Sri Lanka

  • England skipper Alastair Cook injury doubt to face Sri Lanka May 25, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook could be ruled out of Sunday's second oneday international against Sri Lanka at ChesterleStreet with a groin injury. Twenty20 specialist Alex Hales has been called in as cover and will make his oneday international debut should Cook fail a fitness test. "Alex Hales has been added to the...
  • Jaya not to attend Modi's swearingin, won't send any representative too May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: To mark her protest against the presence of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will skip the swearingin of Prime Ministerelect Narendra Modi on Monday. Sources also say that she will not be sending any representative for the event as well. Meanwhile, Tamil students...
  • Pakistan, Sri Lanka free Indian fishermen to mark Modi's swearingin May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: A day ahead of Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony, both Sri Lanka and Pakistan have ordered the release of Indian fishermen in their custody. Both Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa are being invited for the ceremony. Pakistan will release 152 Indian fisherman while...
  • MDMK chief Vaiko to hold black flag protest against Rajapaksa in Delhi May 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) chief Vaiko, an important all of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Tamil Nadu, will hold a black flag demonstration against Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Delhi on Monday. Rajapaksa will be in Delhi on Monday to attend Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's oathtaking ceremony...
  • Narendra Modi's swearingin: Kickoff point for a new foreign policy May 24, 2014

    By inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders to his swearingin ceremony, Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi has sent out a powerful message on foreign policy. After an electoral campaign where "Candidate" Modi had made several disquieting statements about the region from criticising Bangladesh for its treatment...
  • Tamil parties oppose invitation to Rajapaksa for Modi's swearingin May 24, 2014

    Political parties in Tamil Nadu are up in arms over Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa being invited for Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony on Monday. After BJP ally MDMK leader Vaiko opposed Rajapaksa's presence, another ally PMK also joined in and party founder Ramadoss urged Modi to review his...
  • Tamil leaders unite against invite to Sri Lanka for Modi's swearingin May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu politics is on the boil again over the alleged mistreatment of Lankan Tamils by the Colombo government. The Tamil Nadu political leaders have voiced their opposition to Narendra Modi's invite to Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearingin ceremony arguing that it has hurt the...
  • Chris Jordan gets England cricket captain Alastair Cook's seal of approval May 23, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook is in an optimistic mood after Chris Jordan's "fantastic" allround performance helped put his side 10 up in their fivematch oneday series against Sri Lanka. Jordan was at the heart of England's 81run DuckworthLewis victory in Thursday's rainmarred clash at The Oval, his former home ground. Now...
  • SL President may also bring Northern Province CM for Modi oathtaking May 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst a backlash from the Tamil Nadu political class over the invite sent out to Sri Lanka for PMelect Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony, the Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday tweeted that he was also bringing along Wigneswaran, the newlyelected Chief Minister of Northern Province, also known as...
  • Rajapaksa thanks Modi for inviting him on swearingin ceremony May 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday thanked Narendra Modi for extending an invitation to him to attend his swearingin ceremony on Monday. "Thank you for the invitation to attend your swearingin ceremony. I look forward to being there," tweeted Rajapaksa, who just returned to Colombo last night after a...
  • BJP ally Vaiko opposes Rajapaksa's presence at PM Modi's swearingin May 23, 2014

    Chennai: The controversy over the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony on May 26 continues. BJP ally MDMK chief Vaiko has opposed invitation to Mahinda Rajapaksa. Vaiko said, "At this juncture if Rajapaksa is invited, whose hands are stained with the blood of...
  • Modi's invitations to South Asian leaders a strong signal: US May 23, 2014

    Washington: Prime Ministerdesignate Narendra Modi's invitations to the leaders of South Asian countries including Pakistan to attend his swearingin ceremony on Monday sends a strong and positive signal, a top American diplomat has said. "I certainly think that having the regional leaders come (for the swearingin ceremony) is a strong...
  • Pakistan to invite Sri Lanka for a bilateral series May 23, 2014

    Karachi: Six years after a terrorist attack forced Sri Lanka to abandon their tour of Pakistan, the PCB has decided to invite them for a bilateral series. This was announced by newlyreinstated PCB chairman Najam Sethi in a press conference here. Sethi said the decision to send the invitation had been made...
  • Chris Jordan stars as England defeat Sri Lanka by 81 runs (D/L method) May 23, 2014

    Chris Jordan starred with both bat and ball as England set off on the road to next year's World Cup with a an 81run win over Sri Lanka in a rainmarred oneday international at The Oval on Thursday. The Sussex allrounder's belligerent 38 not out off just 13 balls propelled England...
  • PCB invites Sri Lanka to play in Pakistan May 22, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's restored cricket chief Najam Sethi said Thursday that his board is inviting Sri Lanka to play a home series, five years after they survived a terrorist attack. The move by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) came two days after Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse promised his Pakistani counterpart Mamnoon...
  • Jayalalithaa to skip Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony May 22, 2014

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will skip the swearingin ceremony of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister as she is opposed to the invitation sent out to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa. ...
  • Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif further delays his confirmation for Modi's oath taking May 22, 2014

    New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has not yet decided whether to attend Narendra Modi's swearingin ceremony or not as it is now being reported that a final call on the same would be taken on Friday morning. As Islamabad keeps India waiting, sources close to Nawaz Sharif tell CNNIBN...
  • Invitation to Lanka for Modi's swearingin unfortunate: Jayalalithaa May 22, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has called PMelect Narendra Modi's invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for his swearing in ceremony on Monday unfortunate. Jayalalithaa said that even before the new prime minister and the new government had assumed office and begun functioning, the unfortunate move of...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI at The Oval May 23, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Sri Lanka opt to field against England at The Oval Prematch: Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu believes his side can derive huge confidence from their Twenty20 win over England. Previous Sri Lankan sides have found early season conditions in England not...
  • England want to 'get going' in the first ODI against Sri Lanka May 22, 2014

    Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu believes his side can derive huge confidence from their Twenty20 win over England ahead of the oneday international series that begins on Thursday. Previous Sri Lankan sides have found early season conditions in England not to their liking but the reigning World Twenty20 champions showed few...
  • Modi should respect Tamil sentiment, avoid invite to Lanka: DMK May 22, 2014

    DMK leader TKS Elangovan said, "He (Narendra Modi) could have avoided when he is becoming the PM. He has the wishes and blessings of the people of India. He should have respected Indian sentiments." ...
  • Sri Lanka buoyed by opening win over England May 22, 2014

    Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu believes his side can derive huge confidence from their Twenty20 win over England ahead of the oneday international and Test matches on the rest of their tour. Previous Sri Lankan sides have found early season conditions in England not to their liking but the reigning World...
  • Alastair Cook keen to 'get going' again May 21, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook is ready to put a difficult tour programme behind him by steering the side to victory over Sri Lanka. Cook's men started the 2014 season with a rainmarred oneday international win away to Scotland in Aberdeen a fortnight ago. But a reminder of their recent struggles against Test...
  • Subramanian Swamy bats for IndiaLanka cooperation to counter terrorism May 21, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday called for close cooperation between India and Sri Lanka to counter terrorist activities in the Indian subcontinent. "India must enter into constructive dialogue with Sri Lanka and on counterterror strategy in the subcontinent particularly in view of the fact that many Pakistani...
  • Eoin Morgan rues Lasith Malinga impact after T20 loss May 21, 2014

    London: Eoin Morgan was left marvelling at the skill of rival captain Lasith Malinga after the Sri Lanka skipper played a key role in the tourists' ninerun Twenty20 international win at The Oval. Malinga, who led the islanders to World Twenty20 glory in Bangladesh earlier this year, had long been...
  • T20I: Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga star in close win over England May 21, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka weathered a belligerent knock of 66 from Alex Hales to beat England by nine runs on Tuesday in their first Twenty20 international since winning the world title last month. Allrounder Thisara Perera smashed 49 off 20 balls to lift the Sri Lankans to 183 for 7 after being...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, Only T20I May 21, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: England won the toss and elected to field Playing XIs: England: Alex Hales, Michael Carberry, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ravi Bopara, Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes, James Tredwell, Harry Gurney Sri Lanka: Kushal Janith Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan,...
  • England want more T20 heroics against Sri Lanka May 20, 2014

    England will hope history repeats itself when they begin their international programme against Sri Lanka with a lone Twenty20 international at The Oval on Tuesday. One of the few highlights for England during a recent tour programme that saw them surrender the Ashes 50 came in March was when Alex Hales'...
  • Lasith Malinga eager to maintain unbeaten run against England May 20, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga is looking forward to maintaining his perfect record as captain when his Twenty20 world champions face England in cricket's shortest format at The Oval on Tuesday. Malinga has enjoyed three wins from three matches since replacing the outofform Dinesh Chandimal during the ICC World...
  • Sri Lanka 'happy' Jayalalithaa lost clout in New Delhi May 19, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Monday said that it is pleased that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has lost any bargaining power with the Narendra Modi government because of the majority BJP has on its own in the recentlyconcluded Lok Sabha polls. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration was pleased that it could do...