Aussie cricketers arrive today for full series against SL -By Dhammika Ratnaweera Source:dailynews.lk Australia cricket team led by Aaron Finch will arrive in Sri Lanka today for a full cricket series (T20, ODI and test) and this is going to be very important for both sides to get more exposure before world T 20 tournament and also the two tests in Galle which are part of the ICC test championship. According to a senior official of the Sri Lanka cricket (SLC) after six years time Australians the T20 champions and top test team of the world is always a challenge for the Sri Lanka team while next T20 world cup will be held next October- November in Australia and this is going to be a real test for Sri Lanka cricket team  Dimuth Karunaratne and Dasun Shanaka will lead the Sri Lanka Test team and White ball team (ODI and ...

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SRI LANKA CRICKET NEWS MAY 2022 Compiled by Victor Melder   Sri Lanka Cricket is planning to conduct Sri Lanka ‘A and Australia ‘A’ cricket series concurrently with Sri Lanka- Australia National cricket series from next June and its confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Chief Executive officer (CEO) Ashely de Silva yesterday. Australia’s National men’s cricket team will arrive in Sri Lanka to play all format cricket series which will work off from June 7 to July 12 while in this same period we have made arrangements to conduct Sri Lanka ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’ cricket series here. Sri Lanka ‘A’ cricket series itinerary has already finalized and it will announce very soon, said CEO Ashley de Silva. Earlier SLC has released their National cricket itinerary of the series against Australia. SLC CEO Ashley de Silva further said “We are in for some exciting cricket, especially considering that an ...

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Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: BCB set to do away with strict bio-bubble for the Test series Source:Crictracker The strict bio-bubbles have made lives complicated for cricketers ever since the deadly COVID-19 made an impact in early 2020. All the teams have been following strict protocols during these testing times while many players have also complained about how taxing it can be. In fact, there have been many instances of players pulling out due to the bio-bubble citing ‘fatigue’ with one of them being Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. Now, it has been reported that in order to avoid such problems in the future, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has decided not to have any bio-bubbles for the upcoming bilateral series against Sri Lanka. Giving further clarification on the same, the BCB physician has said that they will only be undertaking the mandatory COVID-19 tests and nothing additional apart from that. ...

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SL ‘A’ to play Aussie ‘A’ concurrently with National team series in June-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Ashely de Silva, CEO SLC-Promodya Wickrmasinghe (Chairman – Selection Committee)-Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka Test Captain)-Dasun Shanaka (ODI and T-20 Captain) Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka Cricket is planning to conduct Sri Lanka ‘A and Australia ‘A’ cricket series concurrently with Sri Lanka- Australia National cricket series from next June and its confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Chief Executive officer (CEO) Ashely de Silva yesterday. Australia’s National men’s cricket team will arrive in Sri Lanka to play all format cricket series which will work off from June 7 to July 12 while in this same period we have made arrangements to conduct Sri Lanka ‘A’ and Australia ‘A’ cricket series here. Sri Lanka ‘A’ cricket series itinerary has already finalized and it will announce very soon, said CEO Ashley de Silva. Earlier SLC has released their National ...

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Dimuth Karunaratne to play for Yorkshire-by Dhammika Ratnaweera Dimuth Karunaratne Source:Dailynews Yorkshire has signed up Sri Lanka Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne for the forthcoming county cricket season. The 33-year-old left-hand opener Karunaratne is expected to play four matches before joining the Sri Lanka team in Bangladesh. This will be the Karunaratne’s debut county season. Last year in February 2021 Karunaratne got the opportunity to play for Nottinghamshire but the chance has been lost due to visa clearance issues and the health protocols due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be his first county stint and Sri Lanka Cricket has given him the No Objection Certificate to travel to England, and he is expected to leave the country on April 10. ...

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A tale of contrasts? – by Trevine Rodrigo (Melbourne – eLanka Sports editor) Photo source: Sportskeeda India’s batsmen revelled at Bengaluru but  Sri Lanka made it look like their turn to bat was at  another venue. Sad but true, Sri Lanka are far away from being competitive against anyone close to the the  best.  Actually very far. Sad as it sounds, catching up with where they once belonged not so long ago in world standings,  is a long, long way from where they need to be. And getting there,  seems a long, long way away.  Quite unlike in the past, Sri Lanka is in an uncertain transition trying to claw their way back to where their predecessors belonged. The expectation from this cricket mad country is high among its millions of fans. But the trough they are in at the moment is far too deep at this stage for them ...

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Sri Lanka set to play Test in south India after more than 15 years-by Rex Clementine in Bangalore Source:Island Sri Lanka have been frequent visitors to south India even before they gained Test status having come here for the Gopalan Trophy. In fact, Sri Lanka’s first Test match in India was played in Madras in 1982. However, since they played a Test match in Madras in 2005, a game where a certain M.S. Dhoni made his debut, the national cricket team has never played in that city. In fact, they have not played a Test match in any of the four southern states since 2005. Political parties in Madras have opposed Sri Lanka playing in Tamil Nadu and fearing the protests might spread to other south Indian states, the team has played all over India except the southern states. But this time a Test match has been slotted to Bangalore, ...

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Lakmal motivation to spur Lankans on- By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne (eLanka Sports editor) photo source: stuff.co.nz Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne believes the impending retirement of legendary swing bowler Suranga Lakmal will spur the team to a better showing in the second Test at Bengaluru. Lakmal, one of the best Test bowlers going around and a terrific exponent of variation, has been Sri Lanka’s main strike weapon for a number of years. The 35 year old veteran has decided to call time on an illustrious 13- year career throwing Sri Lanka’s transition plan into turmoil while searching for a suitable successor.  Lakmal described his time with Sri Lanka as satisfying but said he made the call to retire in the interest of the country’s future rather than focus on personal achievement.  In 69 Tests, Lakmal grabbed 170 wickets at 36.38 at a measly economy of 3. In 86 one-dayers he took ...

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India -Sri Lanka – by Trevine Rodrigo : Melbourne (eLanka Sports editor)   I predicted a spirited response from Sri Lanka against India, but they proved me so wrong as they stumbled and bumbled to a humiliating innings and 222 run thrashing at the hands of a dominant neighbour.  The wicket at Mohali appeared to be the dream track for batsmen as the Indians, led by swashbuckling Rishabh Pant (96), Hanuma Vihari (58), Virat Kholi (41), lower order batsman Ravindra Jadeja (175 not out) and Ravichandran Ashwin (61) bludgeoned a hapless Sri Lanka attack for over a day and a half  amassing 574 for 8 before letting the exhausted Lankans in to bat. The Lankans in their stint appeared to be clueless, turning what the Indians previously feasted on into an inexplicable minefield, as they hopped, probed and prodded their way to a measly 174 all out. How this game had ...

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Sri Lanka: Too rich a magic to be lost for real-by G. Sandip Arjuna Ranatunga, the Sri Lankan captain and the proud Sri Lankan team after winning the trophy on March 17, 1996 Source:Dailynews The beauty of watching Sri Lanka cricketers at their peak was a joy forever. As though reading a fairy tale, characters with sing-song names swung back and forth in the mindscape, as if they were magical creations, wandering in a state of half-truth and half-fiction. The island is barely a good stone’s throw from the Adam’s Bridge at the Southern tip of India, but seemed as though it existed somewhere far away, an ethereal world of mystery spinners and insouciant batsmen, of rubbery fields-men and slithery seamers, who wrapped their necks and arms with magic threads, whose long and melodious surnames exhausted most alphabets in English, who had the longest and the most tuneful national anthem ...

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