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

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

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

·      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 →

Sri Lanka wins Tri-Nation U19 series in South Africa

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 under-19 cricket team beat South Africa under-19 by 77 runs at Boland Park in Paarl on Saturday in the final match for the 2016/17 Tri-Nations Under-19 Tournament. The home side was shot out for just 79 runs in 32.4 overs after Sri Lanka had made a modest 156 from 44.5 overs having elected to bat first. Sri Lanka Under-19: 156 in 44.5 overs (Ashen Bandara 33, Praveen Jayawickrema 20, Ruan de Swardt 3/30, Kenan Smith 2/29) South Africa Under-19: 79 in 32.4 overs (Praveen Jayawickrema 2/13, Nipun Ransika 5/19, Hareen Weerasingha 2/5). Full Scorecard

Tahir, batsmen seal easy win for South Africa

Amla and du Plessis hit half-centuries to steer comfortable chase of 182 against Sri Lanka in first ODI Imran Tahir (3 for 26) and Wayne Parnell (3 for 48) set up a facile eight-wicket win for South Africa with 15.4 overs to spare in the first One-Day International against Sri Lanka St George’s Park on Saturday (January 28). South Africa did well to bowl Sri Lanka out for 181 after opting to field on a two-paced and slow pitch — more suited to the visiting side than the home side — and was equally clinical in the chase with both Hashim Amla and Faf du Plessis hitting fluent half-centuries. With the required run-rate below four runs per over, Quinton de… Read More →

SLC announces 16-member squad for ODIs in South Africa

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Sri Lanka Cricket National Selection Committee, led by Chairman Sanath Jayasuriya has announced the names of 16 players who are to be included in Sri Lanka’s one-day International (ODI) for the ongoing series against South Africa. Sri Lanka will play five ODI matches as part of this series from January 28th to February 10th , 2017. The names on the squad are: Upul Tharanga – Captain Dinesh Chandimal Dhananjaya de Silva Niroshan Dickwella Sandun Weerakkody Kusal Mendis Asela Gunarathne Chathuranga de Silva Sachith Pathirana Jeffery Vandersay Lakshan Sandakan Lahiru Madushanka Nuwan Kulasekara Lahiru Kumara Suranga Lakmal Vikum Sanjaya The squad will be captained by Upul Tharanga due to the absence of Angelo Mathews who exited from the series on personal… Read More →

Sri Lanka to participate at WBC T-20 World Cup Cricket Tournament

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27th, January 2017, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s national visually impaired cricket squad comprising of 17 multi-talent individuals from all over the Island will be departing to India this week to compete in the 2ndWorld Blind T-20 World Cup Tournament in an attempt to clinch the title as champions. Although the team which has performed well in the past World Cup Tournaments, is not affiliated to the country’s national board, the charitable arm of Sri Lanka Cricket ‘Cricket Aid’ has extended a helping hand in sponsoring these individuals to participate in this International tournament. “As a governing cricket board in the country, it gives us a sense of pride to know that we have a talented team who are determined to clinch… Read More →