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  • India tour ideal opportunity for fringe players, says Sanath Jayasuriya 23 hours 11 minutes ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya has said that the hastily-arranged five-match ODI series in India, to be held in early next month, will help the fringe players prove their worth before next year's World Cup. After the West Indian players abruptly pulled out of their tour of India...
  • Ajinkya Rahane seeks consistency to secure India spot Yesterday

    Dharamsala: Cricketer Ajinkya Rahane has said he is working towards attaining greater consistency and is looking to convert starts into big scores to secure his place in the Indian squad. Opener Rahane scored a stroke-filled half century and was looking good for a hundred until his dismissal for 68 in the...
  • Sri Lanka keen to host India for Tests next year Yesterday

    Colombo: After having agreed to play a five-match ODI series in India on a short notice post the West Indies pull-out, the Sri Lankan board is looking for a return in favour from the BCCI in August next year by playing three Test matches in the island nation. "We have already...
  • Kumar Sangakkara questions Sri Lanka's decision to schedule India tour Yesterday

    After West Indies' dramatic pullout from the India tour due to pay dispute with WICB, Sri Lanka Cricket's decision to fill in with a five-match ODI series has come in for sharp criticism from Kumar Sangakkara. "Our 6 weeks of pure fitness work ends abruptly. Have a week to do...
  • SL players concerned about skills training ahead of India tour 2 days ago

    Colombo: With the breaking of the news of Sri Lanka Cricket and the BCCI agreeing to a five-match ODI series, the Lankan players appeared to be concerned about their skills training required for the series. This has been reflected in a tweet by senior cricketer Kumar Sangakkara this morning. "Our 6...
  • BCCI calls emergency meeting on Oct 21 to discuss WI pullout 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Shocked at the sudden pullout of the West Indies team from the India tour, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) swung into action on Friday by calling an emergency working committee meeting on October 21 in Hyderabad to discuss the issue. "Yes, we have called an...
  • Sri Lanka to fill in for West Indies, accept BCCI's five-ODI offer 3 days ago

    Moments after the West Indies Cricket Board pulled out of the remainder of the India tour on Friday over a payment dispute with its players, Sri Lanka Cricket accepted BCCI's invitation to play five ODIs in India in November. Sri Lanka Cricket has confirmed a five-match ODI series between India and...
  • Sri Lanka identifies 85 school bowlers with suspect action 3 days ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has identified 85 school cricketers bowling with suspected illegal actions in its campaign to clean up the cradle of the sport in the country. The bowlers include 60 spinners and 25 seamers, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement on Thursday. Sri Lanka boasts of a strong schools cricket...
  • Foreigners need approval before entering Sri Lanka's North 5 days ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka on Wednesday barred foreigners from travelling to its former war zone in the Tamil-majority northern province without prior approval. "Prior permission for the foreigners to visit North will be implemented and foreigners or relevant organisations have to write to Defence Ministry for approval," the government's information department said...
  • Sri Lankan military to return Tamil civilians' gold 5 days ago

    Colombo: Sri Lanka's military announced it would return unspecified quantities of gold jewellery recovered from a battle site dating to the crushing of separatist Tamil Tiger rebels more than five years ago. Security forces have identified 2,377 "legitimate claimants" and 25 of them were handed back their gold ornaments by...
  • Banned Senanayake hopeful of international comeback October 12, 2014

    Colombo: Having worked hard on his bowling action for long, banned Sri Lankan offspinner Sachithra Senanayake is hopeful of early return to International cricket. "I am hoping to return to play international cricket as soon as I am allowed," Senanayake told reporters on Saturday having turned out for his employer in...
  • Pakistan seek Sri Lanka help to host international cricket October 10, 2014

    Colombo: The newly-appointed Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaheryar Khan has sought Sri Lanka's help to host international cricket again in the strife-torn country. "Pakistan is following a gradual and step by step approach to open up and revive international cricket in Pakistan. In this regard, PCB chairman has invited Sri...
  • Concern over Sri Lanka arresting fishermen in snag-hit boats October 8, 2014

    Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Wednesday expressed concern over Sri Lanka arresting Indian fishermen in snag-hit boats and urged Delhi to discuss it with the island nation. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the text of which was released to the media, Panneerselvam said, "This new...
  • Muttiah Muralitharan urges bowlers to bowl within rules October 8, 2014

    Sharjah: Sri Lanka's world record holder Muttiah Muralitharan, once called for chucking during his controversial career, on Wednesday urged bowlers around the world to bowl within the rules or else change their actions. The 42-year-old joined the debate whether the process adopted by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in its crackdown...
  • Senior Lankan Tamil leader wants Indian model of devolution October 4, 2014

    Colombo: A veteran Tamil politician has wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi backing Indian model of 'devolution of power' to solve the ethnic impasse in Sri Lanka. "I am one who had been campaigning for an Indian model as an alternative to a federal solution," V Anandasangaree wrote to...
  • Asian Games Cricket: Sri Lanka men beat Afghanistan in final to win gold October 3, 2014

    Sri Lanka crushed Afghanistan by 68 runs to win the gold medal in the men's Twenty20 cricket event at the Asian Games on Friday. Unlike the previous day, when Sri Lanka won a coin toss to get into the gold medal match after their semi-final with Bangladesh was washed out, luck...
  • Asian Games Cricket: Sri Lanka men beat Bangladesh by toss to reach finals October 2, 2014

    Sri Lanka dumped defending champions Bangladesh from the Asian Games cricket through the luck of the toss after their semi-final was rained out on Thursday. Bangladesh, sent in to bat in overcast conditions, recovered from 6-3 to reach 59 without further loss in 11 overs when rain hit the Yeonhui cricket...
  • Sri Lanka wins backing of 22 nations against UN rights probe September 27, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka has won the backing of 22 nations in its battle against the UN's war crimes probe into the country's human rights record during its brutal civil war. A government statement said the countries in a joint statement had termed the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) resolution passed last...
  • New Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu eyes World Cup glory September 26, 2014

    Colombo: New Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu targeted more success on Friday for cricket's reigning T20 champions at next year's 50-over World Cup, saying morale is riding high. In his first press conference since landing the job full-time, Atapattu said there was no danger of complacency among his players and...
  • Suspended Sachithra Senanayake to play domestic cricket September 25, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket said on Thursday it will allow suspended off-spin bowler Sachithra Senanayake to play domestic cricket as he is making good progress in remedying his bowling action. The sport's governing body said in a statement that Senanayake had worked with some experts in University of Western Australia and...
  • Marvan Atapattu takes over as Sri Lanka head coach September 24, 2014

    Former captain Marvan Atapattu became Sri Lanka's first full-time local coach in 15 years after he was put in charge of the national cricket team on Wednesday. The executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has "unanimously approved and appointed" Atapattu with immediate effect, the SLC said in a statement without...
  • Alastair Cook to lead England at World Cup September 24, 2014

    England captain Alastair Cook will lead the side at next year's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand after being named on Wednesday as skipper for an upcoming one-day international series in Sri Lanka on Wednesday, national selector James Whitaker confirmed. "He will be our leader at the World Cup," Whitaker...
  • Tamil Nadu: Remand of fishermen extended by Sri Lankan court September 24, 2014

    Rameswaram: A Sri Lankan court on Wednesday extended the remand of 36 fishermen from here, arrested by the island nation's navy personnel while fishing near Katchatheevu on different dates, to October 7. Mannar Judicial Magistrate Aanandhi Kanagarathinam extended the remand of the fishermen, arrested on charges...
  • When will Indian hockey learn to be ruthless? asks Michael Nobbs September 21, 2014

    I must admit I had such high hopes for a really good start to the tournament and a good solid win for India against Sri Lanka. That was not to be. Sri Lanka have just played their second match in two days and had been thoroughly beaten by Pakistan 140....
  • Seven Indian nationals arrested in Sri Lanka for overstaying September 21, 2014

    Colombo: Seven Indian nationals have been arrested by Lankan police for allegedly overstaying and their involvement in illegal trade in the country, according to a media report. All seven of them, between the age of 2365, have exceeded their visa tenure, violated immigration laws and engaged in illegal trade in Kalmunai,...
  • Did not wish Modi on Birthday due to Xi's Gujarat visit: Sri Lankan President September 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Saturday told two visiting BJP leaders that he deliberately refrained from wishing Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday because he did not want to disturb the Premier with Chinese President Xi Jinping visiting Gujarat. BJP national secretary P Muralidhar Rao and the party's...
  • Lasith Malinga to undergo ankle treatment in Australia September 20, 2014

    Colombo: Sri Lanka will have to do without Lasith Malinga for about threeandahalf months until early next year as the speedster has planned to get his troubled ankle treated in Australia. National Selector Pramodaya Wickramasingha said that the rightarmer would be soon flying to Australia for treatment to an ankle injury...
  • Arrest of SL national points to failure of intelligence agencies, says former minister GK Vasan September 15, 2014

    Kumbakonam: The arrest of a Sri Lankan national in Chennai for allegedly spying for Pakistan pointed to the 'failure' of the central and state intelligence agencies and they should coordinate with Coast Guard and police for effective vigil, former Union minister GK Vasan said on Monday. "The Sri Lankan national's arrest...
  • No question of demolishing Ram Sethu, says Nitin Gadkari September 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari on Monday asserted that Ram Sethu structure will not be demolished for the construction of Sethusamudram shipping canal project. "There is no question of demolition of the Ram Sethu," he said in a press conference to mark the NDAled...
  • Five months from World Cup, India favourites to defend title September 15, 2014

    After what at one stage earlier this month looked like a vast game of musical chairs, reigning champions India ended up topping the world rankings when the fivemonth countdown to the 2015 World Cup started on Sunday. With just three rating points separating the top four nations, however, the 11th version...