SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS (APRIL 2022) Compiled by Victor Melder Sri Lanka national team will tour Bangladesh for a two-match Test series from May 15.The first Test will be held from May 15 to 19 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram (formerly known as Chittagong) while the second Test will commence from May 23 to 27 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Minpuir, Dhaka. The series will be played under the ICC World Test Championship. The two-day practice match will be played prior to the Test series on May 11, 12 at MA Aziz Stadium, Chattogram. Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed this tour schedule yesterday. (Daily News, 1.4.2022 Englishman Chris Silverwood has been appointed as the new Head Coach of Sri Lanka’s national men’s cricket team. Silverwood takes up the position that has been vacant since January, after Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided against extending the ...

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Seven former Sri Lankan stars to play for Asia team-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:Dailynews Seven former star Sri Lankan cricketers Sanath Jayasuriya, Muttiah Muralitharan, Chaminda Vaas, Romesh Kaluwitharana, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Kulasekara and Upul Tharanga have been drawn in to the Asia team for the Legends Cricket League 2022, which is set to begin from January 20th at the Oman Cricket Stadium.In addition some legendary names will confirm their participation in the tournament which is going to be keen tussle. All seven players were involved the first tournament held last year . Two Pakistan star players paceman Shoaib Akhtar and all-rounder Shahid Afridi also among the Asian team with Sri Lanka players. However, the tournament will not see Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was a major attraction in the first edition of the tournament held in Ranchi last year. Even though the tournament promo included the name of Tendulkar, the master ...

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Russel Arnold: Sri Lanka’s Forgotten ODI Star By Michael Roberts Source:cricketique.live During the course of the World Cup 2015 watchers were occasionally served up statistical tables of leading run-scores in the history of World Cup or ODI cricket. Sri Lankan fans would have been especially attentive to those featuring Sangakkara’s stellar career and record breaking levels. On one such occasion I was intrigued to see Russel Arnold’s statistics appear at the tail-end of an august list of names. Primed by Arnold’s appearance as a TV commentator and his impeccable performance in this role, I proceeded to do some research on the topic and began with a statistical picture of a comparative kind that is quite revelatory. This picture raises issues about media-hype and our very own memory banks.   It would be fair to say that the batsmen stars in the ODI memory store of Sri Lankan cricket enthusiasts over the ...

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87th Joe-Pete Big Match on December 13 and 14 Handing over the sponsorship: From left: St. Joseph’s College Rector Rev. Fr. Ranjith Andradi, Dialog Axiata General Counsel/Vice President – Group Legal and Regulatory Trinesh Fernando, St. Peter’s College Rector Rev. Fr. Rohitha Rodrigo. Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka’s premier catholic boys’ schools, St. Joseph’s College, Colombo and St. Peter’s College, Colombo,will battle it out for the Rev. Father Maurice J. Le Goc Trophy on 13 and 14 December, at the SSC Grounds in Colombo. The ‘Battle of the Saints,’ which is renowned for its exciting and competitive brand of cricket, is the only annual two-day cricket encounter that strategically limits the first innings to 60 overs each to create greater interest and result orientation. In the 2021 encounter the lads from Darley Road will be led by Sri Lanka Under-19 Captain, the brilliant all rounder Dunith Wellalage, while the boys from Bambalapitiya ...

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Dilshan joins Gamer.LK’s Singer Esports Premier League Source:Island Dilshan to mentor Sabaragamuwa Knights PUBG Mobile team One of the most innovative batsmen of all time – T M Dilshan has joined Gamer.LK’s Singer Esports Premier League as the mentor for Sabaragamuwa Knights. The Sabaragamuwa Knights is a franchise Esports team that competes in the annual league. Sri Lanka’s top Esports athletes compete for a prize pool of Rs. 1 million in the mobile game “PUBG Mobile”, which is played by over a million Sri Lankan youth today. Dilshan is one of six cricketing legends to have announced their affiliation with Gamer.LK’s league, with the others being Russel Arnold, Chaminda Vaas, Sanath Jayasuriya, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Mathews. The mentors will be inspiring and guiding the Esports athletes who get recruited to the team, and shining a spotlight on the players and the league as a whole. ...

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SLC TELLS VAAS ‘REGRET AND REPENT’ -by Rex Clementine Source:Island Former fast bowling great Chaminda Vaas and Sri Lanka Cricket seem to have buried the hatchet and there is a possibility of the nation’s most successful fast bowler returning as a coach soon but SLC seems to be insisting on Vaas agreeing to issue a public apology before he could be roped in, again. When Vaas withdrew as Sri Lanka’s Fast Bowling Coach hours before the tour of West Indies last month, SLC attacked the bowler in public. The board’s move was severely criticized by cricket fans and even leading businessman and former SLC Chairman Hemaka Amarasuriya wrote to this paper in support of Vaas. ...

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CHAMINDA VAAS AN ALL-TIME HERO OF SRI LANKA by Sanjeewa Jayaweera   Fast bowling is an arduous task and is doubly so in the Asian subcontinent, where docile pitches and energy-sapping heat takes their toll on those brave enough to take up the challenge. One must have a big heart, a great deal of determination and lots of skill to succeed as a fast bowler. Chaminda Vaas (CV) had plenty of these and a few more. He represented Sri Lanka for over 15 long years with great distinction. He played nearly all his cricket alongside the great Murali; whose bowling record is the best in the world. This prevented Vaas from receive the plaudits he deserved. He was the “unsung hero.” Vaas was no extrovert. He did not celebrate his wickets with much physical display. He went about the business of taking wickets and helping the team’s cause as a ...

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Imran Khan, Sri Lankan cricketers recall bygone era-BY DHAMMIKA RATNAWEERA mran Khan with former members of the Sri Lanka cricket team Source:Sundayobserver Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his efforts to strengthen sports diplomacy, participated at an interactive session with the sports community of Sri Lanka on Wednesday at the Shangri- La Hotel in Colombo during his two day visit. The former Pakistan cricket captain Khan fondly recalled his visit to Sri Lanka as a fresh university graduate and as a young player and commended the Sri Lankan players in attendance especially Arjuna Ranatunga as the team captain in the World Cup win in Pakistan. ...

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Vaas goes to Parliament as cricket’s latest casualty-BY CALLISTUS DAVY Flashback to May 2019: Chaminda Vaas imparts fast bowling tips to two village boys, Steven Soosai (left) and MRM Rimzi at a private clinic in Colombo Source:Sundayobserver Chaminda Vaas joined the list of ex-players to be forced out of national cricket coaching which has exposed a cruel and forbidden system that the powers that be are yet to address as the sport has been placed in the dock awaiting its fate or salvation. Vaas and cricket have not only gone to parliament for debate but has shed light on a free-for-all set up at Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) where nepotism and cronyism is the name of the game that has led to an unprecedented crash of the team. The scenario could not have been explained any better than by Vaas himself who said in a public message that “justice will ...

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Dilshan leads Lanka Legends Source:Dailynews Former Sri Lankan all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan will lead the Sri Lanka Legends team for the ‘The Road Safety World Series’ Twenty20 extravaganza featuring the global superstars of cricket from 5 to 21 March in Raipur, India.The Lankan squad will leave on 1 March. These legends will not only be playing cricket, but they will also be lending their might towards a greater cause – creating awareness about road safety in India. The ‘Road Safety World Series’ has got the blessings and approval of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), and will feature some of the biggest names in the game from Australia, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies. ...

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