Under-19: Sri Lanka scrapes past England

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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 →

Sri Lanka beats England to Qualify for ICC U19 CWC Quarter-Final

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ICC Media Release Sri Lanka and South Africa sealed their places in the quarter-finals of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 when they recorded victories of contrasting styles on the third day of the 16-day tournament on Sunday. In front of Star Sports cameras at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Sri Lanka overcame 1998 champion England by one wicket in a match of fluctuating fortunes to become the first side from Group D to progress to the knock-out stage, while South Africa recorded a comfortable 45-run victory over Canada at Abu Dhabi Oval 1 to seal a place in the next round from Group C. In the other results of the day, the West Indies outplayed Zimbabwe by 167 runs… Read More →

Sri Lanka take series after another final-ball win

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Sachithra Senanakaye hit a boundary off the last ball as Sri Lanka secured a dramatic three-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second Twenty20 match in Chittagong on Friday to win the series 2-0. Having bowled the hosts out for a paltry 120, Sri Lanka stuttered in their reply to lose six wickets for 50 runs by the 12th over at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury stadium. Veteran Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera rebuilt for the world’s top-ranked Twenty20 side with a 46-run partnership for the seventh wicket. But when Sangakkara was snapped up at point off Rubel Hossain for 37, Sri Lanka still needed 25 to win off the last 20 balls. Senanayake helped Perera (35 not out) inch closer to… Read More →

Under-19: Mendis leads Sri Lanka’s victory

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Sri Lanka got the better of New Zealand by a solid 49-run margin in a Group D game, played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Friday (February 14). Batting first, Sri Lanka U19 managed to score 275 for 9 in its 50 overs, mainly due to a 107-ball 91 from its captain Kusal Mendis. Losing wickets at regular intervals, New Zealand U19 fell short by 49 runs, finishing at 226 for 8. Sadeera Samarawickrama (67) and Mendis, shared a 97-run stand for the second wicket to set Sri Lanka up for a big total. Contributions and partnerships from the middle order, Priyamal Perera (37) and Thilaksha Sumanasiri (22) ensured the team was on course to post a competitive total. Kyle… Read More →

Cricket celebrates one year to go to ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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ICC Media Release “We all know that it’s the biggest event that you can participate in,” says Mathews “We’re a side that is capable of winning big matches and high-profile tournaments,” says Misbah “We’re certainly one of the most dangerous teams,” says de Villiers “We need to start winning more matches and series,” says Bravo With exactly one year to go before the first ball is bowled in Christchurch in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Angelo Mathews of Sri Lanka, Misbah-ul-Haq of Pakistan and South Africa’s AB de Villiers preview ICC’s flagship event and talk about their sides’ preparations for the prestigious tournament. Mathews, who missed the final against India in Mumbai in 2011 due to an injury, said… Read More →

One year to go until the start of ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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Tickets to a once–in-a-generation sporting event – the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – went on general public sale today, one year from the start of the tournament on 14 February 2015. The tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, and organisers are expecting more than one million people to attend matches in Australia and New Zealand and more than one billion to watch the global broadcast. Tickets can be purchased at www.cricketworldcup.com and from Ticketek outlets across Australia and New Zealand. Children’s tickets are available for every match in the tournament, including the final. All children’s tickets for the pools stage are $5. Prices for adults start from just $20. To mark the occasion, countdown… Read More →

Womens Squad for the ICC WT20 Bangladesh

At a Selection Committee meeting held the following decisions were made by the Womens National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the ICC WT20 to be held in Bangladesh from the 15th March – 06th April 2014 1.      Shasikala Siriwardhana (Captain) 2.      Chamari Attapaththu (Vice Captain) 3.      Eshani Lokusuriya 4.      Deepika Rasangika 5.      Sripali Weerakkody 6.      Chandima Gunaratne 7.      Chamari Polgampola 8.      Rebeka Van Dort 9.      Oshadi Ranasinghe 10.    Hasini Perera 11.    Yashoda Mendis 12.    Maduri Samuddika 13.   Udeshika Prabodhini 14.   Nilakshi Silva Stand By : – Chathurani Gunawardena Inoka Ranaweera Nipuni Hansika Anushka Sanjeewani This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports.

Sri Lanka puts No 1 T20I position on the line

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Sri Lanka will begin a two-match T20I series against host Bangladesh from 12 February in Chittagong by putting its number one position on the Reliance ICC T20I Team Rankings Tableon the line. Sri Lanka enters the series as the number-one ranked side with 129 ratings points, leading 10th ranked Bangladesh by 57 ratings points. Only eight ratings points separate the top four sides, with India (123 points), South Africa (123 points) and Pakistan (121 points) close on the heels of the number-one ranked side. As such, because the rankings are weighted to reflect this difference, Sri Lanka will lose its top position if it loses both matches in the series. In such a scenario, Sri Lanka will drop nine ratings points and… Read More →

Under-19: Samarawickrama leads Sri Lanka U-19 to victory

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Last tournament’s finalists India and Australia suffered defeats in the first round of warm-up matches of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup UAE 2014 on Monday. Sri Lanka opener Sadeera Samarawickrama hit an attractive 82 and Priyamal Perera scored an unbeaten 50 to inspire their side to five wickets victory over defending champion India at Zayed Cricket Stadium, while Ryan Burl hit a fluent 60 as Zimbabwe defeated last event’s runner-up Australia by three wickets at Abu Dhabi Oval 1. The defending champion threw away a half-century opening wicket start to slump from 53-0 to 209 all out in 45.5 overs. All the top order batsmen got off to good starts but couldn’t convert these into big scores as No.8… Read More →

ICC Board Meeting held in Singapore

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Media Release At the ICC Board meeting held today in Singapore,the revised resolution relating to the governance, competition and financial models of ICC were presented. The scope of the Resolutions presently proposed were substantially changed, for which SLC required a fresh mandate from the Executive Committee and Stakeholders. As this was intimated to SLC this morning, the SLC representative at the ICC Board meeting abstained from voting as SLC were unable to obtain such mandate today, and would therefore have to go back to the Executive Committee and stakeholders before voting on the Resolutions. In the above context we will seek to obtain a fresh mandate based on the above in order to express SLC’s stance at the next ICC… Read More →

Sri Lanka U19s ready to conquer the World

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Written by Damith Weerasinghe Every two years under 19s around the world battle it out for the ICC Youth World Cup and this time the Sri Lanka under 19s are stealthily gearing themselves to take on U 19s of the world at the ICC U 19 World cup in the UAE from the 14th February – 1st March 2014. The Under 19 World Cup has functioned as a foundation stone to many a great cricketer such as Sanath Jayasuriya, Mike Atherton, Brian Lara, Inzamam Ul-Haq and rising stars such as Virat Kohli, Dinesh Chandimal, Darren Bravo, Shakib Al Hasan and many more. Most of the International players have begun their journey through the Under 19 World Cup and the exposure… Read More →

Briefing on ICC Working Group Proposal

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Executive Committee met with all the stake holders, Past Captains, Past Presidents and Secretaries of SLC and the Sports Ministry Representative to discuss the ICC Revised Working Group Proposals at the Auditorium of the Ministry of Sports. Revised Proposals put forward by the ICC, the views of the legal advisory committee, and the financial evaluations were taken into consideration and discussed in detail. The views of the Executive Committee were expressed based on the above. It was explained at this meeting that the SLC Executive Committee was firmly of the view that all endeavors should be made to safe guard the current rights and privileges of Sri Lanka Cricket as… Read More →

Revised ICC Working Group Proposals

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Media Release At an emergency meeting of the Executive Committee held today at SLC head quarters, to discuss the ICC revised proposals, the views of the legal advisory committee, and the financial evaluations were taken into consideration and tabled. The views of the Executive Committee were expressed based on the above. It was also decided that SLC should engage further with the stake holders and a meeting has been arranged for this purpose which will take place on 5th of February 2014. However the Executive committee was firmly of the view that all endeavors should be made to safe guard the current rights and privileges of Sri Lanka Cricket as a Full Member of the ICC. Since the issue is… Read More →