Sri Lanka Tour of England (Fixture List) England has pretty much been a fortunate destination for Sri Lanka in the past couple of years. Regardless of tracks that offered bounce, the Sri Lankans were able to somehow adopt quite exceptionally in all departments.  With that in mind, the 15-man Sri Lankan squad is all set to leave the island this afternoon.  Followed by a few practise ...

Mathews Wants Settled No.3 Option Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews has stated that he wants his team members to settle into their roles, especially in the number 3 batting spot for Tests as Sri Lanka has struggled to find a suitable player since the retirement of the legendary Kumar Sangakkara. While the left handed run machine Sangakkara is still stacking up the runs for ...

Sanath Seek Rejuvenated Beginning Sri Lanka Cricket’s new Chief Selector Sanath Jayasuriya stated that the new selectors will have to “start from the bottom” hinting that selection strategy between his two stints had set the team back. Jayasuriya was chief selector from February 2013 to March 2015, before his panel was succeeded by a team headed by Kapila Wijegunawardene. That committee was later ...

South Africa batsman Hashim Amla is set to replace the injured Shaun Marsh at Kings XI Punjab, according to IPL sources. Marsh was ruled out of the Indian Premier League 2016 on Monday due to a back injury. It is understood that clearances for Amla’s stint with the team have been obtained and that he is expected to join ...

Australia batsman George Bailey has been called in by Rising Pune Supergiants as the replacement for Faf du Plessis, who was ruled out of the IPL with a finger injury. Supergiants will be Bailey’s third IPL franchise: he has already represented Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, where he was the captain in 2015 before the franchise decided ...

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan chief selector, has dropped Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad on disciplinary grounds from the training camp ahead of the team’s tour of England. The selection committee has also ignored Shahid Afridi who plays only T20s and decided to move on to younger players. The trio had been a major point of contention in the former coach ...

Kumar Sangakkara announced County Player of the Week Credit to his outstanding performance with the bat for Surrey, former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara was announced Specsavers County Championship Player of the Week lately. Followed by an exceptional 171 from 176 in the first innings, Sangakkara continued to dominate proceedings by posting 71 in his second innings against Somerset at the Kia Oval.  “The Sri Lankan left-hander thrashed 171 ...

PCB Open to Points System for England Tour The Pakistan Cricket Board is understood to have agreed to a proposal from the England & Wales Cricket Board to implement a points system for their tour of England later this summer. The idea follows on from the suggestion put to Sri Lanka Cricket earlier this month, ahead of their own tour of England in May and June, and ...

Under 17 All-Island Inter Schools’ Cricket Tournament The Under 17 All-Island Inter Schools’ Division 1 Cricket Tournament is set to commence from the Month of May featuring 75 teams competing in 10 groups. The competition organized by the Sri Lanka Schools’ Cricket Association will be played in the 50-over format under ICC rules and regulations. Ananda College, Colombo are the reigning champions of the tournament while ...

Cricket Australia Hits Obstacle over Day/Night Tests Cricket Australia has struck another obstacle in its plans to play back-to-back day-night Tests next summer, with Australia’s players arguing that one is sufficient. The final Test of the summer’s first series against South Africa will be a day-night fixture in Adelaide if CA can convince the players of both sides to agree, while the first Test of the ...

Pune Sign Khawaja as Injury Replacement Rising Pune Supergiants have signed explosive Australian opener Usman Khawaja as a replacement player, following injuries to Kevin Pietersen (calf) and Faf du Plessis (finger). “One of our mainstays du Plessis has injured his finger during the course of the last match and has returned to South Africa for further treatment,” Supergiants coach Stephen Fleming said in a statement. ...

Jayantha Seneviratne Re-elected as President of Bloomfield With no real contest, former Sri Lankan cricketer Jayantha Seneviratne was re-elected as the President of Bloomfield Cricket and Athletic Club at the Annual General Meeting held in the club pavilion.  While Seneviratne took over the president’s seat, Gamini Happawana, Ashrof Ghany and Nihal Liyanage were announced vice presidents.  Vice Patrons – D.P. Wickremarachchi, W.D. Quintus, Upali Dharmadasa, Upali Premadasa, Sisil De Silva, Rohana Kulasiri, ...

Jayasuriya’s Committee Replaces De Silva’s Panel Former skipper and parliament minister Sanath Jayasuriya was lately announced as the new head of the Sri Lanka Cricket selection committee.  Together with a few changes in personnel, Jayasuriya replaces his former team-mate Aravinda De Silva. Jayasuriya’s new committee will take charge from the 1st of May 2016.  While Jayasuriya panel includes former selectors Romesh Kaluwitharana and Ranjith Madurasinghe, ...

Sri Lanka announce Test Squad for England Tour With the inclusion of a few new faces to the longer format, Sri Lanka cricket lately announced the official 17-man Test squad for the upcoming Test series against England.  While Dasun Shanaka and Dhanankaya De Silva found themselves in the squad, Lahiru Thirimanne was surprisingly recalled, regardless of his poor form with the bat.  Credit to his complete recovery, ...

Malinga Replaced by Jerome Taylor Mumbai Indians have signed West Indies pacer Jerome Taylor as a replacement for the injured Lasith Malinga for the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2016. The replacement has been approved by the IPL, and Taylor will be eligible for selection pending completion of contractual formalities, the BCCI confirmed through a release. A knee injury has kept Malinga out ...

Chandrishan Perera Likely to be appointed as SLC Communications Manager Former Sri Lanka Cricket Media Manager Chandrishan Perera is likely to be appointed as the new Communications Manager for the upcoming series against England.  Chandrishan Perera inclusion would ideally assist the Sri Lankan Cricket team with their training as well. Together with his expertise in media and communication, Perera was an exceptional rugby player as well. Alternatively, Chandrishan Perera’s coaching skills would ...

ICC identifies Sumathipala as SLC’s Nominee for Director of Executive Board In a statement issued yesterday, Sri Lanka Cricket acknowledged that the International Cricket Council has accepted its president as a nominee for the Director of the ICC Executive Board.  Thilanga Sumathipala was appointed President of the Sri Lankan Cricket Board in January 2016.  Alternatively, the statement issued by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board said, “Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased ...

A Tribute To Lankan Cricket’s Unsung Hero “Left-arm spinners cannot unclog your drains, teach your children or cure you of disease. But once in a while, the very best of them will bowl a ball that will bring an entire nation to its feet. And while there may be no practical use in that, there is most certainly value.” – Shehan Karunatilaka, Chinaman After Chittagong, March 31, ...

West Indies players Reprimanded For WT20 Outbursts during the ICC World Twenty20 India 2016 Final between England and the West Indies at Eden Gardens on April 3, 2016 in Kolkata, India. West Indies’ victorious cricketers have been reprimanded by the ICC for their actions and comments in the wake of their World T20 triumph in Kolkata earlier this month. The team, which secured an emotional four-wicket ...

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