Sri Lanka

  • Matt Prior's fitness a worry for England captain Alastair Cook May 30, 2014

    Alastair Cook's focus may be on the ongoing one-day series with Sri Lanka but the fitness of wicketkeeper Matt Prior ahead of the Test matches with the tourists is a concern for the England captain. Established Test gloveman Prior was dropped from the side during the team's 5-0 Ashes thrashing...
  • Chris Jordan should play first Test against Sri Lanka: Graeme Swann May 30, 2014

    Former England spinner Graeme Swann says West Indian all-rounder Chris Jordan should be in England's starting XI for the first Test against Sri Lanka in June. Jordan took five for 29 in England's 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Wednesday's third one-day international at Old Trafford, reports CMC. "A 1,000 percent yes,"...
  • Jayalalithaa to meet PM Modi on June 3 June 14, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 3. This is her first meeting after Modi's anointment as the PM last week. Jayalalithaa had boycotted PM Modi's swearing-in ceremony in protest of the invitation to Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa. Jayalalithaa will meet Modi at his...
  • Sri Lankan cricket board considering Pakistan's invite May 29, 2014

    Karachi: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is evaluating Pakistan Cricket Board's invitation for a short series in the foreseeable future. If the Sri Lankans agree to send their team to Pakistan, it would be the first tour by a Test playing nation since the infamous March 2009 attack incident in Lahore...
  • Saker salutes Jordan's Sri Lanka rout in third ODI May 29, 2014

    Manchester: England bowling coach David Saker hailed Chris Jordan as the "ultimate professional" after the allrounder spearheaded a stunning 10-wicket defeat of Sri Lanka in the third one-day international. Sussex paceman Jordan took a career-best five wickets for 29 runs as England dismissed Sri Lanka for just 67 at Old Trafford...
  • England crush Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to take 2-1 lead in ODI series May 28, 2014

    Manchester: Chris Jordan led England's attack as they bowled out Sri Lanka for just 67 on the way to completing a crushing 10-wicket win in the third one-day international at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The Sussex paceman took a career-best five wickets for 29 runs as England, after fit-again captain Alastair...
  • Rajapaksa briefs Modi on Lanka's reconciliation process June 14, 2014

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sri Lanka's initiatives to achieve reconciliation with the minority Tamil community, as they held wide-ranging talks in New Delhi on a host of issues. During the meeting both sides tried to understand the common challenges and discussed ways to enhance...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI May 28, 2014

    For ball-by-ball updates scroll down to the bottom of the page. Toss: Alastair Cook won the toss and England have elected to bowl. The match looked doubtful with persistent rain but weather cleared at the right time for the play to start. Both teams have won each in the first two one-dayers...
  • Sri Lanka happy to rely on senior service May 28, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is banking on his side's core of vastly experienced players to continue the tourists' recovery in their one-day international series with England. Having lost a rain-affected opener at The Oval, Sri Lanka hit back in stunning style at Chester-le-Street to dismiss England for 99,...
  • England delay decision on injured Alastair Cook May 27, 2014

    England are set to leave it as late as possible before deciding whether captain Alastair Cook is fit to face Sri Lanka in the third one-day international at Manchester's Old Trafford on Wednesday. The opening batsman's groin injury meant he missed England's humiliating 157-run defeat in the second ODI at Chester-le-Street...
  • England's Joe Root desperate to avoid further agony against Sri Lanka May 27, 2014

    London: Joe Root has said England's much-vaunted attempt to rebuild their standing with their fans, let alone the rest of the cricket world, will come to nothing if they suffer yet more humiliation during the ongoing one-day international (ODI) series with Sri Lanka. England, in classic early season English conditions, were...
  • PM Narendra Modi to meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa today June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Hyderabad House in the national capital on Tuesday. The two leaders will hold goodwill talks to build confidence among the two nations. The meeting will take place despite protests from all Tamil allies including MDMK and...
  • Delhi: MDMK's Vaiko protests against Rajapaksa, detained for defying prohibitory orders May 26, 2014

    New Delhi: MDMK chief Vaiko along with around 100 supporters have been detained for defying prohibitory orders after he held a protest against the visit of Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa for Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony. Vaiko along with his supporters broke a barricade and tried to move out of Jantar...
  • Eoin Morgan baffled by England's poor show against Sri Lanka May 26, 2014

    Eoin Morgan, England's captain in place of the injured Alastair Cook, was left bemused by the scale of their defeat in the second one-day international against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street. England were beaten by 157 runs after scoring only 99 - their fifth-lowest score in ODI cricket in reply to the...
  • 2nd ODI: Sri Lanka thrash England by 157 runs, level series 1-1 May 25, 2014

    Sri Lanka skittled out England for 99 - their sixth-lowest total in one-day internationals - to cruise to a 157-run win in Durham on Sunday and tie the five-match series at 1-1. Replying to Sri Lanka's 256 for 8 that was inspired by opener Tillakaratne Dilshan's 88, England were reduced to...
  • Except few Tamil, India welcoming Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka May 25, 2014

    Sri Lankan High Commissioner to India Prasad Kariyawasam said that whole India was welcoming president Mahinda Rajapaksa except a few elements in Tamil Nadu. ...
  • Welcome Pakistan, Sri Lanka's decision to release Indian fishermen: Modi May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi welcomed Sri Lanka and Pakistan's decision to free Indian fishermen in their custody. "I welcome the step by Sri Lanka & Pakistan to release our fishermen. I welcome our fishermen brothers back home!," he tweeted on Sunday evening. A day ahead of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's...
  • Modi oath taking: Rashtrapati Bhavan gears up for its biggest event ever May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: The swearing-in ceremony of Narendra Modi as the 15th Prime Minister of India will be the biggest event so far to have been staged at Rashtrapati Bhavan with the guest list, which includes key leaders from SAARC countries, set to cross the 4,000 mark. This is the first time...
  • As it happened: England vs Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI May 25, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: England opt to field against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street England captain Alastair Cook has ruled out of Sunday's second one-day international against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street with a groin injury. Eoin Morgan will leading the England team while Michael Carberry...
  • 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 one-day international against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street with a groin injury. Twenty20 specialist Alex Hales has been called in as cover and will make his one-day international debut should Cook fail a fitness test. "Alex Hales has been added to the...
  • Jaya not to attend Modi's swearing-in, 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 swearing-in of Prime Minister-elect 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 swearing-in May 25, 2014

    New Delhi: A day ahead of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in 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 Minister-designate Narendra Modi's oath-taking ceremony...
  • Narendra Modi's swearing-in: Kick-off point for a new foreign policy May 24, 2014

    By inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders to his swearing-in ceremony, Prime Minister-designate 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 swearing-in May 24, 2014

    Political parties in Tamil Nadu are up in arms over Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa being invited for Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in 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 swearing-in 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 swearing-in 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" all-round performance helped put his side 1-0 up in their five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka. Jordan was at the heart of England's 81-run Duckworth-Lewis victory in Thursday's rain-marred clash at The Oval, his former home ground. Now...
  • SL President may also bring Northern Province CM for Modi oath-taking May 23, 2014

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

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Friday thanked Narendra Modi for extending an invitation to him to attend his swearing-in ceremony on Monday. "Thank you for the invitation to attend your swearing-in 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 swearing-in May 23, 2014

    Chennai: The controversy over the invitation to Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa at Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in 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...