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  • Saeed Ajmal's bowling action to be tested on Monday August 24, 2014

    Dubai: Pakistan offspinner Saeed Ajmal's suspect bowling action will be tested at the Cricket Australia National Cricket Centre in Brisbane on Monday and the result will be declared in about two weeks time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement on Sunday. The ICC clarified the procedures that will...
  • Sri Lanka rejects Subramanian Swamy's call for temporary fishing permits August 24, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has rejected a call to allow Indian fishermen to fish in Lankan waters on a permit system for three years, days ahead of a meeting in Delhi to find an amicable solution to the contentious fishing issue. Turning down the suggestion by senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy...
  • Colombo washout shifts second Sri LankaPakistan ODI to Hambantota August 24, 2014

    The second oneday international between Sri Lanka and Pakistan has been advanced by a day to Tuesday and will be held at Hambantota due to heavy rain in Colombo, the Sri Lanka cricket board (SLC) said. Colombo's Premadasa Stadium was to host the daynight match on Wednesday with the third and...
  • 1st ODI: Maqsood, Fawad guide Pakistan home in tricky chase August 23, 2014

    Hambantota: Sohaib Maqsood and Fawad Alam shared a recordbreaking partnership as they powered Pakistan to a fourwicket victory against Sri Lanka with one ball to spare in the first oneday international on Saturday. Maqsood made an unbeaten 89 off 73 balls and Alam scored 62 off 61 as Pakistan raced to...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 1st ODI August 23, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: Pakistan decided to bowl. PLAYING XIs: SRI LANKA: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews (c), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga PAKISTAN: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Umar Akmal (wk),...
  • Pakistan regroup for Sri Lanka onedayers August 22, 2014

    Hambantota: Pakistan and Sri Lanka begin a threematch oneday series on Saturday hoping to gauge each other's firepower and bench strength ahead of the World Cup just six months away. The two former world champions have been drawn in different halves for oneday cricket's showpiece that is to be played in...
  • Ebola scare: Sri Lanka suspends onarrival visa facility for 4 African nations August 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has suspended onarrival visa facility for visitors from four African countries in the wake of Ebola epidemic in Africa, officials said. External Affairs Ministry officials said privilege to obtain visa on arrival has been suspended for visitors from Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea with immediate effect....
  • Saeed Ajmal to miss first two ODIs against Sri Lanka August 22, 2014

    Karachi: Pakistan's leading offspinner Saeed Ajmal is set to miss the first two oneday internationals against Sri Lanka as he has to fly to Brisbane to undergo tests on his bowling action. Saeed, 36, will head to Brisbane from Colombo on August 23 with his test scheduled the next day. The...
  • Sri Lanka ponder life after golden generation August 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka are banking on young talent to see them through a transitional phase in Test cricket despite the departure of one batting great, another approaching retirement and an ageing spinner in the ranks. Former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17year Test career on Monday following the 20...
  • Sri Lanka shuffle pack for ODI series against Pakistan August 19, 2014

    Sri Lanka have made several changes after naming a 15man squad for the first two oneday internationals against Pakistan. Batsmen Upul Tharanga and Dinesh Chandimal, spin duo Seekkuge Prasanna and Suraj Randiv, and fast bowler Dhammika Prasad have been recalled after missing last month's threematch series against South Africa that Sri...
  • Sri Lankan President puts Pakistan visit on hold August 19, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was due to visit Pakistan later this month may delay his travel plans because of political unrest in Islamabad, officials said on Tuesday. The Sri Lankan government had not officially announced dates for the visit but developments in the Pakistani capital which is currently...
  • Mohammad Irfan to join Pakistan squad for ODI series against Sri Lanka August 19, 2014

    Lahore: Fitagain paceman Mohammad Irfan will join the Pakistan squad for their oneday matches against Sri Lanka to reinforce the attack after their 20 Test series defeat, a board official said on Tuesday. The 32yearold, who holds the record of being the tallestever cricketer at seven feet one inch (2.16 metres),...
  • MisbahulHaq safe despite Sri Lanka defeat, says board chief August 19, 2014

    Lahore: Pakistan's newly elected cricket chief on Tuesday backed captain Misbahul Haq despite a Test series defeat in Sri Lanka, calling it a setback not a disaster. A 105run defeat in the second Test on Monday consigned Pakistan to a 20 series loss, which brought them down from third to sixth...
  • Mahela Jayawardene still chasing World Cup dream August 18, 2014

    Colombo: Former captain Mahela Jayawardene left the Test scene on Monday vowing to devote his energies towards helping Sri Lanka win another 50over World Cup next year in Australia and New Zealand. Sri Lanka last won the World Cup in 1996 and were beaten in the final in 2007 and 2011....
  • Gentleman Jayawardene, the elegant runmachine August 18, 2014

    One of the game's most elegant strokemakers, Mahela Jayawardene, enjoyed a fitting farewell to Test cricket at his home ground as Sri Lanka completed a 20 series sweep against Pakistan on Monday. Few cricketers exemplified the spirit of the game better than the gentlemanly 37yearold, though his pleasant demeanour hid nerves...
  • Would be hard to play without Mahela: Sangakkara August 18, 2014

    Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has said it would be difficult to fill the shoes of Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17yearlong Test career here on Sunday. Sangakkara shared several big partnerships, including the world record 624run stand against South Africa in 2006, with Jayawardene, "We can't expect someone...
  • Javed Miandad blames weak setup for team's defeat August 18, 2014

    Islamabad: Javed Miandad has blamed a weak domestic cricketing base for Pakistan's poor performance in the 20 Test series defeat in Sri Lanka. "Our batsmen are weak against quality bowling. We could compete against weaker teams like Zimbabwe, but not against teams like Sri Lanka, South Africa or England," the former...
  • Thank you all for your support, says emotional Jayawardene August 18, 2014

    Colombo: An emotional Mahela Jayawardene ended his glittering, 17year Test career on a high Monday as Sri Lanka won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 105 runs to sweep the series 20. The 37yearold was hoisted onto his teammates' shoulders for a lap of honour after the tourists, who...
  • Mahela Jayawardene impact will be felt for years August 18, 2014

    Mahela Jayawardene closed the curtain on an illustrious Test career on Monday, leaving a huge gap in the Sri Lanka batting order as well as the dressing room, which the island country will find difficult to bridge. The 37yearold righthander, one of cricket's most elegant batsmen, signed off from the longest...
  • 2nd Test: Perfect farewell for Mahela as SL sweep series against Pakistan August 18, 2014

    Colombo: Rangana Herath claimed 14 wickets for the match to help ensure former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket with a 20 series sweep of Pakistan in the first session of final day Monday. Sri Lanka won the second Test by 105 runs after Pakistan was out for...
  • 2nd Test, SL v Pak: as it happened August 18, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka within sight of victory in the second Test against Pakistan by taking four secondinnings wickets on Sunday. Chasing 271 to win the match and level the twomatch series, Pakistan were precariously placed at 127 for 7...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka close in on a win against Pakistan August 17, 2014

    Colombo: Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka within sight of victory in the second Test against Pakistan by taking four secondinnings wickets on Sunday. Chasing 271 to win the Test and level the twomatch series, Pakistan were precariously placed on 127 for 7 at stumps on the fourth day with their last...
  • No Indian fisherman in Lankan jails now August 17, 2014

    New Delhi: For the first time this year no Indian fisherman is in Sri Lankan jail, following the release of 94 fishermen on Saturday by the island nation. Officials said hundreds of Indian fishermen had been apprehended by Lanka Navy while fishing in their waters and with the release of...
  • Shahid Afridi says his feud with Waqar Younis a thing of the past August 17, 2014

    Pakistan's flamboyant allrounder Shahid Afridi left for Sri Lanka for the threematch ODI series by declaring that his feud with the national team's head coach Waqar Younis in 2011 was a thing of the past. "Yes there were problems between me and Waqar mainly due to ego issues but now everything...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 4 August 17, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day2 Roundup: Kumar Sangakkara scored a halfcentury and shared an unbroken 98run third wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene to give Sri Lanka a strong 165run lead as the hosts reached reached 177 for 2 in their second innings at...
  • Sri Lanka lead Pakistan by 165 on Day 3 of 2nd Test August 16, 2014

    Colombo: Kumar Sangakkara scored a halfcentury and shared an unbroken 98run third wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene to give Sri Lanka a strong 165run lead against Pakistan in the second Test. Sri Lanka reached 177 for 2 in their second innings at stumps on day three Saturday after Rangana Herath earlier...
  • Junaid goes for scan after being hit by Prasad bouncer August 16, 2014

    Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan went for a precautionary checkup after being hit on the head while batting by a delivery from Sri Lanka paceman Dhammika Prasad during the third day of the second Test on Saturday. "Junaid was feeling dizzy after he came to the dressing room and we have...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 3 August 16, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary, scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 2 roundup: Rangana Herath again put Pakistan in a spin with a fivewicket haul but halfcenturies from Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad guided the tourists to 244 for six at the close of the second day of the second...
  • 2nd Test: Pakistan dig in despite Herath's fivewicket haul on Day 2 August 15, 2014

    Rangana Herath again put Pakistan in a spin with a fivewicket haul but halfcenturies from Sarfraz Ahmed and Ahmed Shehzad guided the tourists to 244 for six at the close of the second day of the second Test on Friday. Pakistan trail Sri Lanka, who lead the twoTest series 10, by...
  • As it happened: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan, 2nd Test, Day 2 August 15, 2014

    (For ballbyball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) Day 1: Pakistan seam bowlers Junaid Khan and Wahab Riaz shared seven wickets as Pakistan came back strong on the opening day of the second Test on Thursday, holding Sri Lanka to 261 for 8 at stumps. Khan returned with best...