14December2017

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Batting all-rounder Asela Gunaratne and wicket-keeper/batsman Kusal Perera have been left out of the 15-member Sri Lanka Test squad picked for the three-Tests against India starting at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on November 16 due to match fitness. The Lankan squad was picked yesterday and has been sent for ratification by the Minister of Sports. “Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne and Kusal Perera all passed the yoyo and skinfold tests but as Asela and Kusal were short of match fitness we did not select them,” said chairman of selectors Graeme Labrooy.   “They will probably be considered for the one-day series that…

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Sri Lanka Cricket will announce the appointment of a permanent head coach by January 1 after the completion of the tour of India which ends on December 24. “We have about five guys including Nic (Pothas) shortlisted for the post. We want to finalise it by January 1 who is going to be our head coach upto the 2019 World Cup,” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva told the ‘Daily News’. “We advertised and head-hunted for a permanent coach and basically have spoken to all of them. We had discussions with them over the phone and their representations were…

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Lahore: Pakistan marked the return of Sri Lanka with a 3-0 Twenty20 series whitewash on Sunday, as officials hoped it will help reestablish the country's reputation for hosting international cricket. The third and final Twenty20 match, which Pakistan comfortably won by 36 runs at Gaddafi stadium in Lahore, was Sri Lanka's first since their team bus was attacked near the same venue in March 2009. Those attacks, which left eight people dead and seven Sri Lanka players and their staff injured, suspended international cricket in Pakistan and forced them to play at neutral venues of United Arab Emirates (UAE). The…

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Thursday: Sri Lanka’s wretched run in one-day cricket continued when they were outplayed by Pakistan by seven wickets in the first T20 International played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Thursday. Invited to bat first Sri Lanka came up against a varied Pakistan bowling attack and were put out for a disappointing 102 in 18.3 overs once again failing to go the distance as they had in the fifty-over one-dayers. Pakistan knocked the runs in 17.2 overs losing three wickets to canter home with 16 balls to spare. Ahmed Shehzad (22) and Shoaib Malik (42 not out off 31…

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ednesday: Sri Lanka with a new T20 International captain Thisara Perera will be hoping to turn things around in what has so far been a fluctuating tour for them in the UAE. When Sri Lanka beat Pakistan 2-0 in the Test series the impression given to everyone was that the team had put back the previous defeats and turned the corner and they would carry on the form into the ODIs as well. But unfortunately no. The five ODIs proved adisaster as Sri Lanka were whitewashed 5-0 to suffer that ignominy for the third time this year (the first two…

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Monday: Sri Lanka’s shambolic batting in the five-match one-day international series was laid to rest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium yesterday when they were rolled over for a mere 103 runs to lose the fifth and final ODI to Pakistan by nine wickets and with it suffer their third 5-0 whitewash of the series for the year. Sri Lanka earlier lost by 5-0 margins to South Africa and India. It was Sri Lanka’s 12th straight one-day defeat for the year while for Pakistan the Champions Trophy champs it was their ninth consecutive win.   The saddest part was that the…

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Thursday: Interim head coach Nic Pothas came down hard on the players and said the team lacked characters and fight after Sri Lanka lost the third ODI to Pakistan to concede the five-match series 3-0 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday Sri Lanka put another pathetic batting performance to be dismissed for 208 and lose the match by seven wickets with more than seven overs to spare to suffer their 10th straight defeat in this format. “As I said during the Test series, I am interested in picking characters. That’s a decision that we have to speak with…

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Wednesday: Sri Lanka suffered an all too familiar middle order batting collapse losing six wickets for 61 and their last nine wickets for 106 runs to hand to Pakistan a seven wickets win in the third ODI and with it a winning 3-0 lead in the five-match series at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday. It was Sri Lanka’s seventh ODI series loss since beating Ireland 2-0 in 2016. Batting first for the first time in the series Sri Lanka failed to capitalise on a fine start from 102-1 to collapse to 208 all out in 48.2 overs.  …

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Thirteen months after lifting the prestigious ICC Test Championship mace for topping the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, Pakistan have plummeted to seventh in the latest Test team rankings, which were updated following the conclusion of its home series against Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka not only won the series 2-0 but handed Pakistan only its second whitewash in a home series (Pakistan lost all three Tests against Australia in 2002-03). The result meant Sri Lanka has lifted from 90 points to 94 points, while Pakistan has dropped from 93 points to 88 points. Sri Lanka now trails fifth-ranked Australia…

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Sri Lanka make four changes for Asian Sevens series-3rd leg Featured

Sri Lanka has made four changes to their national sevens squad bringing in Kavindu Perera, Rehan Silva, Richard Darmapala and Reeza Rafaideen in place of Hirantha Perera, Kevin Dixon, Naveen Heenakankanamge and Chanaka Chandimal for the upcoming Asian Sevens series-3rd leg which take take place on October 14 and15 at the Race Course International Rugby Stadium in Colombo.

Sri Lanka will be drawn in to pool “A” along with South Korea, China and Chinese Taipei , while the pool “B” will comprise 2nd leg runner-up Japan along with Hong Kong, Malaysia and Philippines. Tuskers will play their pool matches against 2nd leg winners South Korea

followed by China and their final pool match will be against eighth placed Chinese Taipei.

The full 12 member squad is as follows,

Sudarshana Muthuthanthri (Captain/Forward) Jason Dissanayake (Forward), Kavindu Perera (Three Quarter) Rehan Silva (Three Quarter) Richard Darmapala (Three Quarter), Tarinda Ratwatte (Utility Player) Srinath Sooriyabandara (Utility Player) Danushka Ranjan (Three quarter) Omalka Gunaratne (Forward) Danush Dayan (Utility Player) Richard Darmapala (Utility Player) Reeza Rafaideen (Three Quarter)

Head coach- Peter Woods (New Zealand)

Trainer-Nick Groub (New Zealand) 

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