Sangakkara fined for breaching ICC Code of Conduct


ICC Media Release Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara has been fined 15 per cent of his match fee for breaching the ICC Code of Conduct during the sixth One-Day International against England in Pallekele on Saturday. Sangakkara was found to have breached Article 2.1.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Showing dissent at an Umpire’s decision during an International Match.” The incident happened at the beginning of the 34th over in Sri Lanka’s innings when Sangakkara got involved in a prolonged discussion with on-field umpire Bruce Oxenford, disputing the umpire’s decision to not allow Sri Lanka to take the batting Powerplay at that time. Two balls later, following the dismissal of Tillakaratne… Read More →

Sangakkara special seals series


Kumar Sangakkara’s 20th One-Day International century, and seven wickets between Sachithra Senanayake and Suranga Lakmal helped Sri Lanka beat England by 90 runs in the sixth match of the seven-match series at Pallekele International Stadium on Saturday (December 13). Sangakkara’s run-a-ball 112, after being dropped by Alastair Cook on 41, in his last international match in his hometown of Kandy set up the match perfectly for a series-winning victory, and the bowlers responded with a commanding display to bowl out England for 202 in 41.3 overs. England’s chase of 292 got off to an unhappy start as Senanayake trapped Cook in front of the wicket in the third ball of the innings. Tillakaratne Dilshan then dismissed Moeen Ali for the… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for 6th and 7th ODI


Media Release The Selection Committee at a meeting held selected the following squad for the 6th and 7th ODI’s of the England Tour of Sri Lanka 01 Angelo Mathews 02 T M Dilshan 03 Mahela Jayawardene 04 Kumar Sangakkara O5 Lahiru Thirimanne 06 Dimuth Karunarathna 07 Dinesh Chandimal 08 Jeevan Mendis 09 Sachithra Senanayaka 10 Seekkuge Prasanna 11 Thisara Perera 12 Suranga Lakmal 13 Dammika Prasad 14 Dilruwan Perera 15 Lakshan Sandakan This has been approved by the Hon.Minister.

Root,Woakes keep England alive

England team

England stayed alive in the seven-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka after easing to a five-wicket victory in the fifth match at the Pallekele International Stadium on Thursday (December 11). Riding on Joe Root’s unbeaten century on the reserve day – rain made it impossible for the second innings to be played on Wednesday – England achieved the target of 240 in the final over with five balls to spare, leaving the series tantalisingly poised at 3-2. It was the highest successful chase in an ODI on the ground. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 239 in 49 overs after Chris Woakes ran through the line-up to return 6 for 47. Sri Lanka’s relatively competitive total was… Read More →

Rain pushes fifth ODI to reserve day


Rain prevented England’s chase of 240 to win its fifth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Wednesday (December 10) from taking off, coming down at the end of the Sri Lankan innings and ensuring the game would spill over to Thursday, the reserve day. When play starts on Thursday, at the usual 2.30pm local time, England would get its full 50 overs – unless, of course, weather plays spoilsport again – to try and stay alive in the seven-ODI series. Earlier on Wednesday, England’s bowlers kept Sri Lanka on a tight leash. England, lagging 3-1 behind, had its bowlers – Chris Woakes in particular – giving them a fighting chance even as rain clouds hovered over the Pallekele… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad for New Zealand tour


Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named The following players for the Test Squad of the New Zealand  tour. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Kaushal Silva Dimuth Karunaratne Kumar Sangakkara Lahiru Thirimanne Niroshan Dickwella Prasanna Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Dilruwan Perera P.H.T Kaushal Shaminda Eranga Suranga Lakmal Dhammika Prasad Dushmantha Chameera Nuwan Pradeep Rangana Herath * (Rangana Herath may not take part in the 1st Test owing to personal reasons) This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Senanayake cleared to resume bowling


ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that, following remedial work and a re-test, the bowling actions of Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are legal and they can now resume bowling in international cricket. Since being reported earlier in the year, both bowlers have remodeled their bowling actions prior to applying to have their actions re-tested. The results showed that the level of elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was now within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations. The umpires are still at liberty to report these bowlers in the future if they believe the bowler is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action that… Read More →

England fined for slow over rate in fourth ODI


ICC Media Release England has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Eoin Morgan’s side was ruled to be one over short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, Morgan was fined 20 per cent of his… Read More →

SLC announce preliminary 30 man World Cup squad

Sri Lanka Squad

Media Release The National Selectors at a Selection Committee meeting held has nominated the following players for the 30 pool of the ICC WC 2015. > 1). Angelo Mathews (Captain) > 2). T M Dilshan > 3). Lahiru Thirimanna > 4). Kumar Sangakkara > 5). Mahela Jayawardene > 6). Kusal Janith > 7). Upul Tharanga > 8). Dimuth Karunarathna > 9). Dinesh Chandimal > 10). Ashan Priyanjana > 11). Kithuruwan Vithanage > 12). Niroshan Dickwella > 13). Rangana Herath > 14). Dilruwan Perera > 15). Seekkuge Prasanna > 16). Ajantha Mendis > 17). Sachithra Senanayaka > 18). P H D Kaushal > 19). Jeevan Mendis > 20). Ramith Rambukwella > 21). Suranga Lakmal > 22). Nuwan Kulasekara > 23). Lasith… Read More →

Sangakkara gives Sri Lanka 3-1 lead

Kumar Sangakkara scored 86 off 105 balls.

Earlier this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) banned the use of horns and hooters in venues across the country. It meant that on Sunday (December 7), the atmosphere at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo felt like old times. The Papare band, without the intrusion of modern-day noise-making devices, was in full flow. The crowd was high on music and cricket, and on the field, two home-grown old-timers, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, pushed back the clock with a fluid match-winning 96-run stand against England in the fourth One-Day International of the seven-match series. Sangakkara’s 86 took him past 1000 ODI runs for the fourth successive calendar year – he’s the third after Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli to achieve the feat… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for 4th and 5th ODI

Sri Lanka Team

Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the 4th and 5th ODI sqauds for the England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014. 1. Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Kusal Janith Perera 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Mahela Jayawardena 6. Lahiru Thirimanne 7. Ashan Priyanjan 8. Jeevan Mendis 9. Rangana Herath 10. Dilruwan Perera 11. Lakshan Sandakan 12. Dhammika Prasad 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Thisara Perera 15. Lahiru Gamage 16. Ajantha Mendis This has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports.

Cook suspended for second minor over-rate offence

Alastair Cook

ICC Media Release England captain Alastair Cook has been suspended for one ODI and fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 10 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during England’s five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Hambantota on Wednesday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension on Cook after England was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. As Cook had previously been found guilty of a minor over rate offence in One-Day Internationals within the last 12 months, this offence constituted… Read More →

Root, Buttler fashion England victory


There wasn’t an iota of doubt that England was under immense pressure coming into Wednesday’s (December 3) third One-Day International against Sri Lanka. Since reaching the final of the Champions Trophy in June 2013, the team hardly had anything in the bag as far as 50-over cricket was concerned. Defeat in the first two games of the seven-match series meant this game in Hambantota was critical in many ways. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 242 for 8 courtesy Kumar Sangakkara (63) and Lahiru Thirimanne (62). The hosts had opted to bat but a lengthy spell of rain very early in its innings curtailed this to a 35-overs-a-side fixture. With the series fast slipping away,… Read More →