The Sports Minister, Navin Dissanayake, insists that the International Cricket Council (ICC) must accept the nine-member Interim Committee that he appointed to run Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) after the ICC opted to withhold financial distribution on Thursday. The 45-year-old, however, said that he will not hesitate to hold discussions with the ICC. “We are a sovereign nation and we follow ...

Former first class cricketer Jeryl Woutersz (Jerry) has been appointed as the new Sri Lanka Cricket team manager at a first Interim Committee meeting held at Sri Lanka Cricket on Thursday. The 64-year-old coached Wesley College in 2007 and served as the manager of the Sri Lanka team which took part in the Hong Kong 6s in 2011.He also managed ...

Cricket lose its voice After fighting a long battle with cancer, the former Australian captain and broadcaster Richie Benaud sadly passed away today (10). When it comes to commentary, Richie stood at the highest possible level bringing joy and excitement to fans all over the world. Being a leg spinner and a legendary captain at the same time, Richie played 63 Tests, 28 as ...

Naimur slams Hathurusingha The Bangladeshi national head coach from Sri Lanka, Chandika Hathurusingha was criticized lately by Naimur Rahman (operations chairman – Bangladesh Cricket Board) for making immature comments about the team selection during the World Cup. Hathurusingha was clearly not impressed with the 15 man squad at the initial stages. He is believed to have made certain remarks against the selection committee ...

Sangakkara, Mathews honoured by Wisden Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has been named as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year by Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2015 and Kumar Sangakkara has won the Leading Cricketer in the World award for the second time. Mathews played a key role as captain in leading his team to their maiden Test series win in England in 2014. Sri ...

Players ready to storm the Cricket World – IPL 2015 The 8th edition of the Indian Premier League is set to get underway today (8) with some of the world’s best players in the T20 arena preparing to play some aggressive cricket. Despite the opening ceremony turning out to be a blunder, the tournament is expected to be a roller coaster from the initial stages. As the knight riders look ...

Wijegunawardene heads new selection committee Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Kapila Wijegunawardene was named the new chairman of cricket selectors replacing Sanath Jayasuriya. Wijegunawardene is a member of a newly named four-member selection committee on Wednesday comprising former Sri Lanka cricketers. Two former wicket-keeper/batsmen Amal Silva and Brendon Kuruppu and middle-order batsman Hemantha Wickremaratne are the other members. The new committee replaces the five-member ...

Lankans banned from Chennai – IPL 2015 The Tamil Nadu government has decided to ban the three Sri Lankan players Angelo Mathews (Delhi Daredevils), Thisara Perera (Kings XI Punjab) and Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) from stepping into Chennai soil during this year’s Indian Premier League. Unlike the last season, the M.A. Chidambaram stadium is expected to host 8 matches. The Tamil Nadu state government had stated that ...

Wettimuny named as chairman of the new SLC interim committie With effect from 1 April 2015, Sidath Wettimuny is expected to commence duties as the new chairman of the SLC interim committee. The nine-member interim committee was appointed with the approval of the sports minister Navin Dissanayake. The discontinuation of the previous committee led by president Jayantha Dharmadasa resulted in the formation of the new body. Sidath Wettimuny currently at ...

Starc ranked top ODI bowler, 3 Lankans stay in ODI top 5 Starc, Sanga, Dilshan and Mathews Mitchell Starc has soared to No.1 in the ICC bowlers’ rankings in ODIs following a stellar World Cup campaign, where he was the leading wicket-taker and player of the tournament. Starc came into the World Cup seventh on the list, but his 22 wickets at 10.18 pushed him to the top spot for the first ...

Following a meeting lately, the Minister of Tourism and Sports Navin Dissanayake appointed an interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket. Adhering to this change in personnel, the current executive committee has been dissolved. The interim committee is expected to be functioning from 1 April 2015. All functions are expected to be carried out smooth until further notice. Despite being ...

MELBOURNE: International Cricket Council (ICC) chairman N Srinivasan was booed by the 93,000 crowd that turned up for the World Cup final on Sunday at the MCG when he was introduced by presenter Mark Nicholas at the presentation ceremony. It was reported by the international media prior to the final that Srinivasan may breach the global body’s constitution by deciding ...

McCullum gives his team 50-50 chance of achieving their dream Reporting from Australia & New Zealand MELBOURNE: New Zealand who have been in international cricket for 85 years, Sunday represents their best chance of winning their biggest prize in the sport when they play co-host Australia in the 2015 World Cup final at the MCG. The journey for New Zealand to reach this stage has been a long one with ...

Dharmasena reaches yet another World Cup final ICC has officially named Sri Lanka’s Kumar Dharmasena and England’s Richard Kettleborough as the two on-field umpires for the all important world cup final match between the co-hosts Australia and New Zealand on Sunday (29). After representing Sri Lanka for 12 years in the international arena, Dharmasena made his international debut as an umpire in 2009. Yet the turning-point in ...

Aussies too good for India, qualify to meet NZ in final Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: So it will eventually be a Trans-Tasman World Cup final on Sunday at Melbourne after four-time champions Australia outplayed defending champs India to win the second semi-final by 95 runs at the SCG on Thursday. It was clearly evident that once Australia had posted a total in excess of 300, India would struggle ...

SLC search for new talent Earlier this week, the National selectors held a meeting to name the 28 players for the Sri Lanka ”A” ODI and 4-day pool. It was then decided to categorize the players separately for both ODI and the 4-day format. The two 15 man squads are to be announced officially by the end of this week. The 28-man squad which was ...

Another thriller on the cards – Australia take on India Experience will play a big part says Clarke Reporting from Australia & New Zealand SYDNEY: Following the edge-of-the-seat semi-final between New Zealand and South Africa at Auckland on Tuesday, standby for another crackerjack World Cup semi-final when hosts Australia take on defending champs India at the SCG tomorrow under lights. Like New Zealand, India have also gone through the tournament ...

South African guides Black Caps to first WC final Reporting from Australia & New Zealand AUCKLAND: It took a South African-born cricketer Grant Elliott to guide New Zealand to their first World Cup final after six semi-final defeats when they beat South Africa in a nerve-wracking semi-final by four wickets with a ball to spare under the Duckworth/Lewis rain rule at Eden Park on Tuesday night. Elliott, 36 ...

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