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  • Sri Lanka court gives death to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in drug smuggling case October 30, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lankan court on Thursday gave capital punishment to five Indian fishermen from Tamil Nadu in an alleged drugs trafficking case. The fishermen were arrested in 2011 by Sri Lankan Navy. The fishermen have been given time till November 14 to appeal at the Sri Lankan Supreme Court. The five...
  • Rohit Sharma announces comeback with a 111-ball 142 October 30, 2014

    The day after saying "hard work, not natural talent, has made me," Rohit Sharma proved it on the field. Rohit put his pads on for India A after a two-month injury layoff to face the visiting Sri Lankan team in one-day practice match, and carnage followed. Playing on home turf at the...
  • Sri Lanka opt for Trevor Penney as assistant coach October 29, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has opted for Trevor Penney, who till recently was involved with the Indian team, as an assistant to the national coach Marvan Atapattu. SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said Penney has been considered for both roles, Atapattu's understudy and the job of fielding coach. The appointment is subject...
  • Sri Lanka: 10 killed, nearly 300 missing in landslide October 29, 2014

    Colombo: At least 10 persons were killed and up to 300 missing on Wednesday after a massive landslide triggered by monsoon rains struck central Sri Lanka, forcing authorities to deploy the army to conduct rescue operations. The landslide struck in the morning and wiped out 120 workers' homes at the Meeriabedda...
  • Injured Jasprit Bumrah in doubt against Sri Lanka October 29, 2014

    Mumbai: A knee injury sustained recently while playing for West Zone in the Duleep Trophy tournament could prevent young Gujarat medium pacer Jasprit Bumrah from taking the field on Thursday for India A in their tour game against the visiting Sri Lankans. "There is a minor concern about Jasprit (Bumrah). He...
  • Sachithra Senanayake to face Chennai 'action' test October 29, 2014

    Colombo: Sachithra Senanayake, the Sri Lankan offspinner banned for illegal bowling action, is to proceed to Chennai's ICC accredited centre for suspect actions. Jerome Jayaratne, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) head bowling coach, said that the offspinner has corrected his action since being banned by the ICC. The SLC executive committee, convinced now...
  • Manoj Tiwary-led India A set to take on Sri Lanka in warm up tie October 29, 2014

    Mumbai: Fringe players will have a chance to prove their mettle when the Manoj Tiwary-led India A take on Sri Lanka in the only one-day warm up match, which will mark the beginning of the hastily scheduled ODI series on Thursday. The tour game, at the Cricket Club of India's Brabourne...
  • India can't take it easy against 'underprepared' Sri Lanka October 29, 2014

    Sri Lanka answered BCCI's urgent call in the affirmative and are here for the five-match ODI series arranged in the eleventh hour after West Indies took a mid-tour flight back home from India - annoying one of the ICC 'Big Three'. While the West Indies team, its cricket board WICB and...
  • I am always confident, says Wriddhiman Saha October 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Wriddhiman Saha, who is expected to don the big gloves during India's first three ODIs against Sri Lanka is "feeling good" as he picked up the bat for the first time in a week since sustaining a webbing injury in his right hand during Duleep Trophy semi-final against...
  • Virat Kohli slips to No. 3 in ODI batsmen's rankings October 28, 2014

    Dubai: Virat Kohli has slipped a rung but is still the best-placed Indian batsman at third position in the latest ICC ODI batsmen's rankings list released on Tuesday. Kohli, who has lost a place following South African Hashim Amla's upward movement, will have a chance to climb up the ladder once...
  • Will captaincy weigh on just back-in-form Virat Kohli? October 28, 2014

    Once again Virat Kohli is at the helm of Team India. Once again he will be under the 'captaincy' pressure. And once again it will be a test for India's first-in-line to throne to sustain his recently-gained form against the West Indies after a long lean slump. India decided to rest...
  • Injured Mohammed Shami out of Sri Lanka ODIs, replaced by Dhawal Kulkarni October 27, 2014

    New Delhi: Indian medium-pacer Mohammed Shami has been ruled out of the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka starting November 2 due to an injury. Maharashtra medium-pacer Dhawal Kulkarni has replaced Shami in the 15-member Indian squad to be led by Virat Kohli, which has been announced for the first three...
  • Preparation for India tour not ideal: Angelo Mathews October 26, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has said that his team did not have an ideal preparation for the upcoming tour of India as they were concentrating on fitness and not skills during break from international cricket. After their series against Pakistan in August, the Lankan players were having a long...
  • Cuttack to host India-Sri Lanka ODI series opener on Nov 2 October 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Cuttack will host the opening match of the hastily-arranged ODI series between India and Sri Lanka on November 2 after the West Indies' stunning pullout over a pay dispute. According to ESPNCricinfo, the schedule of the series has been released by Sri Lanka Cricket and Ranchi will host the...
  • Sri Lanka include Sangakkara, uncapped Gamage in ODI squad for India October 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday named their 15-member squad for the first three ODIs of the five-match series against India with notable omissions being former T20 captain Dinesh Chandimal and Lahiru Thirimanne. However, a half-fit Kumar Sangakkara is there in the touring party. If Sangakkara is declared unfit, Niroshan Dickwella is...
  • Kumar Sangakkara doubtful for India tour October 22, 2014

    Colombo: Experienced Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has been rendered a doubtful starter for the five-match ODI series against India due to a back injury. Sangakkara, who had questioned the wisdom of the hurriedly arranged series in the wake West Indies' sudden end to their India tour, has developed a slight...
  • Eden Gardens may host fourth India-Sri Lanka ODI October 21, 2014

    Kolkata: It's not official yet, but Eden Gardens is in line to host the fourth one-dayer on November 13 in the upcoming stop gap five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. "We are most likely to get the fourth ODI here on November 13. It's difficult to host the match here before...
  • Dhoni rested; Ashwin, Aaron return for Sri Lanka ODIs October 21, 2014

    After coming down hard on the West Indies with a decision to sue the WICB over withdrawing midway through its tour of India, the BCCI announced the 14-man squad for the first three ODIs of the five-match home series with Sri Lanka, resting regular skipper MS Dhoni and giving the...
  • Sri Lanka Cricket defends decision to tour India October 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday defended its decision to send the national team for a tour of India next month amid criticism coming from certain quarters, saying that it was taken at the best interest of the game. SLC said it was a collective decision of its executive committee to...
  • India tour ideal opportunity for fringe players, says Sanath Jayasuriya October 19, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya has said that the hastily-arranged five-match ODI series in India, to be held in early next month, will help the fringe players prove their worth before next year's World Cup. After the West Indian players abruptly pulled out of their tour of India...
  • Ajinkya Rahane seeks consistency to secure India spot October 19, 2014

    Dharamsala: Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane has said he is working towards attaining greater consistency and is looking to convert starts into big scores to secure his place in the Indian squad. Opener Rahane scored a stroke-filled half century and was looking good for a hundred until his dismissal for 68 in the...
  • Sri Lanka keen to host India for Tests next year October 19, 2014

    Colombo: After having agreed to play a five-match ODI series in India on a short notice post the West Indies pull-out, the Sri Lankan board is looking for a return in favour from the BCCI in August next year by playing three Test matches in the island nation. "We have already...
  • Kumar Sangakkara questions Sri Lanka's decision to schedule India tour October 19, 2014

    After West Indies' dramatic pullout from the India tour due to pay dispute with WICB, Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to fill in with a five-match ODI series has come in for sharp criticism from Kumar Sangakkara. "Our 6 weeks of pure fitness work ends abruptly. Have a week to do...
  • SL players concerned about skills training ahead of India tour October 18, 2014

    Colombo: With the breaking of the news of Sri Lanka Cricket and the BCCI agreeing to a five-match ODI series, the Lankan players appeared to be concerned about their skills training required for the series. This has been reflected in a tweet by senior cricketer Kumar Sangakkara this morning. "Our 6...
  • BCCI calls emergency meeting on Oct 21 to discuss WI pullout October 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Shocked at the sudden pullout of the West Indies team from the India tour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) swung into action on Friday by calling an emergency working committee meeting on October 21 in Hyderabad to discuss the issue. "Yes, we have called an...
  • Sri Lanka to fill in for West Indies, accept BCCI's five-ODI offer October 17, 2014

    Moments after the West Indies Cricket Board pulled out of the remainder of the India tour on Friday over a payment dispute with its players, Sri Lanka Cricket accepted BCCI's invitation to play five ODIs in India in November. Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed a five-match ODI series between India and...
  • Sri Lanka identifies 85 school bowlers with suspect action October 17, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has identified 85 school cricketers bowling with suspected illegal actions in its campaign to clean up the cradle of the sport in the country. The bowlers include 60 spinners and 25 seamers, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement on Thursday. Sri Lanka boasts of a strong schools cricket...
  • Foreigners need approval before entering Sri Lanka's North October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday barred foreigners from travelling to its former war zone in the Tamil-majority northern province without prior approval. "Prior permission for the foreigners to visit North will be implemented and foreigners or relevant organisations have to write to Defence Ministry for approval," the government's information department said...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold October 15, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...