Saturday, April 18, 2015
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
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
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:
Dhananjaya De Silva
Kusal Janith Perera
Unofficial Test Squad:
Dhananjaya De Silva
Kusal Janith Perera
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Red Bull Campus Cricket Returns For 2015
Play for your campus. Represent your country.
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
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
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
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.
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.......
Sunday, April 5, 2015
|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
|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
|West Indies||205/4||v Australia||Colombo (RPS)||5 Oct 2012|
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 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
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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
මහේලට හා සංගක්කාරට ප්රශ්න තියෙනව. සංගක්කාරගෙන් බැගෑවත්ව ඉල්ලනව තව දුරටත් ඔහුගෙ සේවාව ලබා දෙන්න කියල.
ICC expressed their view regarding the newly appointed interim committee and written a letter to explain their stand.
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
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Thursday, March 19, 2015
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
Sunday, March 15, 2015
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|7-Feb||Navy SC||40||20||Air Force SC||Welisara|
|8-Feb||Army SC||18||27||Police SC||Race Course|
|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|
|20-Feb||Air Force SC||Police SC||Ratmalana|
|21-Feb||CR & FC||Navy SC||Longdon Place|
|22-Feb||Kandy SC||Army SC||Nittewala|
|7-Mar||Havelock SC||Kandy SC||Havelock Park|
|7-Mar||Air Force SC||CR & FC||Ratmalana|
|14-Mar||Police SC||CR & FC||Police Park|
|14-Mar||Havelock SC||Air Force SC||Havelock Park|
|15-Mar||Kandy SC||Navy SC||Nittawala|