Sydney ODI abandoned due to rain, wet outfield

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Rain and a wet outfield brought a premature end to the fourth one-day international between Australia and Sri Lanka on Sunday but not before the hosts’ batting frailties had been exposed again. Bowled out for 74 runs inside 27 overs in Friday’s match at Brisbane, Australia wobbled again before reaching 222-9 at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Mitchell Starc hit a career-best 52 not out off 37 balls from number nine as Australia had to rally from 130-6 and Sri Lanka were 14 for no wicket from 3.2 overs before rain forced the umpires to take the players off. The match was abandoned two hours later because of a wet outfield, leaving the home side unable to win the five-match series…. Read More →

Kulasekara sparks Sri Lanka ODI victory

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Sri Lanka laboured to a four-wicket victory after right-arm pacer Nuwan Kulasekara destroyed Australia with a fine display of swing bowling in the third one-day international in Brisbane on Friday. Australia’s top and middle order batsmen capitulated before Kulasekara’s inswing while Lasith Malinga (3-22) polished off the tail to bowl out the hosts for 74 in 26.4 overs. The win, though not as convincing as it should have been, puts Sri Lanka 2-1 up in the five-match series. Sydney hosts the fourth one-dayer on Sunday. For Australia, only Mitchell Starc (22 not out) and Xavier Doherty (15) managed double digits, adding 34 runs for the last wicket to take the home side past their lowest ODI total ever. On a… Read More →

Thirimanne stars in Sri Lanka win

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Lahiru Thirimanne struck his first one-day century as Sri Lanka levelled the one-day series against Australia with a convincing eight-wicket win on Sunday. Sri Lanka put the hosts in to bat after rain delayed the start at the Adelaide Oval and the bowlers capitalised on cloud cover and moisture in the pitch to restrict Australia to 170 all out from 46.5 overs. The tourists’ reply started poorly when Upal Thuranga was caught behind off Clint McKay without scoring but Thirimanne (102 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (51) dug in to help Sri Lanka reach 172-2 with almost 10 overs remaining. The series is level at 1-1 after two of the five matches, with the teams next meeting in Brisbane on… Read More →

ODI & T20 Squad for the Sri Lanka Tour of Australia

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 28th  December 2012, the following decisions were made by the National Selectors with regard to the ODI & T20 Squad for the Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2012/2013. 1. Mahela Jayawardena 2. Angelo Mathews 3. T.M Dilshan 4. Upul Tharanga 5. Lahiru Thirimanna 6. Dinesh Chandimal 7. Lasith Malinga 8. Nuwan Kulasekara 9. Thisara Perera 10. Akila Dhanajaya 11. Ajantha Mendis 12. Jeewan Mendis 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Rangana Herath 15. Kushal Janith Perera 16. Shaminda Eranga   The following were nominated to replace Kumar Sangakkara and Chanaka Welagedara for the 3rd Test Match in Australia. 1. Suranga Lakmal 2. Lahiru Thirimanne The above had been granted approval by  the Hon.Minister of Sports… Read More →

Media accreditation closes for the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 on 2 January

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ICC MEDIA ADVISORY ICC to only entertain applications which have been approved by editors or employers Media are reminded that the media accreditation process for the ICC Women’s World Cup India 2013 will close on 2 January 2013. Members of the media are invited to send the below information to accreditation@icc-cricket.com. Name Job Title (please clarify if you are a print journalist, Non-Rights Holder (NRH) Reporter, NRH Radio Reporter, NRH Cameraperson or photographer) Organisation (please clarify if it is a newspaper, magazine, radio, television or a website) Country Matches intended to cover A passport-style photograph in jpeg form A letter from your editor confirming that you will be covering the event for your respected organisation By sending the information requested above, it will… Read More →

Under 19 Inter Provincial Tournament 5th to 9th

Sri Lanka Cricket is conducting the U19 Inter provincial tournament which will be held from the 5th of January to the 9th of January 2013. These matches will be played in  3 different areas of the country. One group will play in Dambulla & Kurunegala  & the other group will play in Colombo. This important tournament will be good opportunity for the schoolboy cricketers to show their talents since the selectors will be picking the best of these Provincial Schoolboy Cricketers for the 3 Test & 5 ODI’s to be played in Bangladesh in April 2013. No Group A Group B 01 Western   Province NO 6.North Central Province 02 Western Province South outer 7.Uva Province 03 Central Province 8.Southern Province 04 Eastern Province 9.Western… Read More →

Thirimanne and Lakmal to replace injured players

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that Lahiru Thirimane & Suranga Lakmal will replace the injured Kumar Sangakkara & Chanaka Welagedara who will be come back from Australia .  This Selection is only for the 3rd Test Match to be played in Sydney. Their selection has been ratified by the Minister of Sports  Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage.

Tony Greig dies aged 66

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Former England captain and prominent cricket pundit Tony Greig has died at the age of 66 after suffering a heart attack at his Sydney home on Saturday. “In sad news, beloved Tony Greig, former England cricket captain has passed away today at the age of 66,” broadcaster Channel Nine, which employed Greig as a cricket commentator, said on Twitter. “To his family and friends we pass on our best wishes.” Greig, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in October, was taken to a Sydney hospital but died at about 1:45 pm (0245 GMT). “The staff of the emergency department worked on Mr Greig to no avail,” a spokesman at St Vincent’s hospital told local media. South Africa-born Greig, who played… Read More →

ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 – Sri Lanka Squad

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The following squads were selected to participate in the ICC Women’s 50 over Wold Cup 2013 which will be  held in India, Mumbai from 31 January to 17 February 2013. The Hon Minister also has approved same. World Cup Squad – Womens Team 1.      Shashikala Siriwardane (Capt) 2.      Sandamali Dolawatha (V.Capt) 3.      Chamari Athapaththu 4.      Lasanthi Madushani 5.      Dilani Manodara 6.      Eshani Lokusuriya 7.      Chamani Seneviratne 8.      Sripali Weerakkody 9.      Udeshika Prabodini 10.    Prasadini Weerakkody 11.    Deepika Rasangika 12.    Inoka Ranaweera 13.   Oshadi Ranasinghe 14.   Yashoda Mendis 15.   Sereena Ravikumara STAND BY 16.  Rangika Fernando 17.  Nilakshi  De silva… Read More →

Bring it on! Jayawardena says of hostile MCG

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Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena has no illusions about the hostile reception awaiting his team at Melbourne Cricket Ground but insists it will only spur the tourists in the second test against Australia starting on Wednesday. Sri Lanka do not have particularly fond memories of the MCG, where their spin great Muttiah Muralidaran was no-balled seven times when the islanders last played a test here in 1995. The visitors have riled the Victorian fans this time by unofficially accusing local favourite Peter Siddle of ball-tampering in the first test in Hobart. “We have been through a lot of hostile things in the past. 1995 was one and even after that,” Jayawardena told a Christmas Day news conference on Tuesday. “I… Read More →

ExCo clarifies position regarding guarantee fee to support staff

Media Release The Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket turned down a request made by the Captain of the National Team, Mahela Jayawardena, to distribute part of the guarantee fee due to the team from the World T20, to members of the Support Staff and certain ground staff, at its last meeting held on 12th December. The players are paid 25% of the guarantee fee as per their contract and it is not distributed among anyone other than the players, hence the reason for the Executive Committee to refuse to deviate from the standard practice. Certain sections of the media contacted the Treasurer to clarify exactly what happened and he had explained this process. Thereafter, when it was carried in… Read More →

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 →