Sri Lanka announces test squad for Bangladesh series

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Media Release At a Selection Committee meeting held the following selections were made by the National Selectors for the Test Squad of the Bangladesh Tour which will commence from the 27th January 2014 in Bangladesh. Angelo Mathews (Captain) Dinesh Chandimal (Vice Captain) Dimuth Karunaratne Kaushal Silva Kumar Sangakkara Mahela Jayawardena Prasanna Jayawardena Kithruwan Vithanage Rangana Herath Dilruwan Perera Suranga Lakmal Shaminda Eranga Nuwan Pradeep Vishwa Fernando Ajantha Mendis Lahiru Thirimanne will be subject to fitness as he has been injured during the previous tournament. He will be replaced by Kithruwan Vithanage in case he is ruled out by the medical staff. Update: Kithruwan Vithanage will be replacing Lahiru Thirimanne in the test squad as Lahiru Thirimanne has still not recovered from… Read More →

Azhar, Misbah clinch thriller in Sharjah

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Azhar Ali’s match-winning century helped Pakistan pull off a thrilling win in the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, levelling the series 1-1, after the visitors set Pakistan a target of 302 in a possible 59 overs. Ali’s 109-run partnership with Misbah-ul-Haq for the fifth wicket was pivotal in Pakistan’s chase. Ali was dismissed for a 137-ball 103, with Pakistan needing just seven more to win in the fading Sharjah light. Misbah, who remained unbeaten on 68, hit the winning runs with nine balls to spare. Pakistan’s chances seemed bleak when it reached 107 for 3 at tea, still requiring 195 in the last 35 overs. But Ali stitched a quick-fire 89-run stand in 14.5 overs with Sarfraz Ahmed… Read More →

30-member preliminary squad for ICC World T20 2014

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Media Release The National Selectors have nominated the following players for the 30-member preliminary squad for the ICC World T20 to be played in Bangladesh from March 16. Squad: Dinesh Chandimal, T.M Dilshan, Kusal Janith Perera, Mahela Jayawardena, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Shaminda Eranga, Dhammika Prasad, Nuwan Pradeep, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Sachithra Senananyake, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Dilruwan Perera, Seekuge Prasanna, Jeewan Mendis, Ramith Rambukwella, Chathuranga De Silva, Milinda Siriwardhana, Kosala Kulasekara, Isuru Udana

Mahela Jayawardene completes 11,000 runs in Tests

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Mahela Jayawardene joined the 11,000 Test runs club during the fourth day of the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Sunday. The 36-year-old, when on eight, swept off-spinner Saeed Ajmal for a six to complete 11,000 runs in his 141st Test, becoming the eighth batsman but first Sri Lankan to achieve the milestone. Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jacques Kallis are the others who crossed the 11,000 Test run mark.  

Warm-Up Matches against the England Lions

The National Selectors have nominated the below named players to play 2 warm up matches against the visiting England Lions. 1st Warm Up Match (1st – 3rd February 2014 at RPICS ) Angelo Perera (Captain) Udara Jayasundara Pabasara Waduge Banuka Rajapakshe Kithruwan Vithanage Roshen Silva Chathura Randunu P.H.T Kaushal Ishan Jayaratne Lahiru Gamage Niroshan Dickwella 2nd Warm up Match ( 06th – 08th February 2014 at Colts CC ) Ashan Priyanjana (Captain) Shehan Jayasuriya Mahela Udawatte Madhawa Warnapura Danushka Gunatillake Romesh Buddhika Gayan Maneeshan Chathuranga De Silva Akila Dhanajaya Kanishka Elvitigala Charith Jayapathi

Sri Lanka Women’s Preliminary Squad – ICC World Twenty20 2014

The Women’s National Selectors have selected the following squad as the preliminary squad for the ICC Women’s World T20 2014. Shashikala Siriwardena Chamari Athapaththu Eshani Lokusuriya Deepika Rasangika Sripali Weerakkody Dilani Manodara Yashodha Mendis Maduri Samuddika Oshadhi Ranasinghe Udeshika Pramodhini Chandima Gooneratne Lasanthi Madushani Anushka Sanjeewani Chamari Polgampola Rangika Fernando Inoka Ranaweera Chathurani Gunawardena Nilakshi Silva Kanchana Weerakkody Nipuni Hansika Nimali Perera Janani Kaushalya Achini Kulasooriya Rebecca Vandort Nilangika Sanjeewani Prasadini Weerakkody Dinesha Jayasighe Harshitha Madhavi Surangika Perera Hashini Perera

Sri Lanka Women’s Team tour of India 2014

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Sri Lanka Women’s team left for India last night(15th January) to participate in a 3 -ODI & 3-T20 series against Indian Women’s which begins on the 19th January 2014. Match Schedule 19th Jan – 1st ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 21st Jan – 2nd ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 23rd Jan – 3rd ODI – India v Sri Lanka at ACA-Vizag Stadium 25th Jan – 1st T20 – India v Sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram 26th Jan – 2nd T20 – India v Sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram 28th Jan – 3rd T20 – India v sri Lanka at ACA–Vizianagaram

Sri Lanka goes 1-0 up with comprehensive win

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Pakistan all out for 359 after Lakmal’s 4 for 78; batsmen then achieve 137-run target for nine-wicket win. Suranga Lakmal returned career-best figures of 4 for 78 before half-centuries from Dimuth Karunaratne and Kaushal Silva helped Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by nine wickets in Dubai to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series on Sunday(January 12). Lakmal claimed all three wickets to fall on the fifth morning as Pakistan was bowled out for 359 in the second innings, setting Sri Lanka a target of 137 runs to win. Karunaratne and Silva put on 124 for the opening wicket, and though Silva was dismissed for 58, trapped in front by Saeed Ajmal, Kumar Sangakarra (9 not out) accompanied Karunaratne to… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under-19 World Cup Squad announced

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Media Release The following Squad was selected by the Selection Committee as the 15 member squad for the upcoming U19 ICC World Cup to be played in Dubai in February 2014. 01 Kusal Mendis (Prince of Wales College – Moratuwa) (Captain) 02 Sadeera Samarawickrama – St.Joseph’s College – Colombo 10 (Vice Captain) 03 Vinod Banuka – Maliyadewa College – Kurunegala 04 Hashan Dumindu – Gurukula Vidyalaya Kelaniya 05 Kavindu Kulasekara – Thurstan College 06 Priyamal Perera – St.Josephs’ College 07 Thilaksha Malshan Sumanasiri – St..Thomas College Mt Lavinia 08 Hashan Ramanayake – Royal College – Colombo 09 Binura Fernando – D.S Senanayake College 10 Anuk Fernando – St.Sebastian’s College – Moratuwa 11 Hashan Vimarshana – St.Thomas  Matara 12 A.K Tyronne… Read More →

Mathews stars in drawn Test

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Unbeaten half-centuries by Mohammad Hafeez and Ahmed Shehzad helped Pakistan draw the first Test with Sri Lanka on the fifth and final day in Abu Dhabi on Saturday(January 4). Sri Lanka made a remarkable comeback after conceding a 179-run first innings. With Pakistan firmly in control of the match at the end of third day, and Sri Lanka finishing on 186 for 4, leading by just seven runs, Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka captain, hit his career-best 157 not out, his second Test ton, to bail Sri Lanka out of a tricky situation. Sri Lanka lost just one wicket after adding 234 runs to its overnight score, leading Pakistan by 241 runs, on the fourth day. Chasing an improbable target of 302,… Read More →

Dolawatte and Chamani Seneviratne announced retirement

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the two National Women’s team players Sandamali Dolawatte and Chamani Seneviratne tendered their resignation to the Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ashley De Silva on the 29th of December 2013. SLC wishes to state that on the 29th morning Sandamali Dolawatte was informed to attend a final selection trial match scheduled on the 30th of December 2013. Sandamali refused to abide by the request and informed of her desire to resign from the team. Chamani Seneviratne was already selected for the ODI Squad. Subsequently she tendered her resignation to the CEO of SLC. SLC wishes to state that all the selections are done by the Selection Committee in consultation with the Coaching… Read More →

BBL:Clearance not granted to Thisara Perera

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Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Thisara Perera was not granted the No Objection Certificate (NOC) by SLC in order to prevent him from taking part in the Big Bash League in Australia. This decision was made in consultation with the National Selectors. This decision will enable Thisara to spend maximum time with the local Coaching staff and attend training alongside the Sri Lankan A team.

Chandimal bags consolation victory

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Dinesh Chandimal pulled off a breathtaking heist in Abu Dhabi on Friday (Dec 27) night, an unbeaten 64 from Sri Lanka’s Twenty20 captain sealing a futile but exciting consolation win. His innings pulled Sri Lanka out of jail and led it to a two-wicket win with just two balls to spare. Chandimal snuck up on Pakistan almost unnoticed. Having arrived in the 25th over, he only reached his fifty in the 47th, with what was, until then, his first boundary. At that stage Sri Lanka was out of the match, eight down and with 28 runs still to get. But in the next over, Ajantha Mendis was dropped by Sohaib Maqsood at cover and it was a vital drop. He… Read More →

Pakistan takes series after Hafeez century

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Pakistan wrapped up a One-Day International series win against Sri Lanka on Wednesday (December 25) night in Abu Dhabi, its seventh bilateral ODI series triumph of the year, a record for it. By most standards, that is a good haul, even if it includes wins against Scotland, Ireland and Zimbabwe. More than any other player, Mohammad Hafeez has embodied the performance swings of the side. Last night he was the exceptional Hafeez. His unbeaten 113 was the base with which Pakistan sauntered home to an inadequate target of 226 at the Shaikh Zayed stadium with eight wickets and 53 balls to spare. It was an impeccable innings, full of exactly the kind of flawless stroke making that can, on occasion, make him look like… Read More →

Sri Lanka Test Squad for Pakistan in UAE 13/14

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Media Release The following Squad was selected by the National Selectors for the Test Series against Pakistan 13/14. 1.      Angelo Mathews (Capt) 2.      Dinesh Chandimal (V.Capt ) 3.      Dimuth Karunaratne 4.      Kaushal Silva 5.      Kumar Sangakkara 6.      Lahiru Thirimanne 7.      Mahela Jayawardane 8.      Prasanna Jayawardane 9.      Nuwan Kulasekara 10.  Suranga Lakmal 11.  Shaminda Eranga 12.  Vishwa Fernando 13.  Sachithra Senananyake 14.  Nuwan Pradeep 15.  Rangana Herath 16.  Dilruwan Perera