Sri Lanka

  • 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 5-0 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 out-of-form 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 recently-concluded Lok Sabha polls. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's administration was pleased that it could do...
  • Sri Lanka return to winning ways in England May 17, 2014

    London: Sri Lanka secured their first victory on English soil this season with a crushing 128-run win over Kent in a one-day match at Canterbury on Friday. The tourists made 301 for 7 in their full 50 overs after losing the toss, Angelo Mathews top-scoring with 51 in an innings where...
  • Pakistan to play two Tests, 3 ODIs in Sri Lanka May 16, 2014

    Pakistan will play Tests in Galle and Colombo on their tour of Sri Lanka in August, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said Friday. The teams will also play three one-day internationals during the short tour, originally not included in Future Tours Programme but was agreed on the sidelines of the International...
  • Alastair Cook sets up Essex win over Sri Lanka May 16, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook's quickfire knock helped ensure Sri Lanka's first match in England ended in defeat. Cook struck 71 on Tuesday as his county Essex made 5-161 in a one-day match reduced by rain to 21 overs per side at Chelmsford. In reply, Sri Lanka - the recently crowned World Twenty20...
  • Dilshan returns to ODIs, named in Sri Lanka's squad for England May 13, 2014

    Opening batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan and fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who missed the recent Asia Cup due to injuries, have been named in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the upcoming five one-day internationals in England. The selectors have picked 13 of the 14 players who featured in the Asia Cup title triumph...
  • Pacer Umar Gul hopes to get complete fitness May 13, 2014

    Islamabad: Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul hopes a month-long summer training camp will help him regain full fitness before the series against Sri Lanka starts in July. Gul underwent knee surgery in Australia last year and skipped the Champions Trophy and Test series against Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sri Lanka. Gul seemed...
  • England recall Carberry to Twenty20, one-day squads for SL series May 13, 2014

    London: Michael Carberry was recalled to limited overs duty by England on Tuesday after being named in both the Twenty20 and one-day international squads to play Sri Lanka. England's 13-man Twenty20 squad, captained by Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan in the absence of the injured Stuart Broad for a lone match against...
  • Ireland-Sri Lanka second ODI washed out May 8, 2014

    Dublin: The second one-day international between Ireland and Sri Lanka in Dublin on Thursday was abandoned without a ball bowled due to rain. Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Richard Smith took the decision after a 2:00pm local time (1300GMT) inspection, ruling the outfield too wet for any play. It had rained heavily overnight...
  • Angelo Mathews buoyed by Ireland opener May 7, 2014

    Dublin: Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews expects his side to improve quickly once they get used to conditions in the British Isles. Speaking after what proved to be a comfortable 79-run victory over Ireland in Dublin on Tuesday, in the first of two one-day internationals before they arrive in England...
  • Stuart Broad out of Sri Lanka ODI series May 7, 2014

    London: Stuart Broad said Tuesday he'd miss England's forthcoming one-day international series with a knee problem but that he hoped to return in time for the subsequent Test campaign. A niggling knee injury has delayed the seam-bowling all-rounder's start to the season, although Broad is eyeing a return to first-class cricket...
  • Ajantha Mendis stars as Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 79 runs May 6, 2014

    Sri Lanka beat Ireland by 79 runs to win the first one-day international at the Clontarf ground in Dublin on Tuesday. After losing the toss, Sri Lanka made 219 for eight in their full 50 overs before dismissing Ireland for just 140 in reply with more than 10 overs to spare. Man-of-the-match...
  • Chennai: Suspected ISI agent sent to police custody for three days May 5, 2014

    Chennai: Sri Lankan national Zakir Hussain, who was detained by the Tamil Nadu police last Tuesday, was produced before the 13th metropolitan magistrate of the Egmore court in Chennai on Monday. He will be in police custody for three days. He was detained for allegedly having connections with an...
  • India regain No.1 position in T20I rankings May 1, 2014

    Dubai: India climbed up a position and regained its number one ranking in Twenty20 Internationals after the annual update of the ICC Rankings, which was announced here on Thursday. The Indian side has swapped places with ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 champions, Sri Lanka. In the past 12 months, India have lost...
  • Sangakkara backs Farbrace to shine on England return May 1, 2014

    Durham: Kumar Sangakkara insists Sri Lanka's loss will be England's gain after the controversial defection by Paul Farbrace. The 46-year-old former Kent and Middlesex wicket-keeper shocked Sri Lankan cricket, quitting as the country's head coach in April after just three-and-a-half months to link-up with Peter Moores' new-look England set-up. Marvan Atapattu...
  • Buddha bar angers Sri Lankans, Buddha tattoos banned in Lanka April 29, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka and Italy are now engaged in a diplomatic row over a bar named 'Buddha Bar'. Sri Lankans in Italy have already urged the Sri Lankan Embassy to take immediate action to remove the name of the 'Buddha' which is being used on the name board of a...
  • Sri Lanka Cricket opts for Chris Adams as consultant for England tour April 28, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday announced the appointment of Chris Adams as consultant for the national team's tour of Ireland and England. The 44-year old former England player and captain of Sussex coached Surrey, the county to which Sri Lanka lost its former coach Graham Ford. The team leaves end...
  • Sri Lanka appoint Marvan Atapattu as interim coach April 25, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket on Friday named former captain Marvan Atapattu as interim head coach, making him the island nation's seventh coach in the last four years. Atapattu, 43, was appointed for the tour of England and Scotland starting next month and the subsequent home series against South Africa in July,...
  • England post too good to turn down, says Paul Farbrace April 25, 2014

    London: England's new assistant coach Paul Farbrace admitted on Thursday that it was impossible turn down the job even though he will have mixed feelings when he faces former employers Sri Lanka next month. Farbrace was lured away from his role as Sri Lanka coach by the opportunity to work as...
  • Sri Lankan board not to take action against Jayawardene, Sangakkara April 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday dropped plans to take disciplinary action against senior players Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. "We have sorted out the matter by talking to the two players," SLC Chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa said. The SLC was responding to public pressure as the decision to put the...
  • Sri Lanka cricketers resolve pay dispute April 23, 2014

    Colombo: The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation fees from ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events. The players had demanded 20 percent of the participation fees which Sri Lanka Cricket would...
  • Malinga is Sri Lanka's new T20 skipper, Chandimal gets axe April 23, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's cricket selectors on Wednesday sacked Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 captain and replaced him with Lasith Malinga, while Angelo Mathews was retained as the Test and one-day skipper. Chandimal, 24, opted out of the last three matches, including the semi-final and final, of the recent World Twenty20 in Bangladesh...
  • Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene face disciplinary action April 22, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka stars Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene are facing disciplinary action for their public criticism of cricket board officials in a dispute over their retirement from Twenty20 internationals. Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement on Tuesday that it decided to refer the "unsubstantiated statements" of the players to...
  • Paul Farbrace quits as Sri Lanka's head coach April 22, 2014

    Colombo: The head coach of the Sri Lanka cricket team Paul Farbrace has decided to leave his post and take up the assistant coach's job for his native country, England. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said that Farbrace this morning officially informed his decision to the SLC executive committee. On...
  • Sri Lanka to deport British tourist over Buddha tattoo April 22, 2014

    Colombo: A 35-year-old British woman faces deportation for sporting a Buddha tattoo in Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka, where disrespect of the religion by foreigners is frowned upon. The woman tourist, who has been detained, had arrived at the Colombo international airport from Mumbai on Monday morning. "She was produced before the magistrate at...
  • Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara could face disciplinary action April 21, 2014

    Senior Sri Lankan players Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara could face disciplinary action over remarks made by them on their arrival in Colombo after winning the ICC World Twenty20 title. At an executive committee meeting of the governing body on Monday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that it has been decided...
  • Sri Lanka unaware of Farbrace's plans for England April 19, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka cricket is in the dark over any possible move by the national coach Paul Farbrace to become a part of England coaching staff. SLC, however admitted the ECB had communicated their interest in recruiting Farbrace, a release said. Farbrace had only become Sri Lanka's national coach in December when...
  • Sri Lanka selectors ask players to clear availability for England April 18, 2014

    Colombo: With the contract dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and the players yet to resolved, the selectors have asked players to come clear on their availability for the forthcoming tour of Ireland and England. Chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya said the players had been asked to inform about their availability for the...
  • Pakistan set to tour Lanka in August April 11, 2014

    Karachi: Deprived of cricket at home due to security concerns, Pakistan have something to look forward to outside their turf after striking a deal with Sri Lanka for an away series on the sidelines of the ICC meet in Dubai. The tour dates are yet to be decided by the respective...