Malinga shines in narrow Sri Lanka win in warm-up tie

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Sri Lanka continued with its recent run of super form in Bangladesh with a five-run win over India in the first warm-up game for both teams ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Monday (March 17). After it was asked to bat, Sri Lanka rode on a late blitz from Thisara Perera and Nuwan Kulasekara to reach 153 for 6 in their 20 overs. In reply, India was thwarted by Lasith Malinga, who picked up four wickets, to be bowled out for 148, the innings ending on the last ball of their 20 overs. Sri Lanka got off to a steady start and though Varun Aaron dismissed Kusal Perera after a 15-ball 21, Mahela… Read More →

Player Contract Payments: SLC Decisions

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Media Release The ExCo of SLC met today (13th March 2014) to discuss the player contract payments following the meeting of the Office Bearers yesterday with the player representatives. Following a lengthy discussion the ExCo made the under noted decisions: T20 2014 Tournament in Bangladesh a)      To pay a participating fee of USD 500,000/- to the team b)      To make a further payment of USD 250,000/- in the event Sri Lanka reaches the final c)       To pay an additional USD 250,000/- if the Team wins the finals World Cup Tournament 2015 a)      To pay a participating fee of USD 750,000/- to the Team Members b)      To make the following payments in addition to the above i)                    On entering the semi… Read More →

Player Contract Payments: Office bearers met with Players

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Office bearers of SLC met with the National Team players today and had a discussion with regard to the player contract payments. The players expressed their concerns and the Office bearers stated their point of view on the subject matter and there was an exchange of views between both parties. The office bearers will communicate the views exchanged at the meeting to the members of the Executive Committee tomorrow for a final decision.

Welcoming the Asian Cricket Champions

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Sri Lanka Cricket has organized a Welcome to our Champion Cricket Team when they arrive today at Katunayake International Airport. They will arrive on Mihin Lanka flight at  3.45 pm 09th March 2014. SLC requests the fans of our Champion Cricket Team to line the streets and welcome them warmly. The Champion Team will be taken in a open top vehicle from Peliyagoda onwards to SLC head office. The rout will be as follows: Katunayake to Peliyagoda, Open Top bus from Peliyagoda to Kanatte junction ( on the Baseline Road) and from there to SLC head office ( through Baudhaloka Mawatha). There will be a Press Conference at SLC Conference  Room when the Team Arrives at SLC.

Clinical Sri Lanka canters to Asia Cup title

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Less than a fortnight ago, the Asia Cup got underway with Lahiru Thirimanne hitting a century and Lasith Malinga taking a five-wicket haul in a Sri Lankan win over Pakistan. On Saturday (March 8), the tournament ended with a nice touch of symmetry as the same actors reprised their roles with the same result. Malinga’s 5 for 56 ensured Pakistan was kept to a manageable total, after which Thirimanne stroked 101 in 108 balls to lead his side’s charge towards its fifth Asia Cup title – tying for the record of most trophies in the tournament with India. It also meant Sri Lanka maintained its spotless record in the tournament as well as in Bangladesh since late January, completing a… Read More →

Mathews shepherds nervy chase

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Sri Lanka dug into its reserves of batting to pull out a hard-fought three-wicket win, maintaining its unbeaten record in Bangladesh since landing here in late January. Chasing Bangladesh’s sub-par total of 204 for 9, Sri Lanka overcame an extremely wobbly start and had Angelo Mathews (74 not out off 103) to thank for a calm knock under pressure that guided his side home with an over to spare on Thursday (March 6). Bangladesh’s search for an elusive first victory in 2014 continued, with another close defeat in the final Asia Cup league match. Mathews was joined by Chaturanga de Silva (44 off 52) when the score was 75 for 5, an 82-run stand off 16.2 overs stabilising Sri Lanka…. Read More →

Sangakkara takes Sri Lanka to Asia Cup final

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Sri Lanka asserted its supremacy over Afghanistan on a sluggish surface at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, experience winning out against talent that is still raw. Sri Lanka had put on 253 for 6 after opting to bat on Monday (March 3), the initial part of the innings held together by Kumar Sangakkara’s broad blade. In the closing stages, Angelo Mathews took the fight to an inexperienced attack as the last four overs yielded 49 runs. The total proved too much for Afghanistan against an attack that used the conditions to good effect, ending in a comprehensive 129-run win. Sri Lanka thus marched into the final of the Asia Cup, collecting a bonus point after dismissing Afghanistan for 124 in 38.4 overs…. Read More →

Sangakkara ton condemns India to defeat

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In a battle of spinners at Fatullah, it was only fitting that the match turned from one extreme to the other. Above everything towered Kumar Sangakkara, with an innings of calm and class, hitting 103 in 84 balls, while Ajantha Mendis and Sachithra Senanayake stole a march over R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as Sri Lanka sealed a thriller by two wickets in the final over on Friday (February 28). India had been kept to 264 for 9 at Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium, and Sri Lanka squeaked home in 49.2 overs, having lost Sangakkara an over before Thisara Perera struck the winning single. The win all but assured Sri Lanka of a spot in the final of the 2014… Read More →

SLC Annual General Meeting 2014

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the proposed Annual General Meeting of SLC which was scheduled to be held on the 29th of March 2014, has now been postponed to the 23rd of April 2014 due to the Provincial Council Elections being held on the same date. The said meeting will be held at SLC Conference Room at 2.30 pm. Sri Lanka Cricket has obtained the approval of the Hon. Minister of Sports for the above postponement.

BPL Match Fixing Allegations

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that contrary to the several articles carried in the Print and Electronic media saying that Kaushal Lokuarachchi had pleaded guilty to match fixing, he was not charged for any corrupt activity and the only offence he had committed was a failure to report an approach made to him, which he had rejected. We would also like to confirm that he has cooperated with the ICC in the investigation and that he has not been sanctioned and the proceedings are continuing. Since these articles have caused Kaushal Lokuarachchi immense distress and pain of mind, we request your esteemed media organization to carry this clarification prominently.

National Contracted Players for the year 2014/15

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The National Selection Committee at a meeting held yesterday selected 17 national contracted players for the year 2014/15. The contracted players will belong to four categories. The selectors, in addition have recommended a Special Category to be created which will consist of three players. Sri Lanka Cricket – National Team Contract Players Category 1 Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene Nuwan Kulasekara Angelo Mathews Rangana Herath Dinesh Chandimal – From Category  2 to Category 1 Category 2 Lahiru Thirimane – From Category  3 to Category 2 Ajantha Mendis Category 3 Kusal Janith Perera – From Category  4 to Category 3 Thisara Perera Category 4 Shaminda Eranga Sachithra Senenayake Kaushal Silva – From Provincial Category  1 to National Category 4 Suranga Lakmal Special… Read More →

Malinga keeps fighting Pakistan at bay

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Pakistan did what Pakistan does, turning the opening match of the Asia Cup 2014 into a humdinger of a contest at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, but in the end, despite a valiant innings from Misbah-ul-Haq, it fell short of Sri Lanka’s 296 for 6, ending with 284 all out in 48.5 overs, courtesy Lasith Malinga’s 5 for 52. The 12-run defeat was marked by some typically come-from-behind moments by Pakistan, but the defending champion couldn’t its their magic and go all the way on Tuesday (February 25). While Misbah was the tragic hero, ending with 73 off 84, and Umar Akmal showcased his full array of strokes in a 72-ball 74, the day belonged to a… Read More →

Sri Lanka seals ODI series whitewash after Kusal ton

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Sri Lanka trumped Bangladesh by six wickets in their third and final One-Day International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (February 22) to sweep the series 3-0. Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as Bangladesh, who was sent in to bat, was restricted to 240 for 8 in its 50 overs. Kusal Perera, the opener, then hit his maiden ODI century as Sri Lanka passed the target with 15 deliveries to spare. Mominul Haque top scored with a run-a-ball 60, while valuable contributions from Nasir Hossain (38), Naeem Islam (32) and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim (30), gave Bangladesh its highest score of the series. But Kusal Perera made light of the target as he flayed Bangladesh’s… Read More →

Under-19: Aslam, Imam help Pakistan earn 121-run win

It was difficult to pinpoint the exact reason behind the frenzied cheers emanating from the Pakistan dressing room at the end of its ICC Under-19 World Cup quarterfinal against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday (February 22), which Pakistan won by a whopping 121 runs. The flat-screen television on the wall was tuned to OSN’s coverage of the closing stages of England’s thrilling win over India down the road in Dubai. Judging by the euphoria, the preferred team won. Whether that is because it was the old enemy exiting a competition it seemed well credentialed to win, or because Pakistan thought India’s loss made its own path to the title easier, is a moot point. It was probably… Read More →

Sri Lanka takes on Pakistan ICC U19 CWC 2014 quarter-finals on Tomorrow

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Sri Lanka opened the tournament with a 49-run victory over New Zealand, then held its nerve to beat England by one wicket before romping home by eight wickets against the UAE. Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq is the tournament’s leading run-getter to date with 260 runs, while his fellow opener and captain Sami Aslam is the other prominent scorer with 129 runs. The two batsmen have provided their side two century opening wicket starts. In bowling, Karamat Ali has bagged seven wickets while Zafar Gohar has taken six wickets. In contrast, Sri Lanka openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Hashan Dumindu have been timing the ball very nicely. Samarawickrama has scored 156 runs while Dumindu has aggregated 147 runs and both the batsmen have centuries… Read More →