in Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka have the number one one-day batsman in the world at the moment. You can talk all you like about Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers or Glenn Maxwell – and all of them have played superbly in this tournament – but Sanga is the man all other sides will fear most of all. His feat of scoring three World Cup hundreds in a row is incredible and… Read More →
For 25 overs with the ball and 40 overs with the bat, at a Sydney Cricket Ground that felt like Colombo, Sri Lanka gave Australia a real scare. Glenn Maxwell’s explosive hitting fetched him a 51-ball century and propelled Australia to 376 for 9, but with Kumar Sangakkara scoring a third successive hundred, buttressed by Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 62 and Dinesh Chandimal’s dazzling 22-ball half-century, Sri Lanka was in the game till the last ten overs. It eventually fell 64 short, as Australia ensured it would finish second in Pool A and entertain either Pakistan orIreland in the Adelaide quarterfinal. Before the tournament began, Maxwell had spoken of how much he disliked his ‘Big Show’ nickname. But, in front of a sizeable crowd, the slugger who has made the reverse-sweep mainstream put on an awesome… Read More →