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Aug 17

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

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 →

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Aug 17

ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩක දක්ෂතා නැවත ලොවට පෙන්වනවා – උපුල් තරංග

ශ්‍රී ලාංකික ප්‍රේක්ෂකයන් පමණක් නොව ලොව පුරා විසිර සිටින ශ්‍රී ලාංකිකයන් ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් කණ්ඩායම සුවිශේෂි දස්කම් දක්වතැයි විශාල ලෙස බලාපොරොත්තු තබා සිටිනවා.  කණ්ඩායමට උපරිම දස්කම් දැක්වීමට ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය ද උපරිම සහයක් අපට දෙනවා.  පසුගිය ඉන්දීය ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය අමතක කර එක්දින තරගාවලිය ජය ගැනීමට කණ්ඩායම් හැඟීමෙන් යුතුව උපරිම දක්ෂතා පෙන්වීමට අපේක්ෂා කරන බව ශ්‍රී ලංකා එක්දින හා 20 – 20 නායක උපුල් තරංග ප්‍රකාශ කරයි. එංගලන්තයේ පැවති චැම්පියන් කුසලාන තරගාවලියේ දී අප ලකුණු තුන්සියය ඉක්මවා හඹා ගොස් ඉන්දියාව පැරැදුවා.  මේ තරගාවලියේදීත් නැවත එය ඉටුකර තරගාවලිය ජය ගැනීම සියලු ක්‍රීඩකයනගේ පරමාර්ථයයි.  මෙය ඉටුකර ලෝවැසියනට ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩකයනගේ දක්ෂතා නැවත වතාවක් පෙන්වීමට ක්‍රීඩකයන් අපේක්ෂාවෙන් සිටින බව ද උපුල් තරංග පවසයි.  ශ්‍රී ලංකා එක්දින නායකයා මේ අදහස් පල කලේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා –… Read More →

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Aug 15

Tharanga confident in his Lions; Urges the nation to have patience & confidence

Colombo, 15th August 2017; Issuing a statement through Sri Lanka Cricket today (15) Sri Lanka White-ball Captain Upul Tharanga has urged the nations’ cricketing fans to rally round the national team and have confidence in the Lankan Lions. “Every team goes through a rough patch” he said, “This is something that happens in cycles to every team and every nation no matter how great a cricketing nation they are. Sri Lanka dominated in all three formats for a good 18 years – don’t forget this now when we are going through a rough patch. Obviously there are some things we can’t openly discuss due to strategic reasons but there are certain areas behind the scenes that need to fall into… Read More →

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Aug 14

ඉන්දියාව 3-0කින් තරගාවලිය ජයගනී

ශ්‍රී ලංකාව හා ඉන්දියාව අතර පැවැති පස්දින ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගාවලිය මහනුවර පල්ලේකැලේ දී නිමාවට පත්වූයේ ඉන්දියාවට තරග 3-0කින් පහසු ජයග්‍රහණයක් අත්කරගැනීමෙනි.  මහනුවර පල්ලේකැලේ පැවැති තෙවැනි ටෙස්ට් තරගයේ තෙවන දින (14 වැනිදා) සවස තේ පානය වනවිට (සවස 2.45ට) තරගය නිමවූයේ ඉනිමකින් හා ලකුණු 171කින් ඉන්දියාව ජයගනිමිනි.  මේ තරගාවලියේ ප්‍රථම තරගය ඉන්දියාව ලකුණු 304කින්ද දෙවැනි තරගය ඔවුන් ඉනිමකින් හා ලකුණු 53කින්ද ජය ලැබීය. තරගාවලියේ වීරයා ලෙස නම් කැරුණේ ආරම්භක පිතිකරු ශිකර් ධවාන්ය.  තෙවන තරගයේ වීරයා වූයේ හර්දික් පාණ්ඩ්‍යාය.  ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලිය පුරාම ඉන්දියාව ඉදිරියෙන් සිටිනු දක්නට ලැබිණි.  තරුණ ක්‍රීඩකයන් රැසකින් සමන්විත ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ප්‍රථම හා දෙවන තරගවලදී වරින්වර තරගයට අවතීර්ණ වූවත් ඔවුනට එය රඳවා ගත හැකි නොවීය.  ලංකා කණ්ඩායම මේ වසර අවසානයේ ඉන්දියාවේ ටෙස්ට් තරගාවලියකට සහභාගි වීමට නියමිත අතර ඊට පෙර මනා… Read More →

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Aug 14

Innings triumph gives India clean sweep

It was all over before tea at 2.40 when last man Lahiru Kumara was bowled by Ashwin for 10, and Sri Lanka bowled out for 181, the innings and 171-run triumph giving India a 3-nil clean sweep in the hill climes of Pallekelle. If the decimation of the Sri Lankans in significant by an innings margins in the last two tests, and 304 in the first only because India opted not to enforce the follow on for batting practice, was sweet music to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and his charges, to his counterpart, Dinesh Chandimal and his team, the whitewash marked one of the worst home tour defeats in history. India had crashed through for a historic first ever clean… Read More →

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Aug 13

Sumathipala calls on Asian cricket chiefs to stand together for cricket -says Sri Lanka will travel to Pakistan later this year

13th August 2017 The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) concluded its 33rd Annual General Meeting at the Mövenpick, Colombo yesterday(12). The meeting which was chaired by newly appointed Chairman Mr. Najam Sethi – Chairman PCB, was attended by representatives of 19 countries, and was the second time the meetings were hosted in Colombo since the ACC Headquarters were established here in August 2016. Speaking at a Formal dinner held last evening Development Committee Chairman and host Hon. Thilanga Sumathipala welcomed the delegates and spoke about the changing global cricketing landscape – “Cricket is a game of change, chance and chase” he said. “the game today, and its following is very different to what it was 10 years ago and as administrators… Read More →

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Aug 11

Lanka need ‘Out of the Box’ tactics to beat India

Sri Lanka will go in to the third Test against India starting tomorrow Saturday at Pallekelle having drafted into the 15-member squad fast bowlers Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Gamage following the injury sidelining of Nuwan Pradeep. Chameera comes in for Pradeep, and Gamage for spin veteran Rangana Herath who is sidelined by a stiff back. Batsman Dhanushka Gunathilaka, who debuted at Galle for the indisposed captain Dinesh Chandimal. Reflectively, Sri Lanka, who will play for a consolation win, will need to have an out of the box strategy to get the better of the high riding Indians. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal has aired that ‘beating the No.1 Test team would be a big boost to Sri Lanka lifting itself from a… Read More →

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Aug 11

පල්ලේකැලේ ටෙස්ට් තරගය ගැන නැවුම් බලාපොරොත්තුවක්

මහනුවර පල්ලේකැලේ ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේදී සෙනසුරාදා (12) ඇරැඹෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකා – ඉන්දියා තෙවන හා අවසාන පස්දින ටෙස්ට් තරගයට ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායම පිවිසෙන්නේ නායක දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල් පවසන අන්දමට තරගයෙන් ජයගැනීම හා ගෞරවාන්විතව ජය පැරදුමින් තොරව කෙළවර කිරීමේ අපේක්ෂාවෙනි. ශ්‍රී ලංකා සංචිතයට දුෂ්මන්ත චමීර සහ ළහිරු ගමගේ යන වේග පන්දු යවන්නන් දෙදෙනා හා දඟ පන්දු යවන ලක්ෂාන් සඳකැන් නම් කර සිටී.   ලංකා සංචිතය වන්නේ දිනේෂ් චන්දිමාල් (නායක) ඇන්ජිලෝ මැතිව්ස්, උපුල් තරංග, දිමුත් කරුණාරත්න, නිරෝෂන් දික්වැල්ල, කුසල් මෙන්ඩිස්, ධනංජය ද සිල්වා, ළහිරු තිරිමාන්න, ළහිරු කුමාර, විශ්ව ප්‍රනාන්දු, දුෂ්මන්ත චමීර, ළහිරු ගමගේ, දිල්රුවන් පෙරේරා, මලින්ද පුෂ්පකුමාර හා ලක්ෂාන් සඳකැන්. ශ්‍රී ලංකාව මේ දක්වා ඉන්දියාව වෙතින් ශ්‍රි ලංකාවේ දී තරග 3-0ක පරාජයක් ලබානොමැත.  ශ්‍රී ලංකාව පල්ලේකැලේ තෙවන ටෙස්ට් තරගයෙන් ජයලැබීමට නම් ලොව අංක 1 කණ්ඩායමේ ප්‍රබලම පිතිකරුවන්වන… Read More →

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Aug 10

Sri Lanka announces squad for third Test against India

Colombo, 10th August 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (10) announced the following Squad for the third Test against India due to be played from the 12th – 16th August at the Pallakelle International Cricket Stadium, Kandy. The squad which was ratified by the Minister of Sport, Hon. Dayasiri Jayaskera MP, is as follows: Dinesh Chandimal – Captain ,Angelo Mathews, Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Lahiru Thirimanne, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Gamage, Dilruwan Perera, Malinda Pushpakumara, Lakshan Sandakan.

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Aug 09

Thailand National Women tour Sri Lanka

Colombo 9 th August 2017, The Thailand National Women’s team are currently in Sri Lanka for a planned two T20 series against the Sri Lanka Women’s Development squad. The games will be worked off at the Navy Grounds in Welisera and are to be played on the 9th and 11th of August respectively. The Sri Lanka Development Squad selected to play this tournament are as follows: Yasoda Mendis- Captain, Imalka Mendis, Hansima Karunaratne, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Madushika Mettananda, Nilakshi Silva, Rebecca Vandot, Lasanthi Madushani, Mihiri Madushani, Sathya Sandeepani, Hashani Wijeratne, Iresha Shamali, Ruby Rejintha, Sandani Tiwanka, K Pooja Rashmi, Kavishka Dilhani, Pumi Wathsala, Kavindi Parami, Umesha Timeshani. They will be coached by Rohitha Perera. In a landmark move that… Read More →

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Aug 08

Rumesh appointed Head of Fast Bowling

Colombo 8th August 2017; Sri Lanka Cricket is pleased to announce the appointment of Rumesh Ratnayake as the Head of Fast Bowling for SLC. The 53 year old pacie is known for his 9 wicket haul against India in 1985/86 which resulted in Sri Lanka’s inaugural Test series victory against India – a series in which Ratnayake’s match bag was 20 wickets. Ratnayake whose career was cut short by injury has a innings best bowling figure of 6/66. Ratnayake will head the National Fast Bowling programme, spearheading its talent identification, skills development and training processes in cohesion with the National High Performance plan. Sri Lanka Cricket have invested heavily over the past year in infrastructure and specialist resources for the… Read More →

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Aug 08

Herath to sit out 3rd Test

Colombo, 8th August 2017 Sri Lanka Cricket today (8) confirmed that veteran Spinner Rangana Herath will sit out the 3rd Test against India at Pallakelle. The decision comes as a result of SLC’s Sports Medicine Unit declaring Herath ‘unavailable for selection’ due to an increased risk of injury calculated from his workload leading up to the 3rd Test. A heavy investment in Sports medicine & Player Management over the past 6 months with the recruitment of specialized Trainers and Physios as well as implementation of state-of-the-art assessment and monitoring systems has begun to pay dividends in injury management of the National Performance Squad. Key players such as Suranga Lakmal (Fatigue) who sat out the 2nd Test against India and Rangana… Read More →

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Aug 08

Sports Medicine & Player Management – a key role in Injury prevention

Colombo, 8th August 2017 A heavy investment in Sports medicine & Player Management over the past 6 months with the recruitment of specialized Trainers and Physios as well as implementation of state-of-the-art assessment and monitoring systems has begun to pay dividends in injury management of the National Performance Squad. Key players such as Suranga Lakmal (Fatigue) who sat out the 2nd Test against India and Rangana Herath (Back Stiffness) who will sit out the 3rd Test are being coined ‘unavailable for selection’ by the Sports Medicine Team (SMT) based on their chronic workloads leading up to the games and the scientific data that show an increased risk of injury accordingly. At a discussion held with NPS players, National Selectors and… Read More →

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Aug 07

Recoup & Regroup – Strategy & Science will see results

Colombo, 7th August 2017 The Sri Lanka National team, it’s High Performance & Specialist resource team, the National Selectors and Officials of SLC spent a productive afternoon in Colombo today (7) at a Strategic session aimed at recouping and regrouping ahead of the 3rd Test in Pallakelle on the 12th August. Players, resource staff and officials alike shared in open discourse with respect to technical, strategic, medical, psychological and personal data and requirements of individual players, as well as the team. Speaking during the ‘Brain Storming’ President SLC was commending of the players in their fight back against India in the second innings of the SSC Test, and advised them to believe in themselves as a talented and capable team… Read More →

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Aug 06

Gura clarifies

Colombo, 6th August 2017 Sri Lanka’s Cricket Manager cum National selector Asanka Gurusinha has issued the following statement in response to the barrage of rumours circulating on social media streams claiming he has resigned; “I have received numerous calls throughout the day with regard to my purported resignation. I wish to clarify that I have not tendered any resignation, nor had any discussion with anyone with regard to resigning either as the Cricket Manager, nor as a Selector. The rumours are unfounded and serve only to negatively impact the morale of our National team by causing confusion and uncertainties and I request all our journalistic friends to not only refrain from publishing such conjecture, but to denounce such crass attempts… Read More →

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Aug 06

ඉන්දියාව තරගාවලිය ජයගනී

ශ්‍රී ලංකා – ඉන්දියා දෙවන පස්දින ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගයේ සිව්වන දින සවස 2.35ට නිමාවට පත්වූයේ ඉන්දියාව ඉනිමක හා ලකුණු 53ක ජය ලබා තරගාවලියද 2-0 කින් ජයගැනීමෙනි. ඉනිමක පරාජයෙන් වැළැකීමට ශ්‍රී ලංකා කණ්ඩායමට දෙවන ඉනිමේදී ලකුණු 439ක් අවශ්‍ය වූවත් ලංකා කණ්ඩායම ලබාගත්තේ 386කි. ඉන්දියා මුල් ඉනිමේදී නොදැවී ලකුණු 70ක් ලබා පසුව ශ්‍රී ලංකා ඉනිම දෙකේදී කඩුලු හතක් දවාලු රවීන්ද්‍ර ජඩෙජා තරගයේ වීරයා ලෙස නම් කැරිණි. තුන්වන හා අවසාන පස්දින ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රිකට් තරගය ලබන 12වැනිදා ආරම්භ වන්නේ මහනුවර පල්ලේකැලේ ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේදීය. එස්. එස්. සී. ක්‍රීඩාංගණයේ පැවැති දෙවන පස්දින තරගයේ දෙවන ඉනිමේදී මේ තරගයේ ස්වරූපය වෙනස් කරගෙන ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට වැඩි වාසි අත්වනසේ වෙනස් කරගැනීමට අවස්ථා තුනක් උදාවූවත් දෙවැනි හා තුන්වන අවස්ථාවල දිග සබඳතා ක්‍රියාත්මක නොවීමෙන් ඒව මග හැරිණි. එම අවස්ථාවන් වුයේ ලංකා දෙවන ඉනිමේදී… Read More →

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