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  • Kerala, Sri Lanka to join hands to promote tourism Yesterday

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Tourism and Sri Lanka have decided to join hands for developing tourism in the region with the latter also considering operation of a cruise ship between Colombo and Kochi, a state minister said on Friday. "The Sri Lankan Minister of Tourism and Sports, Navin Dissanayak, has applauded Kerala's growth...
  • Takes time to fill up void created by Jayawardene, Sangakkara: Mathews Yesterday

    New Delhi: With the yoeman service Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara have given to Sri Lankan cricket for over a decade and a half, it would be difficult to find their replacements overnight, feels Angelo Mathews. "The retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and impending one of Kumar Sangakkara will certainly create a...
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa's brother arrested for misappropriation of funds 3 days ago

    Colombo: The youngest brother of former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa was on Wednesday arrested on a charge of misappropriating hundreds of thousands of dollars in public funds, a day after he returned from the US. Basil Rajapaksa, the powerful economic development minister under the former regime of his brother Mahinda,...
  • Sri Lanka Cricket accuses ICC of grave disruption 5 days ago

    Sri Lanka`s cricket board Monday accused the world governing body of "gravely" disrupting the sport in the island by withholding its share of proceeds from World Cup tournaments. The International Cricket Council (ICC) said last week it was withholding Sri Lanka`s share from the 2014 T20 World Cup and 2015 World...
  • Sri Lanka's main Tamil party denies links with LTTE 6 days ago

    Colombo: Tamil National Alliance has no allegiance to the LTTE as it is not in favour of terrorism, a senior leader of Sri Lanka's main Tamil party has said, rebutting allegations in this regard. "We do not have any allegiance to the LTTE nor are we committed to their ideology. We...
  • Sri Lanka defend interim body after ICC threat April 17, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's sports minister Navin Dissanayake on Friday defended his decision to appoint an interim committee to oversee cricket, saying it was his "sovereign right". The comments came after the International Cricket Council said the move may amount to government interference, and that it would withhold payments to Sri Lanka...
  • Sri Lanka mulls options as ICC threatens to stop funds April 17, 2015

    Colombo: The appointment of an interim body to run Sri Lankan cricket is in tune with laws governing the island nation, the country's sports minister said on Friday. The move came a day after the International Cricket Council decided to investigate possible ministerial interference following the government's decision last month to...
  • ICC looks into possible rule breach by Sri Lanka April 16, 2015

    Dubai: The International Cricket Council will seek an explanation from the Sri Lankan sports ministry for appointing an interim committee to run the country's cricket board. The ICC board, which met on Thursday, discussed whether the appointment of an interim committee in Sri Lanka Cricket "may be a breach of ICC's...
  • 31 all out but team still wins the match April 15, 2015

    Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties, and the statement once again proved itself on Tuesday when the cricket world saw an 'unlikeliest' of victories during a Premier Championship match in Sri Lanka. Riding on Asiri Karunaratne's magnificent 5 for 21, Sri Lanka Air Force Sports Club, who opted to field,...
  • Future of Asia Cup in doubt as ACC faces shutdown: report April 14, 2015

    The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) could soon be dissolved or merged with the International Cricket Council (ICC), putting a question mark over the future of Asia Cup. According to a report in the Pakistan Observer, its sources have revealed that the ACC headquarters will be shut down from June this year....
  • India slip to 7th in Test rankings, no player in top 10 April 11, 2015

    Dubai: Indian cricket team may have had decent run in the World Cup reaching semi-final but there is no such good news as far as the longer version is concerned where Virat Kohli's men are currently languishing at 7th place in the 10-team table. As per the latest Test ranking charts...
  • Kapila Wijegunawardene heads Sri Lanka Cricket selection panel April 8, 2015

    Colombo: Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Kapila Wijegunawardene has replaced Sanath Jayasuriya as the chairman of Sri Lanka's new four-member selection committee. Two former wicket-keepers Amal Silva and Brendon Kuruppu, and middle-order batsman Hemantha Wickremaratne are the other members of the committee. The members have replaced the last committee headed by Jayasuriya...
  • Pakistan, Sri Lanka ink agreement for nuclear cooperation April 6, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan and Sri Lanka on Monday signed six agreements including one on nuclear cooperation, two months after Sri Lanka inked an atomic deal with India, as the two countries agreed to deepen ties in various fields. The agreements were signed after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had a meeting with...
  • Chanaka Welegedara bowls most economical T20 spell April 6, 2015

    Chanaka Welegedara equalled Chris Morris's record of the most economical figures in Twenty20 cricket after bowling the full quota of four overs on Sunday (April 5). Playing for Tamil Union against Sinhalese Sports Club in Sri Lanka Cricket's T20 tournament at the Colombo Cricket Club, Welegedara returned figures of 4-2-2-4. While Morris...
  • Sachithra Senanayake to replace Saeed Ajmal at Worcestershire April 4, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has signed up with English cricket county team Worcestershire, replacing Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal for the upcoming season. "With Saeed Ajmal's situation it is always difficult with so much international cricket being played around the world. But we are very happy with Senanayake, a proven international...
  • Indian couple found dead in Sri Lanka April 3, 2015

    Colombo: An Indian couple was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a hotel in Colombo on Friday, prompting Sri Lankan police to launch an investigation. The police found the bodies of a 30-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman in the hotel room in Wellawatta in the Colombo metropolitan area where they...
  • Indians not allowed to fish in Lankan waters: Maithripala Sirisena April 3, 2015

    Colombo: Dismissing opposition's claim that his government has given fishing rights to Indians, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said he has issued clear instructions to the navy to seize boats that violate the country's territorial waters. "We have not allowed fishing in our waters for the Indians. I have...
  • Sanath Jayasuria-led selection panel quits after SLC revamp April 3, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lankan cricket team's selection panel headed by former captain Sanath Jayasuriya on Saturday resigned following the recent revamp of the SLC administration. The Jayasuriya-led panel's term was nearing completion but the new interim committee had hinted at not giving an extension to the current lot of selectors. His tenure was...
  • India celebrates four years of World Cup victory April 2, 2015

    Four years back, Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Indian team were on top of the world, as on this day, India won the World Cup for the second time by going past Sri Lanka at a canter. Dhoni's six to take India to the top of one-day cricket would be forever etched...
  • India to help in evacuating Sri Lankans from Yemen April 2, 2015

    Colombo: India has acceded to Sri Lanka's request to evacuate stranded Sri Lankans along with Indian nationals from strife-torn Yemen, the Foreign Ministry said. There are reportedly around 75-100 Sri Lankan expatriates, including students, in Yemen. Due to the volatile situation in the country, Sri Lanka is making arrangements to...
  • Minister urges Kumar Sangakkara to continue for another year April 2, 2015

    Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara should reconsider his decision to retire from limited overs cricket and continue for another year, the country's sports minister said on Wednesday. Sangakkara bid farewell to the one-day game on March 18, disappointed with a World Cup quarter-final defeat and saying that he was happy Sri Lanka...
  • Chinese President Xi Jinping for trilateral cooperation with India: Sri Lanka April 2, 2015

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday said that Chinese President Xi Jinping has proposed trilateral cooperation with India to address its security concerns in the Indian Ocean region amid increased Chinese involvement in mega projects in the island nation. Cabinet minister Rauff Hakeem, who accompanied President Maithripapa Sirisena on a four-day visit...
  • Sidath Wettimuny to head Sri Lanka Cricket interim committee March 31, 2015

    Sidath Wettimuny, the former Sri Lankan opener, has been appointed head of a nine-member interim committee to carry out functions of Sri Lanka Cricket. The committee, established by Navin Dissanayake, Sri Lanka's sports minister, will be effective from Wednesday (April 1) and function until an election is held or until...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to build grassroot cricket in Sri Lanka March 31, 2015

    Colombo: Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene is set to take over a role with the country's cricket administration to develop the infrastructure of the local game at the feeder level. Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said that Jayawardene, 37, has consented to a futuristic role in restructuring the schools and junior...
  • From veteran Sangakkara to the unknown Shenwari: The surprise packages of World Cup 2015 March 31, 2015

    This World Cup will be remembered for its milestones. Two ODI double hundreds, two 400-plus scores by a team, 38 centuries and the most watched World Cup ever. The pool stage matches had better contests than the knockouts and the event which was expected to provide bowling-friendly conditions was once...
  • Interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket March 30, 2015

    Colombo: Mired in controversies owing to allegations of corruption, Sri Lanka Cricket will now be run by an interim committee, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday. The SLC Annual General Meeting to elect office bearers was to be held on April 30 and the nominations for positions were to be...
  • Batsmen's delight, heartbreak for SA, Kiwis form, business as usual for Australia March 30, 2015

    At the stroke of sunrise, when the whole world is still recovering from the hangover of some really intense moments of the show piece event and Australia still basking in the glory of winning the cup, the Kiwis while taking the return flight home will be looking for answers to...
  • Interim committee to run Sri Lanka Cricket March 30, 2015

    Colombo: Mired in controversies owing to allegations of corruption, Sri Lanka Cricket will now be run by an interim committee, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Monday. The SLC Annual General Meeting to elect office bearers was to be held on April 30 and the nominations for positions were to be...
  • China ready to sign friendship treaties with all neighbours: Xi Jinping March 28, 2015

    Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said that China stands ready to sign treaties of friendship and cooperation with all its neighbours to provide strong support for the development of bilateral relations as well as prosperity and stability in the region. Treaties of friendship have been signed with eight neighbouring...