MUTTIAH MURALIDARAN: Don’t Panic!

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Exclusive Column My message to Sri Lanka – the squad and the fans following the action at home and all around the world – after the hammering the side suffered in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 opener against New Zealand in Christchurch is simple: don’t panic! The margin of the loss, by 98 runs, and the nature of it, with the side conceding 331 runs amid a lack of control from most of the bowlers and at least four dropped catches, followed by a disjointed batting display, is a worry, of course. But at the same time there also needs to be some realism. After all, it is not as if Sri Lanka came into the match in great form. The squad as a… Read More →

All-round New Zealand pockets 98-run win

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A cold, grey morning underpinned by a blustery southerly and a fine drizzle gave way to a summery bright afternoon in Christchurch as the home team rang in the ICC World Cup 2015 with an all-round performance against Sri Lanka on Saturday (February 14). If the Hagley Oval provided the perfect location, New Zealand played inch-perfect cricket to reaffirm its position as a favourite to win this tournament. That New Zealand won by 98 runs – its first success in five World Cup attempts against Sri Lanka – was not the point, nor was its collection of two points that set the team on its way to a spot in the knockouts. Rather, this was an exercise in ticking boxes, and New Zealand did… Read More →

In-form NZ, experienced SL kick World Cup off

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Players from two teams will heave a collective sigh of relief when the first ball is sent down at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday (February 14). New Zealand has never had as much expectation on its shoulders, and, Sri Lanka, who has been in this neck of the woods since December, can’t wait for the real action to begin. The clash between the teams, the first of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, could serve a very early pointer as to what to expect from a group stage that all captains are describing as being wide open. New Zealand has every single element in place and after a bit of fine-tuning is purring along. In terms of obvious weaknesses, New Zealand has none. The… Read More →

Angelo Mathews looks ahead to the ICC CWC 2015 opener against New Zealand

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match-press-conference”>listen to ‘Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews pre-match press conference’ on audioBoom   Full transcript of press conference Q. You’ve been here now for what must seem like an eternity since you first arrived here before Christmas. Can you give a sense of what it means to the team now that we’re 24 hours or 22 hours out from the start? You must be basically itching to go. ANGELO MATTHEWS: Yeah, of course. I mean, it’s nice to have played a bit more cricket in New Zealand before the start of the World Cup, but I think from tomorrow onwards, whoever plays the best cricket will obviously go on to win. But I think we have a slight advantage. We got used… Read More →

Launch of Reconciliation through Sports Cricket Tournament

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Australian High Commission Media Release: The Australian High Commission kicked off the ICC Cricket World Cup countdown yesterday (10th February) with the launch of the “Reconciliation through Sports” cricket tournament. The Hon Arjuna Ranatunga, Minister of Ports, Shipping and Aviation was Chief Guest at the event which was held at R. Premadasa Stadium. The Sports for Reconciliation cricket tournament, implemented by ZOA Sri Lanka, brings together 18 village-level youth teams from the Northern and Eastern Provinces representing all communities. The tournament will be played in a knock-out format with the grand final held at Mullaitivu in March 2015. The tournament aims to bring the excitement and spirit of the ICC Cricket World Cup to these communities, while also promoting social… Read More →

SLC to clear the false allegations made by JVP

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Media Release SLC wishes to state that at an Emergency Executive Committee Meeting held today to discuss the Media reports of the allegations made by the JVP Member of Parliament Hon. Sunil Handunhetti and was of the opinion that all the allegations made were baseless and done with malicious intent to discredit the Executive Committee and more over the Hony. Secretary. SLC ExCo would address to the Media in due course with all the relevant documents and approvals obtained in order to clear the negative perception which has been created in the minds of the public by these false allegations. The SLC ExCo is in the process of discussing this matter further with the legal committee in order to take… Read More →

Event Technical Committee approves replacement in Sri Lanka’s squad

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The ICC has confirmed that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has approved Dushmantha Chameera as a replacement player for Dhammika Prasad in Sri Lanka’s squad for the tournament, which starts on 14 February. Prasad fractured his hand while training on Saturday. The 23-year-old Chameera’s only ODI was against Sri Lanka in Wellington last month, in which he returned figures of two for 60. Any injury or illness-based replacement requires a written submission to the Event Technical Committee along with a diagnosis from a medical practitioner as to the extent of the injury or illness. Once replaced, a player may not return to the squad save as an approved subsequent replacement for another injured or… Read More →

Dushmantha Chameera to replace injured Dhammika Prasad

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Media Release Dhammika Prasad will not be in a position to represent the World Cup squad for the upcoming 2015 ICC WC owing to the injuries received by him during practice. Hence the Selection Committee in consultation with the Team Management has approved to include Dushmantha Chameera in place of Dhammika Prasad in the above squad subject to receiving the ICC Technical Committee’s approval in this regard. The Hon.Minister has approved same.

Dominant South Africa downs Sri Lanka

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South Africa put up a dominant show to beat Sri Lanka in the second warm-up match of the 2015 World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday (February 9). Put in to bat, Sri Lanka posted a competitive 279 for 7, courtesy Tillakaratne Dilshan’s century and a half-century from Angelo Mathews, after a lengthy spell of rain curtailed its innings at 44.4 overs. South Africa, which was set a revised Duckworth-Lewis target of 188 in 25 overs, cantered to a five-wicket win despite a late wobble. Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock gave South Africa a dream start, adding 106 in just 15.1 overs before Rangana Herath drew first blood. De Kock, who scored a 55-ball 66 with six fours and two sixes, edged to Dimuth Karunaratne. Amla,… Read More →

Dhammika Prasad injured

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Media release Dhammika Prasad was hit on the outside of the left hand when attempting a return catch while bowling today.  X-ray showed a fracture of the 5th metacarpal bone.  The fracture has been realigned and put in a cast. Dhammika will not be available for the upcoming World Cup. Sri Lanka Cricket will follow the ICC protocol in order take the process forward.

Jeremy Snape to help Sri Lankan Cricketers

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Cricketer turned Psychologist Jeremy Snape has been retained by SLC to help the Sri Lankan National Team in the run-up to the forthcoming World Cup 2015. This will be his second involvement with the national side. Jeremy worked successfully with the Team during the English series which Sri Lanka won. Accordingly Jeremy Snape will be with the Sri Lankan team for 14 days from 24th February to 09th March 2015. Jeremy will be able to enhance individual performance of the National Team with the World Cup in mind. This move is bound to add value to the system at this crucial stage and will support to derive the maximum output of players to face any challenges in the upcoming World Cup 2015 in… Read More →

Six Sri Lankans to Officiate at the ICC World Cup 2015

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that  6 Sri Lankans will Officiate at the up coming ICC World Cup 2015. Ranjan Madugalla & Roshan Mahanama will be officiating as Match Refrees and Kumar Dharmasena, Ranmore Martinez and Ruchira Palliyagurge will take the field as Umpires. Peter Manuel is officiating as Umpires Educator for the above tournament. ICC Media Release The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the umpire and match referee appointments for the pool stage matches of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be staged in Australia and New Zealand from 14 February to 29 March. Marais Erasmus and Nigel Llong will be the on-field umpires for the tournament opener between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in… Read More →

Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekera found guilty of Level 1 offence

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka player Nuwan Kulasekera was issued with an official reprimand after committing a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the 7th One Day International against New Zealand in Wellington on Thursday. Kulasekera admitted to a breach of Article 2.1.8 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which provides that an offence will be committed where a player engages in “…conduct that either : (a) is contrary to the spirit of the game; or (b) brings the game into disrepute.” After claiming the wicket of New Zealand batsman Luke Ronchi, Kulasekera aggressively changed direction towards the dismissed batsman, which was considered unacceptable by the Match Officials. The charge was laid by on-field umpires Chris Gaffaney and… Read More →

Brilliant Sangakkara sets up Sri Lankan win

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A crafty 113 off 105 balls from Kumar Sangakkara helped Sri Lanka register a 34-run win over New Zealand in the seventh and final One-Day International between the two sides in Wellington on Thursday (January 29). New Zealand had already sealed the series, but the moral-boosting win meant Sri Lanka took the scoreline to 4-2. Sri Lanka reached its highest score of the series, scoring 287 for 6 in 50 overs and then shot down New Zealand for 253 in 45.2 overs. And when Sangakkara took a superb diving one-handed catch to remove Corey Anderson, he became the most successful ODI keeper. It was his 473rd dismissal, bettering Adam Gilchrist’s record by one. Sangakkara added 104 runs with Tillakaratne Dilshan… Read More →