Media Release Sri Lankan wicket keeper batsman Prasanna Jayawardena will be returning home at the completion of the ongoing 1st Test match played against England. He will be returning due to a finger injury suffered in the current Test Match. Prasanna’s place in the touring squad will be replaced by Left hand Batsman Kithruwan Vithanage. The replacement was decided by the National Selectors which received Ministerial approval. Vithanage will be joining the rest of the squad tomorrow.
On an unexpectedly competitive day, Angelo Mathews secured his third Test century before his bowlers, led by a brilliant Shaminda Eranga and a cunning Rangana Herath, gave Sri Lanka a sniff of a gettable fifth-day target. That possibility receded as Gary Ballance, England’s last recognised batsman, found sufficient support from Chris Jordan and Stuart Broad to take the lead out of sight by the close, posting his own maiden century. Leading by 122 on the first count, England closed the day on 267 for 8, an overall lead of 389 and well placed to force the initiative on the final day. On a cloudy fourth morning on Sunday (June 15), with the lights on, both sides achieved its immediate objectives for the day… Read More →
Sri Lanka saved the follow on with a dazzling century from Kumar Sangakkara and a highly responsible undefeated 79 from Angelo Mathews, the captain, but trailed England by 160 runs with three first-innings wickets in hand and two days to play. Moeen Ali took his maiden Test wicket and Matt Prior proved his fitness with three more catches to give him four in the innings so far. On a still blameless pitch, it’ll need a collapse from one side or the other – something not beyond the realms of possibility – if a result will be forthcoming in this First Test of the two-Test series. Floodlights rather than sunlight illuminated Lord’s, as the promised clouds rolled in to greet the… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the teams for the upcoming SLC Super 4′s Tournament. The Super 4′s tournament will commence on the 27th of June 2014 and all matches will be played at SSC. Western Troopers Angelo Mathews, Udara Jayasundara, Dilshan Munaweera, Kithruwan Vithanage, Kaushal Gajasinghe, Chathuranga De Silva, Kosala Kulasekera, Kanishka Alvitigala, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Gamage, Isuru Udana, Sachitra Senanayake, Janaka Gunarathne, Dimuth Karunarathne, Gayan maneeshan, Shehan Fernando, Pawan Devinda, Vishva Fernando, Banuka Rajapaksha Yaal Blazers Dinesh Chandimal, Mahela Udawatte, Chamara Kapugedera, Ashan Priyanjana, Mahela Jayawardana, Jeewan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Chaminda Bandara, Ramith Rambukwella, Rangana Herath, Akila Dananjaya, Rumesh Buddika, Anuk Fernando, Alankara Asanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Chaturanga Kumara, S. Sanjeewan, Sahan Wijerathna Udarata Rulers Lahiru Thirimann,… Read More →
Sri Lanka Cricket on recommendation of the Committee appointed by the Executive Committee felicitated 14 Past Cricketers of Ceylon who have done the country proud. This was decided with the thought in mind to assist these Cricketers who played the game and brought honour to the country during the era when Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon. The committee had identified 14 past cricketers and recommended to make a grant of Rs. 300,000 for their personal expenses. The recipients of this grant were: Mr. Bertie Wijesinghe Mr. Stanley Jayasinghe Mr. M.Devaraj Mr. Nihal Kodituwakku Mr. A.C.M.Lafir Mr. H.I.K.Fernando Mr. Stanley De Alwis Mr. Daya Sahabandu Mr. Lasantha Rodrigo Mr. Russel Harmmer Mr. Amitha De Costa Mr. Gulam Razik Mr. T.B.Kehelgamuwa… Read More →
Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket has today confirmed the itinerary for the England tour to Sri Lanka in November and December 2014. The itinerary will comprise seven One-Day Internationals and two warm-up matches with the tour starting and finishing in Colombo. Fri 21 Nov 1st warm-up v SL A (Day), Sinhalese Sports Club,Colombo Sun 23 Nov 2nd warm-up v SL A (Day), Tamil Union (Oval), Colombo Wed 26 Nov 1st ODI (Day/Night), RPICS Colombo* Sat 29 Nov 2nd ODI (Day), RPICS Colombo* Wed 3 Dec 3rd ODI (Day/Night), MRICS Hambantota Sat 6 Dec 4th ODI (Day), RPICS Colombo * Wed 10 Dec … Read More →
Media Release SLC Tournament Committee decided to POSTPONE the Under 23 Division I and Under 23 Division II by 2 weeks due to inclement weather. Tournament will start on 20.21.22 June 2014. 1st & 2nd sets of matches will be played at last.
Sri Lanka proved too strong for England in the fifth and final One-Day International at Edgbaston on Tuesday (June 3), winning by six wickets to clinch a 3-2 series victory. First paceman Lasith Malinga took 3 for 50 as Sri Lanka restricted England to 219. Then, after Sri Lanka was 62 for 3, half-centuries from Mahela Jayawardena (53) and Lahiru Thirimanne (60 not out), and captain Angelo Mathews’s 42 not out in 34 balls took Sri Lanka home with ten balls left in the innings. There was a controversial moment during England’s innings when Sachithra Senanayake Mankaded Jos Buttler. Mathews upheld the appeal – it was a perfectly legitimate dismissal – and Buttler was out for 21. Sri Lanka, set… Read More →
Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the Test Squad of the England tour. Squad: Angelo Mathews (Captain ), Lahiru Thirimanne (Vice Captain), Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva. Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, Prasanna Jayawardena, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera, Shaminda Eranga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Chanaka Welagedara, Dhammika Prasad The Hon.Minister of Sports and SLC ExCo has approved same.
Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) has informed SLC that the umpires officiating in the 4th ODI of the ongoing England tour have reported a number of deliveries bowled by Sachithra Senanayake were considered to be suspect. Since Sachithra had over the past 2 years played many bilateral/ ICC tournaments and four earlier games in the current tour without any hint of suspicion, this comes as a surprise to SLC. As however, the ICC has a procedure in place for situations such as this, SLC has no option but to adhere to the laid down process. According to this process, Sachithra is not debarred from consideration for selection to the 5th ODI to be played at Edgbaston tomorrow.
Sri Lanka levelled the series in a Lord’s thriller in which two batsmen stood head and shoulders above their team-mates. Sri Lanka needed a magnificent century from Kumar Sangakkara, who got support from a scratchy Tillakaratne Dilshan to set a highly competitive target of 301. That looked plenty enough for the win until Jos Buttler joined Ravi Bopara in the 29th over and proceeded to hit almost every ball out of the middle, posting an extraordinary century of his own. But even that wasn’t quite enough to secure a most unexpected of wins. The winning margin of seven runs, with the result still in the balance in the 100th over of the day, was the first close result of the… Read More →
Three days after England fell to a 157-run defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka, it bounced back with a 10-wicket win against the same opponents in the third One-Day International at Old Trafford on Wednesday (May 28). Chris Jordan, with career-best figures of 5 for 29, led the English attack as Sri Lanka, after being put in to bat in overcast conditions, folded for just 67 in 24 overs. The target was easily overhauled by England captain Alastair Cook (30 not out), who was returning from injury, and fellow opener Ian Bell (41 not out), Bell finishing things off in the 13th over with a six off spinner Rangana Herath. Earlier, after rain delayed the match start by 20… Read More →
Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held it has been decided by the National Selectors to send Rangana Herath for the Sri Lanka tour of England series in place of Suranga Lakmal who is injured. Suranga will return to Sri Lanka and Rangana will join the squad. The Hon.Minister of Sports and SLC ExCo has approved same.
Impressive Sri Lanka levelled the Royal London One-Day International Series with a comprehensive 157-run win over England at the Emirates Durham ICG. Having been asked to bat under typically overcast skies, the tourists forewent their usual brand of attacking strokeplay in favour of a controlled approach. It paid dividends, too, as Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 88 secured a total of 256 for eight on a surface that consistently offered a smattering of assistance to seam. England were left to rue a lacklustre display in the field, too, with 15 wides and a couple of dropped catches proving costly. Even so, hopes were high of chasing a total that appeared par until Nuwan Kulasekara rocked England’s top order with three quick wickets. But… Read More →
England cruised to a comfortable victory between the showers at The Oval on Thursday (May 22), the winning margin of 81 runs not flattering it, as Man of the Match Chris Jordan’s aggression with both bat and ball and Gary Ballance’s composed innings giving England’s new management a successful start in 50-over cricket, with Sri Lanka clearly playing in unfamiliar and unfavourable conditions. Alastair Cook, back on home territory for England, was comforted to receive respectful applause walking to the crease, having lost the toss and been invited to bat by Angelo Mathews. He was soon feeling even more comforted, having offered a sharp chance to Tillakaratne Dilshan at backward point, the Sri Lanka veteran springing well to his right,… Read More →