Root,Woakes keep England alive

England team

England stayed alive in the seven-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka after easing to a five-wicket victory in the fifth match at the Pallekele International Stadium on Thursday (December 11). Riding on Joe Root’s unbeaten century on the reserve day – rain made it impossible for the second innings to be played on Wednesday – England achieved the target of 240 in the final over with five balls to spare, leaving the series tantalisingly poised at 3-2. It was the highest successful chase in an ODI on the ground. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 239 in 49 overs after Chris Woakes ran through the line-up to return 6 for 47. Sri Lanka’s relatively competitive total was… Read More →

Rain pushes fifth ODI to reserve day


Rain prevented England’s chase of 240 to win its fifth One-Day International against Sri Lanka in Pallekele on Wednesday (December 10) from taking off, coming down at the end of the Sri Lankan innings and ensuring the game would spill over to Thursday, the reserve day. When play starts on Thursday, at the usual 2.30pm local time, England would get its full 50 overs – unless, of course, weather plays spoilsport again – to try and stay alive in the seven-ODI series. Earlier on Wednesday, England’s bowlers kept Sri Lanka on a tight leash. England, lagging 3-1 behind, had its bowlers – Chris Woakes in particular – giving them a fighting chance even as rain clouds hovered over the Pallekele… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad for New Zealand tour


Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named The following players for the Test Squad of the New Zealand  tour. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Kaushal Silva Dimuth Karunaratne Kumar Sangakkara Lahiru Thirimanne Niroshan Dickwella Prasanna Jayawardena Dinesh Chandimal Dilruwan Perera P.H.T Kaushal Shaminda Eranga Suranga Lakmal Dhammika Prasad Dushmantha Chameera Nuwan Pradeep Rangana Herath * (Rangana Herath may not take part in the 1st Test owing to personal reasons) This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Senanayake cleared to resume bowling


ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that, following remedial work and a re-test, the bowling actions of Sri Lanka’s Sachithra Senanayake and New Zealand’s Kane Williamson are legal and they can now resume bowling in international cricket. Since being reported earlier in the year, both bowlers have remodeled their bowling actions prior to applying to have their actions re-tested. The results showed that the level of elbow extension measured for all deliveries bowled was now within the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under the ICC regulations. The umpires are still at liberty to report these bowlers in the future if they believe the bowler is displaying a suspect action and not reproducing the legal action that… Read More →

England fined for slow over rate in fourth ODI


ICC Media Release England has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Sunday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the fine after Eoin Morgan’s side was ruled to be one over 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, Morgan was fined 20 per cent of his… Read More →

SLC announce preliminary 30 man World Cup squad

Sri Lanka Squad

Media Release The National Selectors at a Selection Committee meeting held has nominated the following players for the 30 pool of the ICC WC 2015. > 1). Angelo Mathews (Captain) > 2). T M Dilshan > 3). Lahiru Thirimanna > 4). Kumar Sangakkara > 5). Mahela Jayawardene > 6). Kusal Janith > 7). Upul Tharanga > 8). Dimuth Karunarathna > 9). Dinesh Chandimal > 10). Ashan Priyanjana > 11). Kithuruwan Vithanage > 12). Niroshan Dickwella > 13). Rangana Herath > 14). Dilruwan Perera > 15). Seekkuge Prasanna > 16). Ajantha Mendis > 17). Sachithra Senanayaka > 18). P H D Kaushal > 19). Jeevan Mendis > 20). Ramith Rambukwella > 21). Suranga Lakmal > 22). Nuwan Kulasekara > 23). Lasith… Read More →

Sangakkara gives Sri Lanka 3-1 lead

Kumar Sangakkara scored 86 off 105 balls.

Earlier this week, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) banned the use of horns and hooters in venues across the country. It meant that on Sunday (December 7), the atmosphere at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo felt like old times. The Papare band, without the intrusion of modern-day noise-making devices, was in full flow. The crowd was high on music and cricket, and on the field, two home-grown old-timers, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, pushed back the clock with a fluid match-winning 96-run stand against England in the fourth One-Day International of the seven-match series. Sangakkara’s 86 took him past 1000 ODI runs for the fourth successive calendar year – he’s the third after Sourav Ganguly and Virat Kohli to achieve the feat… Read More →

Sri Lanka squad for 4th and 5th ODI

Sri Lanka Team

Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the National Selectors named the following players for the 4th and 5th ODI sqauds for the England Tour of Sri Lanka 2014. 1. Angelo Mathews (Captain) 2. T.M Dilshan 3. Kusal Janith Perera 4. Kumar Sangakkara 5. Mahela Jayawardena 6. Lahiru Thirimanne 7. Ashan Priyanjan 8. Jeevan Mendis 9. Rangana Herath 10. Dilruwan Perera 11. Lakshan Sandakan 12. Dhammika Prasad 13. Suranga Lakmal 14. Thisara Perera 15. Lahiru Gamage 16. Ajantha Mendis This has been approved by the Hon. Minister of Sports.

Cook suspended for second minor over-rate offence

Alastair Cook

ICC Media Release England captain Alastair Cook has been suspended for one ODI and fined 20 per cent of his match fee, while his players have been fined 10 per cent of their match fees, for maintaining a slow over-rate during England’s five-wicket victory against Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Hambantota on Wednesday. David Boon of the Emirates Elite Panel of ICC Match Referees imposed the suspension on Cook after England was ruled to be one over short of its target at the end of the match when time allowances were taken into consideration. As Cook had previously been found guilty of a minor over rate offence in One-Day Internationals within the last 12 months, this offence constituted… Read More →

Root, Buttler fashion England victory


There wasn’t an iota of doubt that England was under immense pressure coming into Wednesday’s (December 3) third One-Day International against Sri Lanka. Since reaching the final of the Champions Trophy in June 2013, the team hardly had anything in the bag as far as 50-over cricket was concerned. Defeat in the first two games of the seven-match series meant this game in Hambantota was critical in many ways. As if that wasn’t challenging enough, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 242 for 8 courtesy Kumar Sangakkara (63) and Lahiru Thirimanne (62). The hosts had opted to bat but a lengthy spell of rain very early in its innings curtailed this to a 35-overs-a-side fixture. With the series fast slipping away,… Read More →

SLC ban portable horns / hooters at cricket matches


Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that it has taken a decision to ban ‘Portable Horns’ / “Hooters” to be brought in by spectators with immediate effect. Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee arrived at this decision today to generally safeguard spectator comfort inside spectator areas of the stadium. This does not mean that the papare bands are banned. These are individual horns brought in by the spectators. We will be implementing this rule on Wednesday at the 3rd ODI in Hambantota. The general public are warned that the Security Personnel will search for the above items very strictly and will confiscate the item if found on the spectator.

Spinners deliver big win for Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka defeated England by eight wickets in the second One-Day International in Colombo on Saturday (November 29) to zoom to a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series. Ajantha Mendis was the pick of the bowlers, starring with 3 for 33 as England was bowled out for 185 in 43 overs after opting to bat in a match that was reduced to 45-overs-per-side because of bad weather. Kumar Sangakkara (67 not out) and Mahela Jayawardena (77 not out) showcased their class, with an unbroken 149-run third-wicket partnership as Sri Lanka won with 10.4 overs to spare at the Premadasa stadium. Sri Lanka won the first match by 25 runs at the same venue on Wednesday. The third game will be… Read More →

Sri Lanka duo found guilty of Level 1 offences


ICC Media Release Sri Lanka players Tillakaratne Dilshan and Thisara Perera have been found guilty of a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first One-Day International against England in Colombo on Wednesday. Both players admitted the charges and accepted the sanctions imposed by David Boon of the Emirates International Panel of ICC Match Referees without the need to convene a disciplinary hearing. Dilshan was sanctioned with a reprimand and a fine of 25% of his match fee after admitting to a breach ofArticle 2.1.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “…Excessive appealing during an International match.” In turn, Perera was sanctioned with a reprimand and a fine of 20% of… Read More →

SLC condoles on Phillip Hughes tragic death

Phil Hughes

The President, and the Executive Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket and the entire staff, Players and Officials of Sri Lanka Cricket  and the Cricket fraternity in Sri Lanka was deeply saddened by the passing away of Phillip Hughes. “His loss will no doubt be a blow to the world of cricket” – Nishantha Ranatunga ( Secretary SLC) “It’s a very sad day for cricket. We share the grief of Phil Hughes’ untimely and tragic death with his  family friends and team mates, and also with our friends in Cricket Australia said Secretary of SLC Nishantha Ranatunga in a message to Cricket Australia. ” Being a youngster with much talent and promise his loss will no doubt be a blow to… Read More →