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 →

Sri Lanka starts season as number-one ranked T20I side

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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 →

Meeting with Club Representatives to discuss the new Tournament Structure

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 →

Sri Lanka name ODI and T20 squad for NZ Series

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Squad for the First Three (3) One Day Games 1.      Mahela Jayawardena (Captain) 2.      Angelo Mathews (V.C) 3.      T.M Dilshan 4.      Kumar Sangakkara 5.      Dinesh Chandimal 6.      Lahiru Thirimanne 7.      Jeevan Mendis 8.      Thisara Perera 9.      Nuwan Kulasekara 10.  Lasith Malinga 11.  Shaminda Eranga 12.  Rangana Herath 13.  Upul Tharanga 14. Akila Dhananjaya 15. P.D Kaushal T20 TEAM for the SL vs Nz 1st T20 Game 1.      Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2.      Nuwan Kulasekara (V.Capt NZ tour) 3.      Dilshan Munaweera 4.      T.M Dilshan 5.      Kumar Sangakkara 6.      Dinesh Chandimal 7.      Jeevan Mendis 8.      Lahiru Thirimanne 9.      Thisara Perera 10.  Shaminda Eranga 11.  Akila Dhananjaya 12.  Sachithra Senanayake 13.  Upul Tharanga *Mahela and Malinga were rested for the T20 game. *Ajantha Mendis was not considered due to injury for both tournaments.  

Angelo Mathews Named as T20 Captain

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At a Selection Committee meeting held, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to SL vs NZ Series and year ahead with regard to T20 Captain.The same has been approved by the minister. * Anjelo Mathews to be the National Captain for T20 up to 31st October 2013 and Lasith Malinga as Vice Captain for the same period.                      T20 TEAM for the SL vs Nz OnlyT20  1.      Angelo Mathews (Captain)                        2.      Nuwan Kulasekara (V.Capt NZ tour)             3.      Dilshan Munaweera                                        4.      T.M Dilshan                                                   5.      Kumar Sangakkara                                       6.      Dinesh Chandimal                                          7.      Jeevan Mendis                                               8.      Lahiru Thirimanne                                         9.      Thisara Perera                                               10.  Shaminda Eranga                                              11.  Akila Dhananjaya                                          12.  Sachithra Senanayake                                     13.  Upul Tharanga                       … Read More →

Tickets for New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka go on sale

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New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2012 Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce to the fans of Sri Lanka Cricket that the tour of New Zealand to Sri Lanka will start on the 30th of October 2012 in Pallekelle Kandy with the T20 match starting at 7 pm. Given below are the ticket selling points in Kandy. Pallekelle Ticket Selling Points. Abans – City Centre Pallakelle International Cricket Stadium Ticket Prices Pallakelle for T/20 &  1st ODI. Grand Stand Top Level  Rs. 300/= Block ‘A’ & ‘B’ Lower    Rs. 150/= Standing Public              Rs.  20/= For Online Tickets click here