Thilan Samaraweera

  • Thilan Samaraweera retires after Bangladesh axe March 6, 2013

    Colombo: Middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera on Wednesday said his omission from the Test squad for the series against Bangladesh forced him to retire from international cricket. The 36-year-old, who played 81 Tests and 53 ODIs, announced his retirement following a meeting with the national selectors. "I was shocked with my omission...
  • Samaraweera mulls retirement from international cricket March 5, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera wants to retire from all forms of cricket but bosses are trying to persuade him otherwise. Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga confirmed that Samaraweera had handed a resignation letter to him on Tuesday. "We requested Thilan to have a meaningful dialogue with the national...
  • Kumar Sangakkara returns to Test squad March 4, 2013

    Colombo: Sri Lanka have trimmed their 20-man squad to face Bangladesh named last month to 16 for the first Test later this week, with Thilan Samaraweera still on the sidelines and Mahela Jayawardene out injured. The squad includes two uncapped players in batsman Kithruwan Vithanage and offspinner Tharindu Kaushal, and...
  • 2nd Test: NZ beat Sri Lanka to level twomatch series November 29, 2012

    Colombo: New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 167 runs on the last day Thursday of the second Test at the P. Sara Oval to end a nineTest winless run since January. The drought included five straight Test defeats, including the first Test in Galle last week, a humiliating 10wicket loss in...
  • New Zealand in Sri Lanka: A brief history October 29, 2012

    Since 198384, New Zealand have toured Sri Lanka seven times for bilateral series with an overall record of eight wins from 23 international matches in all formats. Ahead of a full series against Sri Lanka starting October 30, we take a look back at previous bilateral series between the two...
  • 3rd Test: Perera gives Sri Lanka edge vs Pak July 10, 2012

    Pallekelle: Thisara Perera's brisk halfcentury for Sri Lanka left Pakistan struggling to catch the home side after three days of the third and final Test on Tuesday. Opening batsman Tharanga Paranavitana (75) and Thilan Samaraweera (73) powered Sri Lanka to match Pakistan's firstinnings score, then Perera's late whacks lifted their total...
  • 2nd Test: Jayawardene ton guides Sri Lanka April 3, 2012

    Colombo: Captain Mahela Jayawardene scored his second century in consecutive Tests as Sri Lanka recovered from an early slump to reach 2386 against England at stumps on the opening day of the second Test on Tuesday. Jayawardene's 124run partnership for the fourth wicket with Thilan Samaraweera (54) helped Sri Lanka...
  • South Africa collapse puts Sri Lanka on top December 27, 2011

    Durban: Sri Lanka pounced on South Africa's dismal recent record at Kingsmead to bowl the home team out for 168 in the second Test on Tuesday and move into a commanding 177run firstinnings lead at stumps on the second day. Leftarm seamer Chanaka Welegedara took 552 to rip through South Africa's...
  • 2nd Test: Sri Lanka end Day One at 2897 December 26, 2011

    Durban: South Africa's Marchant de Lange took 460 on debut on Monday as Sri Lanka lost two late wickets to go to stumps on 2897 on Day One of the second Test at Kingsmead. The 21yearold fast bowler, who was a late callup for injured newcomer Vernon Philander, had Thisara Perera...
  • SA maul SL by innings and 81 runs in 3 days December 17, 2011

    Centurion: Vernon Philander finished with 10 wickets in only his third Test as South Africa's fast bowlers blew away Sri Lanka in an innings victory inside three days at SuperSport Park on Saturday. Philander and Dale Steyn shared 16 wickets in the match as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 180...
  • Samaraweera recalled for South Africa tour December 6, 2011

    Colombo: Sri Lankan middleorder batsman Thilan Samaraweera, who was earlier overlooked by the selectors for the upcoming tour to South Africa, has been reinstated in the squad, sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said on Tuesday. "I had a meeting with the national selectors and I have approved their request," the minister, whose...
  • Suspect in Sri Lankan team attack arrested November 30, 2010

    Lahore: A key terror suspect has been arrested for his involvement in the March 2009 brazen attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore that left six players injured and six escorting policemen dead. Express Tribune on Tuesday quoted police officials as confirming the arrest of Qari Abdul Wahab, alias...
  • Pak draws up suspect list for Lahore attack March 6, 2009

    Pakistani authorities said on Friday they were making progress in the investigation of this week's attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team, with suspicion settling on homegrown militants. Seven Pakistanissix policemen and the driver of a bus carrying match officialswere killed in the attack in the eastern city of Lahore. Six Sri...
  • Lashkar link to Lahore attack? Probe claims so March 6, 2009

    Islamabad: The gunmen who attacked the Sri Lankan cricket team on Tuesday appear to be members of the LashkareToiba (LeT), the banned militant group blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks. Investigation carried out by Pakistani authorities suggests that a group of "headstrong" LeT activists, who went underground and hid in the...
  • Sri Lankan team lived through 25 minutes of terror March 4, 2009

    New Delhi: The beleaguered Sri Lanka players had a near death experience while on their way to resuming the second test match at the historic Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. At 0845 hrs IST, barely a few hundred meters away from the Gaddafi stadium, the touring Sri Lankan team bus was...
  • Sri Lankan players shocked at security breach in Pak March 3, 2009

    New Delhi: The pride of Pakistan cricket, the Gaddafi stadium has seen many cricket battles being fought. But on Tuesday it became a venue for rescuing Sri Lankan players. The SL players had travelled to the stadium to beat their opponents in a match but they ended up becoming the...
  • Sri Lankan cricketers thank brave Pak driver March 3, 2009

    Lahore: After narrowly escaping death, Sri Lankan cricketers on Tuesday praised Pakistani bus driver Mehar Mohammad Khalil for driving them out of danger amid firing by terrorists. "The Sri Lankan cricketers were praising their driver for his bravery," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ijaz Butt told reporters after meeting the visitors...
  • Pak minister blames India for attack on Lanka team March 3, 2009

    Islamabad: A Pakistani minister accused India of being behind the attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in the city of Lahore on Tuesday, saying the attackers had crossed into Pakistan from India. "The evidence which we have got shows that these terrorists entered from across the border from India," Sardar...
  • Samaraweera, Paranawitharana among 6 hurt in Lahore March 3, 2009

    Colombo: Sri Lankan cricketers Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranawitharana were among the six injured in Pakistan's Lahore city on Tuesday when gunmen targeted the team as it was entering the Gaddafi Stadium for the ongoing Test. CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Duleep Mendis told IANS that double centurion Samaraweera and...