· Gohar Hafeez: “We have a very balanced team” · Charith Asalanka: “Our first target is to top the group” · Ihsanullah Janat: “We are aiming to not only make the semi-finals but also go on to be the champion side” · Abraash Khan: “We are going into this tournament with the intent to win” Two-time champion Pakistan, strong contender Sri Lanka, fast-improving Afghanistan and Canada make Group B the toughest preliminary round in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February. The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland. Teams have been divided into… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Indoor Nets Projects at R. Premadasa Stadium, Pallekele and Dambulla has been temporary suspended due to SLC not obtaining approvals from the relevant authorities. The newly elected Executive Committee headed by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala has decided to re-assess the projects based on the high cost involved in construction (Rs.248 million) and the space allocation at the respective venues. SLC will get the proper approvals from the relevant authorities and proceed with the work on the said projects on priority basis. Central Engineering Consulting Bureau (CECB) have been advised to present the progress of construction carried out at R. Premadasa Stadium and a new Cost Estimate for the said project. The… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket has received several complaints regarding close acquaintance of Mr. Anusha Samaranayake with the main suspect Gayan Wishvanath who had approached several national players for the alleged illegal activities of match fixing. Pursuant to a preliminary inquiry conducted in this regard Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to suspend Mr. Anusha Samaranayake for a period of 2 months until further investigations are concluded. Gayan Wishvajith has been totally barred in participating in any capacity whatsoever in Sri Lanka Cricket in the future.
Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the arrival of the World Twenty20 Trophy in Colombo. The trophy will be officially received tomorrow, 16th January 2016 at 6.30 pm at the Race Course Ground in Colombo 7. Mr. Raymond Palmer, of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will present the Trophy to the Minister of Sports, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara and President of SLC, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala. Cricket fans are invited to the Race Course Ground to be a part of the celebration that has been organised by Sri Lanka Cricket. The current World Tewnty20 Champions Sri Lanka Team member too will be present at this occasion. On January 17th the Trophy will be displayed at the Galle Face Green for the… Read More →
The Sri Lanka Under-19 team led by Charith Asalanka left the island for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be held in Bangladesh in the early hours of Friday (15). The tournament will begin on January 27 and will come to an end on February 14 with the fina
Media Release The ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 trophy will touch down on Sri Lankan shores on 16th January for a three-day stop en route to its global journey spanning 12 countries. The trophy travels through all T20 playing nations, before it returns to India, where the tournament gets underway from 8th March to 3rd April 2016. Sponsored by Nissan, the trophy tour of Sri Lanka will provide ample opportunities for local cricket fans to glimpse the coveted prize, especially significant since defending champions Sri Lanka are without doubt strong contenders at No. 3 in the current T20 team rankings. President of the Sri Lanka Cricket, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala said “Sri Lanka is privileged to play host to the ICC… Read More →
Media Release A Dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala for the Sri Lanka Under 19 World Cup team and their parents was held yesterday at Hilton Colombo Residences. This was the 1st time that a junior team was hosted prior to a tour. Minister of Sports Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara too was present to speak to the team and wish them well for a successful tour in the forthcoming Under19 World Cup. Legendary Cricketer Aravinda de Silva who was invited by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala to speak to the youngsters on his experience in his cricketing career, advised the boys how to handle pressure, on the importance of fitness and mental attitudes on the field. He shared with the… Read More →
A Dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala for the Sri Lanka Under19 World Cup team and their parents was held yesterday at Hilton Colombo Residences.
New Zealand sped to a nine-wicket victory in the second Twenty20 International against Sri Lanka in Auckland on Sunday (January 10) after a whirlwind batting display from Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. Munro brought up the winning runs with a six to remain unbeaten on 50 from 14 balls, the second fastest T20I half-century behind Yuvraj Singh’s 12-ball spree against England in 2007. Munro’s blitz also meant that the New Zealand record for the fastest T20I fifty, set by Guptill, who took 19 balls to get there at the top of the innings, lasted only 20 minutes. Guptill was the only wicket to fall, out for 63 off 25 balls with six fours and five sixes, while Munro clouted seven sixes… Read More →
Sri Lanka has to win the second and last Twenty20 International against New Zealand at Eden Park in Auckland on Sunday (January 10) to not only level the series, but also ensure that it holds on to the No.1 ranking in the format, failing which it will slip to third behind West Indies and Australia. That Sri Lanka lost the first game was largely because of a superb bowling display by Matt Henry and Trent Boult, both of whom picked up three wickets each. Chasing 183, Sri Lanka needed 35 runs in the last four overs with four wickets in hand. Milinda Siriwardana was hitting the ball well and had raced off to 42 in 29 balls. That is when… Read More →
Media Release Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, who was recently elected as the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also taken over the top position in the Asian Cricket Council meeting held in Dubai today. A name associated with cricket for over two decades, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala is no stranger to the game or the management of cricket in this country. He has also served as the President of the ACC during the year 1997-1998. A man committed to developing the game in Sri Lanka, Hon.Thilanga Sumathipala is all set to take the country’s most popular sport to the next level. His vision and passion for cricket makes him the ideal personality to head the cricket council in the region for… Read More →
A thriller ensued at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui as New Zealand kept Sri Lanka at bay in the first Twenty20 International on Thursday(January 7) by three runs in a veritable thriller. Backed by half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, New Zealand posted 182 for 4. In its chase, Sri Lanka was on the rails when reduced to 42 for 4, but Danushka Gunathilaka and Milinda Siriwardana resurrected the innings to make for an enticing finale. However, the visiting side failed to cross the line, the three-wicket hauls from Matt Henry and Trent Boult restricting it to 179 for 9. Sri Lanka now needs to win the second and final game in Auckland on Sunday, failing which it will slip from… Read More →
ICC World Twenty20 champion Sri Lanka goes head to head with host New Zealand in a two-match Twenty20 International series on Thursday, 7 January, in Mount Maunganui fully aware that it needs to either draw or win the series to retain its number-one position on the ICC T20I Team Rankings. Sri Lanka (125) leads eighth-ranked New Zealand (108) by 17 points, which means it is expected to win the series comfortably. This, in turn, means if the series ends in a draw, the difference will reduce to 14 points, but more importantly, Sri Lanka will retain its number-one position. In contrast, if New Zealand wins both the matches, then Sri Lanka will join the West Indies and Australia on 118 points… Read More →