Kumar Sangakkara named ICC ODI Cricketer of the Year

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Kumar Sangakkara has been crowned as ODI Cricketer of the Year – 2013 by the International Cricket Council (ICC), while Mahela Jayawardane won the Spirit of Cricket Award. ICC Media Release Australia captain Michael Clarke was today announced as the winner of the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year and was also named as the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. The announcement was made ahead of the broadcast of the LG ICC Awards 2013 TV show which premieres on Saturday (14 December) in most countries across the globe. The show is hosted by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting who won the Sir Garfield Sobers trophy in 2006 and 2007, ICC Test Cricketer of the Year… Read More →

ICC Under 19 World Cup 2014 – Sri Lanka Squad

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The following Squad was selected by the National Selectors as the 30 member squad for the U19 ICC World Cup to be played in Dubai in February 2014 1.       Kusal Mendis 2.       Sadeera Samarawickrama 3.       Hashan Dumindu 4.       Minod Bhanuka 5.       Kavindu Kulasekara 6.       Priymal Perera 7.       Thilakshana Sumanasiri 8.       Sahan Arachige 9.       Roshan Anuruddha 10.   Binura Fernando 11.   Anuk Fernando 12.   Chamika Karunaratne 13.   Ramesh Mendis 14.   Lakshan Jayasinghe 15.   A.K Tyronne 16.   Charitha Rajapakse 17.   Saveen Nanayakkara 18.   Janith Liyanage 19.   Hashan Ramanayake 20.   Irshad Umar 21.   Sanjika Ridma 22.   Raveen Sayer 23.   Tharindu Hasantha 24.   Sithara Gimhana 25.   Kaveen Bandara 26.   Devin Pathmanathan 27.   Keshan Wijeratne 28.   Harsha Rajapakse 29.   Hashan Vimarshana 30.   Madawa Nimesh

SLC Head Coach: Discussions with Mr.Paul Farbrace

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Media Release SLC would like to inform the media that Mr. Paul Farbrace, met with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Officials today at SLC Head Quarters. SLC committee which was headed by Mr. Ranjith Feranando the Chairman of the Cricket Committee had detailed discussions with Mr. Farbrace pertaining to the Head Team Coach position of the Sri Lankan National team. SLC Vice President Mohan De Silva, Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga, Treasurer Nuski Mohamed, CEO Ashley De Silva and Head of Coaching Jerome Jayaratne joined Mr. Fernando for the meeting. A further round of talks is scheduled for next week between Mr. Farbrace and SLC. A final decision on the appointment of the National Head Coach will be made later.

SLC Executive Committee Decisions – December 2013

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Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce the decisions taken at the Executive Committee Meeting held this evening at SLC head office. Lahiru Jayaratne to train in Australia It was approved to nominate Lahiru Jayaratne to undergo a training programme at the Darren Lehman Cricket Academy in Australia. This training programme will be sponsored by Sri Lanka Cricket and SLC South Australia Association. New Coach for the National Team The committee appointed by SLC, made a recommendation to the Executive Committee with a few options and the Executive Committee directed the committee to proceed with a proposal of having a discussion with Mr. Paul Farbrace as he has shown interest in becoming the Head Coach of Sri Lanka. The committee has… Read More →

Three Sri Lankans in ICC ODI Team of the Year

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Media Release The ICC today announced its Test and ODI Teams of the Year, as chosen by a specially appointed selection panel chaired by the ICC’s Cricket Committee chairman and former India captain Anil Kumble. ICC ODI Team of the Year (in batting order) Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL) Shikhar Dhawan (Ind) Hashim Amla (SA) Kumar Sangakkara (SL) AB de Villiers (SA) MS Dhoni (Ind, captain and wicketkeeper) Ravindra Jadeja (Ind) Saeed Ajmal (Pak) Mitchell Starc (Aus) James Anderson (Eng) Lasith Malinga (SL) 12th Man: Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ) Seven countries are represented in the 12-man line-up and only one player – Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India – finds a place in the side for the sixth consecutive years. The ICC Champions Trophy… Read More →

Tamil Union Under 23 Champs Three times in a row

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By Suresh Murugaser  Tamil Union (TU) Cricket and Athletic Club claimed the Sri Lanka Cricket Inter-Club Under 23 trophy for the third time running with a crushing 258-run over Moors SC a couple of months ago.  This is an unprecedented feat, as no other club has managed to do this upto now. The captains involved were Ashan Priyanjan in the first year, Kithruwan Vithanage last year and Denuwan Rajakaruna this year. TU were unbeaten right throughout, which was the icing on cake. Apart from one game, which was weather-affected, TU waltzed through the other five matches like a knife through butter. The team, led by Premier League wicket-keeper Denuwan Rajakaruna, also had Sri Lanka Test player and last year’s TU… Read More →

Australia Under 19 Team tour of Sri Lanka 2014

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Cricket Australia has confirmed Australia Under 19 Team  will tour Sri Lanka in the early part of 2014. Young Australians will be playing 3 One Day matches between 30th January and 7th February 2014 with the Sri Lanka Under 19 Team. 1st One Day – 01st February at Colts CC 2nd One Day – 03rd February at Colts CC 3rd One Day – 06th February at R. Premadasa    

Thirty cricket wickets for North & East

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Cricket practice nets jointly undertaken by Sri Lanka Cricket and the Foundation of Goodness is an initiative to promote cricket development in rural schools spread widely in the north & east. Post conflict era has seen enormous talent which needs to be harnessed for the greater advancement of cricket in our nation. Sri Lanka Cricket through its National Development Committee headed by President Jayantha Dharmadasa has started a Infrastructure Development Plan for its stakeholders, such as Districts, Clubs, Associations, Provinces, and Schools. The development programme for schools was supported by the legendary cricketer Muthiah Muralidaran subsequent to the inaugural Murali Cup held in Jaffna, Kilinochchi, Mankulam, Mullaitivu & Vavnuniya. Sri Lanka Cricket believes that it needs to provide cricket practice… Read More →

Premier Limited Over Tournament will kick off on the 1st of December

Media Release Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that the Premier Limited Over Tournament 2013/2014 will kick off on the 1st of December 2013.  This tournament will consist of 45 games out of which selected games will be shown live on CSN including the two semi finals and the Final. Since the Premier League Tournament will be Live on CSN, it will give an opportunity for the Clubs and its players to display their skills and attract sponsorship’s for their respective clubs. It also will give maximum exposure to the on field umpires and for the first time the 3rd Umpire facilities will also be used during the live telecast. This will be a great opportunity for the on field… Read More →

Sri Lanka ‘A’ Pool for the England Lions Tour of Sri Lanka 2014

At a Selection Committee meeting held, the following selections were made by the National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the England Lions tour of Sri Lanka. 01. Udara Jayasundara 02. Shehan Jayasuriya 03. Mahela Udawatte 04. Pabasara Waduge 05. Angelo Perera 06. Madhawa Warnapura 07. Danushka Gunatillake 08. Ashan Priyanjana 09. Roshen Silva 10. Romesh Buddhika 11. Banuka Rajapakse 12. Niroshan Dickwella 13. Gayan Manishan 14. Chathuranga De Silva 15. P.H.T Kaushal 16. Chathura Randunu 17. Akila Dhananjaya 18. Ishan Jayaratne 19. Vimukthi Perera 20. Kanishka Elvitigala 21. Lahiru Gamage 22. Lahiru Jayaratne 23. Charith Jayampathy

Fielding & Fitness Workshop for District Coaches

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The Sri Lanka Cricket National Coaching Department conducted a full day workshop on 22nd November 2013 at R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium. The Coaching & Teachings were concentrated in two specialized areas which was on Fielding & Fitness aspects. The workshop was conducted for all SLC District Coaches who would in turn take this message to the grassroots level throughout the Country. In today’s context fitness plays a pivotal role in the game of Cricket as the new formats of the game has taken this to a new dimension, players being harnessed throughout the Country need to be aware of this fact & make sure that their Cricketers are fit, agile, sharp & up to the task knowing the present… Read More →

Pakistan and Sri Lanka in UAE 2013/14 – Sri Lanka ODI & T20I Squads

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 22/11/2013, the following selections were made by the National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the Sri Lanka tour of Pakistan which the Pakistan Cricket Board is hosting in the United Arab Emirates – with Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah being the venues. The tour commences on December 6, 2013 with the arrival of the Sri Lankan squad at Dubai, and shall continue through to January 21, 2014. T20 Squad 1.      Dinesh Chandimal (Captain) 2.      Lasith Malinga (Vice Captain) 3.      T.M Dilshan 4.      Kusal Janith Perera 5.      Kumar Sangakkara 6.      Angelo Mathews 7.      Lahiru Thirimanne 8.      Kithruwan Vithanage 9.      Thisara Perera 10.  Nuwan Kulasekara 11.  Seekkuge Prasanna 12.  Suranaga Lakmal 13.  Sachithra Senanayake… Read More →

Sri Lanka Under 19 Squad for Asia Cup 2013

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At a Selection Committee meeting held on 22/11/2013, the following selections were made by the National Selectors with regard to the Squad for the Under 19 Asia Cup tour which will be from 26th December 2013 to 5th January 2014 in Dubai. 1.      Kusal Mendis (Capt) 2.      Sadeera Samarawickrama (V Capt) 3.      Hashan Dumindu 4.      Kavindu Kulasekara 5.      Sahan Arachchige 6.      Priyamal Perera 7.      Thilaksha Sumanasiri 8.      Minod Banuka 9.      Roshan Anuruddha 10.  Binura Fernando 11.  Anuk Fernando 12.  Chamika Karunaratne 13.  Ramesh Mendis 14.  Lakshan Jayasinghe 15.  A.K Tyronne Stand Byes 1.      Charith Rajapakse 2.      Saveen Nanayakkara 3.      Hashan Ramanayake 4.      Janith Liyanage 5.      Irhad Umar Minister of Sports Hon. Mahindananda Aluthgamage has approved the above Squad.