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Taliban Takeover Forces Afghanistan To Shift Home Series To Pakistan From Sri Lanka

Monday, August 23rd, 2021

Courtesy Outlook India The three-match series was supposed to start in Hambantota on September 3 but commercial flights have been suspended in Kabul The ODI series between Pakistan and Afghanistan has been moved to Pakistan from Sri Lanka due to logistical issues. (More Cricket News) The three-match series was supposed to start in Hambantota on […]

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Duckworth, Lewis and Senaka

Sunday, August 22nd, 2021

by Rohan Abeygunawardena The World Cup semi-finals between England and South Africa in 1992 became a talking point of the cricket world due to an ‘unfair’ rain related rule that cost South Africa a spot in the finals of the World Cup. South Africa’s task of gathering 22 runs from 13 balls was reduced after […]

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Karunananda of Sri Lanka: The Courageous Loser Who Won Hearts at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Thursday, August 5th, 2021

Keiji Morita, staff reporter, The Sankei Shimbun Everyone shouted as if they were cheering for their own country’s athlete. Some of them watched him in awe with their eyes shining with tears. In 1964, an unknown Olympian from a foreign country took Japan’s breath away.  The Olympian became known in Japan as Uniform Number 67,” the […]

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Baseball-‘Best ball in the world’ gets mud bath, gloved treatment

Friday, July 30th, 2021

Paresh Dave Courtesy Reuters YOKOHAMA, Japan, July 30 (Reuters) – They hail from Sri Lanka, enjoy 30-second rubs in U.S. mud, get top-notch service in Japan because of the pandemic and are called the best in the world by Joe Ryan, an Olympian who played the game of his life on Friday. They are the […]

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‘Seemed like a university team vs school team match’: Fmr Pakistan cricketer slams SL team

Monday, July 19th, 2021

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Former Pakistan cricketer and commentator Ramiz Raja analysed the first ODI between Sri Lanka and India, calling it a game between a university and a school team – where the Indians looked strong like university players who made the hosts struggle like school team cricketers. India vs Sri Lanka seemed like […]

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Rohan Abeygunawardena “These Sri Lankans are giving the Aussies a real hiding.” This was how Tony Greig described his favourite ‘’little Sri Lankans’’ when their captain Ranatunga’s six cleared the fence at World Cup 1996. Yes, 17th March 1996 was the ‘’Red Letter Day’’ of Sri Lanka cricket. Sri Lanka beat mighty Aussies at 1996 […]

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Woman swims from Sri Lanka to India across Palk Strait

Sunday, March 21st, 2021

Courtesy Adaderana A 47-year-old Hyderabad-based woman Shyamala Goli became the world’s second female to swim across the 30-mile long Palk Strait between India and Sri Lanka on Friday. She swam for 13 hours and 43 minutes from Talaimannar in Sri Lanka to Arichalmunai near Dhanushkodi in India. Her swimming journey began a few years ago […]

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Allegations of Bias in Cricket Selections

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

Palitha Mapatuna  In the selection of teams to represent Sri Lanka in international cricket, one comes across allegations of bias in favour of a particular religion and/or cult. Circumstantial evidence may suggest substance in these allegations (see ‘Episode 273 Salakuna of Hiru News’).  In the light of these allegations, and to maintain public confidence, action seems necessary […]

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Root thanks England’s lone fan for devoted support

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Courtesy Galle (Sri Lanka) (AFP) A lone England cricket fan who waited 10 months in Sri Lanka to watch his team play had unexpected phone call Monday from team captain Joe Root after they beat the hosts in the first Test. After winning the by seven wickets, Root telephoned Rob Lewis, who had been […]

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LPL can be a money-spinner and springboard for promoting national integration

Saturday, January 9th, 2021

Rohan Abeygunawardena Hats off to present office bearers of SLC led by President Shammi Silva and the Tournament Director Ravin Wickramaratne for successfully staging the first everLanka Premier League (LPL) cricket tournament. They should be specifically lauded because this tournament was held against all odds under trying circumstances. Apart from the threat from COVID19 epidemic there […]

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ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ලෝලීන් විසින් ලෝක ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවට ලබාදුන් සුවිශේෂී දායකත්වය අගය කරමු.

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

රොහාන් අබේගුනවර්ධන පසුගිය දශක කිහිපය තුළ අපි ඉතා ආඩම්බරයෙන් දුටුවේ ශ්‍රී ලංකා ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ සුවිශේෂී සන්නාමයක් බිහිවීමයි. එහි ප්‍රතිපලයක් ලෙස ශ්‍රී ලංකාව තවදුරටත් දුර්වල කන්ඩායමක් ලෙස හෝ ප්‍රභල කණ්ඩායමිවලට අභියෝගයක් වියහැකි සුළු කණ්ඩායමක්  ලෙස නොසලකන අතර ලෝක ක්‍රිකට් ක්‍රීඩාවේ ඉහළම ස්ථානයක් ලැබීමට සුදුසු ගෞරවනීය සාමාජිකයෙකු ලෙස සලකනු ලැබේ. ලොව පුරා ක්‍රිකට් ප්‍රේක්ෂකයින් ඔවුන්ගේ ප්‍රසාදය ශ්‍රී […]

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Lanka Premier League rescheduled, all matches to be played in Hambantota

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Courtesy The Hindustan Times The Lanka premier League will now be held from November 27 to December 17, 2020 and will only be played at the MRICS, Hambantota. Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that the Lanka Premier League has been rescheduled. The tournament will now be held from November 27 to December 17, 2020 and […]

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Police committed a mistake by stopping investigations on match fixing – Mahindananda Aluthgamage

Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Courtesy Hiru News Former Minister of sports Mahindananda Aluthgamage says that the police committed a mistake by stopping investigations on match fixing allegations & request the President to carry out a thorough investigation. 

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“Match-fixing allegations” Explained

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

By Shehan Daniel Courtesy The Daily Mirror Allegations of match-fixing by former Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has brought the 2011 Cricket World Cup final, which Sri Lanka lost to India, under scrutiny. But are these legitimate allegations or politically motivated statements?  What is the allegation?    Speaking to a private television channel last week, Aluthgamage alleged that Sri Lanka had sold” the […]

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Sports Ministry calls for immediate probe on Mahindananda’s ‘match-fixing’ allegations

Friday, June 19th, 2020

Courtesy Adaderana The Secretary to the Ministry of Sports has called for an immediate probe into the allegations made by Mahindananda Aluthgamage on ‘match-fixing’ at the 2011 World Cup final. Mahindananda recently made a controversial statement, claiming that he does not accept Sri Lanka’s defeat in the 2011 World Cup (final) as a defeat. According […]

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Recognise Sri Lankan cricket lovers unique contributions to world cricket

Sunday, June 14th, 2020

Rohan Abeygunawardena Nugegoda Over the last couple of decades we have seen with great pride the emergence of a highly distinctive brand of Sri Lankan cricket that has exploded on the world scene winning the admiration of the cricket world. Consequently, Sri Lanka is no longer treated as a minnow or a mighty atom but […]

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Senaka Weeraratna is the Dharmaraja of cricket and the father of DRS

Saturday, June 6th, 2020

by Varsha Thakur   (ETV Colombo) Courtesy ETV Cricket is also known as the Gentleman’s Game. This British game is very popular not only in Britain but also in India and all over South Asia. Umpiring decisions in Cricket have been controversial particularly blatant errors due to their impact in producing a distorted result of the […]

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SLC says no govt funds will be utilised for the Proposed International Cricket Stadium in Homagama

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Responding to some of the media reports and concerns over the proposed International Cricket Stadium in Homagama, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) today said the project will be an absolute and private investment of SLC and no government funds will be utilized and/or will be sought at any stage of the construction. […]

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England consider calling off tour of Sri Lanka amid coronavirus threat before 3,000 supporters travel for first Test

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

By PAUL NEWMAN and RICHARD GIBSON COURTESY THE DAILY MAIL England are considering calling off their upcoming cricket tour of Sri Lanka There are concerns travelling England fans could bring the virus with them  Sri Lanka has so far been largely untouched, with just three confirmed cases  Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor? […]

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Angelo Mathews stars as Sri Lanka whitewash West Indies 3-0

Sunday, March 1st, 2020

Courtesy Hindustan Times Mathews claimed four wickets and denied West Indies 13 runs in the last over, restricting the tourists to 301 for nine in their chase of 308 in Pallekele. Angelo Mathews held his nerve with the ball to help Sri Lanka clinch a tense six-run win over West Indies in the third one-day […]

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ක්‍රිකට් දූෂණ ගැන අර්ජුන රණතුංග කළ විශේෂ හෙළිදරව්ව

Thursday, February 6th, 2020

මාධ්‍ය නිවේදන –Media secretary to Arjuna Ranatunga (MP) ක්‍රිකට් ගැන කළ වෝහාරික විගණනය විශේෂ වාර්තාවක් වුණේ කොහොමද ?තරග පාවාදීම් ගැන තොරතුරු ඇතළත් හඩපට රන්ජන් ළඟත්ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයේ දවස් හයක සි. සි. ටි. වී දර්ශන මකා දැමුවේ ඇයි…?ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයෙන් මාධ්‍යවේදීන්ට තර්ජනක්‍රිකට් ආයතනයට කඩා පනින්නැයි ජනාධිපතිතුමාගෙන් ඉල්ලීමක්… පසුගිය ආණ්ඩු කාලයේදී විගණකාධිපති දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව ක්‍රිකට් ආයතනය ගැන කළ වෝහාරික විගණනය […]

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සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ට්ස් ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන උළෙලට ඉල්ලුම් පත් කැඳවයි…

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ස් සංවිධානය. ශ්‍රී ලාංකේය ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍යයේ ප්‍රගමනය උදෙසා සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ට්ස් සංවිධානය ඉදිරිපත් කරන ”සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ස්ට් ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍ය සම්මාන උළෙල 2020” සඳහා ඉල්ලුම් පත් කැඳවීම ආරම්භ කෙරේ. ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ ක්‍රීඩා සාහිත්‍යය අරමුණු කර ගනිමින් ඒසඳහාම පැවැත්වෙන පළමු සහ එකම සම්මාන උළෙල මෙයයි. ඒබව අවධාරණය කරමින් සේව් ද ස්පෝර්ස් සංවිධානයේ සභාපති ම. ප. තමීර මංජු මහතා […]

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Why Senaka Weeraratna should get due recognition for the DRS

Sunday, November 10th, 2019

Rohan Abeygunawardena Nugegoda Courtesy: Sunday Times (November 10, 2019)  Senaka Weeraratna the Sri Lankan Lawyer who came out with the suggestion to introduce a Decision Review System (DRS) to minimise umpiring errors in the middle, as far back as 1997, has been fighting for due recognition for his contribution to the game, for over 20 […]

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Umpire Kumar Dharamsena Admits To Making Error In Cricket World Cup Final

Sunday, July 21st, 2019

Courtesy Outlook Sri Lankan umpire Kumar Dharamsena’s controversial decision to give six runs to England’s total, instead of five, from a deflected overthrow effectively sealed the faith for New Zealand in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final Kumar Dharmasena, a former Sri Lanka spinner, is one of the leading umpires today It indeed was […]

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England win Cricket World Cup: Ben Stokes stars in dramatic victory over New Zealand

Sunday, July 14th, 2019

By Stephan Shemilt Courtesy  BBC Sport at Lord’s CC Men’s Cricket World Cup final, Lord’s New Zealand 241-8 (50 overs): Nicholls 55, Woakes 3-37, Plunkett 3-42 England 241 all out (50 overs): Stokes 84, Buttler 59, Neesham 3-43, Ferguson 3-50 England win after super over Scorecard England beat New Zealand to win the men’s World Cup for […]

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Friday, July 12th, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE It is disappointing that all 5 Asian Teams out of 10 Teams in the competition failed to secure a spot in the Final.   Bangladesh and New Zealand have consistently maintained aggressive and  methodical styles of play. We give below the historical data of previous finals with the winning team and […]

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When politics pollutes sports

Monday, July 8th, 2019

Courtesy The New Indian Express Over the last few years, a number of sporting events have been hijacked to propagate political messages. As India went about clinically demolishing Sri Lanka in the final group game of the cricket World Cup on Sunday, some headlines were stolen by an airplane dragging a couple of banners across […]

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Monday, June 24th, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE According to updated data on 24 June, there are 30 more matches to be played before semi-final.  The top four teams as at present viz. England, Australia, NZ and India have 13 games amongst themselves .  There are 17 more matches with all other teams. NZ and England have shown […]

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Sports – an important means of empowering people and bridging divides within societies – Ambassador Azeez tells the Human Rights Council

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka to the United Nation Geneva Addressing the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) as the Chair of the 2018 HRC Social Forum, today, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative in Geneva Ambassador A.L.A. Azeez stressed that the Forum provided a platform for a vibrant multi-stakeholder dialogue. He said it brought together governments, intergovernmental […]

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Sanath Jayasuriya banned for two years for breaching ICC Anti-Corruption Code

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 Colombo, February 26 ( Sri Lankan cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya has been banned from all cricket for two years after admitting breaching two counts of the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. Mr Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, admitted to being in breach of the following provisions of the Code Article 2.4.6 – […]

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