Dickwella, Gunathilake and Mendis given a pardon, permitted to play in domestic cricket- Lanka Premier League to commence on 5th December  By sunil Thenabadu (sports editor-eLanka) Banned Sri Lanka cricketers  for misconduct for breaking the Bio-Bubble while touring England with SL team Niroshan Dickwella, Dhanushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis in June this year have got a reprieve  before their one year ban period expired have been granted permission to play in the Lanka Premier League (LPL) that will have top players both overseas and local in action when it begins on December 5 in Sri Lanka.  The three players were banned from both international and domestic cricket and fined Rs.10 million each at a time they were also involved in a pay dispute with Sri Lanka Cricket.  The squads:  Jaffna Kings: Faf du Plessis, Thisara Perera, Wahab Riaz, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shoaib Malik, Usman Shinwari, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Avishka Fernando, Upul Tharanga, Chaturanga de Silva, ...

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Isuru Udana retires from national duties Source:Dailynews Sri Lanka National Player Isuru Udana announced his retirement from National duties, with immediate effect. “I believe the time has come for me to make way for the next generation of players,’’ said Udana whilst notifying his decision to Sri Lanka Cricket. ...

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Sri Lanka axes old guard and brings in new faces to ODI tour party-BY ALTHAF NAWAZ Shiran Fernando-Binura Fernando Source:Sundayobserver Sri Lankan cricket selectors have axed the old guard and brought in new faces to the ODI set-up along with some of the experienced campaigners with a firm message to all that there will not be room for anyone to go by names and past laurels while recalling batsman Kusal Mendis who had been grappling with disciplinary issues and form. The new-look squad’s first assignment will be a three-match series against Bangladesh on May 23, 25 and 28 away. ...

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Shashi Ganeshan was an astute captain-by Reminisicing with Tilak Source:Dailynews In the year 1976 the captain and the vice-captain of S. Thomas’ first eleven cricket team were Ganeshan brothers and they won 8 out of the 12 matches they played. This was an year where they had Sidath Wettimunny and Thilan Wijesinghe playing for Ananda, Ranjan Madugalle for Royal, Anura Ranasinghe for Nalanda, Tisseras for Trinity, and as a result their 8 wins were all the more creditable. This incredible team was led by Shashi Ganeshan a humble Thomian who greeted me with open arms when I went all the way to Beach Road Mount Lavinia for this interview. His brother Agit Ganeshan was his able assistant, in that record breaking team that set up two records. It was the only occasion that two brothers became the captain and the vice-captain in a Thomian Team, which was one and the ...

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Lasith Malinga returns to captain Sri Lanka in Australia T20 series Text Source: SportingNews Lasith Malinga returns to captain Sri Lanka, while Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Oshada Fernando have retained their places in the Twenty20 International squad for the series in Australia. Malinga was among a host of players who opted out of the recent tour of Pakistan, which Sri Lanka ended with a historic 3-0 whitewash of the top-ranked T20 side in the world.   Dasun Shanaka skippered an inexperienced team in Malinga’s absence, but the paceman is set to resume leadership duties in a three-match series that starts at Adelaide Oval on October 27.   Batsmen Rajapaksa and Oshada are also among the 16 players selected after making their debuts in Pakistan. Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera and Niroshan Dickwella are among the other names to come back into the squad. Sri Lanka squad: Lasith Malinga (captain), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, ...

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