Hope in new players in the fold for Pakistan – CEO

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Change in outlook in the national cricket in new selectors and a set of new players among seniors has generated new hope for Sri Lanka embarking on the test tour of Pakistan on Saturday, September 24. “With the new selection committee and some new players change brings hope and people look forward to hear of positive results,” was the expectant message from Sri Lanka Cricket’s (CEO), Ashley De Silva to the media who could encourage the players at Thursday’s media briefing in view of the first leg of the tour. Sri Lanka play the first Test from September 28 to October 2 in Abu Dhabi, and the second Test from October 6 to 10 in a historic day-night game with… Read More →

ICC Regional Umpires Workshop in Sri Lanka timely with new rule changes from Oct. 1

The ICC Regional Umpires Workshop of Asia to be hosted by Sri Lanka commencing on Thursday, September 21 will be of tremendous importance to Sri Lanka and the regional countries in updating their knowledge. It is being prioritised so as to raise their knowledge in conformity to international level in view of the new change of laws in playing conditions that will come in to effect from October 1. The 2-day workshop to be conducted by ICC accredited Peter Manuel from Sri Lanka and David Levens from England, will be attended by the three Sri Lankan ICC accredited international umpires namely Ruchira Palliyaguru, Ranmore Martinez and Ravindra Wimalasiri. One each from Bangladesh and Pakistan and an ICC manager umpire will… Read More →

Red letter day for Prima Champions Cup junior cricketers

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Wednesday, September 14 was a significant day for national junior cricket. It took on a colourful atmosphere as a bunch of wiry yellow and green colour clothed cricketers below 15 years representing the country’s cream of cricket assembled at the SSC auditorium last morning. Of course, it was the Prima-Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) show as players as far as the North-East, district and provincial coaches and Prima Group and SLC officials were in full strength to announce the Prima Champions Cup finals to be played on October 6 and 7. For these starry eyed lads in their early teens in the twinkle of a kids dream of showcasing their talents in the stepping stone to national recognition, the day was… Read More →

Governors Trophy concept to elevate lesser known teams

The novel Governors Trophy mooted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) replacing the Sara Trophy Tournament, is viewed as a window to promoting up and coming talent to the domestic mainstream. It would basically pave the way for more teams to compete. The Governors Trophy allows 24 teams to compete in a departure from the hitherto 14 teams that competed in the Sara trophy.  A brain child of SLC President, Thilanga Sumathipala, the Governors Trophy concept would pave the way for lesser known teams to be elevated to the Premier League Tier B and from there to club cricket. This would be by virtue of the winning team from the Premier League Tier B being elevated to club status. Altogether 24… Read More →

Rs.21 million for the staging of Prima U-15 Inter District Tournament prioritised by SLC

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has pumped in Rs.21 million for the staging of the Prima Under-15 Inter District Tournament covering 400 schools. Rs.12 million of this has been at the district level and Rs.9 million at provincial level covering 12 provinces, according to Mr. K. Mathivanan, Vice President of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) directly overseeing the schools gamut. September 11. SLC is prioritizing the junior schools’ cricket in the long term plan of harnessing and nurturing the cream of junior cricket from island-wide to the national grid. The tournament on a home and away basis will commence on September 20 with first round matches of one day’s duration. The final will be played over two days on October 6 and… Read More →

Sri Lanka lose despite healthy 170 for 7 as India thrive on Kohli’s 82

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Despite mounting a sizable total of 170 for 7 wickets in 20 overs, Sri Lanka went down to India due to the bowling attack lacking the fire power with Indian skipper Virat Kohli once again lifting India having lost 2 wickets for 42 in the solitary T20 at the R. Premadasa Stadium yesterday. Sri Lanka’s decent total after being put in to bat by India, was built mainly, thanks to a blistering 29-ball 53 by Dilshan Munaweera batting at No.3 containing 5 boundaries and 4 sixes  having lost skipper Tharanga with the total on 23.  A. Priyanjans added luster with an unbeaten 40 off 40 balls inclusive of 1 boundary and 2 sixes. After Angelo Mathew’s departure making it 62… Read More →

Kohli’s 110 seals match as India clinch series

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India coasted to a 6-wicket triumph over Sri Lanka fronted by a captain’s innings of 110 not out off 116 balls by Virat Kohli   in the fifth and final ODI to take the series 5-nil yesterday at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Sri Lanka, having taken first lease of the wicket in the day night  made 238 in 49.4 overs, and had India in a spot of bother claiming two early wickets as India were 1 for 17 and 2 for 29. When slinger Lasith Malinga accounted for that A. Rahane caught by Munaweera for 05, and co-paceman Vishwa Fernando packed off the dangerous Rohit Sharma for 16 caught by Malinda Pushpakumara, it had local fans on their feet. But expectations… Read More →

SLC’s national stadium project will be a boon to cricket in Ratnapura

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Cricketing talent in the city of Ratnapura in Monarawila is set for a major infrastructural facelift through a national stadium in the gem city under a concentrated drive by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to unearth cricketing gems in the gem city. It is primarily aimed at unearthing and nurturing latent talent from the school periphery to division-1, 2 and 3 for national selection. The brain child of SLC President, Thilanga Sumathipala, and the gamut will primarily cover four turf wickets for Ratnapura whose cricketers have hitherto never had the facility of a turf wicket. The initial cost estimate of the project is Rs. 20 million, and it will put a spring in the steps of aspiring talent from junior school… Read More →

India prevail to take series on ton up Sharma-Dhoni’s rescue act;  Thirimanne a tremendous comeback 80

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Like in the previous game Sri Lanka did look comfortably placed on 100 for 3 wickets with the recalled Lahiru Thirimanne going strong having pulled the side out of the rut of 2 for 28 in a 72-run alliance for the third wicket with Dinesh Chandimal who had been also an injury replacement. But the rest of the seven wickets falling for the addition of 118 runs swung the game India’s way in an eventual 6-wicket canter and the 5-match series at Pallekelle in Sunday’s third day night match.  A sorry sight was the unruly spectator behavior by a section of the crowd that marred the game towards the finish, throwing objects to the playing arena. It caused a short… Read More →

SLC prioritises optimising player high performance skills

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is in the process of a phased out programme of fine tuning the country’s cricketing talent throughout the National pathway, the bottom line of which is to optimize player skills to the mainstream national team. The results would realistically fall in to place in the long term in creating player stability in respect of raising the confidence levels. Optimizing specialist player skills revolves around focusing on all departments of the game from pace and spin bowling, batting, fielding, and wicket-keeping. Accordingly, fine tuning player skills and fitness levels of the National Performance Squad, Emerging Players Programme and Development Players Programme is the emphasis. In Sri Lanka Cricket’s National Performance Squad level, there is a 30- member… Read More →

Dhoni spoils Sri Lanka’s party: Man of the Match Dananjaya’s 6/54 wedding gift

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Bravo Akila Dananjaya, the hero in defeat in a contest that marked Sri Lanka’s best performance yet against India in the second ODI at Pallekelle yesterday.  The 23-year old lad swinging the match Sri Lanka’s way scourging through a hitherto steel like Indian top order was literally a singular upswing in Dananjaya’s impeccable 6 wickets for 54 runs. Significantly, here was a bridegroom of only a day ago who skipped his honeymoon with his bride Nethali Tekshini whom he married on Wednesday in Kandy, and joined the team the same evening. As the small made lad who took on a David versus Goliath like grip over the hefty made Indians when he reigned in with the high flying Rohit Sharma’s… Read More →

Glorious uncertainties of cricket: Sri Lanka collapse from 166/4 as India prevail

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Sri Lanka lost to the more experienced India despite having looked like setting a 300-plus target when well placed on 139 for 2 wickets and 4 for 166 in the first of five ODIs at Dambulla yesterday. The middle order collapse and eventually losing the last 6 wickets for 50 runs in 43.2 totaling 216 runs saw India clinch a 9-wicket win. But that is how the game goes as the famous slogan, ‘the glorious  uncertainties of cricket’. As it is, it was Sri Lanka that came on top when the two sides met in the previous encounter when Sri Lanka created a tournament upset at the ICC Champions Trophy in England chasing down a mammoth 321 for a magnificent… Read More →

Cradle of SL cricket – the Prima Under-15 Inter District Tournament for 11th year

Over 400 schools from island-wide will be in the fray in the upcoming Prima Under-15 Inter District Tournament organized by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) that harnesses the cream of the country’s schoolboy cricket talent and considered the feeding cradle to the mainstream national grid from September 1 to 15. A feature of this annual tournament that will be held for the 11th year will be the participation of all districts including Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Trincomalee. It will cover approximately 39 teams with around 90 matches on the cards with six teams from Colombo District, three each from Kandy District and Galle District, two from Kurunegela District, and one each from the other districts competing. The district tournament from… Read More →

Expect 200 per cent support; All in the team know our fans expect us to win – ODI Skipper Upul Tharanga

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Saying that the past performance in the Test series should be put in to the past, Sri Lanka ODI Captain, Upul Tharanga said that the 5-match ODI series against India was a ‘good time for us to show the whole world our capabilities.’ “Let’s face the new challenge with confidence. We have been bugged by injuries to players. But I believe we’ve a good squad, and as a team it is a good time to show the world our capabilities. Mainly all in the team know that our local cricket fans expect us to win”, the new ODI skipper expressed at a Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC)  media briefing on Wednesday ahead of the series commencing in Dambulla on Sunday. Tharanga… Read More →

India take Test series

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India pulled off an innings and 171-run win in the third and final Test match against Sri Lanka at Pallekelle. The relatively new look young Sri Lankan outfit that took on the strong Indians, who are the No.1 Test team in world cricket, made 181 on the follow on with wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella top scoring  with 41off 52 balls inclusive of five boundaries. Last man Lahiru Kumara was bowled by Ashwin for 10 a few minutes before tea. Sri Lanka, resuming on 19 for 1 wicket trailing by 333 runs with overnight batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne on 12, and night watchman Malinda Pushpakumara, had to cope with the tight spin-pace bowling of R. Aswin and Mohammed Shami. Karunaratne, the home… Read More →