BPL Match Fixing Allegations


Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to state that contrary to the several articles carried in the Print and Electronic media saying that Kaushal Lokuarachchi had pleaded guilty to match fixing, he was not charged for any corrupt activity and the only offence he had committed was a failure to report an approach made to him, which he had rejected. We would also like to confirm that he has cooperated with the ICC in the investigation and that he has not been sanctioned and the proceedings are continuing. Since these articles have caused Kaushal Lokuarachchi immense distress and pain of mind, we request your esteemed media organization to carry this clarification prominently.

National Contracted Players for the year 2014/15

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The National Selection Committee at a meeting held yesterday selected 17 national contracted players for the year 2014/15. The contracted players will belong to four categories. The selectors, in addition have recommended a Special Category to be created which will consist of three players. Sri Lanka Cricket – National Team Contract Players Category 1 Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardene Nuwan Kulasekara Angelo Mathews Rangana Herath Dinesh Chandimal – From Category  2 to Category 1 Category 2 Lahiru Thirimane – From Category  3 to Category 2 Ajantha Mendis Category 3 Kusal Janith Perera – From Category  4 to Category 3 Thisara Perera Category 4 Shaminda Eranga Sachithra Senenayake Kaushal Silva – From Provincial Category  1 to National Category 4 Suranga Lakmal Special… Read More →

Malinga keeps fighting Pakistan at bay


Pakistan did what Pakistan does, turning the opening match of the Asia Cup 2014 into a humdinger of a contest at the Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium in Fatullah, but in the end, despite a valiant innings from Misbah-ul-Haq, it fell short of Sri Lanka’s 296 for 6, ending with 284 all out in 48.5 overs, courtesy Lasith Malinga’s 5 for 52. The 12-run defeat was marked by some typically come-from-behind moments by Pakistan, but the defending champion couldn’t its their magic and go all the way on Tuesday (February 25). While Misbah was the tragic hero, ending with 73 off 84, and Umar Akmal showcased his full array of strokes in a 72-ball 74, the day belonged to a… Read More →

Sri Lanka seals ODI series whitewash after Kusal ton


Sri Lanka trumped Bangladesh by six wickets in their third and final One-Day International at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday (February 22) to sweep the series 3-0. Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as Bangladesh, who was sent in to bat, was restricted to 240 for 8 in its 50 overs. Kusal Perera, the opener, then hit his maiden ODI century as Sri Lanka passed the target with 15 deliveries to spare. Mominul Haque top scored with a run-a-ball 60, while valuable contributions from Nasir Hossain (38), Naeem Islam (32) and the captain Mushfiqur Rahim (30), gave Bangladesh its highest score of the series. But Kusal Perera made light of the target as he flayed Bangladesh’s… Read More →

Under-19: Aslam, Imam help Pakistan earn 121-run win

It was difficult to pinpoint the exact reason behind the frenzied cheers emanating from the Pakistan dressing room at the end of its ICC Under-19 World Cup quarterfinal against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Saturday (February 22), which Pakistan won by a whopping 121 runs. The flat-screen television on the wall was tuned to OSN’s coverage of the closing stages of England’s thrilling win over India down the road in Dubai. Judging by the euphoria, the preferred team won. Whether that is because it was the old enemy exiting a competition it seemed well credentialed to win, or because Pakistan thought India’s loss made its own path to the title easier, is a moot point. It was probably… Read More →

Sri Lanka takes on Pakistan ICC U19 CWC 2014 quarter-finals on Tomorrow


Sri Lanka opened the tournament with a 49-run victory over New Zealand, then held its nerve to beat England by one wicket before romping home by eight wickets against the UAE. Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq is the tournament’s leading run-getter to date with 260 runs, while his fellow opener and captain Sami Aslam is the other prominent scorer with 129 runs. The two batsmen have provided their side two century opening wicket starts. In bowling, Karamat Ali has bagged seven wickets while Zafar Gohar has taken six wickets. In contrast, Sri Lanka openers Sadeera Samarawickrama and Hashan Dumindu have been timing the ball very nicely. Samarawickrama has scored 156 runs while Dumindu has aggregated 147 runs and both the batsmen have centuries… Read More →

Nigeria and Hong Kong tour of Sri Lanka 2014

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the National Team of Nigeria will arrive in Sri Lanka on Sunday 23rd February 2014 for a 9 day tour. The Nigerian National Team will play 4 T20 matches in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket also wishes to state that together with the above team, the National Team of Hong Kong will arrive in Sri Lanka for a similar tour and will play 3 T20 games in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket is hosting the above two teams in accordance of uplifting the standard of cricket of the Associate Members of ICC. Match Fixtures 24th Feb 2014 Monday 01st T20 Colts – 9.30 am to 1.00 pm Nigeria vs. Antonian SC 25th Feb 2014 Tuesday 01st… Read More →

Thirimanne to replace injured Dilshan

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Media Release An injury to T.M. Dilshan’s hand will keep him out of the rest of the Bangaldesh tour. He will be replaced by Lahiru Thirimanne who will join the team today. This injury occurred during yesterdays match against Bangladesh and will return to the country today. Kumar Sangakkara will be rested for the final ODI game. Mahela Jayawardene & Chaturanga De Silva will join the team for the Asia Cup.

ICC Revised Position Paper: Stakeholders agrees to SLC decision

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Executive Committee of SLC met with Stake holders, Past Captains, Past Presidents, Secretaries, Management Staff of SLC in the presence of the Sports Ministry Representative at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Sports yesterday to discuss the matters pertaining to the ICC Revised Working Group Proposals presented at the ICC Board meeting held on the 8th of February 2014 in Singapore. SLC was represented by the Vice President of SLC Mr. Mohan De Silva, the Hony.Secretary of SLC Mr. Nishantha Ranatunga and SLC Treasurer Mr. Nuski Mohamed at this meeting. At the outset of the meeting the representatives of SLC briefed the stake holders and all present on the sequence… Read More →

Under-19: Sri Lanka Marches into Quarterfinals with Big Win

Hashan Dumindu

Sri Lanka followed a thrilling one-wicket win over England with a comprehensive victory against the United Arab Emirates, triumphing by eight wickets in a Group D match of the ICC Under-19 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Tuesday(February 18). Sri Lanka thus ensured its entry into the quarterfinals of the event, maintaining an all-win record. Hashan Dumindu, the opener, starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 113 off 118 balls. His innings included eleven fours and one six, as Sri Lanka chased down UAE’s 205 all out with ease, taking just 43.1 overs to get to the target. Having lost the in-form Sadeera Samarawickrama for just 7 in the sixth over, Dumindu collaborated with Kusal Mendis, the captain,… Read More →

ICC Revised Position Paper: ExCo unanimously decided to support

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Media Release The Executive Committee met today (17th February) at SLC headquarters to converse regarding the revised resolutions forwarded by the ICC at the ICC Board meeting held on 8th February 2014 in Singapore. Subsequent to the committee members assessing the revised resolutions in detail, all members were satisfied with the amendments made in the areas of governance and competition models and thus unanimously decided to support the paper. Further the Executive Committee proposed the relevant officials to engage in discussions with other member nations to negotiate bi-lateral tours in the FTP (Future Tour Programme) which are in a favorable manner to SLC.

Perera leads Sri Lanka to ODI win over Bangladesh


Thisara Perera’s brilliant counter-attack inspired Sri Lanka to a 13-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Monday, giving the tourists the lead in the three-match series. Perera smashed an unbeaten 80 off 57 balls to lift the tourists from a hopeless 67-8 in the 22nd over to 180 all out after Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field. Sensing an opening, Sri Lanka hit back to bowl out the hosts for 167 in the 40th over of the rain-curtailed match at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Bangladesh, riding on opener Shamsur Rahman’s 62 off 49 balls and 44 from Mominul Haque, were cruising at 114-2 in the 20th over when the batting came apart. Sri Lankan… Read More →

Squads for Asia Cup, ICC World T20 announced


Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held , the following squad was selected by the National Selectors for the Asia Cup 2014, and the ICC World T20 2014. ICC World T20 Squad: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain) Lasith Malinga (Vice Captain) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Lahiru Thirimanne Angelo Mathews Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Rangana Herath / Chathuranga De Silva Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Seekuge Prasanna Rangana Herath will be subject to fitness Asia Cup – 2014  Squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain) Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardane Lahiru Thirimanne Ashan Priyanjan Thisara Perera Lasith Malinga Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Chathuranga De Silva The above… Read More →

Under-19: Sri Lanka scrapes past England


On certain days, an individual’s success depends on his desire to grind it out, while others around him or her fail to get a grip over the conditions. Those who manage not to succumb to the pressure invariably prove to be the difference between winning and losing. Thilaksha Sumanasiri was that difference on Sunday (February 16) in the ICC Under-19 World Cup game between Sri Lanka and England at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Sumanasiri’s 42-ball 43 in a crisis situation gave Sri Lanka a thrilling one-wicket victory against England in its Group D match, and with two wins in as many matches, Sri Lanka has now placed itself in a very strong position to qualify for the quarterfinals. On the… Read More →