Saturday, April 18, 2015

Kumar Sangakkara bagged the Asian Award for sports

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The Sri Lankan star cricketer Kumar Sangakkara felicitated with the Asian Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sport yesterday(17) at the 5th Asian Awards held in London.




Kumar Sangakkara is the only second Sri Lankan to bag the prestigious award after Sri Lankan spin Wizard Muttiah Muralitharan in 2011 at the Gala event.

While, Bolywood super star Shah Rukh Khan awarded for his contribution for the film industry. former member of Band OneDirection Zayn Malik awarded for his contribution to the music industry.

Sachin Tendulkar bagged the Asian Award for Sports in inagural edition of The Asian Awards and MS Dhoni won it in 2014 as the only second Indian to win the award

The Asian Awards is an award ceremony which takes place in the United Kingdom that recognizes and rewards exemplary achievement across 14 categories that include business, philanthropy, entertainment, culture and sport. This has founded by businessman Paul Sagoo through his Lemon Group company.

 The awards also support charities through the event. Nominees are selected by an independent judging panel consisting a panel co-chaired by Baroness Verma of Leicester and Nat Wei, Baron Wei.The Asian Awards, reward outstanding achievement from within the Asian community.



Thursday, April 16, 2015

ICC to investigate apparent government interference in Sri Lanka Cricket

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The ICC hopes to progress this matter constructively with the Government of Sri Lanka for the good of all cricketing interests in Sri Lanka
ICC Board takes steps to investigate apparent government interference in Sri Lanka - Cricket News
The ICC hopes to progress this matter constructively for the good of all cricketing interests in Sri Lanka.
The ICC Board today considered the implications of the appointment of an Interim Committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) by the Government of Sri Lanka and whether this may be a breach of the ICC’s constitution which requires free and fair elections for office-bearers within Member boards.

After considerable discussion, and without making a final decision on the matter, the ICC Board supported a recommendation of the ICC Governance Review Committee that it should write to the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka seeking a full and proper explanation of its intervention that prima facie puts SLC in breach of the ICC’s constitution.

The Board further decided that, pending the satisfactory resolution of this matter, the next financial distribution due from the ICC to SLC will not be advanced to SLC and will, instead, be held in an escrow account.

Notwithstanding the Board’s decision, Mr Nuski Mohamed – a nominee of the Interim Committee – was given the opportunity to provide information about the status of the Interim Committee, following which he was invited to attend the ICC Board meeting as an observer on behalf of the interests of cricket in Sri Lanka. Unfortunately, Mr Mohamed declined to attend the meeting on these terms and as a result there was no representative from Sri Lanka at the meeting.

The recent media comments of the Sri Lankan Sports Minister suggesting that the ICC was ‘colluding’ with former SLC officials were also noted and the ICC Board expressed its disappointment with the inaccurate nature of these comments. Moving forward the ICC hopes to progress this matter constructively with the Government of Sri Lanka for the good of all cricketing interests in Sri Lanka.

The ICC Board consists of the nominated representatives of each of the 10 Full Members plus three elected Associate Member representatives. The meeting is chaired by Mr Narayanaswami Srinivasan. Also present is the ICC Chief Executive.

ICC Chairman                                                Narayanaswami Srinivasan
ICC Chief Executive                                      David Richardson
Australia                                                          Wally Edwards
Bangladesh                                                     Nazmul Hassan
England                                                           Giles Clarke
India                                                                Narayanaswami Srinivasan
New Zealand                                                  Greg Barclay
Pakistan                                                           Shaharyar M. Khan
South Africa                                                   Chris Nenzani
Sri Lanka                                                         No attendee
West Indies                                                     Dave Cameron
Zimbabwe                                                       Wilson Manase
Associate Member Director (Bermuda)          Neil Speight
Associate Member Director (Namibia)           Francois Erasmus
Associate Member Director (Singapore)         Imran Khawaja

Monday, April 13, 2015

Selectors named new faces for SL A squad against Pakistan A

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Sri Lanka Cricket selection committee took the gamble by naming many new faces to the Sri Lanka "A" squad today  (13).


Sri Lanka "A" team will play three One Day matches and Three unofficial Test matches against visiting Pakistan from end of this month.

Newly elected selection committee which is headed by former Sri Lanka cricket Kapila Wijeygunawardane gave opportunities for youngsters who have performed in the Premier Domestic tournament for their respective domestic team.

However, national color holder Upul Tharanga who lead SL "A" team in many series lost his place in both squads.

Selectors due to name captains for respective teams below.

One Day Squad:

Dhanushka Gunathilake
Dhananjaya De Silva
Kusal Janith Perera
Shehan Jayasuriya
Ashan Priyanjana
Kithruwan Vithanage
Milinda Siriwardena
Asela Guneratne
Lahiru Madhushanka
P.H.T. Kaushal
Lakshan Sandakan
Lahiru Gamage
Dushmanta Chameera
Binura Fernando
Nisala Tharaka

Stand By:
Denuwan Rajakaruna
Nilanka Premartne
Udara Jayasundara

Unofficial Test Squad:
Dhananjaya De Silva
Udara Jayasundara
Madhawa Warnapura
Ashan Priyanjan
Kithruwan Vithanage
Roshen Silva
Kusal Janith Perera
P.H.T. Kaushal
Malinda Pushpakumara
Lahiru Gamage
Dushmantha Chameera
Vishnu Fernando
Nisala Tharaka
Kasun Madhshanka
Asela Gunaratne

Stand By:
Denuwan Rajakaruna
Geoffrey Vandersay
Romesh Buddhika






Thursday, April 9, 2015

Red Bull Campus Cricket 2015 edition launched with 14 teams

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Red Bull Campus Cricket Returns For 2015

Play for your campus. Represent your country.

In its fourth successful year, Red Bull Campus Cricket (RBCC) is back to fuel the passions of young Sri Lankan cricketers.

This annual international college cricket tournament will give wings to aspiring young cricketers in 200 universities across 8 cricketing nations Australia, Bangladesh,England, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the UAE. RBCC matches are played under the same regulations that govern the ICC T20 matches.

However, this year Red Bull has added one more twist and included two special clauses which is Super Sub and the Strategic Timeout allowing for more strategy and planning by the team right throughout the exciting and
nail-biting games.

Sri Lanka took pride in hosting the very first Asian Finals of RBCC in 2012. Following its success, Sri Lanka also went on to host the World Finals of the tournament in 2013. This year, Brendon Kuruppu, RBCC Tournament Director and Lahiru Thirimanne, Vice-Captain of the Sri Lanka Cricket Team, launched the local tournament with a unique “bowl-out” draw at the P. Saravanamuttu Stadium (The Oval) on April 9th. The preliminary stages will be held between May 7th and 9th while the Quarter Finals will be held on September 5th and 6th and the Semi Finals on September 12th ending with the National Finals on September 13th. This will culminate in a
spectacular World Finals on October 21st in India.

14 local teams including the reigning National Champions ICBT, ACBT, ANC, APIIT, Auston Institute of Management, BMS, CINEC, IIHE, IIT, RIC, SLIIT, VHEC, General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University and the University of Sri Jayawardenapura will compete to represent Sri Lanka at the World Finals.

Coaches and prominent personalities from the Sri Lankan cricketing fraternity will also mentor teams from the Quarter Finals including holding special workshops on how to succeed in big tournaments.

Speaking at the tournament draw,Thirimanne said that “Cricket has always united us as a nation seeking a common victory.

Red Bull Campus Cricket does an exceptional job of tapping into this determination and inspires young Sri Lankan cricketers to come forward, nurture and showcase their talent as they represent their university and country on a global stage.”

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

3 former wicketkeepers along with Kapila in New Selection Committee

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Kapila Wijrygunawardane the former national cricketer who has represented Sri Lanka as a medium Pace bowler appointed as the chairman selector of Sri Lanka Cricket today  (08).

Three more former national cricketers will assist him as members of the selection committee. Former cricketers Brendon Kuruppu (Wicketkeeper Batsman),   Hemantha Wickramaratne(Wicketkeeper )  &  Amal Silva(Wicketkeeper) are the other members.

Initially these members were proposed by the newly elected Interim Committee to the minister of sports today(08) & Sources revealed  that the Minister given permission for above names.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sri Lanka Cricket team possibly visit Pakistan - Reports

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Karachi: Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena has reportedly expressed that his country’s cricket team will soon travel to Pakistan for a cricket series. It was an attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 that caused Pakistan to lose the privilege of hosting international cricket in the first place.

Sirisena announced the move on his first state visit to Pakistan, where he had a meeting with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain. While condemning the tragic attack on Sri Lankan Cricket Team in Lahore in 2009, Mamnoon assured his Sri Lankan counterpart Sirisena that maximum security would be provided to the visiting team, the Express Tribune reported.

No Test team has visited Pakistan since March 2009, when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team in Lahore, killing at least six Pakistani policemen and a van driver, and some of the visiting players were wounded.

- ANI

Baduraliya's dream chase down well set CCC

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Rajith Perera s dramatic inning of 29 ball 72 made Baduraliya CC easy  the 203 run chase against Colombo CC played in the Inter Club Twenty 20 tournament today (07)

CCC post a competitive total of 202 for 4 in their quota of 20 overs. The national color holder Chamara Silva scored a Century to frustrate Baduraliya  bowlers. He has scores unbeaten 110 in 54 deliveries while Hashan Dumindu  chipped 53 in 38 balls for CCC.

Baduraliya  was far behind at one stage as experience  opposition bowlers keep taking wickets in regular intervals.

Rajitha Perera stormed for Baduraliya CC with a blistering inning to make the way for a win. He has scored 7 sixes during his inning of 29 ball 72.......


Chanaka Welegedara equalled the world record for the most economical T20 four-over spell

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Sri Lankan fast-bowler Chanaka Welegedara gives up just two runs in four-over spell for Tamil Union


Sri Lankan Chanaka Welegedara has equalled the world record for the most economical four-over spell in the history of Twenty20 cricket. Playing for Tamil Union in Sri Lanka's domestic league, Welegedara finished with the incredible figures of four wickets for two runs from four overs, including two maidens. 

The left-armer equals the record set by South African Chris Morris last year, who took 2-2 from four overs with three maidens playing for Highveld Lions against Cape Cobras.

Most economical four-over spells in T20 cricket
  • Chanaka Welegedara, 4-2-2-4
  • Chris Morris, 4-3-2-2
  • Zulfiqar Babar, 4-2-3-2
  • Shoaib Malik, 4-2-3-1
  • Sunil Narine, 4-1-3-0

Sunday, April 5, 2015

SSC post the highest T20 score in Sri Lankan soil as they beat CCC by 64 runs

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Sinhalese Sports Club post the highest T20 total in Sri Lankan soil as the beat Colombo Cricket Club by 64 in the Inter Club Twenty20 tournament which is played at the Colts Cricket Ground today(04)
Danushka Gunathilaka  scored 102 to help his team (SSC) - File Photo

SSC scored 246 for 4 wickets in their span of twenty overs after batting first. Danushka Gunathilaka  and Minod Bhanuka had a 111 opening partnership just in 54 deliveries to lift SSC to a commanding position from the front. Minod lost his wicket at his score of 50 just in 26 deliveries. His inning colored with 4 boundaries and 4 sixes.

The old pupil of Mahanama College left handed Dhanushka Gunathilaka played a majestic knock of 102 in 57 deliveries which was blossomed with 9 boundaries and 5 sixes for SSC.  Dasun Shanaka who studied in Maristella College went on riot in the middle order to score 18 ball 46 with 5 sixes.

CCC bowlers had no chance of restrict the strong attacking options of SSC.

CCC fall short for 182 in 19.2 overs to secure the victory for SSC by 64 runs.

Binura Fernando and Charith Jayampathy shared three wickets each.

The SSC's score of 246 is the highest T20 total in Sri Lankan soil as they beated the 10 year old 245/4 record of NCC.

  Highest T20 totals - All Formats in Sri Lanka

Team Score Opposition Ground Match Date
Sinhalese 246/4 v Col CC Colombo (Colts) 4 Apr 2015
Nondescripts 245/4 v SL Air SC Colombo (Bloomfield) 16 Oct 2005
Ragama 237/6 v Saracens Colombo (Colts) 4 Mar 2007

Highest totals - Internationals in Sri Lanka
Team Score Opposition Ground Match Date
West Indies 205/4 v Australia Colombo (RPS) 5 Oct 2012



Worcestershire sign Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake

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Worcestershire have signed Sri Lanka spinner Sachithra Senanayake as a short-term replacement for Saeed Ajmal.



Ajmal, may not be available until later in the season after being named in Pakistan's squad for the tour of Bangladesh starting next week.

Off-spinner Senanayake, has played one Test and 45 one-day internationals.

He appeared in five ODIs against England last summer, but was banned from bowling in July because of an illegal action.

Senanayake, who has never played county cricket, was cleared to return in December after remodelling his action.

Senanayake's statistics
Senanayake has played 45 ODIs and 17 T20s for his country - and one Test, when he was on the opposing team to Saeed Ajmal against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in December 2013. He has taken 376 first-class wickets in 71 matches at an average of 19.69.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Sanath Jayasuriya and the SLC selecting committee resigned

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Sri Lankan cricket team’s selection panel headed by former captain Sanath Jayasuriya on Friday resigned following the recent revamp of the SLC administration.

Rest of his committee members followed the chairman and tendered their resignation to the minister of sports early today(03).
Former Test Cricketers Hashan Tilakaratne, Promodya Wickramasinghe, Eric Upshantha were along with Chaminda Mendis assist Sanath Jayasuriya as the selecting committee for last two years.
A Draft of the letter of Sanath Jayasuriya 




Thursday, April 2, 2015

Video: ක්‍රීඩාව නැංවීමට හා ක්‍රීඩකයන් ආරක්ෂා කිරීමට අතුරු කමිටුවක් පත්කලා ක්‍රීඩා ඇමති කියයි

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අන්තර් පාලක කමිටවුක් පත් කලේ ක්‍රීඩකයන් ආරක්ෂා කිරීමටත්, ඔවුන් රටට ගෙන එන මූල්‍යමය සම්පත් රටට යහපතක් වෙන ආකාරයට යොදාගැනීමට හැකිවෙන වටපිටාවක් සකසා ගැනීමට බව ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍ය නවීන් දිසානායක ප්‍රකාශ කලේය. එසේම කුමර් සංගක්කාර හා මහේල ජයවර්ධනට ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයෙන් අතිරේක පීඩනයක් එල්ල වෙමින් පැවති බවද ක්‍රීඩා අමාත්‍යවරයා ‍එහිදී හෙළි කලේය.

එසේම කුමාර් සංගක්කාරට තවදුරටත් ශ්‍රී ලංකාව වෙනුවෙන් ක්‍රීඩා කිරීමට ආරාධනා කරනබවත්, ඒ සඳහා සාකච්චා පැවත්වූ බවත් අමාත්‍යවරයා පැවසීය.


එසේම මහේල ජයවර්ධන යොවුන් ක්‍රීඩකයන් ගේ ක්‍රීඩාව නැංවීමට උපදේශන සේවාවක් ලබාදීම කැමැත්ත පල කලබව අතුරු කමිටු සභාපති හිටපු ටෙස්ට් ක්‍රීඩක සිදත් ‍වෙත්තමුනි මහතා පැවසීය. එමෙන්ම හිටපු දඟපන්දු යවන ක්‍රීඩක මුත්තයියා මුරලිදරන්ද හැකි සෑම විටම ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්ෂේත්‍රයට උපකාර කිරීමට කැමැත්තෙන් සිටින බව පැවසූ බවත් ඔහු මෙහිදී පැවසීය.

නව අතුරු කමිටුව වැඩ භාරගත් දින පැවති මාධ්‍ය හමුවට සහභාගී වෙමින් මොවුන් මේ අදහස් පල කලේ ය.



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Video: ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව‍‍ට අයිති කාරයො නැහැ. මේක ශ්‍රී ලංකිකයොන්ට අයිති ක්‍රීඩාවක්. මේක එයාලගෙ.

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ශ්‍රී ලංකාවෙ ක්‍රිකට් වල අයිතිකා‍රයො නැහැ. මේ ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාව ජනතාවගෙ දෙයක්. ඔවුන්ටයි මේක අයිති. අපිට නීතියක් තියෙනව. සංශෝදනයකට ලක් කරන්න අපි කැමති. වැරදි තොරතුරු අයි සී සීයට ගෙන යෑමට අපි ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙනව.

‍මහේලට හා සංගක්කාරට ප්‍රශ්න තියෙනව. සංගක්කාරගෙන් බැගෑවත්ව ඉල්ලනව තව දුරටත් ඔහුගෙ සේවාව ලබා දෙන්න කියල.


Video: ක්‍රිකට් තේරීම් කමිටුව වෙනස්කළ යුතුද ?

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ක්‍රිකට් තේරීම් කමිටුව වෙනස්කළ යුතුද ? නව ක්‍රිකට් අතුරු කමිටුවේ සභාපති හිටපු ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩක සිදත් වෙත්තමුනිට ප්‍රශ්නයක්


ක්‍රිකට් තේරීම් කමිටුව වෙනස්කළ යුතුද ? නව ක්‍රිකට් අතුරු කමිටුවේ සභාපති හිටපු ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩක සිදත් වෙත්තමුනිට ප්‍රශ්නයක්
Posted by BBC Sinhala - සංදේශය on Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ICC threat to suspend SLC if not transparent - Full Letter

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ICC expressed their view regarding the newly appointed interim committee and written a letter to explain their stand.
Dear ..............,
Apparent appointment of interim  committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket
I note from reports in the media of today’s date that the government of Sri Lanka intends to form an interim committee to run the cricketing affairs of Sri Lanka Cricket.

Whilst we have no further or substantive information about the accuracy or otherwise of these media reports, I just wanted to flag with you the risk that such action could put Sri Lanka Cricket in breach of Article 2.9(B) of ICC’s Articles of Association which states as follows: ‘Where a government interferes in the administration of cricket by a Member, including but not limited to interference in operational matters, the selection and management of teams, the appointment of coaches or support personnel, the Executive Board shall have the power to suspend or refuse to recognize that Member…’.

Of course, a full and proper investigation would need to be carried out, but any unjustified interference might expose Sri Lanka Cricket to the possibility of having its membership suspended by the ICC Board, which would have considerably damaging consequences, including the loss of the right for Sri Lanka Cricket to participate in ICC’s global events.

I very much hope that Sri Lanka Cricket and the government of Sri Lanka will be able to resolve any issues that they might have in a mutually agreeable fashion and look forward to receiving your update on what exactly has occurred or is transpiring.

- CEO  of ICC

Muralitharan raised his hands to support SLC cricket

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The newly elected chairman of Sri Lanka cricket Sidath Weththamuni the former test cricketer revealed that the interest of Muttiah Muralitharan  to help the game of cricket today (01) at a media briefing held at the head office of SLC.
Weththamuni further said that Retired legendary cricketer Mahela Jayawardene also extend his support to help SLC in a different capacity.
Mahela will help as in an honorary advisor capacity rebuild the grassroot  lever of the game in future.
At the same time Muralitharan raises his hand to to support SLC overall according to the requirements in different capacity said the chairman.
"I'm getting older, we should admit that the game has changed when comparing  to the stage that we played. Mahela retired recently and he have vision and played in different level of the game. We can use his brain to uplift the game " said Sidath Weththamuni

Mahela choose to help Sri Lanka Cricket's grassroot

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The Sri Lankan legendary batsman Mahela Jayawardene has offered to be a honorary advisor of Sri Lanka Cricket to uplift the grass root infrastructure of Sri Lanka cricket by the newly appointed Sports Minister.



Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is set to take over a role with the country's cricket administration to develop the infrastructure of the local game at the feeder level.

Jayawardane, who retired from ODIs after the World Cup, was one of the finest batsmen to come through the highly competitive school cricket set up.

Mahela who has started in International cricket career 18 year ago in R Premadasa Stadium against India call his day for all form of Cricket after the defeat against South Africa in ICC World Cup Quarter finals.

Soon after the retirement Mahela Jayawardene has offered help Sri Lanka Cricket in an honorary advisory capacity to develop  Schools Cricket, Under 19, Sri Lanka A team & domestic cricket to meet international standard.

Mahela represented the country in 149 Tests, 448 ODI, and 55 T20s and carrying 25957 International runs under his belt.

Career Record with the bat 


MatInnsNORunsHSAveBFSR100504s6sCtSt
Tests149252151181437449.842295951.4534501387612050
ODIs448418391265014433.371602078.9619771119762180
T20Is55558149310031.761121133.181917333170
First-class237383241783837449.6851803050
List A5415045015181163*33.4320942630
Twenty20170165244051110*28.733129129.4622646693660




Saturday, March 28, 2015

Video: Press Conference on the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Sangakkara reflects on his career as Sri Lanka fall to Proteas

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Full transcript of Kumar Sangakkara Press Conference
Q. Kumar, not the ideal finish for you. Take us through what actually went wrong after you won the toss and batted.
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Well, I thought they bowled pretty well at the start, and losing two wickets up front always puts the batters under pressure. We were playing with six batsmen today, and it was just a case of building partnerships, but every time we tried to get something going, there was a wicket falling, and the disappointing thing was that we gave seven wickets to spin when they were a pace dominant attack. I think they bowled well. The wicket probably helped because it was a bit two paced at the start, but we should be disappointed with ourselves the way we played because we just weren't good enough to get the 250, 260-run score that would have really been difficult to chase on that track.

Q. How disappointing is it to go out in this fashion?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Well, like I said, it's disappointing to lose, especially in a quarterfinal, but to win against a side like South Africa we have to do really well. We have to compete. There was a stage even when we were four wickets down where we probably could have gone through the powerplay and maybe got to the 240, 250 mark, but then again, a couple of wickets fell, then six wickets became seven and eight very quickly, and that was the case. If you take our innings, our batting innings, it was a lot of stop starts, but a lot of wickets falling together. And we were expecting, as much as anyone, of ourselves. But we weren't good enough today.

Q. I know that you've always made much of the team and it being a team game, but that was your last game at One Day International cricket today. How disappointing is it to go out on that note? I know you've had such a great career, but quarterfinal World Cup?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Well, that's the way it goes. Someone has got to lose in a quarterfinal. It's a do-or-die situation. It could have been my last game, it could have been one of the games that I've played. I don't think that makes a huge difference or adds to the disappointment. I think it's just a case of just taking stock of what we did and how we did it. You know, there's another four-year wait for the next World Cup, and we have a lot of people in the dressing room who would have learned a lot from this World Cup, and that'll stand them in good stead going forward. Personally I've had a great time playing with these boys. Disappointments are a part of our career, and you just take it on the chin and move on.

Q. Do you think the team is in good hands?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 I think the team is in great hands. Angelo Mathews has been such an impressive leader right throughout. I think Dilshan might be playing a few more seasons for Sri Lanka, and we've had Thirimanne who's really come into great strides. Every single time he plays he looks more and more impressive. We've had a few injuries this tour, but if you look at the players we have, you can't but be positive about the future.

Q. 2001 against South Africa where you came onto the scene and today again South Africa, are you leaving Sri Lankan cricket in a better state than you walked into in 2001?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 I hope so, and I definitely think so. I think if you take some of the younger players, if I can compare myself to them at the same age, I think these guys are quite a ways ahead of where I was, and that's quite exciting when you really look at it because that means they've got so much more left to learn and a lot more to give to Sri Lanka. There's no secret to playing good cricket. It's making the best use of your talent, working as hard as you can in the nets, and then making the right decisions out in the middle. I definitely think Sri Lankan cricket has progressed leaps and bounds from where we started and from where I started, and I have no fear about the future of Sri Lankan cricket. I think our guys will do very, very well.

Q. You spoke about Thirimanne.
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Yeah, I think that there will be a lot of opinions on that, should we, shouldn't we have. Thiri adds a lot of solidity wherever he bats, and with the injuries we've had and with Chandimal going back, we had Upul was another opener, who's over 16 international hundreds, I think, but I think you make the best choices that you think for that particular occasion, and sometimes they go wrong. I think selection as in most things in cricket is a matter of opinion and trust, and you trust the bowlers you select to do the best they can. Sometimes you've found one thing, sometimes you leave with more questions than answers, but then again, that's the way this game goes. And when we had that 11 walking out, I think everyone was pretty confident that we were good enough to do the job. But Kaushal, Thiri opening, yeah, maybe Thiri could have stuck one, maybe Upul could have come in, but like I said, hindsight is 20/20. With the game as a whole, I don't think we were up to the mark.

Q. How do you describe your own journey in this World Cup? Why are you going out now when you're at your peak?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Retiring from cricket is not about form. To me personally it never is. I'm sure I can play maybe a year or two more, but like I said before, it's time and place, and I feel that the time is now and it's right and the World Cup with a four-year wait in between is the right occasion to do it. I'm pretty happy with the decision I've made. I've tried to give everything I have when I've played the game, and you know, the game goes on. You can't hold onto it and people shouldn't be too sentimental. I love the support that they've given me over the years, and I've become a lot better person and a player because of that support and love, but at the end of the day, I think a lot better players and greater players have gone, and the game has gone on and there are new players who take the mantle, and in my case it won't be any different.

Q. After losing two wickets, four runs, it seemed like you were trying to get ones and twos. How hard were you trying and how hard was it to get singles and twos?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Yeah, well, I was just trying to see that new ball off. Morne, they were pushing for wickets. And once they had two, they were pushing to get three, maybe four wickets. Morne was bowling pretty quickly, bowled some good lengths, and our job was just to hold on. The run rate in this format of the game now with the new rules, you can always catch up. You can be three and a half, four runs and 0 for the first 20 and the next 30 you can get 200 runs. That's the way this game has gone. It was just a case of building solid partnerships and batting 20, 25 overs without worrying too much about the rate. But Thiri batted beautifully, but then unfortunately he got out. The next partnership didn't lost long. Angie and I lasted a bit, but then again, that stop start thing was a problem. It wasn't that easy to time the ball on the wicket today, but sometimes that's the case, you just have to stick it out and stick it out and when you get to that powerplay, you can't take 10 runs off in a row without too much of an effort. We just didn't have enough wickets when that time came around.

Q. You've batted pretty fluently through the rest of the tournament. Was it a bit jarring to come onto to pitch and have to play that role where you're seeing a lot of balls off?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Yeah, I walked in, and I remember playing in Sydney when we played the Australians when it started off and we bowled pace. There seemed to be a bit of -- the batsmen weren't really timing the ball even with the swings. I think they really got into a rhythm against the spin. Today it was no different. I walked in to bat and I was trying to hit the ball into the gaps, but sometimes you time one and it still wouldn't penetrate the field. So it becomes frustrating. But like I said, you just make the best of that situation and keep fighting, keep working, keep working and get to a stage where you can really launch, but to do that you need wickets in hand. Yeah, it was disappointing not be able to go out there from ball one and be able to time the ball. I think Thiri did that the moment he walked in. He had a beautiful rhythm today. But like I said, no one really batted long enough.

Q. I assume you're going to continue in Test cricket for a while longer, but I think tonight's game was Mahela Jayawardene's last for Sri Lanka in any format. Could you just say what it's been like to spend so much of your career playing alongside him?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA:
 Oh, I think it's been a great privilege. He's been, along with Aravinda de Silva, I think Mahela has been an exceptional player for Sri Lanka who's scored a lot of runs. He's made a hundred in a lot of victories, and he's given a lot on and off the field to the country. So I think he's going to be sorely missed. You know, he can look back again and really appreciate what he's been given by the country, the support he's been given, but also what he's given back. I'm sure he's going to be thoroughly disappointed today, but also, sometimes there is a bit of relief, as well, when your career ends. The high-pressure situations, the warmups, the ice baths, the recovery sessions, all of that, all repeated over 16, 17 years can get a bit much. But yeah, like I said, time to look at other things and other aspects of life.

Q. Kumar, you finished with a tally of runs second only to Sachin Tendulkar, more dismissals than anyone else, first man to score hundreds in four successive One Day Internationals. How would you like to be remembered?
KUMAR SANGAKKARA: 
Oh, if anyone can say that they've enjoyed playing against me and playing with me, I'll be more than happy.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Highlights: Sri Lanka vs South Africa - World Cup 2015

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dialog Rugby League 2015

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1st Week
31-Oct H Sharks  15 35 Navy SC
1-Nov Air Force SC 09 78 Kandy SC
1-Nov Police SC 28 44  Havelock SC
2-Nov Army SC 15 21 C R & F C
2nd Week
7-Nov Air Force SC 15 30 C H & F C
8-Nov Police SC 24 64 Navy SC
9-Nov Army SC 21 13 Kandy SC
8-Nov C R & F C 17 12 Havelock SC
3rd Week
14-Nov Police SC  20 08  H Sharks
16-Nov C H & F C  15 17  Army SC
15-Nov Navy SC  30 26  C R & F C
15-Nov Kandy SC  25 24  Havelock SC
 4th Week
21-Nov Air Force SC  10  33 Army SC
21-Nov C R & F C 46  10 H Sharks
23-Nov Havelock SC 34  05 C H & F C
22-Nov Navy SC 06  16 Kandy SC
    5th Week    
29-Nov C R & F C  22  41  Police SC
29-Nov Air Force SC 16 45 Havelock SC
30-Nov H Sharks  21 34 Kandy SC
28-Nov Navy SC 24  08 C H & F C
     6th Week    
5-Dec Army SC 17 26  Havelock SC
7-Dec Kandy SC 46 19  Police SC
7-Dec Air Force SC 22 40  Navy SC
7-Dec C H & F C 32 38  H Sharks 
7th Week    
14-Dec Kandy SC 19  13 C R & F C
13-Dec Army SC 03  48 Navy SC
14-Dec Police SC 27 17 C H & F C
13-Dec Air Force SC 17  20 H Sharks 
8th Week    
20-Dec Havelock SC  13  17 Navy SC
21-Dec C R & F C  33  15 C H & F C
19-Dec H Sharks   11  38 Army SC
21-Dec Police SC  24  19 Air Force SC
9th Week    
3-Jan C H & F C 05 71 Kandy SC
3-Jan H Sharks  10 43  Havelock SC
4-Jan C R & F C 31 28  Air Force SC
4-Jan Police SC 20 41  Army SC

2nd Round 

Date Home Visiting Venue
1st Week
16-Jan Navy SC 125   07 Sharks Welisara
17-Jan Havelock SC  21 07  Police SC Havelock Park
17-Jan CR & FC   18 21  Army SC Longdon Place
 Cancelled Kandy SC CH & FC Nittawala
2nd Week
23-Jan Sharks 15 68 Air Force SC Beliatta
24-Jan Police SC 03 37 Kandy SC Police Park
24-Jan Navy SC 43 08  Army SC Welisara
25-Jan Havelock SC 21 19  CR & FC  Havelock Park
3rd Week
30-Jan Army SC 24 12 Air Force SC Race Course
31-Jan CR & FC  27 27 Kandy SC Longdon Place
Cancelled CH & FC Police SC
1-Feb Navy SC  18 10  Havelock SC Welisara
4th Week
7-Feb Navy SC  40 20  Air Force SC Welisara
8-Feb Army SC  18 27  Police SC Race Course
5th Week
13-Feb Havelock SC 31 23  Army Havelock Park
14-Feb Navy SC 29 13  Police SC Welisara
15-Feb Kandy SC 66 27 Air Force SC Nittawala
6th Week
20-Feb Air Force SC Police SC Ratmalana
21-Feb CR & FC Navy SC Longdon Place
22-Feb Kandy SC Army SC Nittewala
7th Week
7-Mar Havelock SC Kandy SC Havelock Park
7-Mar Air Force SC CR & FC  Ratmalana
8th Week
14-Mar Police SC CR & FC  Police Park
14-Mar Havelock SC Air Force SC Havelock Park
15-Mar Kandy SC Navy SC Nittawala

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Highlights: Sri Lanka vs Scotland - World Cup 2015

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Highlights: Sri Lanka vs England - World Cup 2015

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