Jayasuriya and Chandimal hoping to turn Test form into BBL deals Prabath Jayasuriya took 12 wickets on Test debut against Australia Source:Island Two Sri Lankan stars who dominated Australia in the recent Test in Galle have nominated to play in the BBL this upcoming season with Prabath Jayasuriya and Dinesh Chandimal among the latest names to headline a host of new nominations for the upcoming overseas draft. Jayasuriya, Chandimal, Maheesh Theekshana and Bhanuka Rajapaksa have all nominated while England’s Overton brothers, Jamie and Craig, have also put their names forward. None of those players have played in BBL before and Jayasuriya, having taken 29 wickets in his first three Tests, has never even played a T20I for Sri Lanka. But there are still no Pakistan players amongst the 169 players currently nominated after it was revealed that the PCB is refusing to provide no-objection certificates (NOCs) to Pakistani players – ...

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SLC imposes new rules on players intend to retire from national cricket Source:Dailymirror In the wake of cricketer Bhanuka Rajapaksa has announced his intention to retire from international cricket, the Sri Lanka Cricket has taken a number of decisions on national players who intend to retire from national cricket. Accordingly, national players who are intending to retire from national cricket, should officially notify the local Cricket governing body three months ahead, elaborating their intention to retire, SLC said. The above decision was taken by the executive committee of SLC at a meeting held on Friday in respect of players who have retired and/or contemplating to retire from national cricket. ...

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All national cricketers need to learn English to speak fearlessly on Podiums – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Cricket was begun by the English remains a sport since the 17th century, where the language in use is of course was English. Countries like England, Australia, South Africa,West Indies,Zimbabwe( formerly Rhodesia) had no problem with the English language where everything connected to the game was in English .Lately with the advent of Asian countries viz India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh the players ,administrators had to be versed in English jargon which most did up to the end of the 1990 decade. All our past cricketers were able to converse well in the English which was the accepted language at international matches particularly for speaking at previews by the skippers, post- match presentations at press conferences when one is adjudicated as “the player of the match” had to answer to questions posed by the presenter at the podium. From the ...

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Buttler’s Swashbuckling unbeaten ton makes it four out of four for England after early hiccups – by Sunil Thenabadu (Sports editor – eLanka) Spot in semi-finals all but stiffened up; even a near miracle could not make a semi-final berth for Sri Lanka:  Chief Scores  England 163 for 4 (Buttler 101*, Morgan 40, Hasaranga 3-21) beat Sri Lanka 137 (Hasaranga 34,,Rajapaksa 26,Shanaka 26,Asalanka 21- Moeen 2-15, Rashid 2-19) by 26 runs with an over remaining. On an uncompromising Sharjah surface -slow ,low ,uneven bounce Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka had no hesitation in inviting England to bat.In the second over itself Hasaranga was introduced, when an off-spin ball knocked off Jason Roy off stump who was stunned for 9 runs. Shanaka intelligently shuffled his bowlers. Malan the number one ranked T 20 batsmen was beaten neck and crop by Chameera for six runs while in the very next over Hasaranga accounted for Bairstow for a golden ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (OCTOBER 2021) Compiled by Victor Melder Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Lakshan Sandakan and Ashen Bandara have been added to Sri Lanka’s original squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup – announced mid-September. Lahiru Madhushanka, who was named in the original squad will not travel with the team as he is recovering from an injury. Reserve-keeper Minod Bhanuka and the two batsmen – Ramesh Mendis and Pathum Nissanka – were part of Sri Lanka’s recent home series defeat to South Africa in August. They came away with underwhelming performances and were omitted from the initial squad. Ashen Bandara last played a month before at home in the series win against India, while Lakshan Sandakan’s previous outing for the national side came in July in England. Neither made a big enough mark to be considered initially, but Sri Lanka have now added to their squad, which ...

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Sri Lanka’s fortunes are on the rise despite limited success – BY TREVINE RODRIGO IN MELBOURNE Photo source: CricketAddictor ( https://cricketaddictor.com/icc-t20-wc-2021/icc-t20-world-cup-2021-sri-lanka-announces-15-member-squad-for-the-tournament/ ) Sri Lanka’s attempt to resurrect its dying image as a force in international cricket hit a vital stumbling block when they squandered a chance to topple South Africa in the T20 World Cup in Sharjah. But all is not lost as a mostly inexperienced outfit showed grit in a last over disaster to warn the rest of the world that they are well on the way back to being respected and feared as they were during the reign of Arjuna Ranatunge, Sanath Jayasuriya, Aravinda De Silva, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillekeratne Dilshan and a few others who had them riding the crest of a wave during their time with the Island nation. Sliding down to the embarrassing depths of having to qualify for the Super 12’s, the Lankans romped ...

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Warner sparkles as Australia trounce Sri Lanka by seven wickets with three overs to spare – by Sunil Thenabadu (eLanka Sports Editor) David Warner (left) and Aaron Finch run between wickets.  Photo source: SLC  Chief scores  Sri Lanka: 154/6 in 20 overs (Kusal Perera 35, Charith Asalanka 35, Bhanuka Rajapaksa 33 n.o, Mitchell Starc 2/27, Pat Cummins 2/34, Adam Zampa 2/12)  Australia: 155/3 in 17 overs (David Warner 65, Aaron Finch 37, Steven Smith 28 n.o, Wanindu Hasaranga 2/22).  Prior to this all important ICC T 20 Cricket World Cup Super 12 match played at the Dubai International cricket stadium, United Arab Emirates yesterday head to head it was all even with eight wins to each team, but Australia had won the last four T 20 matches.The highest total posted by Australia was 243 while Sri Lanka had made 198.  The all-important toss was won by Finch who had no hesitation in inviting Sri ...

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Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa flay Bangladeshi attack with raining sixes to win by five wickets – by Sunil Thenabadu (eLanka Sports editor). Chief Scores:  Sri Lanka 172 for 5 (Asalanka 80*, Rajapaksa 53, Shakib 2-17) beat Bangladesh 171 for 4 (Naim 62, Mushfiqur 57*) by five wickets with seven balls to spare  The first of the second phase clash between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Group 1 in the ICC WC T20 tournament was played as a day match in Sharjah  in very hot conditions in front of many enthusiastic supporters of both countries. Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka having won the flip invited Bangladesh to bat first.The skipper of the Bangladesh Mahamudulla Reyal said that if he had won the toss they were to bat first,Sri Lanka and Bangladesh made one change each from the team that played in the final match in the Group stage matches.Sri Lanka rested the main destroyer Maheesh ...

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Theekshana,Hasaranga,spin and pace of Lahiru give Sri Lanka a seven-wicket comprehensive win – By Sunil Thenabadu Maheesh Theekshana struck with his first ball of the tournament    Photo courtesy: CRICINFO Brief scores….  Sri Lanka 100 for 3 (Rajapaksa 42*, Fernando 30*) beat Namibia 96 (Craig Williams 29, Theekshana 3-25, Kumara 2-9) by seven wickets   Sri Lanka commenced the first phase of the ICC T 20 , 2021 tournament with a comprehensive seven  wickets win with a healthy run rate having notched up 100 for loss of only three wickets in 13.3 overs in reply to Associate Member Namibia’s paltry total of 96 runs made in 19.3 overs.Of course it has to be said that side Namibia are not just push overs as they have had a wonderful past record in T 20’s ,the side includes some talented experienced lot  Dasun Shanaka having won the flip had no hesitation in inviting Namibia to bat.The opening pair ...

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Preview to the T 20 WORLD CUP Losing streak “HOODOO’ smashed, time to focus on T20 WC 2021 by Sunil Thenabadu In a philanthropic gesture, Sri Lanka’s white-ball skipper Dasun Shanaka has  donated his Man-of-the-Series prize money ( Rs 200,000/-) won in the SLC Invitational T20 League, to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital in Kalubowila.It had been brought to his notice that the national cricketers are planning to set up a special unit at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital with a fixed ventilator for the benefit of the COVID-19 patients.Dasun Shanaka had confessed that it is the responsibility to contribute for worthy causes like this as  the situation of the country is critical. The newly knit Sri Lanka’s T20 team recently triumphed the series 2-1 in the recently completed white ball series over the formidable Indian team all with IPL experience including five Test players. In order to recognize this triumph, ...

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