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 →

Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad for the 1st unofficial test against England Lions

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that at a Selection Committee meeting held, the following selections were made by the National Selectors for the 1st unofficial test against England Lions. 1.Upul Tharanga (Captain) 2.Udara Jayasundara 3.Banuka Rajapaksha 4.Roshen Silva 5.Niroshan Dickwella 6.Madawa Warnapura 7.Danushka Gunathileka 8.Shehan Jayasuriya 9.Chathuranga De Silva 10.P.H.T Kaushal 11.Chathura Randunu 12.Vishwa Fernando 13.Dhammika Prasad 14.Ishan Jayaratne 15.Lahiru Gamage  

Sri Lanka ODI & T20I squads for Bangladesh Series

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ODI Squad ( 3 games) Angelo Mathews (Capt) Dinesh Chandimal (V.Capt) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Ashan Priyanjan Kithruwan Vithanage Angelo Perera Lasith Malinga Thisara Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Seekkuge Prasanna *Mahela Jayawardena and Rangana Herath have been rested for the ODI Games.  T20 Squad (2 games ) Dinesh Chandimal (Capt) Lasith Malinga (V.Capt) T.M Dilshan Kusal Janith Perera Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Angelo Mathews Thisara Perera Angelo Perera Nuwan Kulasekara Suranga Lakmal Sachithra Senanayake Ajantha Mendis Rangana Herath Seekkuge Prasanna This has been approved by the Hon.Minister.

Under-19: Sri Lanka beat Australia in first youth one-day clash

The Sri Lankan under-19 cricket team produced a fine all-round performance to outplay Australia and notch a 95-run win in its first Under-19 Youth ODI played at the Colts ground in Colombo today. Sri Lanka put into bat first made 262-8 and Australia in return was bowled out for 167 with 29 deliveries to spare. Brief Score: Sri Lanka U-19s 262 for 8 wickets (50) (Hashan Dumindu 27, Kusal Mendis 103, Harsha Rajapaksha 33, Anuk Fernando 19n.o, Binura Fernando 16, James Bazley 3/32, Matthew Fotia 3/63) Australia U-19s 167 all out (45.1) (Damien Mrtimer 17, Alex Gregory 27, Cameron Valente 47, Thomas Andrews 20, Harsha Rajapaksha 3/21, AK Tyronne 2/30, Lakshan Jayasinghe 2/31) Click here for Full Scorecard   Sri Lanka, SRL U19… Read More →

Mahela Jayawardena on the move

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Mahela Jayawardena has jumped five places to 13th in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for Test Batsmen following his unbeaten knock of 203, against Bangladesh in the first Test at Mirpur. Jayawardena’s seventh career double hundred helped Sri Lanka register an innings and 248 runs win, to thereby take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series on Thursday. Jayawardena, named player of the match, is now on 714 ratings points, just two behind Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews, who is in 12th place with 716 ratings points. Of the other centurions in the Mirpur Test, Kaushal Silva has jumped 12 places to a career-best 48th following his knock of 139, while Kithuruwan Vithanage’s maiden Test hundred (103 not out) has seen him rocket 52… Read More →

Executive Committee Meeting – January 31st 2014

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that The Executive Committee  of Sri Lanka Cricket met today to consider the revised ICC proposals and decided to reconvene the ExCo on Monday after having evaluated the proposals financially and otherwise. The ExCo appointed a sub committee comprising of the Office bearers and CEO for this purpose.

SLC Official Dinner in Dubai to raise funds for development

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Sri Lanka Cricketers attended the Sri Lanka Cricket official dinner in Dubai,  to raise funds for development of the game in rural areas of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Cricket, together with SLC committee in the United Arab Emirates, organised an official dinner to raise funds for infrastructure development of school cricket in rural areas of Sri Lanka. SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga speaking at this event said “Spreading the game throughout our beautiful country is something that is absolutely vital to the long-term health of cricket in Sri Lanka and this initiative is designed to help us do exactly that”. “The funds raised from this event in Dubai will allow Sri Lanka Cricket to provide facilities for youngsters to learn the… Read More →

Lasith Malinga Cleared to Play Big Bash Semi Final

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that it has decided to release Lasith Malinga for the forthcoming Big Bash Semi Final to be played in Australia. Lasith Malinga was recalled to the country for a Intense Training Programme and since he had shown a tremendous  improvement in his fitness levels in the said training programme the National Coaching Staff together with the National Selectors took the decision to release him to play in the Big Bash. As per the special request made by the Management of the Melbourne Stars to SLC, Lasith Malinga was given permission to proceed for the Semi Final which will be played on the 4th of February 2014.