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Sri Lankan Cricketers gain Equanimity before Champions Contest in UK

May 10, 2017

Sri Lanka’s cricketers — plus coach and training staff  — visited the Dalada Maligawa yesterday to invoke blessings ahead of the Champions Trophy tournament….. Pictures Courtesy Sameera Pieris 

Definitely a defining moment for Graham Ford and other foreign members of the support staff.

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Cricket Centre of Excellence inaugurated at Pallekele

May 10, 2017

Island News Item

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) yesterday officially unveiled a world-class Provincial Centre of Excellence for Cricket in Kandy, heralding a new chapter in high performance training and preparation for Sri Lanka’s cricketers. The new facility, the first of four proposed provincial Centres of Excellence is part of SLC’s ambitious National Development Plan to create a catalyst for all training and development activities across various districts to support every young aspiring cricketer from the grassroots level upwards.

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The Full Monty: Sri Lankan Squad for Champions Trophy

May 9, 2017

Sri Lanka Squad / Players … http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-champions-trophy-2017/content/squad/1094362.html

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Evaluating Sri Lankan ODI Team before the Bangla Series

March 26, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando at ESPNcricinfo on Saturday 25 March 2o17  

 Sabbir Rahman

Big picture:  Bangladesh have exulted, the Sri Lanka team have been verbally flagellated, and after Sunday’s result, a tour that had been flying under the radar on the island has suddenly sparked widespread interest.

While Bangladesh’s second major Test victory in the space of a few months has been interpreted as a another sign of the team’s arrival at the top level, Sri Lanka’s loss has split opinion at home. Some have suggested Sri Lankan cricket has entered a death spiral; others have argued that while there is cause for significant concern, there is hope yet. Whatever the case, the limited-overs series have become doubly important for Sri Lanka now. If they lose here as well, there may not be many rushing to defend this team. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Bangladesh can beat Sri Lanka –Take Care

March 5, 2017

Rex Clementine in the Island, 4 March 2017,where the title is 

Should Sri Lanka fear Bangladesh really? On paper the hosts are a far better side. In their top seven, Bangladesh have just two players who average over 40 in Test cricket – Shakib Al Hasan (40) and Mominul Haque (49) and in bowling, they lack the variety or the experience of Sri Lankans. Yet, many fear that this two match series – that gets underway on Tuesday in Galle – as the one where the tourists could turn the tables. There are valid reasons for such concerns. herath

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Andrew Fernando on Lanka’s T20 Squad

January 20, 2017

Andrew Fidel Fernando, in ESPNcricinfo, January 2017 with the title “Sri Lanka pick uncapped Thikshila de Silva for SA T20Is”

Who is Thikshila de Silva?Uncapped batting allrounder Thikshila de Silva has been named in Sri Lanka’s squad for the T20 series against South Africa, which starts from January 20. Thikshila is yet to play international cricket in any format; the other new member of the T20 squad is the left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan, who has played three Tests and an ODI.

sandakan Lakshan Sandakan made a promising start to his Test career last year but has only 16 wickets in 15 domestic T20 games © Associated Press

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Wasim Akram in Praise of Sri Lanka and Its Cricket

December 2, 2016

Rex Clementine, in The Island, 2 December 2016, where the title is Sri Lanka is Heaven on Earth – Wasim Akram”

Pakistan hero in their 1992 World Cup triumph, Wasim Akram, recalled fond memories of touring Sri Lanka as a Test cricketer and claimed the future is bright for country’s cricket during a media briefing at SLC headquarters at Maitland Place, Colombo yesterday. Former great Aravinda de Silva, who heads SLC’s Cricket Committee, had requested Akram’s services to conduct a workshop for the national cricket team, SLC coaches and fast bowlers. Akram is expected to do a couple of more stints next year as well. I first toured Sri Lanka in 1986 with Pakistan Under-23 team. I have happy memories here of lovely places and people. Sri Lanka is heaven on earth,” Akram said addressing the media briefing.

aa-wasimat  Sri Lankan cricketer Kasun Rajitha (R) speaks with former Pakistan great Wasim Akram during a training session at the Singhalese Sports Club (SSC) grounds in Colombo on December 1, 2016.(Pic by Ishara Kodikara

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