Karunaratne a solid 93 in Sri Lanka’s 227/4; Chandimal 60*, Dickwella 42*

Dimuth Karunaratne

Opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne proved to be Sri Lanka’s anchorman stroking a solid 93 off 205 balls to pull his side out of the rut of 61 for 3 wickets to 227 for 4 in 90 overs at the close on a green top wicket in Abu Dhabi on the opening day of the first Test match against Pakistan Thursday. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal was unbeaten on a painstaking 60 off 184 balls spanning 6 boundaries having shared in a productive 66-run unbroken partnership with wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella who was on a quick fire 63-ball 42 studded with 5 boundaries and a six.  That Karunaratne’s innings ended by a tragic run out going for a cheeky single with his captain the non-striker Dinesh Chandimal not responding was an agony from the ecstasy of having done the hard repair work. Indeed, Karunaratne carried back to the pavilion the grief… Read More →

Roshen and Sadeera tipped to debut in first Test vs Pakistan

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Batsmen Roshen Silva and Sadeera Samarawickrema are strongly touted to play in the First Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday in Abu Dhabi as Sri Lanka quests to break its hoodoo of losses recently. Head Coach Pothas, who has reportedly stated that it is time to shed the transition tag, has singled out the left handed Roshen Silva with a sound domestic record as the most consistent batsman in the last six years as almost certain to fill in the vacant No.5 berth for the injury sidelined Angelo Mathews. The 28-old year old Colts CC product has averaged a pleasing 55.81 in this year’s Premier League Tournament on 614 runs and has been tapping on the door for big stage… Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket salutes Sangakkara

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara as he is carried by unseen teammates at close of play on the fifth and final day of the second Test match between Sri Lanka and India at the P. Sara Oval Cricket Stadium in Colombo on August 24, 2015.  Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara bid a tearful farewell to international cricket on August 24, 2015 and was immediately offered the post of the island's top envoy in Britain where he plays county cricket.   AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA / AFP PHOTO / Ishara S.KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket takes pleasure in saluting one of its greatest stars of recent times on the latest honour bestowed upon him by the County of Surrey of offering him an honorary life time membership in the club. This follows Sangakkara’s three year stint of playing for the county for the County Championship following the ex Sr Lankan cricketer’s retirement from playing in the national team. This act of appreciation follows Sangakkara’s honorary membership at MCC a couple of years ago. * This is a great tribute to Sangakkara and to cricket in Sri Lanka’ said Sumathipala the President of SLC. ‘We at SLC are proud of him and value the prestige bestowed on him and thank him for the… Read More →

Three-member SLC committee to hear appeals of Panadura CC and Kalutara PCC

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed a three-member committee to consider the appeals of the two captains, players and coaches of Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Circle consequent to the recent penalties imposed on them for breaching the spirit of the game in a Premier League match 2016/2017. The committee members from SLC’s Executive Committee are Samantha Dodanwala, Oshara Panditharatne and Channa Weerakkody. The captains were suspended for 2 years, players and coaches for 1 year and match points deleted as well as the clubs fined on them being found guilty. පානදුර – කලුතර අභියාචනා පරීක්ෂණයට කමිටුවක් පානදුර ක්‍රීඩා සමාජය හා කලුතර කායවර්ධන කවය අතර ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේ වාරණයට ලක් වූ එම කණ්ඩායම් වල ක්‍රීඩකයන් හා නිලධාරීන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා… Read More →

SLC donates Rs. 1.6Mn. for Association of Cricket Umpires office complex

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The Association of Cricket Umpires (ACU) realized a long felt dream of getting a headquarters office of its own after 74 years, Friday September 22. The ceremonial opening took place on an auspicious note with the President of the Association of Cricket Umpires, Member of Parliament, Dr. Buddhika Pathirana and its 744 strong membership attending with a special feature being the President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), Thilanga Sumathipla as the Chief Guest. A highlight was the donation of Rs.1.6 million by Sri Lanka Cricket towards the setting up of the office complex. The cheque was handed over by SLC president to the ACU Treasurer, Roshan Dhammika soon after the opening. Making the welcome speech, Located at the P. Saravanamuththu… Read More →

ICC ACU has commenced a preliminary inquiry with regard to various allegations that had been circulating in the recent past

Sri Lanka Cricket today (24) confirmed that the ICC ACU has commenced a preliminary inquiry in Colombo with regard to various allegations that had been circulating in the recent past. At a meeting held last evening (23) at SLC Headquarters the Executive Committee issued a directive to all SLC officials and employees to extend their fullest cooperation providing any and all information required in order to assist the ACU in a thorough inquiry. Commenting on the inquiry, SLC Chief Executive Officer Ashley de Silva stated: “We are most pleased that the ICC ACU has decided to initiate this inquiry. We request all those who have any information to come forward and help with this inquiry by declaring all their information… Read More →

Prima Under 15 Inter Provincial Tournament – 22nd & 23rd Sep Match summery

Uva Province 195/9 (50) Lasen Kenula 81*, Salith Basnayake 26, Trevin Amarasingha 24, Shevon Nimantha 5/24, Manula Gethmina 2/29 Vs Eastern Province 122 (36.1) Shevon Nimantha 56, Kavindu Lakshan 6/23, Lasen Kenula 3/10 UVA WON BY 73 RUNS At Irrigation Grounds, Rathmalana – 50 Over Match (Toss – Eastern)  ________________________________________________________________________________ Western Province Central 181/7 (50) Amitha Dabare 70, Bhavantha Harith 30*, Manendra Jayathilaka 27*, Dinuka Rupasingha 24, Thushara Madushan 4/33 Vs Western Province North Outer 132 (46.3) Sihina Sithumina 28*, Shakthi Udara 2/20, Sampath Nissanka 2/22 WESTERN PROVINCE CENTRAL WON BY 49 RUNS At Bandaragama Grounds – 50 Over Match (Toss – WP Central)   ________________________________________________________________________________ Southern Province 299 (49.5) Navodh Paranavithana 100, Pawan Sandesh 76, P Dinoshan 3/55, P Jathurshan 2/37, D Danicias 2/72 Vs… Read More →

National cricketers refute Pramodya’s baseless allegations; request SLC for inquiry


22nd September 2017 The national cricketers including 40 contracted players have called for an immediate inquiry in to certain ‘shocking’ allegations made by former Sri Lanka cricketer and selector, Pramodya Wickremasinghe insinuating unnatural and mysterious match patterns. The cricketers, in a petition signed by all including both captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), have drawn attention in to what they say was shockingly disparaging and hurtful statements by Wickremasinghe to a private television station that tend to give the general public a suspicious impression about them. The players have drawn exception to Wickremasinghe’s ‘serious’ allegations highlighting nine issues that unnatural and mysterious match patterns take place. They have refuted the allegations as totally baseless and… Read More →

Blessings from SLC President, cricketers who receive Sports Festival torch

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The country’s ongoing 41st National Sports Festival is the rage these days, and it took on the pomp and pageantry associated with this colorful annual event as the torch wended its way through the city metropolis to the Ministry of Sports. The spotlight of this traditional showpiece did attract the cricket loving fraternity as well who were lined up to shower their blessings on the grand spectacle. Some of the national cricketers were on hand with Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala showing the way. Here, they are pictured opposite the SLC headquarters receiving the torch bearers.

කණ්ඩායමේ නව වෙනස්කම් කිහිපයෙන් අලුත් බලාපොරොත්තු ඇතිවේවි – ක්‍රිකට් ප්‍රධාන විධායක


ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ දුර්වල ප්‍රතිඵල ලැබුණු කාලපරිච්ඡේදයක් පසුගිය දිනවල තිබුණා. නව තේරීම් කමිටුවක් නව කණ්ඩායමක් සමග පාකිස්තාන සංචාරයේදී අපට නැවත වතාවක් යහපත් ප්‍රතිඵල පෙන්වීමට අවස්ථාව උදාවේවි. ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ දියුණුව වෙනුවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය නිරතුරුවම ක්‍රියාකරන්නේ යැයි එහි ප්‍රධාන විධායක ඈෂ්ලි ද සිල්වා මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කරයි. ජ්‍යෙෂ්ඨ ක්‍රීඩකයන් කිහිපදෙනෙකුම පාකිස්තාන සංචාරයට ඇතුළත් වනවා. තරුණ දක්ෂයන් සමග ඔවුන් මේ සංචාරයේ දී අප අපේක්ෂා කරන වෙනස සිදුකරනු ඇතැයි බලාපොරොත්තු වන්නේ යැයි ද ඈෂ්ලි ද සිල්වා පවසයි. පාකිස්තානය සමග පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකකට එක්දින තරග පහකට හා 20 – 20 තරග තුනකට සහභාගි වීම මේ මස 24 වැනිදා එක්සත් අරාබි එමීර් රාජ්‍ය බලායන ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ තරග වැඩ සටහන පිළිබඳව මාධ්‍ය දැනුවත් කිරීම සඳහා පැවැති මාධ්‍ය හමුවේ දී ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ ප්‍රධාන විධායක… Read More →

Hope in new players in the fold for Pakistan – CEO


Change in outlook in the national cricket in new selectors and a set of new players among seniors has generated new hope for Sri Lanka embarking on the test tour of Pakistan on Saturday, September 24. “With the new selection committee and some new players change brings hope and people look forward to hear of positive results,” was the expectant message from Sri Lanka Cricket’s (CEO), Ashley De Silva to the media who could encourage the players at Thursday’s media briefing in view of the first leg of the tour. Sri Lanka play the first Test from September 28 to October 2 in Abu Dhabi, and the second Test from October 6 to 10 in a historic day-night game with… Read More →

ඔක්තෝබරයේ එන නව ක්‍රිකට් නීති පිළිබඳව ශ්‍රී ලංකා විනිසුරුවන් දැනුවත් කරයි

  ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් සමුළුව මෙහෙයවන ක්‍රිකට් තරග විනිසුරුවන්ගේ ආසියානු ප්‍රාදේශීය වැඩමුළුව සැප්තැම්බර් 21 සහ 22 (බදාදා සහ බ්‍රහස්පතින්දා) ප්‍රථම වතාවට කොළඹ දී පැවැත්වේ.  මේ වැඩ මුළුවට සහභාගි වන රටවල් වන්නේ ශ්‍රී ලංකාව, බංග්ලාදේශය සහ පාකිස්තානයයි. වැඩ මුළුවට ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙන් සහභාගිවන්නන් අතර ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් සමුළුව මගින් නම්කර ඇති විනිසුරුවන් තිදෙනෙකු ජගත් සමුළුවේ කළමණාකරන විනිසුරුවරයෙකු හා දේශීය විනිසුරුවන් හයදෙනෙකු සහභාගී වෙති.  රුචිර පල්ලියගුරු, රැන්මෝ මාටිනස් හා රවින්ද්‍ර විමලසිරි ජගත් ක්‍රිකට් සමුළුවේ තරග විනිසුරුවන් වන අතර ජගත් සමුළුවේ කළමණකරණ විනිසුරු වන්නේ අශෝක ද සිල්වාය. තරග විනිසුරුවන් සඳහා වන මේ වැඩ මුළුවේ ප්‍රධන අරමුණක් වන්නේ ජාත්‍යන්තර ක්‍රිකට් සමුළුව පනවන නව නීති රීති පිළිබඳව තරග විනිසුරුවන් හොඳින් දැනුවත් කිරීම හා ඒ පිළිබඳව පුළුල් අවබෝධයක් ලබාදීමය.  පීටර් මැනුවල් (ශ්‍රී ලංකාව) හා ඩේවිඩ් ලෙවන්ස් (බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය) වැඩමුළුව මෙහෙයවති. … Read More →