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  • Sri Lanka ponder life after golden generation 15 hours 19 minutes ago

    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 17-year Test career on Monday following the 2-0...
  • Sri Lanka shuffle pack for ODI series against Pakistan Yesterday

    Sri Lanka have made several changes after naming a 15-man squad for the first two one-day 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 three-match series against South Africa that Sri...
  • Sri Lankan President puts Pakistan visit on hold Yesterday

    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 Yesterday

    Lahore: Fit-again paceman Mohammad Irfan will join the Pakistan squad for their one-day matches against Sri Lanka to reinforce the attack after their 2-0 Test series defeat, a board official said on Tuesday. The 32-year-old, who holds the record of being the tallest-ever cricketer at seven feet one inch (2.16 metres),...
  • Misbah-ul-Haq safe despite Sri Lanka defeat, says board chief Yesterday

    Lahore: Pakistan's newly elected cricket chief on Tuesday backed captain Misbah-ul Haq despite a Test series defeat in Sri Lanka, calling it a setback not a disaster. A 105-run defeat in the second Test on Monday consigned Pakistan to a 2-0 series loss, which brought them down from third to sixth...
  • Mahela Jayawardene still chasing World Cup dream 2 days ago

    Colombo: Former captain Mahela Jayawardene left the Test scene on Monday vowing to devote his energies towards helping Sri Lanka win another 50-over 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 run-machine 2 days ago

    One of the game's most elegant stroke-makers, Mahela Jayawardene, enjoyed a fitting farewell to Test cricket at his home ground as Sri Lanka completed a 2-0 series sweep against Pakistan on Monday. Few cricketers exemplified the spirit of the game better than the gentlemanly 37-year-old, though his pleasant demeanour hid nerves...
  • Would be hard to play without Mahela: Sangakkara 2 days ago

    Colombo: Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has said it would be difficult to fill the shoes of Mahela Jayawardene, who ended his 17-year-long Test career here on Sunday. Sangakkara shared several big partnerships, including the world record 624-run stand against South Africa in 2006, with Jayawardene, "We can't expect someone...
  • Javed Miandad blames weak setup for team's defeat 2 days ago

    Islamabad: Javed Miandad has blamed a weak domestic cricketing base for Pakistan's poor performance in the 2-0 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 2 days ago

    Colombo: An emotional Mahela Jayawardene ended his glittering, 17-year Test career on a high Monday as Sri Lanka won the second and final Test against Pakistan by 105 runs to sweep the series 2-0. The 37-year-old was hoisted onto his team-mates' shoulders for a lap of honour after the tourists, who...
  • Mahela Jayawardene impact will be felt for years 2 days ago

    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 37-year-old right-hander, one of cricket's most elegant batsmen, signed off from the longest...
  • 2nd Test: Perfect farewell for Mahela as SL sweep series against Pakistan 2 days ago

    Colombo: Rangana Herath claimed 14 wickets for the match to help ensure former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket with a 2-0 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: Sri Lanka close in on a win against Pakistan 3 days ago

    Colombo: Rangana Herath put Sri Lanka within sight of victory in the second Test against Pakistan by taking four second-innings wickets on Sunday. Chasing 271 to win the Test and level the two-match 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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi left for Sri Lanka for the three-match 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...
  • Punjab: Dalits block National Highway over rape, police use mild force to clear it 4 days ago

    Phagwara: Agitated over delay in arrest of four persons accused of raping a 22-year-old dalit woman at a factory, members of a dalit organisation on Saturday tried to block the National Highway 1, forcing police to use mild force against them. Activists of Sri Guru Ravi Das Sena Punjab gathered...
  • Sri Lanka lead Pakistan by 165 on Day 3 of 2nd Test 3 days ago

    Colombo: Kumar Sangakkara scored a half-century and shared an unbroken 98-run third wicket stand with Mahela Jayawardene to give Sri Lanka a strong 165-run 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 4 days ago

    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...
  • 2nd Test: Pakistan dig in despite Herath's five-wicket haul on Day 2 5 days ago

    Rangana Herath again put Pakistan in a spin with a five-wicket haul but half-centuries 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 two-Test series 1-0, by...
  • 2nd Test: Junaid Khan, Wahab Riaz put Pakistan in control on Day 1 6 days ago

    Colombo: Pacers 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 261/8 at stumps. Khan returned with best figures of 4/69 and Riaz supported him well with 3/66. Riaz dismissed opener Upul Tharanga eight...
  • 'Ram Sethu' will not be broken for Sethusamudram project: Centre 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The Central government will not "break" the 'Ram Sethu' for the proposed Sethusamudram shipping canal project and will make efforts to see that the navigation system is put in place without damaging it, Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari informed Lok Sabha on Thursday. Gadkari said during Question Hour that...
  • Mahela Jayawardene to end Test career among greats 6 days ago

    Colombo: At age 37 and with hundreds of innings behind him, Mahela Jayawardene tried something new in his next-to-last Test match - a move typical of his innovative attitude when it involves pursuing victories for Sri Lanka. He opened the innings for the first time in a Test match -...
  • Iqbal Qasim urges Pakistan to boost spin reserves 6 days ago

    Karachi: Pakistan's former spin great Iqbal Qasim on Wednesday urged the country's cricket chiefs to groom more young slow bowlers after Saeed Ajmal was reported for suspect action. The umpires and match referee voiced concerns over a number of the 36-year-old off-spinner's deliveries during Pakistan's seven-wicket loss to Sri Lanka at...
  • Captain Misbah backs Ajmal to come clean on suspect action 1 week ago

    Pakistan are not worried about Saeed Ajmal's reporting for a suspect bowling action and are confident that the ace off-spinner will be cleared, captain Misbah-ul-Haq said. Match officials reported Ajmal to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for a suspect bowling action following the first Test defeat by Sri Lanka in Galle...
  • 2nd Test: Emotional Sri Lanka eye winning farewell for Jayawardene 1 week ago

    Sri Lanka are determined to send former captain Mahela Jayawardene into retirement with a victory in the second and final Test starting Thursday against a fragile Pakistan and a 2-0 series sweep. Captain Angelo Mathews said emotions were running high in the home team's dressing room before the match at Jayawardene's...
  • Mahela Jayawardene a rare brand of cricketer, says Angelo Mathews 1 week ago

    Cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene come around very rarely and younger players in the team have a lot to learn from his fighting attitude, Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews said on the eve of the veteran batsman's last Test match. The second Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday will be an emotional...
  • Retirement decision was not easy, says Jayawardene August 12, 2014

    Colombo: Test cricket will bid farewell to one of its most elegant strokemakers when Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene quits the longer format after the second Test against Pakistan, starting in Colombo on Thursday. Few cricketers have exemplified the spirit of the game better than the gentlemanly 37-year-old, even though his pleasant...
  • Pakistan defeat doesn't augur well for Misbah's captaincy: Rashid Latif August 12, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan players on Monday criticised the national team's capitulation in the first Test against Sri Lanka, blaming defensive batting on the final day for the seven-wicket defeat. A trademark second innings collapse on Sunday meant Pakistan were bowled out for a paltry 180 in Galle after the match...
  • Uncapped fast bowler Binura Fernando named in Sri Lanka squad August 11, 2014

    Uncapped fast bowler Binura Fernando and left-hand opener Dimuth Karunaratne were included in Sri Lanka's 15-man squad for the second Test against Pakistan starting on Thursday. The 19-year-old Fernando, who is a left-arm fast-medium bowler, has been called up after performing well for Sri Lanka under 19 sides. Karunaratne, a regular Test...
  • Shoaib Akhtar criticises Pakistan after Test defeat August 11, 2014

    Karachi: Former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar has said that the players in the present national team need to show more heart and courage if they are to bounce back against Sri Lanka in the ongoing series. Akhtar was critical of the team's performance in the first Test which Pakistan lost...