Sri Lanka champs in champagne style led by Tharanga and Mendis

Sri Lanka's players and their captain Upul Tharanga (R) receive the trophy after winning the final of the Blue Mountain Achilleion tri-series played between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on November 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka’s trophy clinching comprehensive 6-wicket triumph over Zimbabwe skippered by Upul Tharanga in the three cornered triangular final at Harare on Sunday was a fitting rounding off for the Sri Lankans. For, it was a relative new look team with a strong cast of youngsters thrust under the leadership of an old guard in Tharanga while fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekera was the only other player from the old cast. Going into the championship, Sri Lanka was tested strongly having allowed the hosts Zimbabwe to dominate them initially losing to the West Indies while figuring in a no decision with Zimbabwe. At the start Sri Lanka lacked the required type of cohesion of knitting as an unit. A major concern… Read More →

Players to participate in Higher Tier Tournaments

SLC removes restrictions that see talent under-utilized Sri Lanka Cricket announced today (28) in a widely lauded move, that any players who have participated in the national tournaments during the current season will be eligible to play in higher tier tournaments during the same season, subject to the club represented at a lower tier not participating at the higher tier. The decision was made in consideration of circumstances whereby talented young players are forced to miss the tournaments due to employment obligations and the like, which have thus far rendered them ineligible to play at higher tiers. It was the consensus of the Executive Committee that such a waste of talent would only negatively impact the quality of Cricket in… Read More →

ඕනෑම ස්ථානයක කී‍්‍රඩා කළ හැකි පිතිකරුවෙක්

Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya De Silva (L) and teammate Kusal Mendis (R) walk off the pitch at the end of the opening match of an ODI series Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe in Harare, on November 14 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

ටෙස්ට් හෝ එක්දින කි‍්‍රකට් කණ්ඩායමක කිසියම් පිතිකරුවකු කණ්ඩායමේ ඕනෑම ස්ථානයක පිතිකරණයේ යෙදීමට සමත්වේ නම් හේ විරළ ඝණයේ පිතිකරුවෙකි. එවැනි පිතිකරුවන් ලොවට සිටින්නේද අතලොස්සකි. ශී‍්‍ර ලාංකීය පිතිකරුවන් අතරින් කණ්ඩායමේ ඕනෑම ස්ථානයක කී‍්‍රඩා කළ හැකි පිතිකරුවකු ලෙස ධනංජය ද සිල්වා නම් කළ හැකිවේ. ඔහු එක්දින තරඟවලදී ආරම්භක පිතිකරු ලෙසත් අංක 03 ස්ථානයේත් කී‍්‍රඩා කරයි. ටෙස්ට් තරඟයකදී හේ් පිටියට පිවිසෙන්නේ අංක හය හත අට ස්ථානයටය. ඕනෑම ස්ථානයක කී‍්‍රඩා කිරීමේ දක්‍ෂතාව මේ විත්තිකරු සතුවේ. මීට කළින් කුමාර් සංගක්කාර, මහේල ජයවර්ධන, සනත් ජයසුරිය, තිලකරත්න දිල්ෂාන් වැනි ජාත්‍යන්තරයේ නමක් දිනු පිතිකරුවන් ලංකා කණ්ඩායමේ ඉහළ හා පහත ස්ථානවල පිතිකරණයේ යෙදුණු අයුරු අපට මතකය. තිස්සමහාරාමයේ දෙබරවැව මධ්‍ය මහා විදුහලෙන් කි‍්‍රකට් කී‍්‍රඩාවට පිවිසි ධනංජය ද සිල්වා බදුරලිය කී‍්‍රඩා සමාජය, රාගම කී‍්‍රඩා සමාජය, කඳුරට මෙරූන්ස් ටැමිල් යුනියන් (ද්‍රවිඩ සමාජය* ශී‍්‍ර… Read More →

Mendis, Tharanga steer Sri Lanka to title

Sri Lanka's players celebrate victory after the final of the Blue Mountain Achilleion tri-series played between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on November 27 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Half-centuries from batting duo keep chase on track after bowlers dismiss Zimbabwe for 160 Upul Tharanga and Kusal Mendis struck half centuries as Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by six wickets to clinch the triangular series trophy at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo on Sunday (November 27). After bowling Zimbabwe out for 160 in 36.3 overs, Sri Lanka lost three early wickets before Tharanga and Mendis chased down the target in 37.3 overs. Zimbabwe had shown great resilience in making the final after initial losses by going past West Indies, but in the title clash, Sri Lanka proved to be too good. Zimbabwe was rocked early after Graeme Cremer, the captain, won the toss and elected to bat first. Peter Moor, the wicketkeeper-batsman, was the… Read More →

SLC President’s Cricket Vision a far reaching take off

Thilanga Sumathipala

The cutting edge dimension far reaching plan driven by Sri Lanka Cricket’s far sighted President, Thilanga Sumathipala to steer the sport in Sri Lanka under a hitherto never seen concept to drive domestic cricket at all levels in the length and breadth of the country is by all accounts path breaking for the cricket crazy island nation whose over 20 million people delight in. It would effectively be path breaking for the future of Sri Lanka cricket given the fact that the game had been negated in the past due to the lack of an adequate network and finances to address cricket and set in smooth motion from the grassroots level of the domestic periphery undermining national performance; mainly in… Read More →

Sri Lanka fined for slow over-rate against the West Indies

Sri Lanka batsman Kusal Mendis is in action during the fifth match of triangular one-day international series between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo, on November 23 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate against the West Indies in the fifth match of the tri-nation series in Bulawayo on Wednesday. Javagal Srinath of the Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Upul Tharanga’s side was ruled to be two overs short of its target when time allowances were taken into consideration. In accordance with Article 2.5.1 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minor over-rate offences, players are fined 10 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time, with the captain fined double that amount. As such, Tharanga has been fined 40 per cent of his match fee, while… Read More →

Training Progaramme for Sri Lanka Under 19 Cricket Team

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Motivation, Team Building and Leadership Training Programme for Sri Lanka under 19 Cricket Team was held at the Combat Training School SLAF Diyatalawa since 17 to 21 November 2016. The training programme was organized under the patronage of the Commanding Officer Air Commodore CB Labrooy. The course was geared towards improving the self-confidence, motivation, leadership qualities and awareness of customs and etiquette of the cricketers while developing positive thinking through theoretical and practical training to enhance performance and the winning spirit among members. The closing ceremony of the programme was held on 21 November 2016 under the auspices of the Officer Commanding Training Wing Commander GPNC Piyasena.

Gallant Dhananjaya de Silva adds muscle to new order

Sri Lanka batsman Dhananjaya de Silva (L) is in action as Brian Chari escapes a ball during the first day of the second cricket Test match between Sri Lanka and hosts Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports club, on November 6, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Among Sri Lanka’s young guns who fired down Zimbabwe in the 2-nil Test series sweep, Dananjaya de Silva, the lad from the Southern terrain of Hambantota, measured heavily in that away triumph. At a time the country is on a rebuilding curve, the 25-year old right hander did infuse the flamboyance of stroke play in imbibing the required middle order solidity that Sri Lanka has been questing for in blazing a new trail following the retirement of several veterans in the recent past. Dananjaya made scores of 25, 64, 127 and 9 respectively in the four innings of the two test matches he figured in at Harare recently. It was a wholly insulating effort in what was his maiden overseas… Read More →

තෙමසක ක්‍රිකට් පරිපාලන ප්‍රගතිය විශිෂ්ටයි


වත්මන් ක්‍රිකට් සභාපති තිලංග සුමතිපාල මහතාගේ ප්‍රධානත්වයෙන් යුත් ක්‍රිකට් විධායක කමිටුව තේරී වසරක් ගතවීමට පෙර විශේෂයෙන්ම පසුගිය තෙමස තුළ ක්‍රිකට් අභිවෘද්ධිය උදෙසා ගත් තීරණ ඉතාමත් වැදගත්ය. ප්‍රිමියර් අන්තර් සමාජ තරගාවලියන්ට සහභාගී වන කණ්ඩායම් වල වියහියදම් වෙනුවෙන් රුපියල් විසිහය කෝටි හතළිස් ලක්ෂයක (රුපියල් මිලියන 264) මුදලක් වෙන් කිරීම, ක්‍රීඩකයන් සිය දෙනෙකු සමග කොන්ත්‍රාත් ගිවිසුම් වලට එළැඹීම, දක්ෂතා මත ක්‍රීඩකයන්ට වැඩි ප්‍රසාද දීමනා ප්‍රදානය, තරුණ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයනට අවස්ථාව ලබාදීම සදහා ප්‍රථම ආසියානු ක්‍රසලාන ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලිය ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංවිධානය කිරීම, තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයනට ජාතික කණ්ඩායමේ දොරටු විවෘත කිරීම, පාසල් ක්‍රිකට් දියුණුවට අතදීම, කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් අභිවෘද්ධියට ඕස්ට්‍රේලියා හා එංගලන්ත ජාතික කාන්තා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට ගෙන්වා තරග සංවිධානය කිරීම නව කාන්තා පුහුණුකරුවන් පත්කර පරිපාලන ව්‍යුහය සැකසීම, ප්‍රිමියර් ක්‍රිකට් සමාජවලට ඉතා අඩු මිලට පන්දු යවන උපකරණ… Read More →

Herath leads from the front to reach crowning moment in career

Sri Lanka's captain Rangana Herath (R) receives the series trophy after winning Test series between Sri Lanka and at the Harare Sports Club on November 10, 2016. 
Sri Lanka completed a convincing 257-run victory over Zimbabwe in the second Test to sweep the series 2-0 at Harare Sports Club today. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

The short and stocky built Rangana Herath looks innocuous to the eye as to a class performer on the cricket stage. But put the ball in his hand or even a bat in his grip and the small man has indeed demonstrated what a winning streak he possesses. Ever since he made a fruity debut for Sri Lanka on September 22, 1999 with 3 wickets including the prize scalp of the then Aussie skipper Steve Waugh, it has been a telling Everest climb at age 21 Rangana Herath has certainly dwarfed size in roller-coaster fashion. That in a 17 year career since then that Herath has risen monotonously to becoming modern cricket’s ICC No.2 bowler exemplifies the oozing talent of… Read More →

තරුණ කණ්ඩායමෙන් එතෙර ටෙස්ට් ජයග්‍රහණ


  සිම්බාබ්වේ කණ්ඩායම සමග ඔක්තෝබර් 29 සිට නොවැම්බර් 2 දක්වා ප්‍රථම ටෙස්ට් තරගයටත් නොවැම්බර් 6 සිට 10 දක්වා දෙවැනි ටෙස්ට් තරගයටත් නොවැම්බර් 14 සිට 27 දක්වා දැන් පැවැත්වන තුන්කොන් එක්දින සීමිත ඕවර ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලියටත් සහභාගි වන තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයන් රැසකින් යුත් ශ්‍රී ලංකා නව කණ්ඩායම  එතෙරදී ටෙස්ට් ජයග්‍රහණ පෙන්වීමෙ අවස්ථාව උදා කරගත්තේ ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකම පහසුවෙන් ජය ගනිමිනි. තුන්කොන් සීමිත ඕවර තරගාවලියට එක්වුනු අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම වන බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් දූපත් වෙතින් ලංකා පිල ප්‍රථම තරගයේ දී දරුණු ලෙස පරාජය වුවද අඩුපාඩු සකසා ගැනීමට ලංකා පිලට අවස්ථාව ඇත. ශ්‍රී ලංකා – සිම්බාබ්වේ ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකම හරාරේ ජාතික ක්‍රීඩා සමාජ ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේත් බ.ඉ.කො. පිළ එක්වුනු තුන්කොන් තරගාවලිය හරාරේ ජාතික ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ සහ බුලවායෝ කුයින්ස් ක්‍රීඩා සමාජයේත් සංවිධානය කර කිබුණි. එක් කණ්ඩායමක් අනෙක් කණ්ඩායම සමග තරග… Read More →

Rs. 11 Million each to Premier Clubs


SLC invests in cutting edge technology to uplift standards of domestic Cricket. Reveals long term strategy to conquer the world arena. Rs. 264 Million invested in conducting the Premier Tournament 2016. Sri Lanka Cricket announced on this week that it has allocated impressive sum of Rs. 264 Million to conduct the Premier Tournaments of 2016 which will commence on the 25th of November. The tournament which consists of League Tournament, Limited Over Tournament and a T20 Tournament will field 24 teams divided into two tiers and will be played across 8/9 weeks ending in February 2017. In the League Tournament the Tier ‘A’ clubs will play a total of 84 three-day games in 2 groups in the first round and… Read More →

Bowlers deliver bonus-point win for West Indies

West Indies captain Jason Holder is in action during the second match of tri-nation one-day international series Sri Lanka vs West Indies at Harare Sports Club on November 16 2016.  / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai Njikizana

Sri Lanka goes down by 62 runs, with Holder, Gabriel and Nurse combining to bowl the team out for 165 Bowlers deliver bonus-point win for West Indies – Cricket News The West Indies bowlers bowled Sri Lanka out for 165. Shannon Gabriel’s 3 for 31, Ashley Nurse’s 3 for 46 on debut and Jason Holder’s 2 for 16 helped West Indies beat Sri Lanka by 62 runs and secure a bonus point in the second game of the triangular One-Day International series, also involving Zimbabwe, at the Harare Sports Club on Wednesday (November 16). Chasing 228, after West Indies had been dismissed for 227 in 49.2 overs, Sri Lanka got off to a poor start to be reduced to 16… Read More →

Sri Lanka Women’s squad for the Asia Cup 2016

Sri Lanka Cricket has selected the below named 15 players for the Asia Cup Tournament to be played in Thailand from the 24th November to 05th December 2016. The squad is: 1. Hasini Perera – Captain 2. Prasadini Weerakkody – Vice Captain 3. Chamari Atapattu 4. Sripali Weerakkody 5. Sugandika Kumari 6. Dinali Manodara 7. Nilakshi Silva 8. Nipuni Hansika 9. Inoka Ranaweera 10.Oshadi Ranasinghe 11.Eshani Lokusuriya 12.Yashoda Mendis 13.Hansima Kurunaratne 14.Ama Kanchana 15.Udeshika Probodini Stand by: Inoshi Fernando Lasantha Madushani Anushka Sanjeewani Malsha Shehani