All-Round Sri Lanka U19 Overpowers Canada U19


  Sri Lanka opened its ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016 campaign with an authoritative, dominant performance against Canada to seal an mammoth 196-run victory at the Sylhet District Stadium on Thursday (January 28). There were four half-centurions in the line-up as Sri Lanka posted 315 for 6. In response, Canada was bundled out for 119 as Sri Lanka sealed victory with minimum fuss.Canada might have hoped to emulate Nepal, who sprung the first upset of the tournament, beating the much-fancied New Zealand in Fatullah earlier in the day. However, Sri Lanka was merciless, and wasn’t willing to budge an inch. It chose to bat and was on the front foot almost throughout the match, even accounting for its tendency to lose quick wickets. Arslan… Read More →

Sri Lanka T20 squad for India tour

Sri Lanka T20 Team

Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held on even date, the National Selectors named the following players for the above tour. 1.    Dinesh Chandimal (Captain) 2.    T M Dilshan 3.    Seekuge Prasanna 4.    Milinda Siriwardena 5.    Dhanushka Gunathilaka 6.    Thisara Perera 7.    Dasun Shanaka 8.    Asela Gunaratne 9.    Chamara Kapugedara 10. Dushmantha Chameera 11. Dilhara Fernando 12. Kasun Rajitha 13. Binura Fernando 14. Sachithra Senanayake 15. Jeffrey Vandersay  The Sports Minister Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara has approved the above Squad. Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekera, Rangana Herath & Nuwan Pradeep were not available for selection due to injuries. The Squad for the forthcoming Asia Cup and the ICC World T20 will be selected by the National Selectors after the conclusion… Read More →

Under 19: No room for complacency as Sri Lanka U19 aims to top table

Under 19 team in Bangladesh

Sri Lanka has taken good care to ensure that its preparation would be thorough in pursuit of a maiden trophy in the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2016. It started way back in October 2014, when it beat Australia by a 6-1 margin at home. There was a 2-3 loss to Bangladesh in January thereafter, a 3-0 victory over Pakistan at home and a loss to India in the final of a tri-series that also involved England. It has had matches aplenty under its belt, and enough time to settle on a combination. However, its tournament gets going at the Sylhet Divisional Stadium on Thursday (January 28) in what can very likely be a banana peel against Canada, who are all set to make… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka downed Nepal by 65 runs in warm-up game


Shammu Ashan shone again with the bat as Sri Lanka downed Nepal by 65 runs. Ashan, who made 66 against New Zealandon Saturday, hit 81 off 74 balls with four sixes and as many boundaries to lift Sri Lanka to 230-9 in 45 overs. Nepal was shot out for 165 in reply with Sri Lanka captain Charith Asalanka taking two wickets for 11 runs. Dipendra Airee played a lone hand for Nepal with an unbeaten 33. Scores in brief: Sri Lanka beat Nepal by 65 runs at BKSP-2 Sri Lanka 230-9, 45 overs (Shammu Ashan 81) Nepal 165 all out, 42.1 overs (Dipendra Airee 33 not out; Charith Asalanka 2-11)

Super T20 Provincial Tournament 2016 – Press Briefing


A media briefing to launch the tournament was held at the SLC headquarters yesterday with SLC president Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala, Vice President K.Mathivanan, CEO Ashley de Silva, Tournament Director Jayantha Paranathala and the captains of the five teams in attendance. MATCH SCHEDULE Match No Date Team Team Time Venue 1 26th Jan Colombo Commandos Galle Guardians Morning RPICS 2 Hambantota Troopers Kandy Crusaders Evening RPICS 3 27th Jan Colombo Commandos Hambantota Troopers Morning RPICS 4 Galle Guardians Kurunegala Rangers Evening RPICS 28th Jan — REST DAY — 5 29th Jan Kurunegala Rangers Hambantota Troopers Morning RPICS 6 Kandy Crusaders Colombo Commandos Evening RPICS 7 30th Jan Galle Guardians Kandy Crusaders Morning RPICS 8 Kurunegala Rangers Colombo Commandos Evening RPICS 31st… Read More →

Under 19: Sri Lanka beat New Zealand in warm up game

U19 NZ Warmup

Sri Lanka beats New Zealand by four wickets; India piles up 485 for three against Canada; England makes 307 for seven against Namibia and Pakistan scores 291 for seven against Nepal;  Three-time champion India, 1998 winner England and two-time champion Pakistan flexed their batting firepower to win their warm-up matches on Saturday ahead of the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Bangladesh 2016, which starts on Wednesday, 27 January. There were also wins for Afghanistan and host Bangladesh, while Sri Lanka registered an impressive four-wicket win over New Zealand in a battle of equals. Shammu Ashan hit 66 off 69 balls to steer Sri Lanka to a four-wicket win over New Zealand, whose 204 for eight after being sent in to bat revolved… Read More →

Super T20 Provincial Tournament 2016

Sri Lanka T20 Team

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket is proud to announce that it has decided to play a Super T20 Provincial Tournament commencing on the 26th of January 2016. The 5 Teams would be Colombo Commandos, Galle Guardians, Kurunegala Warriors, Hambantota Troopers and Kandy Crusaders. Click here for the 5 Teams and its Officials together with the Tournament Schedule. All Team Members are requested to contact the respective Manager. Mr. Balan Asiriwathan – 077 7525909  – Colombo    Mr. Nalin Ilangakoon – 077 7379903 – Kurunegala Mr. Brian Cooray – 071 4814829 – Hambantota Mr. Baheetharan – 077 7780934 – Kandy Mr. Nuwan Samaranayke – 076 8225003 – Galle MATCH SCHEDULE  Match No Date Team Team Time Venue 1 26th Jan Colombo Galle… Read More →

Under 19: Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Canada Gear for Wide-Open Group B

U19 WC Team Group Photograph

· Gohar Hafeez: “We have a very balanced team” · Charith Asalanka: “Our first target is to top the group” · Ihsanullah Janat: “We are aiming to not only make the semi-finals but also go on to be the champion side” · Abraash Khan: “We are going into this tournament with the intent to win” Two-time champion Pakistan, strong contender Sri Lanka, fast-improving Afghanistan and Canada make Group B the toughest preliminary round in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup which will be played in Bangladesh from 27 January to 14 February. The biennial 16-nation tournament features nine Test-playing nations and seven Associate and Affiliate Members – Afghanistan, Canada, Fiji, Namibia, Nepal, Ireland and Scotland. Teams have been divided into… Read More →

Work on the Indoor Net Projects Suspended

Construction at RPICS 2

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Indoor Nets Projects at R. Premadasa Stadium, Pallekele and Dambulla has been temporary suspended due to SLC not obtaining approvals from the relevant authorities. The newly elected Executive Committee headed by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala has decided to re-assess the projects based on the high cost involved in construction (Rs.248 million) and the space allocation at the respective venues. SLC will get the proper approvals from the relevant authorities and proceed with the work on the said projects on priority basis. Central Engineering Consulting Bureau (CECB) have been advised to present the progress of construction carried out at R. Premadasa Stadium and a new Cost Estimate for the said project. The… Read More →

Allegation of match-fixing approach

SLC-Cricket-Logo low-res

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket has received several complaints regarding close acquaintance of Mr. Anusha Samaranayake with the main suspect Gayan Wishvanath who had approached several national players for the alleged illegal activities of match fixing.  Pursuant to a preliminary inquiry conducted in this regard Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to suspend Mr. Anusha Samaranayake for a period of 2 months until further investigations are concluded. Gayan Wishvajith has been totally barred in participating in any capacity whatsoever in Sri Lanka Cricket in the future.

Launch of World Twenty20 Trophy at Race Course

Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the arrival of the World Twenty20 Trophy in Colombo. The trophy will be officially received tomorrow, 16th January 2016 at 6.30 pm at the Race Course Ground in Colombo 7. Mr. Raymond Palmer, of the International Cricket Council (ICC) will present the Trophy to the Minister of  Sports, Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara and President of SLC, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala.  Cricket fans are invited to the Race Course Ground to be a part of the celebration that has been organised by Sri Lanka Cricket. The current World Tewnty20 Champions Sri Lanka Team member too will be present at this occasion. On January 17th the Trophy will be displayed at the Galle Face Green for the… Read More →

ICC World Twenty20 trophy to be showcased in Sri Lanka

T20 Trophy

Media Release The ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 trophy will touch down on Sri Lankan shores on 16th January for a three-day stop en route to its global journey spanning 12 countries. The trophy travels through all T20 playing nations, before it returns to India, where the tournament gets underway from 8th March to 3rd April 2016. Sponsored by Nissan, the trophy tour of Sri Lanka will provide ample opportunities for local cricket fans to glimpse the coveted prize, especially significant since defending champions Sri Lanka are without doubt strong contenders at No. 3 in the current T20 team rankings. President of the Sri Lanka Cricket, Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala said “Sri Lanka is privileged to play host to the ICC… Read More →

Under 19 World Cup Team hosted for Dinner by Sri Lanka Cricket


Media Release A Dinner hosted by Sri Lanka Cricket President Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala for the Sri Lanka Under 19 World Cup team and their parents was held yesterday at Hilton Colombo Residences. This was the 1st time that a junior team was hosted prior to a tour. Minister of Sports Hon. Dayasiri Jayasekara too was present to speak to the team and wish them well for a successful tour in the forthcoming Under19 World Cup. Legendary Cricketer Aravinda de Silva who was invited by Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala to speak to the youngsters on his experience in his cricketing career, advised the boys how to handle pressure, on the importance of fitness and mental attitudes on the field.  He shared with the… Read More →