Sri Lanka steady in record chase of 362

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Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva battled through 12 tricky overs without being separated as Sri Lanka, set a target of 362 by England, finished day four of the third and final Test at Lord’s on Sunday (June 12) at 32 without loss. England had begun the rain-hit penultimate day of the series on 109 for 4 and declared its second innings closed at 233 for 7, Alex Hales making a Test-best 94 before being dismissed. The host holds an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series, and Sri Lanka will need to make 330 runs or bat out the final day if it is to deny England a clean sweep. Alastair Cook, the England captain, declared his side’s second innings in… Read More →

Bowlers help England inch ahead in third Test

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Nuwan Pradeep took three wickets as Sri Lanka continued to fight in the third Test at Lord’s on Saturday (June 11). England, in its second innings, was 109 for 4 at the close of the third day, with a healthy but not impregnable lead of 237 runs. Alex Hales was 41 not out, with Steven Finn, the nightwatchman, unbeaten on 6. England, 2-0 up in the three-match series, was on a precarious 50 for 3 before first-innings century-maker Jonny Bairstow helped Hales add 52 for the fourth wicket. Hales launched the innings with two fours in as many balls off Suranga Lakmal. But he was dropped on 19 when Dimuth Karunaratne failed to hold a one-handed slip chance off Pradeep…. Read More →

Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Chief Operating Officer

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of Jerome Jayarathne as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Sri Lanka Cricket. Mr Jayarathne has been invited to take on this administrative role at the Headquarters of Sri Lanka Cricket with immediate effect. The 50 year old former seam-bowling all-rounder, Jerome Lee Jayarathne, began his career in cricket administration in 1997, when he began coaching his Alma Mater, St. Thomas’ College Mt. Lavinia, who went on to win one Royal-Thomian and draw three more under his tutelage. Jayarathne captained and coached the Colombo Cricket Club in 1996 having played for the CCC for 10 years, leading them to be winners of Division I Premier League Championship. Jayaratne represented Sri Lanka as… Read More →

Cricket Aid Launched internationally to a packed house

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s Cricket Aid was launched in London on Saturday evening (4th) amidst a packed gathering of cricketers and well-wishers. The dinner, which was preceded by a tour of Lord’s and followed by a documentary presentation that detailed the work of Cricket Aid as well as the CKD pandemic. Cricket Aid is pleased to announce that over £200,000 was pledged at the launch events, held on the 4th and 5 th (being an open event held at the Surrey Grounds, where the Sri Lanka national team met and mingled with cricket lovers residing in the UK.) Cricket Aid was established in 2004, following the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami, and most recently was resurrected with the aim of raising funds… Read More →

Bairstow’s maiden Lord’s ton puts England ahead

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Jonny Bairstow (107 not out) was England’s saviour, hitting a steely century on the first day of the third Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s on Thursday (June 9). At close of play, the home side was 279 for 6, having recovered from 84 for 4 when Bairstow strode to the crease. It wasn’t the first time Bairstow was coming to England’s rescue this series. In the first Test, England was reduced to 83 for 5 before he carved 140 on his Headingley home ground to help the side win by an innings and 88 runs. But the script could have gone very differently this time around had Bairstow been caught on 11 when he clipped Nuwan Pradeep firmly off his pads… Read More →

Lively pacie Bandara certainty for Lords, Kusal Janith expectant

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“The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords.” The names of the exciting hard hitting opening batsman Kusal Janith Perera and 29-year old left-arm pace man Chaminda Bandara hover as  Sri Lanka head to Lords with several key issues to be ironed out in fielding a gelling combination against a highly professional England. Kusal Janith beefing up the side for his attacking pinch hitting ability could be a swaying factor while Bandara almost looks a certainty with pace man Shaminda Eranga whose action is being scrutinized, likely to be left out pending the biomechanical clearance. Concerns sounded two days ahead of… Read More →

Sri Lanka A Team 4-day and ODI Squad to UK announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the Sri Lanka A-Team 04-Day squad for the upcoming tour of UK. 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Madhawa Warnapura 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Roshen Silva 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Lahiru Gamage 12. Kasun Rajitha 13. Vishva Fernando 14. Asitha Fernando 15. Ramith Rambukwella 16. Prabath Jayasuriya The following are the A-Team ODI Squad: 1. Ashan Priyanjan – Captain 2. Mahela Udawatta 3. Udara Jayasundara 4. Bhanuka Rajapakse 5. Niroshan Dickwella 6. Kithruwan Vithanage 7. Angelo Perera 8. Minod Bhanuka 9. Charith Asalanka 10. Sachith Pathirana 11. Thisara Perera 12. Lahiru Gamage 13. Kasun Rajitha 14. Mohamed Dilshad… Read More →

ODI Squad to UK announced

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Farveez Maharoof, Upul Tharanga, Dhanushka Gunathilaka, Suraj Randiv and Seekuge Prasanna get call-up to join their team mates in UK. Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the following national players have been selected to join the Sri Lanka squad on the ongoing tour of UK. They will be available for selection for the ODI series. Danushka Gunathilaka Farveez Maharoof Seekuge Prasanna Suraj Randiv Upul Tharanga The selected players will be departing for UK shortly.

‘Ape Kollo’ Feeling as Never before for Lords Showdown

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The hard hitting Angelo Mathews, with the proven track record to take the fight to the opposition, will be the man to carry Sri Lanka’s thrust. The arrival of young Kusal Mendis from the cricket crazy town of Moratuwa, sounds exciting. The riding back to form of Chandimal must put the smiles on Sri Lankan faces. – Srian Obeyesekere expounds An ‘Ape Kollo’ Sri Lankan feeling must ring within as a 0-2 down back to the wall Sri Lanka prepare to reverse fortunes in the Lords 3rd Test match on June 9. Sri Lanka is known for its inherent capability to bounce back, and the rediscovery of its batting muscle in a second innings total of 475 at Durham must certainly be morale… Read More →

Suspension of employees of Sri Lanka Cricket

Notice to Media With respect to several new items appearing in the local media, Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to confirm the suspension of three of its employees pending disciplinary action. However we wish to inform you that this is an internal matter of the administration of SLC, and inquiries are being conducted with strict adherence to the Labour laws of Sri Lanka and under due legal counsel. As such, no details of the inquiries will be disclosed or discussed with the media pending the finality of these proceedings, at which time a notice of the final decision of the Executive Committee may be conveyed to the media. We appeal to all media to refrain from publishing conjecture and hearsay with… Read More →

Eranga available to play 3rd Test if selected : Bandara to join KJP to UK

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Eranga to be assessed early next week, can play Lord’s test if selected. 9/68 earns Left-arm Fast Bowler Chaminda Banadara a place in the Sri Lanka test squad. The ICC has confirmed to Sri Lanka Cricket that fast bowler Shaminda Eranga who was reported for suspect action during the 2nd Investec Test, can be considered for selection to the 3rd Test at Lord’s on the 9th June. Eranga is due to present himself for assessment at Laughborough on the 6th of June, and the ICC has confirmed that “Eranga is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known” Meanwhile, National Selectors, headed by Sanath Jayasuriya have called up 29 year old left-arm-medium-fast bowler… Read More →

Sri Lanka to face South Africa in first Champions Trophy match

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ICC Media Release •    Former winners Sri Lanka and South Africa to lock horns at The Oval on 3 June India will launch its ICC Champions Trophy title defence against traditional rival Pakistan when the two Asian powerhouses go head to head at Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 4 June 2017. The 18-day tournament will run from 1 to 18 June 2017 and will also see matches played at the Cardiff Wales Stadium in Cardiff and The Oval in London. A couple of days before this mouth-watering all-Asian clash, Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in a repeat of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 final at Edgbaston. Event host and 2004 and 2013 finalist England will take on Bangladesh in… Read More →