Sri Lanka

  • England debutant Moeen may unveil doosra at Lord's June 10, 2014

    London: England newcomer Moeen Ali is preparing to unveil a surprise should he make his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Lord's on Thursday - his doosra. The Worcestershire allrounder is set to play in the opening game of the two-match series, with captain Alastair Cook likely to call on Moeen's...
  • Sachithra Senanayake to undergo tests for suspect bowling action June 9, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan offspinner Sachithra Senanayake will undergo a biomechanical test after being reported by the ICC for a suspect action. He will be sent to the Cardiff Metropolitan University for bio-mechanical tests, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Monday. Senanayake was reported for a suspect action by the on field umpires Marias...
  • Sri Lankan government will release 78 Indian fishermen: Mahinda Rajapaksa June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: The Sri Lankan government on Monday said that it will release 78 Indian fishermen who were arrested by the Navy for illegally poaching in Sri Lanka's waters on Saturday. The move came a day after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding...
  • Andre Russell's whirlwind century blows Bangladesh away June 9, 2014

    Bridgetown, Barbados: Andre Russell's astonishing 47-ball hundred has powered West Indies High Performance Centre (HPC) to an emphatic 117-run victory over Bangladesh A in the first one-dayer here. The all-rounder, already a senior West Indies player, finished unbeaten on 132 from a mere 56 deliveries, as HPC piled up 327 for...
  • Sri Lanka warm-up match against Northampton ends in draw June 9, 2014

    Northampton: Rob Keogh's century ensured Sri Lanka encountered determined Northamptonshire resistance as their final match before next week's first Test against England at Lord's ended in a draw. That was always the most likely outcome after Saturday's third day of four was washed out without a ball bowled and became all...
  • Jayalalithaa writes to Modi on fishermen issue, demands strict action June 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continues her opposition to the Sri Lankan government. She wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday demanding action against the Mahinda Rajapaksa government for capturing 82 fishermen from Tamil Nadu and seizing 18 boats. She said that India must deal decisively...
  • Prasanna Jayawardene ready for England backlash June 8, 2014

    Northamptonshire: Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene said he expected England to "come hard" at them during this month's two-Test series. The tourists took a five-match ODI series 3-2 with a six-wicket win at Edgbaston on Tuesday - a result overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the run out backing up or...
  • England to play seven ODIs in Sri Lanka June 7, 2014

    Colombo: England will play seven ODIs in Sri Lanka during a tour scheduled between November 21 and December 16. The first ODI, a day-night encounter, will be staged at the Premadasa Stadium while the third and fifth match will be played in Hambantota in the south and Pallekele in the central...
  • Sri Lanka in the wickets in final warm-up June 7, 2014

    Sri Lanka's bowlers were in the wickets on Friday ahead of next week's first Test against England at Lord's. The tourists reduced Northamptonshire to 146 for five at stumps on the second day of four in reply to Sri Lanka's 558 for eight declared -- a deficit of 412 and with...
  • Lahiru Thirimanne hits career-best in Sri Lanka run-fest June 7, 2014

    Lahiru Thirimanne's career-best 156 helped Sri Lanka pile on the runs against Northamptonshire on Friday. Sri Lanka, at lunch on the second day of four at Northampton, were 485 for five in their final match before next week's first Test against England at Lord's. Sri Lanka were 358 for three overnight. But...
  • Thirimanne issues 'Mankad' warning to England June 6, 2014

    Sri Lanka's Lahiru Thirimanne insisted on Thursday the tourists would have no qualms about running out an England batsman backing up too far during their upcoming Test series, despite the furore over Jos Buttler's dismissal at Edgbaston. Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Buttler as the non-striker, who only days earlier had...
  • Sri Lanka reacts strongly to Jayalalithaa's genocide remarks June 5, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday reacted strongly against the genocide remarks made by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa against the country over the Tamil issue and said it will make formal objections to India over her comments. "It is very much in keeping with the character of this politician to...
  • Mahela Jayawardene looking good in Sri Lanka Test warm-up June 5, 2014

    Northampton: Mahela Jayawardene was in typically fine touch as Sri Lanka faced Northamptonshire ahead of next week's first Test against England at Lord's. Sri Lanka, whose captain for the match Lahiru Thirimanne had won the toss, were 103 for two at lunch on the first day of this four-day fixture at...
  • Sri Lanka releases 33 Indian fishermen June 5, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has released 33 Indian fishermen following the orders of the country's President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The development came as a goodwill gesture after the Sri Lankan President met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May at later's oath taking ceremony. Talks between India and Sri Lanka on the fishermen issue...
  • Sam Robson set for England debut against Sri Lanka June 5, 2014

    Australia-born Sam Robson was in line to make his England debut after the Middlesex opener was named on Thursday in the squad to play Sri Lanka in next week's first Test at his Lord's 'home' ground. Robson was one of three uncapped players named by national selector James Whitaker in a...
  • England pick uncapped trio for first Sri Lanka Test June 5, 2014

    London: England named a trio of uncapped players on Thursday in their squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord's later this month. Selecting his first Test squad since returning to the job, coach Peter Moores picked 24-year-old batsman Sam Robson and all-rounders Chris Jordan and Moeen Ali for...
  • 'Mankading' raises debate on spirit of cricket once again June 4, 2014

    Nothing tends to divide fans more than a supposed affront to the 'spirit' of cricket, the standard of conduct that sits alongside its laws to help govern the so-called gentleman's game. When Sri Lanka's Sachithra Senanayake removed the bails as batsman Jos Buttler was backing up at the non-striker's end during...
  • India slip to third but Virat Kohli on top in ICC ODI rankings June 5, 2014

    The Indian cricket team dropped a rung to third but Virat Kohli continued to top the batting chart in the latest ICC one-day international rankings announced on Wednesday. India lost their second position to Sri Lanka, while Australia maintained their place at the top of the table. Sri Lanka's 3-2 series win...
  • Chris Jordan in reckoning for Tests, says England captain Alastair Cook June 4, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook said Chris Jordan had bolstered his prospects of making a Test debut against Sri Lanka next week during the recent one-day series against the tourists. Sussex all-rounder Jordan took 12 wickets at under 20 apiece during England's 3-2 series defeat by Sri Lanka, which ended with Tuesday's...
  • DMDK urges Centre to end Tamil Nadu fishers' travails June 4, 2014

    DMDK, an ally of BJP-led NDA in Tamil Nadu,on Wednesday urged the Centre to find a permanent solution to the Sri Lankan Tamils issue and harassment of state's fishermen, allegedly by the island nation's navy. "Though India magnanimously treats Sri Lanka as a friendly country, it does not seem to...
  • Jos Buttler should have been recalled, says Arjuna Ranatunga June 4, 2014

    Colombo: Former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Wednesday said Sri Lanka was right to run out England's Jos Buttler, but felt he should have been recalled in the spirit of the game. "We should have got him out and then (Sri Lankan captain) Angelo (Mathews) called him back to play," Ranatunga told...
  • Alastair Cook says run-out row will 'spice' up England-Sri Lanka Tests June 4, 2014

    Birmingham: England captain Alastair Cook said he expected the controversial run out of Jos Buttler during the fifth one-day international against Sri Lanka to "spice up" the forthcoming Test series between the teams. Cook insisted a "line had been crossed" after Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler as the non-striker...
  • Michael Clarke backs controversial 'Mankad' run-out rule June 4, 2014

    Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke on Wednesday said he had no problem with a controversial run out rule that marred the fifth and final one-day international between England and Sri Lanka. His England counterpart Alastair Cook insisted a "line had been crossed" after Sachithra Senanayake ran out England's Jos Buttler as...
  • Sri Lanka beat England by six wickets to win ODI series June 4, 2014

    Birmingham: Sri Lanka swept to a six-wicket victory over England at Edgbaston on Tuesday, sealing a 3-2 victory in their one-day international series. Lahiru Thirimanne scored an unbeaten 60 and Mahela Jayawardene added 53 as the tourists reached 222 for 4 in reply to England's 219 all out in the decider...
  • Hashim Amla named South Africa's new Test captain June 29, 2014

    Johannesburg: South African cricket broke new ground on Tuesday with the appointment of Hashim Amla as Test captain, the first black cricketer to hold the post permanently in a sport long seen to be dominated by whites. Cricket South Africa (CSA) had identified Amla, one-day skipper AB de Villiers and Twenty20...
  • Sri Lanka President Rajapaksa orders release of 29 Indian fishermen June 3, 2014

    Colombo: President Mahinda Rajapaksa has ordered the release of 29 Indian fishermen arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu. The fishermen had been produced before the magistrate in the northeastern town of Mannar and ordered to be in remand custody until June 16. They were part of...
  • New Zealand, Sri Lanka to play Test in Christchurch June 3, 2014

    Wellington: Christchurch will host a Test match for the first time since a devastating 2011 earthquake when New Zealand and Sri Lanka meet at the city's Hagley Oval from December 26 in the first match of a two-Test series. Hagley Oval, which hosts its first Test match, is also the venue...
  • Coach Peter Moores wants complete performance from England players June 2, 2014

    England coach Peter Moores has called on his players to produce a complete performance against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston as they look to start his new era with a series victory. Moores' team face a decider in the best of five-matches one-day international series on Tuesday after the tourists held their...
  • Sachithra Senanayake reported for suspected illegal bowling action June 2, 2014

    Bangalore: Sri Lanka off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake has been reported with a suspected illegal bowling action during his side's seven-run victory over England in the fourth One-Day International at Lord's last Saturday. Senanayake was reported at the end of the match by on-field umpires Marais Erasmus and Ian Gould, both from the...
  • 'I'm not ready for Tests' insists Jos Buttler June 2, 2014

    Jos Buttler believes he will eventually be able to transfer his stunning one-day form into the Test arena but that now is not the time for him to make a debut in the five-day format. The 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, who joined Lancashire from Somerset at the start of this season, played...