After nearly six hours spent watching dark clouds spit down on Edgbaston, a voluble India-centric crowd was treated to a frenetic 20-over final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 in which the team they supported squeaked home in the tightest of twilight finishes. Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first captain to have led his team to victory in all major ICC tournaments – the 50-over World Cup, the World Twenty20 and the Champions Trophy – buttressing his credentials as a leader of men, when his side won by five runs, successfully defending 129. When the toss happened as scheduled at 10am on a windy Sunday (June 23) morning, it appeared that the weather boffins had got it wrong, and with a full 50-over game… Read More →
At a selection meeting held 21/06/2013 the following squad was selected for the West Indies Tri Nation Series. Angelo Mathews (Capt) Dinesh Chandimal (V Capt) Kusal Janith Upul Tharanga Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardana Lahiru Thirimanne Jeevan Mendis Lasith Malinga Shaminda Eranga Nuwan Kulasekara Dilhara Lokuhetti Rangana Herath Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis The above have been approved by the Sports Minister. T.M.Dilshan’s MRI showed a grade 2 strain to his right medial calf muscle. At this stage, the expected recovery time is 4-6 weeks
At a Selection Committee meeting held on 14th June 2013, the following squad was selected to participate in the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Ireland- from 16th July to 03rd August 2013 T20 World Cup Qualifiers Squad: 1.Shashikala Siriwardena (Captain) 2. Eshani Lokusooriya (V-Captain) 3. Chamari Athapaththu 4. Yasoda Mendis 5 . Chamani Senevirathne 6 . Sripali Weerakkody 7 . Dilani Manodara 8 . Deepika Rasangika 9 . Nipuni Hansika 10. Oshadi Ranasinghe 11 .Sandamali Dolawatta 12 .Udeshika Prabodani 13 .Nilakshi De Silva 14. Chandima Gunaratne Stand By Players 1. Madhuri Samuddika 2. N.J Ida 3. Rabeka Vandort 4. Sugandika Dassanayake The Hon.Minister has granted his approval for same
Sri Lanka captain states batting was easier later in the game, says whoever of India or England makes fewer mistakes will win final
(Courtesy: International Cricket Council) India’s relentless march in the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 continued as Sri Lanka was outplayed by eight wickets. This set up the India-England final at Birmingham on Sunday (June 23), the two strongest teams of the tournament making it to the business end. On a grey yet eventful day, nothing could break India’s superb rhythm – not cold winds, not Sri Lanka’s best batting or bowling, not protestors running onto the ground more than once – as it embraced unusually bowler friendly conditions to restrict Sri Lanka to only 181 for 8 and then knocked off the runs with no fuss. To be fair to Sri Lanka, this was a good toss to win, and when Mahendra Singh… Read More →
Kingstown, St Vincent – West Indies strolled to a comfortable five-wicket victory with more than eight overs to spare at an overcast Arnos Vale. Having bowled out for the Sri Lankans for a meagre score of 81 in 18.5 overs, Lendl Simmons charged West Indies to victory with cameo knocks by Smith himself and Andre Russell along the way. Though the victory left Smith please, he felt Sri Lanka didn’t play as well as they could have. He said after the game, “I really thought they would have given us a better fight but having said that our boys bowled well and we also fielded well so it was good.” Sri Lanka A’s batting fell away at regular intervals with… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce that the ICC Champions Trophy Semi Final - India vs. Sri Lanka (20th June) will be televised on Giant Screen at the below mentioned locations for the benefit of the general public from 3 p.m. onwards. Galle Face Green – Colombo Diyatha Uyana – Battaramulla Madiwela Car Park (Jogging Track) Parliament Grounds (Food Court) Wetland Park - Nugegoda (Weli Park) Race Course – Colombo 7
After the 2nd ‘Test’ had been washed out at Arnos Vale, West Indies A and Sri Lanka A returned to the ground on Tuesday in hope that the first Twenty20 would come off. But things looked bleak from the morning. St Vincent awoke to heavy rainfall that lasted for much of the first half of the day. The weather eased two hours before the game, allowing the groundstaff to mop up and get the ground ready for the 2PM ECT start, but above, grey clouds and a consistent drizzle always threatened proceedings. It turned out to be the case after West Indies A won the toss and elected to field. There was enough time for journalists to pen that Sheldon… Read More →
Sri Lanka joins England as Group A semifinalists, will face India in Cardiff This match had enough permutations and combinations to keep a mathematics student more than happy. At halfway, Australia knew that it would have to reach the target of 254 in 29.1 overs or less to qualify. For Sri Lanka, a win was enough, though restricting Australia to less than 164 would have ensured top spot in the group and an Oval semifinal against South Africa. Australia went for glory, and Sri Lanka won by 20 runs, but the margin was not enough to avoid India – newly anointed the tournament favourite – in the Cardiff semifinal on Thursday (June 20). That Australia was going to tilt at the windmill… Read More →
Sri Lanka’s seven-wicket win over England means all four teams in Group A are still in with a chance of making the semifinals A magnificent unbeaten 135-ball 134 from Kumar Sangakkara and three stroke-filled contributions, including an audacious 30-ball half-century from Nuwan Kulasekara, led Sri Lanka to an emphatic seven-wicket win against England at The Oval on Thursday (June 13). Needing 294, Sri Lanka won with 17 balls to spare, a result that ensured that semifinal places from the group would only be decided after the final round of matches on June 16 and 17. For half the innings, England bowled relatively tightly and fielded brilliantly. Then, as Sri Lanka’s two most experienced batsmen piled on the pressure, they fell apart. Kulasekara merely… Read More →
The Selection Committee named the following players for the above named tour. Kithruwan Withanage PHT Kaushal Akila Dhananjaya Shehan Jayasuriya Niroshan Dickwella Dushmantha Chameera Kasun Madushanka Vishwa Fernando Ramith Rambukwella Gayan Maneeshan Pabasara Waduge Imran Khan Lahiru Jayaratne Yashoda Lanka Rumesh Buddika Charith Jayampathi Danushka Gunathilake Udara Jayasundara The above players are requested to contact the coach Mr. Sumithra Waranakulasuriya to get the practice schedule. There will be additions to the above squad based on the performance of the ongoing Under 23 tournament.
The Tournament committee collectively decided to postpone the Under 23 Div I and II tournaments by one week due to the prevailing weather conditions. If the Finals of the Div I is clashing with the SLPL Season II, Tournament Committee will conduct the final of the Under 23 Div I after the conclusion of the SLPL. U 23 Div II will be played along with the SLPL.
Sri Lanka “A” V West Indies “A” On 12TH ‐15TH June 2013 At Arnos Vale,Kingstown St. Vincent Result: Draw Series: Draw (0-0)
The Selection Committee named, the following four (4) players to be recalled from the Sri Lanka ‘Á’ tour of West Indies and the named five (5) players to join the remaining squad for the one days and the T20 games. 4 Players to be Recalled 1. Kaushal Silva 2. M.Pushpakumara 3. P.H.D Kaushal 4. Lahiru Gamage 5 Players to Join the Squad 1. Dilruwan Perera 2. Thilina Kandambi 3. Ramith Rambukwella 4. Seekuge Prassanna 5. Lahiru Jayaratne
The Executive Committee meeting of Sri Lanka Cricket was held this evening presided by President of SLC Mr. Jayantha Dharmadasa. The major decisions taken were as follows: >Exco appointed high powered Coaching & Cricket Committee including eminent past cricketers together with the office bearers to look into Sri Lanka’s Cricket affairs and to drive it forward. Coaching & Cricket Committee: All Office Bearers to be Ex Officio Members Ranjit Fernando – Chairman Sanath Jayasuriya – National Selector Hashan Tillakaratne – National Selector Chaminda Mendis – National Selector Muttiah Muralidaran Kapila Wijegunawardene Dushan Soza Gamini Wickramasinghe Lalith Kaluperuma Jayantha Amarasinghe – Women’s Selection Committee Representative Duminda Wickramasinghe - Junior Selection Committee Representative Roshan Iddamalgoda – Tournament Selection Committee Representative Dilshan De… Read More →