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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 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 Lanka opener TM Dilshan will take no further part in the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand due to an injury. Right hand batsman Chamara Kapugedara was named as replacement for the 4th and 5th ODI.
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 →
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 →
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
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 →
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 →
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 →
ICC Media Release Sri Lanka and New Zealand will launch what will be an interesting couple of months of Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) when the two sides go head to head in a one-off match at Pallekele on Tuesday 30 October. As many as seven T20Is, featuring most of the top ranked sides, are confirmed to be played across the globe before the turn of the year, and, if Sri Lanka loses in Pallekele, then there can be a change at the top of the table on at least two occasions. Sri Lanka, the ICC World Twenty20 2012 finalist, will start off as the number-one ranked side on the Reliance ICC T20I Championship table while New Zealand, which lost two ICC… Read More →
Media Release Several senior Members of the Executive Committee together with the officials of the cricket committee and Tournament committee of SLC along with the Secretary of the Ministry of Sports met today at SLC head office together with the representatives of the clubs to discuss the new tournament structure which was formulated for the new season. The meeting began with a brief description by Mr Greham Labroy explaining the criteria of the new structure and it was revealed that there were 4 options available for the cricket committee to decide on. several points were discussed with regard to the new tournament structure and it was decided to circulate all other options available among the clubs and a further discussion to be held… Read More →