Archive for January, 2016

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Charith Asalanka leads by Example: Lanka U19 beat Afghanistan

January 31, 2016

Vishal Dikshit, in ESPNcricinfo, where the title is “Sri Lanka U-19s cruise on Asalanka’s force”

Afghanistan Under-19s chinaman bowler Zahir Khan had just taken two wickets in the 27th over to put Sri Lanka Under-19s on a precarious 96 for 5. Sri Lanka had lost five wickets for 48 runs and, with Afghanistan looking to run through the remaining wickets, Charith Asalanka took strike against legspinner Rashid Khan, the only player in the ongoing World Cup with international experience.  Asalanka, the Sri Lanka captain, blocked the first ball of the over and then unleashed three fours – a back-foot cut, a delicate leg glance behind square and a cover drive that pierced the off-side field.”I don’t know about him (Rashid Khan),” Asalanka told ESPNcricinfo with an innocent laugh holding his Man-of-the-Match award for his all-round show. “I still didn’t know he’s an international cricketer, only you told me. But I just played the ball. Whoever bowled it, international cricketer or whoever, I just played the ball.”

Charith Asalanka plays a shot

Charith Asalanka plays a shot

Charith Asalanka’s counter-attacking game kept Sri Lanka Under-19s ticking over against Afghanistan Under-19s © International Cricket Council Read the rest of this entry ?

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Reconstituting the Administration of Sri Lanka Cricket on the Cards?

January 29, 2016

Former interim committee chairman Sidath Wettimuny is hopeful that the proposal put forward by some of the interim committee members to change the Sri Lanka Cricket constitution would be implemented soon by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera. “When I handed over a copy of the constitution proposal to the Prime Minister and to the Sports Minister they both accepted that there needs to be a change and showed a keenness for it,” said Wettimuny.

 

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Graham Ford to coach Sri Lanka

January 29, 2016

News Item in http://www.bbc.com/sport/cricket/35432733

GRAHAM FORDSurrey head coach Graham Ford is leaving the county to return to the Sri Lanka national team. The 55-year-old South African left his role as Sri Lanka coach in 2014 to take charge at The Oval. In 2015, he led Surrey to promotion from County Championship Division Two and to the final of the One-Day Cup, where they lost to Gloucestershire. “He has played an integral role in the progress that we have achieved,” said director of cricket Alec Stewart. “He has worked tirelessly with the players and his efforts can be seen in their individual performances and the team’s results, culminating in promotion back to the First Division. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka’s T20 Squad for Indian Series

January 28, 2016

Andrew Fidel Fernando, courtesy of ESPNcricinfo,

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Bright Prospects for the Near Future of Sri Lankan Cricket

January 28, 2016

Charu Ekanayake

Dasun Shanaka: Who, in my opinion is the best bet for the no. 4 position in the national T20 team in the upcoming world t20. Scored 2 hundreds in the ongoing domestic T20 competition playing for SSC. he is currently the highest scorer in the same tournament with 338 runs at an average of 67 and s/r of 222. I’ve only seen him in action once during his t20 debut against Pakistan, but he barely got a chance to bat in that. Looks to have the ability to clear the fence with 33 sixes to his name in 6 matches.

Minod Bhanuka: A 20-year old wicket keeper batsman (Left hander), represented Sri Lanka in the u19 world cup in 2014. Already knocking on the door for national selection. Has done really when in first class cricket. Recently scored a 300 in the domestic three-day competition — a rare feat for a Lankan player. He also scored a well composed century against the touring West Indies side last year playing for the Board President’s XI.. He has only played 10 FC games thus far, but has an average of 58.50 coming in at no. 3 for SSC Read the rest of this entry ?

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Sri Lanka U19 beat Canada … but must beware of Afghanistan

January 28, 2016
ICC Under-19 World Cup, 4th Match, Group B: Canada Under-19s v Sri Lanka Under-19s at Sylhet, Jan 28, 2016
Sri Lanka Under-19s 315/6 (50 ov)
Canada Under-19s 119 (39.2 ov)
Sri Lanka Under-19s won by 196 runs
ICC Under-19 World Cup – 4th match, Group B
Played at Sylhet District Stadium (neutral venue)
28 January 2016 (50-over match)
Sri Lanka Under-19s innings (50 overs maximum) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal WMK Bandara run out (Abraash Khan/†Sivia/Ramdath) 61 131 84 4 0 72.61
View dismissal WIA Fernando lbw b Haseeb 16 42 23 1 0 69.56
View dismissal PHKD Mendis b Haseeb 0 4 4 0 0 0.00
View dismissal KIC Asalanka* c Ramdath b Patel 76 72 69 9 0 110.14
S Ashan not out 74 82 61 3 3 121.31
View dismissal PVR de Silva c Thaker b Abraash Khan 51 52 47 4 1 108.51
View dismissal PWH de Silva c Anantharajah b Ramdath 28 17 13 3 2 215.38
BADN Silva not out 0 1 0 0 0
Extras (b 1, lb 2, w 5, nb 1) 9
Total (6 wickets; 50 overs; 202 mins) 315 (6.30 runs per over)
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Nepal surprise Kiwis in the U19 World Cup

January 28, 2016

Mohamed Isam, courtesy of ESPNcriinfo

Dipendra Singh Airee‘s throw from the deep-extra cover boundary struck the stumps on the full, running Dale Phillips out and ending New Zealand’s chase against Nepal. In the previous over, Airee had swung the match for Nepal, dismissing Nigel Smith and Talor Scott. Near the boundary line, where the reserves were standing, Nepal manager Sudeep Sharma was ecstatic. Sudeep was elated that Airee, Nepal’s finisher with the bat and ball, had closed the match out with his fielding. “Airee is a naturally talented, fit and athletic player. He is an attacking batsman who gives us cameos at No 5 or 6 and bowls good yorkers in the death overs,” he said. “Today he threw down the stumps with a direct hit from the sweeper cover boundary, to finish the game.”

 

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Sumathipala and Company begin to downsize SLC Programme

January 26, 2016

S. R. Pathiravithana, in the Sunday Times, 24 Janaury 2016, where the title readsSLC’s downsizing programme on the way”

The new administration of Sri Lanka Cricket is taking a serious look at its various components and is also considering at ways to make the whole cartwheel more manageable. The hierarchy of the Lankan cricket administration has carved itself into six pillars so that each top administrator would be in-charge of one important channel. President Thilanga Sumathipala will be in charge of Development, Vice President Jayantha Dharmadasa – International Cricket, K. Mathivanan — Domestic Cricket, Secretary Mohan de Silva – Administration, Treasurer Shammi Silva – Finance, with the Corporate Communications – Assistant Secretary Ravin Wickramaratne and Assistant Treasurer Lalith Rambukwella – Marketing and Corporate Communications.

Upul-Chandana-300x171Upul Chandana (top) and Romesh Kaluwitharana (top right) have appealed to the Minister of Sports for reinstatement The hierarchy of the Lankan cricket administration has carved itself into six pillars so that each top administrator would be in-charge of one important channel. President Thilanga Sumathipala will be in charge of Development, Vice President Jayantha Dharmadasa – International Cricket, K. Mathivanan — Domestic Cricket, Secretary Mohan de Silva – Administration, Treasurer Shammi Silva – Finance, with the Corporate Communications – Assistant Secretary Ravin Wickramaratne and Assistant Treasurer Lalith Rambukwella – Marketing and Corporate Communications. is said the initial focus has been put on the coaching and allied staff who are projected to be downsized from the present 37 to around 20. There are some in the coaching staff whose contracts have not been renewed even after expiry on December 31 2015. The list dished district coaches include — three from Colombo and one each from Kurunegala, Badulla and Vavuniya to name a few.

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Unfancied SL Army Team win Club T20 Competition

January 26, 2016

SL ARMY TEAM

Report in the Daily News, 25 January 2016, where the title is Giant killers Army down Tamil Union to win Premier T20 title

The presence of seven national caps in the Tamil Union line-up did not deter giant-killers Army SC who beat them rather comprehensively by five wickets with three overs to spare to lift the AIA Premier T20 title for the first time at the R Premadasa Stadium yesterday. Army SC’s win in the final was no fluke for the day before they had downed another top club SSC in the semi-final also by five wickets. Read the rest of this entry ?

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ICC Under 19 World Cup Schedule

January 24, 2016
Mumbai: India's Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid along with team captain Ishan Kishan (L) during a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad (PTI1_19_2016_000309B)

Mumbai: India’s Under-19 coach Rahul Dravid along with team captain Ishan Kishan (L) during a press conference in Mumbai on Tuesday. PTI Photo by Mitesh Bhuvad (PTI1_19_2016_000309B)

Wed Jan 27 (50 ovs) 09:00 local (03:00 GMT | 14:00 AEDT | 13:30 ACDT | 11:00 AWST)…..1st Match, Group A – Bangladesh Under-19s v South Africa Under-19s Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong LIVE Sunny13 – 26° C Read the rest of this entry ?