Gala reception for National team – tickets sold out

Tickets for the charity Gala dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket to facilitate the Sri Lankan National Cricket Team in Australia have been sold out according to the organizers. The proceeds from the ticket sales is for the ‘Cricket Aid’ initiative, which is Sri Lanka Cricket’s only charitable arm. The team and well-wishers will be hosted to a grand reception on Saturday 18th from 6:30pm onwards at Cathies Lane Wantirna, South Victoria. At the reception well-wishers will also be afforded the opportunity of taking photographs with their favourite cricketers. Come 13th February, the National team will be embarking on a tour of Australia which includes three International T20 matches.

Sri Lanka U-19 cricketers return in trophy glitter

PAARL, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 28: Sri Lankan team celebrate winning the series after the Youth Triangular Series Final match between South Africa U/19 and Sri Lanka U/19 at Boland Park on January 28, 2017 in Paarl, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is proud to announce the felicitation of the Sri Lanka U- 19 cricketers tomorrow (7) at 8 p.m. at the SLC on their triumphant return home from South Africa in the trophy glitter as the Youth Tri Nation Champions having comprehensively defeated the host country South Africa in the finals. The exuberant Sri Lanka U-19 cricket team has thus capped a rollercoaster 2016 by coming thumbs up annexing the Youth Tri Nation Trophy in South Africa in January to cap 2017 on a winning note. Led by former Sebistianite Avishka Fernando, Sri Lanka showcased its strong arm at youth level by defeating South Africa in the final by 88 runs. It was a remarkable comeback from… Read More →

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව එක්දින තරගාවලිය ජයගත්තේ ලංකා පිතිකරුවන්ගේ දුර්වලතාවයෙන්

South African batsman Kagiso Rabada (R) celebrates the dismissal of Sri Lanka batsman Asela Gunaratne (L) during the third One Day International (ODI) match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers cricket ground on February 4, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
The South African team and the wickets are in pink to mark World Cancer Awarness day on February 4.  / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ පැවැත්වෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – දකුණු අප්‍රිකා තරග පහක එක්දින තරගාවලියේ දැනට පැවැති තරග තුනම විශාල පරාජයන්ට ලක්ව දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව මේ වන විටත් 3 – 0 කින් ඉදිරියෙන් සිටිමින් තරගාවලිය ජයගෙන ඇත්තේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා පිතිකරුවන් එක්දින තරගාවලිය පුරාම දැක් වූ දුර්වලතා මතය.  පන්දු යවන්නන් බොහෝ අවස්ථාවන්හි යම් දෙයක් කිරීමට උත්සාහ ගත්තත් එය සාර්ථක නොවූයේ ප්‍රමාණවත් ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ලකුණු පුවරුවේ ස‍ඳහන්ව නොතිබීමෙනි. වත්මන් එක්දින කණ්ඩායමේ මේ වනවිට ලකුණු අතර සිටින්නේ නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල පමණකි.  ඔහු හොඳ ආරම්භයක් ගෙන දීර්ඝ ඉනිමක් ක්‍රීඩා කරනුතුරු බලා සිටීමට සිදුව තිබේ.  ඉදිරිපෙළ පිතිකරුවන් වන උපනායක දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල්, කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස්, ධනංජය ද සිල්වා අඩු ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාවන්ට දැවී යද්දී මැදපෙළ පිතිකරුවන්ට ද ස්ථාවර ඉනිමක් ගොඩ නැගීමට අසීරුව තිබේ.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා පුහුණුකරු ග්‍රෙහැම් ෆෝඩ් දෙවැනි එක්දින තරගයේ… Read More →

Live online streaming from ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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Matches from the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 will be live streamed across ICC’s digital platforms for the first time as the ICC continues its commitment to raising the profile of the women’s game. The first match to be broadcast live online will be the opening game between hosts Sri Lanka and India when the tournament gets underway on Tuesday in Colombo. ICC General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice: “The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 is a very important event, with some of the best teams competing for spots in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017. I’m sure the comprehensive coverage of the Colombo event across our digital platforms will showcase the talents of the players to a… Read More →

Sri Lanka to play three T20 matches in Australia

Sri Lanka v Australia T20I

The National Selections Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket is expected to meet this Tuesday (7) to decide the national squad for three T20 matches that Sri Lanka will play against Australia from 15th to 23rd February. Prior to the meeting however, it has been announced that Captain Angelo Mathews will not be part of the squad as he has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. The skipper sustained an injury during the second T20 International at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg last month. Although he had made prior arrangements to leave during some point of the tour, he made an early exit following his injury. The meeting on Tuesday will decide the squad and the captain who will… Read More →

De Villiers, Pretorius lead South Africa to series win

Players lay low as a swarm of bees storm the field during the third One Day International (ODI) match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Wanderers cricket ground on February 4, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
The South African team and the wickets are in pink to mark World Cancer Awarness day on February 4. / AFP PHOTO / GIANLUIGI GUERCIA

Sri Lanka lose by seven wickets after being bowled out for just 163, as home side takes a winning 3-0 lead An all-round South Africa took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match One-Day International series with a convincing seven-wicket victory in the third ODI in Johannesburg on Saturday (February 4). In a perfect game that started with winning the toss, South Africa’s bowlers first combined to shoot out Sri Lanka for a paltry 163 in 39.2 overs before AB de Villiers’s unbeaten 60 led it to victory in just 32 overs. Sri Lanka’s batsmen, barring Niroshan Dickwella who made 74, capitulated against a relentless attack in a must-win game. Dwayne Pretorius, playing in his first match of the series,… Read More →

10 Players to watch in ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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The ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from February 7 to 21 will see the best cricketers from 10 nations play for a chance to join the top four women’s sides at the marquee event in June-July in England. Here are some of the players expected to make a splash: Group A Deepti Sharma made an impression during home series against New Zealand in 2015. Deepti Sharma (India) Just 19 years old, Deepti Sharma’s understanding of the game belies her age. She made her One-Day International debut in 2014, but it was during the home series against New Zealand in 2015 that she made her first impression. Her unbeaten 44 and an unbroken second-wicket stand of 103 with… Read More →

SLC’s three-member committee conducts fully-fledged impartial inquiry

SLC’s three-member committee conducts fully-fledged impartial inquiry

2nd February, 2017, Colombo: A three-member Independent Committee appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket convened their first meeting at SLC headquarters this afternoon to discuss matters pertaining to allegations of foul play at a recently concluded Tier ‘B’ match. The committee comprises of Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee Asela Rekawa, former national player Jayantha Paranathala and head of Security and Investigations at SLC Sarathchandra Liyanage. SLC officials have stated that the process will be expedited judiciously and a decision is to be reached. The management of the SLC has categorically stated that it will not condone any illegal acts that destroys the spirit of the game or brings disrepute to the sport and the board.

දක්ෂ උඩපන්දු රැකීම තරග ජය ගෙන දෙයි

Sri Lanka's  Suranga Lakmal dives to save a boundary during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at Kingsmead cricket ground on February 1, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

(කැචස් වින් මැචස්) දක්ෂ ලෙස උඩ පන්දු රැකීම කණ්ඩායමකට ජය ගෙන එන බව ප්‍රබල ඉංග්‍රීසි කියමනක් පවතී.  දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවේ ෆෆ් ඩු ප්ලෙසි (105) සහ ඩේවිඩ් මිලර් (නොදැවී 117) අර්ධ ශතක ලබා සිටිය දී දුන් උඩපන්දු ලංකා පන්දු රකින්නන් අත හැරීමත් ලංකා ආරම්භක පිතිකරුවන් දෙදෙනාගේ නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල සහ උපුල් තරංග දුන් අසීරු උඩපන්දු දෙකක් දකුණු අප්‍රිකානුවන් විශිෂ්ඨ ලෙස රැක ගැනීමත් දෙවැනි එක්දින තරගයෙන්ද දකුණු අප්‍රිකාවට ලකුණු 121ක ජයක් හිමිකර ගැනීමට බෙහෙවින් දායක විණි.   දක්ෂ පිතිකරුවන් උඩපන්දුව අතහැරීම පරාජයට අතවැනීමකි. මුලින් පන්දුවට පහර දුන් දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව ඕවර 50 දී කඩුලු 6ක ට ලබාගත් ලකුණු 307ක සංඛ්‍යාව රාත්‍රියේ හඹායාම දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව වැනි ප්‍රබල පන්දු යවන්නන් හා පන්දු රකින්නන් හමුවේ අසීරු කාර්යයක් වී ශ්‍රී ලංකාව ඕවර 37.5ක දී සියලු ක්‍රීඩකයන් දැවී ලබාගත්තේ 186කි.  කාසියේ… Read More →

Du Plessis, Miller centuries set up big South African win

South African Francois du Plessis celebrates his 100 runs during the second One Day International cricket match between South Africa and Sri Lanka at the Kingsmead cricket ground on February 1, 2017 in Durban, South Africa.  / AFP PHOTO / ANESH DEBIKY

Sri Lanka goes 2-0 down in five-match ODI series after folding for 186 in response to the home side’s 307/6 Centuries from Faf du Plessis and David Miller set up South Africa’s comprehensive 121-run victory in the second of five One-Day Internationals against Sri Lanka in Durban on Wednesday (February 1). On a good batting track, South Africa was put in and it didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, posting a formidable 307 for 6. Du Plessis made 105 off 120 balls, while Miller finished the innings with a burst of power-hitting to make 117 not out off 98 deliveries. Sri Lanka was left to rue the decision during the chase. It had rejigged the opening combination, Upul… Read More →

උතුර – උතුරමැද – මධ්‍යම ප්‍රදේශයන්හි දැවැන්ත ක්‍රිකට් සංවර්ධන ක්‍රියාදාමයක්

President's Jaffna Visit

දිවයින පුරා විසිර සිටින දක්ෂ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයනට තම පළාත්වලම පුහුණුව ලබා ජාත්‍යන්තර තත්ත්වයට යාමට සියලු දිස්ත්‍රික්කවලට අංග සම්පූර්ණ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාංගණයක් ඇතුලුව සෑම පහසුකම් එහිදීම ලබාදීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය තීරණය කර තිබේ.  මේ නව වැඩ පිළිවෙල සමාරම්භය ක්‍රියාත්මක කිරීමට ශ්‍රි ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා ඇතුලු ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ නිලධාරීන් පිරිසක් උතුරැ පළාත උතුරු මැද පළාත සහ මධ්‍යම පළාත්වල නොබෝදා සංචාරයක යෙදෙමින් අදාල දිස්ත්‍රික්ක සංගම්වල නිලධාරීන්ට උපදෙස් දීම සහ ක්‍රිකට් උපකරණ බෙදා දීමද සිදුකරන ලදී. ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතා ඇතුලු විධායක කමිටුවේ නිලධාරීන් අනුරාධපුරය, යාපනය, වවුනියාව, මුලතිව්, මන්නාරම, පොළොන්නරුව, හිඟුරක්ගොඩ, මාතලේ, දඹුල්ල, මහනුවර හා කෑගල්ල දිස්ත්‍රික්කයන්හි නිලධාරීන් හා ක්‍රීඩකයන් මුණගැසී සාකච්ඡා පවත්වා අඩුපාඩු සොයාබලා ඒවාට පිළියම් එහිදීම ලබාදුන්හ.  ස්ථාන කිහිපයකදී ක්‍රිකට් ආම්පන්න ලබාදීම ද විශේෂත්වයකි. දිස්ත්‍රික්ක 22ක අංග… Read More →

Mendis underscores talent, but South Africa clinically professional

Sri Lanka's Kusal Mendis (R) bats during the One Day International(ODI) cricket match between Sri Lanka and South Africa at St George's Park in Port Elizabeth on January 28, 2017. x / AFP PHOTO / RODGER BOSCH

In an 8-wicket smarting at the hands of South Africa in the opening ODI, young batting spark Kusal Mendis riding back to form on a top score of 62 piercing the boundary line on ten occasions was the only consolation for the relative young Sri Lankan team. Given the strong odds Upul Tharanga’s Sri Lankans were pitted against of a strong batting pedigree of tried and tested frontline of the likes of run machines like A.B. de Villiers and Hashim Amla and Quintin de Kock and F. du Plessis, it was always a tough call for the visitors; what is more with their skipper Angelo Mathews out of action. That Sri Lanka went in with a debutant in 23-year old… Read More →

India fancied in Group A of ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

1st ODI - SL Women v Indian Women

·      India captain Mithali Raj: “We aim to have a settled team through the tournament and prepare for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 by working on our tactics” ·      Sri Lanka captain Inoka Ranaweera: “We are a fresh team but looking forward to playing against India and other teams in this tournament” ·      Ireland captain Laura Delany: “We have worked hard for a number of months and have a mix of experience and youth in our team” ·      Zimbabwe captain Sharne Mayers: “Our biggest challenges will be the conditions in Colombo and that we we’ll be going into the 50-over format after a few years” ·       Thailand captain… Read More →

Stage set for ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017

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·         ICC Women’s Committee Chair Clare Connor: “The tournament represents the culmination of a hugely exciting few years for the international women’s game” ·         Tournament Director Holly Colvin: “The good thing about the format is that it is a robust system, meaning teams need to consistently perform in order to qualify” ·         Final four spots at the ICC Women’s World Cup up for grabs A chance to qualify for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, places in the next ICC Women’s Championship and ODI status for the next four-year cycle – there’s a lot at stake in the ICC Women’s World Cup Qualifier 2017 to be held in Colombo from 7-21 February. The 14-day event will culminate with the final… Read More →

SLC launches impartial inquiry into Panadura vs. Kalutara PCC match

29th January 2017, Colombo: The Tournament Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is convening an emergency meeting this evening, as part of an impartial inquiry into complaints from the match officials that there may have been foul play during the Panadura SC vs. Kalutara Physical Cultural Club match played on 25th at the Surrey Village grounds in Maggona. Panadura SC claimed their 5th win in the Tier B segment during the recently concluded match. The club which won the toss and elected to bat first reached their target of 165 within just 13.4 overs. “This emergency meeting by officials of the tournament committee will be a decisive meeting during which all evidence will be tabled and carefully studied,” K. Mathivanan,… Read More →