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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Ashes opener axed, Maxwell’s exile extended as Aussies name Test squad – by Christy Doran Source:foxsports.com.au Australia have named a 16-man Test squad for their upcoming series against Sri Lanka, with opener Marcus Harris axed and no room found for Glenn Maxwell. While there were reports that Maxwell — the short-ball specialist who has played seven Tests — would be parachuted back into the squad for the first time since 2017, Australia’s three-person selection panel rewarded the members that did the job in Pakistan in March. Instead, spinners Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson, who both featured prominently in Pakistan, as well as bowling all-rounder Ashton Agar have been selected. All-rounder Mitch Marsh will provide back-up for Cameron Green, while Scott Boland is the spare seamer selected. Nor is Maxwell in the Australian A side, with the batting all-rounder to instead feature in the short-form Australian side, with national chair selector, ...

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Silverwood appointed as SL men’s cricket Head Coach Source:Dailymirror 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 two-year contract of South African Mickey Arthur. Silverwood most recently coached the England men’s team, but was removed after the disastrous Ashes series, when England lost all but one of the five Tests. ...

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T20 World Cup 2022 Champions set to inspire legacy of Multicultural Inclusion Source:icc-cricket.com The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has today unveiled its ‘2022 Champions’, with 38 industry leaders signing on to support a global celebration of Australia’s cultural diversity through the event. Hailing from more than 15 different cultural backgrounds and from across the fields of sport, business, and community, each ‘Champion’ has committed to connecting people through cricket and culture to instil a sense of belonging and inclusion. The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is the biggest global sporting event to be held in Australia this year, with 16 nations competing in 45 matches across seven host cities from October 16 to November 13. Read more information about the 2022 Champions. With less than 200 days to go until the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 gets underway, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) has unveiled its ‘2022 ...

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       Inexperienced Lankans in reality check as to where they sit – By Trevine Rodrigo in Melbourne Dasun Shanaka will probably be all at sea as he leads a young and inexperienced Sri Lanka squad to Australia in what will be a fact finding mission as to where the island nation sits in the world game.  The Sri Lankans have had limited success in the past few years against all opposition but a urgent restructure of the coaching and administrative staff has seen a marginal improvement.  Under a Sports Minister in Namal Rajapaksa, who has a sporting background himself, and political clout, the commitment has been upped to a level where there’s definite signs of the former World Cup and T20 champions returning to an acceptable threat to the top rungers of cricket.  How they execute their plans in a three game series against Australia will be compelling ...

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My Passion for Cricket By Anuk Kottegoda Source:Brisbane 4EB Sri Lankan Newsletter – Dæhæna – January 2022 My interest in cricket started by watching my father play with his friends when I was just 3 years. I remember watching Sri Lanka winning the T20 world cup in 2014 with my parents. They were cheering every ball and it was so much fun! Then, I thought to myself, it will be so much fun to be a cricket player, so that my parents can cheer me when I am playing. I started playing cricket when I was 6 years old. When I was batting for the first time it felt so good. I hit the ball hard, and it went for a six. I had lot of support from my Mum and Dad. They came to see all of my games and supported me all the way. At the end of ...

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Charith Asalanka deprived of his TEST CAP though was the highest run getter in the ICC T20 WC – by Sunil Thenabadu (sports editor – eLanka)   It is unfortunate as is deprived of his first TEST CAP in the first Test against scheduled to begin at the Galle International cricket stadium in Galle today Sunday. Charith Asalanka, who was Sri Lanka’s highest run-scorer in the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, will not play for the first Test against West Indies, which will commence today (21) in Galle.In a press conference Dimuth Karunarane the skipper had said he will open with Pathum Nissanka whuile Dinesh Chandimal will keep wickets, which means that promising left-handed batsman Minod Bhanuka also misses out… ...

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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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Lahiru Kumara and Liton Das fined for on field tussle Lahiru Kumara engaged in a war of words while walking up to the batter Source:Dailynews Sri Lankan fast bowler Lahiru Kumara and Bangladesh batsman Liton Das have been fined following their altercation on Sunday in the T20 World Cup Super 12 encounter at Sharjah. While Kumara has been fined 25 percent of his match fee for breaching level 1 of the ICC code of conduct, Das was handed a 15 percent fine. The incident occurred during the fifth over of the contest when Kumara managed to dismiss Das and engaged in a war of words while walking up to the batter. ...

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How Ponting could have released pressure valve in Australian cricket By Malcolm Conn Source:-smh.com.au Ricky Ponting could have been quarantining in a Dubai hotel as coach of Australia’s Twenty20 team if history had not taken such a tumultuous turn. Previous Australian coach Darren Lehmann wanted Ponting in the T20 role before the sandpaper scandal blew up Australian cricket during the 2018 tour of South Africa and maintains that the roles should be split. “I look back now and I think I coached too long,” Lehmann told the Herald and The Age. “I probably should have bowed out 12 months before that. I reckon four years is a good cycle when you’re away from home 300 days a year. “If you split the role there is more longevity because you don’t have to do everything. And it has to be done properly so the T20 team can specialise. That’s just sensible.” Whether current coach Justin ...

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