Kumar Sangakkara walks the walk – First non British National as President of MCC

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene -

Our own Sri Lanka cricketing icon Kumar Sangakkara has ascended to another cricketing record; This time for his intellectual capacity and personal charm by his acceptance to the lofty fold by the lords or keepers of the game at the Merleborne Cricket Club as its first non British President. It is by all accounts a type of cricketing rocket launch orbiting to the highest honour in a different region from his cricket record breaking feats. An singular honour that many cannot stake claims to in the elite that only the former magical batsman and Sri Lanka captain has mounted. Indeed, it is a significant giant leap to the most hallowed of citadels of world cricket in England, the birth land… Read More →

Kaushal Silva says, “A great opportunity to lead from the front and perform


SRI LANKA EMERGING XI HOME TOUR VS. SOUTH AFRICA EMERGING XI Kaushal Silva, Captain of the Sri Lanka Emerging Team said that it was a great opportunity to lead from the front and that he looked forward to channeling the player resources available to him to outplay the visiting South Africa Emerging Team during the July-August home series. “I love to lead from the front and will do my best to impress with the bat and win a national recall as well as getting the better of our South African counterparts. It is a great opportunity and the platform for myself to play well and get back to the national team as well as my team to catch the eye… Read More →

Sri Lanka poised to maximize strong advantage in second test vs. South Africa

Rangana Herath addressing the pre match media presser_D3S2082x

Sri Lanka will enjoy the 1-nil test win buoyance of having comprehensively outplayed the South Africans at Galle against the odds braving handicaps with stand in captain Suranga Lakmal after a third back to back win in the saddle when the two sides lock horns in the second test at the SSC tomorrow. Certainly the Lankans will carry a big leverage over the world’s No2 test team having dented that lofty image by the 278-run hammering in four days, this time around in Colombo environs where the decisive battle for honours would predictably be on a dry wicket favouring spin. Maximising the strong spin advantage was aired by Rangana Herath at the pre-match media conference at the SSC Marquee. “We… Read More →

වාස් හා මාලිංග මෙන් දස්කම් පෙන්වීම මගේ අපේක්ෂාවයි – කසුන් රාජිත

25-105 Kasun Rajitha celebrates taking a wicket with teammates_© CWI Media/Randy Brooks

ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියකට සහභාගිවීමට අවස්ථාව ලැබුනු ප්‍රථම අවස්ථාවේම බටහිර ඉන්දීය කොදෙව් පිල සමග දෙවන හා තුන්වන ටෙස්ට් තරග දෙකේදී ලකුණු 160කට කඩුලු 11ක් දවාලූ කසුන් රාජිත ප්‍රකාශ කරන්නේ කොදෙව් දේශයේ දී දැක්වූ දස්කම් දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමග ලබන 12 වැනිදා ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේදී ඇරැඹෙන ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියේදී ද දැක්වීමට තමා අපේක්ෂා කරන බවයි. කොදෙව් සංචාරය අතරතුර ජුනි මස 1වැනිදා 25 වන වියට පා තැබූ කසුන් රාජිත ටෙස්ට් කඩුල්ලක් දවාලීමට දී ඇති සාමාන්‍ය ලකුණු සංඛ්‍යාව 14.54ක් පමණෙකි. තම එකම පරමාර්ථය චමින්ද වාස් හෝ ලසිත් මාලිංග වැනි පන්දු යවන්නෙකු බවට පත්වීම යැයි ද චන්ද්‍රෙස්කර ආරච්චිලාගේ කසුන් රාජිත පවසයි. දකුණු අප්‍රිකාව සමග පැවැත්වෙන ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියේ දී මෙහි විකට්ටු කොදෙව් දේශයේ තරම් වේගවත් නොවෙන්න පුළුවනි. ඒත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ජයග්‍රහණය සදහා හොඳින්ම පන්දු යවා දායක වීමට තමා බලාපොරොත්තු වන… Read More →

Niroshan Dickwella says, “I am to raise the bar in my batting vs. South Africa”

Niroshan Dickwella

Sri Lanka’s hard hitting wicket-keeper batsman, Niroshan Dickwella said that he is all keyed up to raising the bar in his batting during the upcoming 2-test home series versus South Africa. Fresh from a pleasing contribution in Sri Lanka’s series squaring tour of the West Indies recently, the 25-year old Dickwella, in an exclusive interview with Sri Lanka Cricket website, said, “On a personal note, I am keen on raising the bar in my batting from a test average of 33 to 35 against South Africa. ” While making the point that instinctively he was a basher of the ball, Dickwella, the former Trinity College product who represents NCC, said that he had to adopt to any given situation to… Read More →

When the chips were down it hardened our mental resolve to win – Suranga Lakmal

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Suranga Lakmal, who stood in as acting captain for Dinesh Chandimal for the third test match versus the West Indies, said in an exclusive interview that the team’s mental resolve had soared to win the decisive third test versus the West indies. “Knowing that the chips were down minus our regular captain Dinesh Chandimal, our mental resolve hardened. As a team we decided that we would perform not just 100 percent but 120 per cent”, Lakmal revealed to Sri Lanka Cricket website. Following are excerpts of the interview with the 31-year old Suranga Lakmal who has represented his country in 47 tests claiming 114 wickets: (Q). When you were entrusted with captaining the side in the absence of Dinesh Chandimal… Read More →

Chandimal says, “I never tampered with the ball, but unfortunately the ICC gave that ruling”

Dinesh Chandimal at Press briefing

The Sri Lankan cricketers returned in a joyous mood having squared the 3-test series 1-all, with skipper Dinesh Chandimal categorically stating that ‘I did not tamper with the ball. I did not have any such intention which was why I contested the charge. My conscience knows that I did not tamper with the ball. But unfortunately the ICC gave that ruling, and there is nothing we can do about it. But my conscience knows that I did nothing of the sort.’ Meanwhile, the Minister of Sports, Faizer Mustapa, making his observations on the issue at Saturday’s media briefing at the SSC Marquee, said, “Dinesh Chandimal is a great cricketer and I have the highest respect for him. I had a… Read More →

Kusal Janith from injury to hero in Sri Lanka’s series levelling triumph

Kusal Perera plays square into the off-side watched by wkpr Shai Hope. © CWI Media/Randy Brooks of Brooks Latouche Photography.

Sri Lanka romped to a 4-wicket series leveling triumph over the West Indies in the third test match at Barbados yesterday. In a victory that was ideally a sweet scenting in overcoming a treacherous struggle fittingly Kusal Janith Perera shrugged aside his injury from the fielding misadventure the previous day to play the lead role with solid support from Dilruwan Perera to steer their side home on the fourth day at Barbados. That was after overnight batsman Kusal Mendis had departed without addition to his overnight score of 25 when he was trapped leg before wicket by the West Indian skipper Jason Holder. Mendis fell making the total 81 for 6 and it was tough going in what had been… Read More →

Western Province Central take U-19 pot of gold with 16-run win over Western Province North in final

Under 19 champions 2018 Western Province Central_DSC_2855

Western Province Central took the pot of gold in the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Under-19 Provincial final  pulling off a 16-run win over Western Province North  at the CCC Grounds on Saturday. Western Province Central overcame the early hiccup of the loss of a wicket with Kamil Mishara setting the stage for victory with a superb 72 and 56 by Pasindu Sooriyabandara in a total of 225 in 48.4 overs. At one stage Western Province Central was well poised for a bigger total on 151 for 2 but lost eight wickets for 74 runs as Western Province North bowlers fought back. The two were associated in a 98-run alliance for the third wicket. Kamil Mishara also posted an invaluable 45-run… Read More →

Western Province Central will meet Western Province North in Under-19 Provincial finals

Western Province Central will meet Western Province North in the finals of the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Under-19 Provincial Tournament at CCC on June 23 Saturday. Western Province Central chased down a victory target of 198 for the loss of 8 wickets to romping in style in to the final winning their last match on the cards versus Southern Province by 2 wickets today Thursday at the CCC Grounds. Western Province North headed Group A of the points table with 17 points from 3 wins from 4 matches with I no result for a net run rate of 2.549 while Western Province Central headed Group B with 18 points winning all 4 matches for a net run rate of 2.618…. Read More →

Thilanga Sumathipala cites importance of a stable SLC administration for the stability of national cricket

Thilanga Sumathipala and the exco addressing  a media gathering

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President, Thilanga Sumathipala said that the current impasse should not be a stumbling block to the stability of national cricket. He added that he had met the Sports Minister Faiszer Musthapa PC  following Wednesday’s court order and sought his green light to continue in office until the annual general meeting was held. “I and my ex-co committee cited several important tournaments like the staging of this August’s Lankan Premier League (LPL), preparing for next year’s Cricket World Cup, and this year’s home series’ versus South Africa and England which were vital. Any setbacks to these initiatives would jeopardize national cricket and the planning done in the last two years,” he said. Stating that continuance was important for the stability… Read More →

Shashikala, stand in captain for indisposed Chamari, says, “Possess young balanced squad”

Shashikala Siriwardene

2018 WOMEN’S T20 ASIA CUP: Sri Lanka will compete in this June’s 2018 Women’s T20 Asia Cup without regular captain Chamari Atapattu sidelined by the dengue virus with Shashikala Siriwardena taking over as the stand in captain. Commenting on Sri Lanka’s chances and the 15-member squad for the mega women’s tournament from June 1 to 10 in Malaysia, Siriwardena said, “It is unfortunate we will be without Chamari who has been our key playmaker batsman. Also sidelined by dengue is Ama Kanchana. However, we will strive to compensate for their losses and stage a good fight with quite a balanced and young side. Our strong point is our bowling. Atapattu’s replacement Harshitha Madavi is quite a stroke filled batsman from… Read More →

Australian expertise a boost to Sri Lankan coaches


A cricket workshop for national and club coaches to impart knowledge to local cricketers on the finer points in fast bowling and spin bowling was conducted  with Australian expertise last week at the indoor complex of the R. Premadasa Stadium at Khettarama.  Performance Psychologist Dr Phil Jauncey, spin bowling coach Peter Sleep fast and bowling consultant Tim McCaskil conducted the program. Dr. Jauncey, one of Australia’s foremost Performance Psychologist’s dealt on the importance of acting on a positive mind set, and Peter Sleep on the finer points of spin bowling bordering on delivery and variation while McCaskil elaborated on the fine art of fast bowling. The trio demonstrated and used video footages to drive home their message to the local… Read More →

I’m absolutely confident of overwhelming reelection of my team at SLC AGM – incumbent President, Thilanga Sumathipala

EGM May 2018 - Thilanga Sumathipala and the ExCo

Sri Lanka Cricket President, Thilanga Sumathipala, addressing the media to announce the outcome of the Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) at the SSC Special Marquee on Saturday, expressed absolute confidence of his team being reelected at the forthcoming SLC annual general meeting scheduled to be held on May 31. “I have no whatsoever doubt as to the victory of my team at the upcoming AGM and can say that it will be a resounding triumph,” Sumathipala said while announcing that except for the current SLC Secretary, Roshan Biyanwala, all other ex-co members would be seeking reelection at the AGM.  He further stated that ‘we have been involved in cricket administration for a considerable period of time. There are 84 cricket clubs… Read More →

Decisive matches rained off

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SUPER FOUR PROVINCIAL ONE-DAY TOURNAMENT Rain put a spoke to both the decisive Super Four Provincial Tournament matches between Colombo and Galle and Kandy and Dambulla which were abandoned on Thursday. Galle having elected to take first lease after winning the toss were 155 for 2 wickets in 30 overs when rain set in at the R. Premadasa Stadium. BHANUKA-SADEERA RUN TEMPO Opening batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa set the run tempo for Galle scoring 59 off 56 balls inclusive of 5 boundaries and 3 sixes sharing in a 123-run alliance for the second wicket off 128 balls. Sadeera Samarawickrema was unbeaten on 72 off 94 containing 8 boundaries. Rajapaksa set the tempo going on the offensive by his penchant to go… Read More →