Mahela Jayawardena’s 19th One-Day International century and a late charge from Thisara Perea guided Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-wicket win over Afghanistan at the University Oval in Dunedin on Sunday (February 22). Sri Lanka, opting to bowl first under overcast conditions, restricted Afghanistan to 232 from 49.4 overs.Asghar Stanikzai (54) and Samiullah Shenwari (38) were the key players, forging an 88-run partnership for the third wicket. In reply, Sri Lanka was rocked early as it lost Lahiru Thirimanne off the very first ball from Dawlat Zadran. To make matters worse for the Sri Lanka fans, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara too perished early Afghanistan sensed a chance to create history, but Jayawardena was not willing to go down without a fight. He staged a remarkable recovery, adding 126 runs for the fifth wicket with Angelo Mathews,… Read More →
listen to ‘Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews seeking a more consistent effort from his team against Afghanistan tomorrow’ on audioBoom Q. Ever since the last game how have been your preparations leading up to this game? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah, preparation has been really good. We worked extremely hard the past few days to prepare ourselves for this game because we have to take it very seriously. We can’t be complacent and we can’t take it lightly. We’ll just be very well prepared and be up for the challenge. Q. There’s been a lot of talk on the team’s fielding. During the last couple days, any special stress been placed on the discipline of fielding? ANGELO MATHEWS: Yeah, absolutely. We’ve been… Read More →
Black Knight, one of the foremost brands in men’s personal care and grooming, has been named the Official Personal Care Partner in the Grooming Category for Sri Lanka Cricket. Group Director, International Cosmetics, Kirubha Kumarakulasingham, took pride in partnering with Sri Lanka Cricket, “We feel truly honoured to be associated with the valiant knights of Sri Lanka who have brought glory to our country. Black Knight’s association with the game and its highly popular players will greatly enhance its brand appeal”, he expressed. “Cricket is a hugely popular sport in Sri Lanka, and is loved by almost everyone. The cricketers are seen as role models by the youth and many aspire to be like them one day. By partnering with… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that on a request made by the Executive Committee the Hon. Minister of Sports & Tourism has given his concurrence to have the Annual General Meeting and the election of the new office bearers of SLC on the 30th of April 2015. This request was made in view of the ongoing ICC World Cup.
It is with deep regret that Sri Lanka Cricket announces the passing of Mr. Bandula De Silva former Secretary of BCCSL. Late Bandula De Silva was a veteran sports administrator of yesteryear who left a rich legacy of strength and character during formative era of professional Cricket administration just prior to Sri Lanka gaining ICC full membership. He had contributed immensely to the game of Cricket in Sri Lanka. Bandula played for Nalanda College, the Peradeniya University and Catamarans SC. He was a Vice President of the State Services Cricket Association. Bandula was elected as a member of the Tournament Committee in 1975, and was elected Secretary BCCSL in 1978/79 and 1979/1980. His name would certainly go down in the… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform the Media and the general public that Former Sri Lankan Fast Bowler Rumesh Ratnayake has been re contracted to remain as the Consultant of the National Team upto the last point of Sri Lanka team’s participation in the World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand.
Exclusive Column My message to Sri Lanka – the squad and the fans following the action at home and all around the world – after the hammering the side suffered in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 opener against New Zealand in Christchurch is simple: don’t panic! The margin of the loss, by 98 runs, and the nature of it, with the side conceding 331 runs amid a lack of control from most of the bowlers and at least four dropped catches, followed by a disjointed batting display, is a worry, of course. But at the same time there also needs to be some realism. After all, it is not as if Sri Lanka came into the match in great form. The squad as a… Read More →
A cold, grey morning underpinned by a blustery southerly and a fine drizzle gave way to a summery bright afternoon in Christchurch as the home team rang in the ICC World Cup 2015 with an all-round performance against Sri Lanka on Saturday (February 14). If the Hagley Oval provided the perfect location, New Zealand played inch-perfect cricket to reaffirm its position as a favourite to win this tournament. That New Zealand won by 98 runs – its first success in five World Cup attempts against Sri Lanka – was not the point, nor was its collection of two points that set the team on its way to a spot in the knockouts. Rather, this was an exercise in ticking boxes, and New Zealand did… Read More →
Players from two teams will heave a collective sigh of relief when the first ball is sent down at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday (February 14). New Zealand has never had as much expectation on its shoulders, and, Sri Lanka, who has been in this neck of the woods since December, can’t wait for the real action to begin. The clash between the teams, the first of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, could serve a very early pointer as to what to expect from a group stage that all captains are describing as being wide open. New Zealand has every single element in place and after a bit of fine-tuning is purring along. In terms of obvious weaknesses, New Zealand has none. The… Read More →
match-press-conference”>listen to ‘Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference’ on audioBoom Full transcript of press conference Q. You’ve been here now for what must seem like an eternity since you first arrived here before Christmas. Can you give a sense of what it means to the team now that we’re 24 hours or 22 hours out from the start? You must be basically itching to go. ANGELO MATTHEWS: Yeah, of course. I mean, it’s nice to have played a bit more cricket in New Zealand before the start of the World Cup, but I think from tomorrow onwards, whoever plays the best cricket will obviously go on to win. But I think we have a slight advantage. We got used… Read More →
Australian High Commission Media Release: The Australian High Commission kicked off the ICC Cricket World Cup countdown yesterday (10th February) with the launch of the “Reconciliation through Sports” cricket tournament. The Hon Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation was Chief Guest at the event which was held at R. Premadasa Stadium. The Sports for Reconciliation cricket tournament, implemented by ZOA Sri Lanka, brings together 18 village-level youth teams from the Northern and Eastern Provinces representing all communities. The tournament will be played in a knock-out format with the grand final held at Mullaitivu in March 2015. The tournament aims to bring the excitement and spirit of the ICC Cricket World Cup to these communities, while also promoting social… Read More →
Media Release SLC wishes to state that at an Emergency Executive Committee Meeting held today to discuss the Media reports of the allegations made by the JVP Member of Parliament Hon. Sunil Handunhetti and was of the opinion that all the allegations made were baseless and done with malicious intent to discredit the Executive Committee and more over the Hony. Secretary. SLC ExCo would address to the Media in due course with all the relevant documents and approvals obtained in order to clear the negative perception which has been created in the minds of the public by these false allegations. The SLC ExCo is in the process of discussing this matter further with the legal committee in order to take… Read More →
The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Dushmantha Chameera as a replacement player for Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament, which starts on 14 February. Prasad fractured his hand while training on Saturday. The 23-year-old Chameera’s only ODI was against Sri Lanka in Wellington last month, in which he returned figures of two for 60. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or… Read More →
Media Release Dhammika Prasad will not be in a position to represent the World Cup squad for the upcoming 2015 ICC WC owing to the injuries received by him during practice. Hence the Selection Committee in consultation with the Team Management has approved to include Dushmantha Chameera in place of Dhammika Prasad in the above squad subject to receiving the ICC Technical Committee’s approval in this regard. The Hon.Minister has approved same.
South Africa put up a dominant show to beat Sri Lanka in the second warm-up match of the 2015 World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday (February 9). Put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 279 for 7, courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan’s century and a half-century from Angelo Mathews, after a lengthy spell of rain curtailed its innings at 44.4 overs. South Africa, which was set a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 188 in 25 overs, cantered to a five-wicket win despite a late wobble. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a dream start, adding 106 in just 15.1 overs before Rangana Herath drew first blood. De Kock, who scored a 55-ball 66 with six fours and two sixes, edged to Dimuth Karunaratne. Amla,… Read More →