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Vandersay makes Test debut for Sri Lanka at 32; Head in Aussie side ahead of Maxwell
Galle, June 29 (IANS) Sri Lanka have handed Test debut to 32-year-old spinner Jeffrey Vandersay in the opening game here from Wednesday after the leg-spinner impressed during the recent ODI series against the tourists.
2022-06-29
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka Cricket set to give fitting salute to late spin wizard Shane Warne
Galle, June 27 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is set to give a fitting salute to late spin wizard Shane Warne when the opening Test against Australia gets underway at the Galle International Stadium on June 29.
2022-06-27
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Australia much better prepared for subcontinent pitches now, says Khawaja ahead of Galle Test
Galle, June 26 (IANS) Charismatic Australia batter Usman Khawaja believes the team has learnt from its past mistakes on subcontinent pitches and is much better prepared to take on Sri Lanka in the two-Test series beginning in Galle on June 29.
2022-06-26
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Aussie skipper Finch overwhelmed by response from Sri Lankan fans during fifth ODI
Colombo, June 25 (IANS) Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch has been overwhelmed by the response his team has received during the limited-over series, comprising three T20I and five ODIs, which concluded at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Friday night.
2022-06-25
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
4th ODI: Asalanka, bowlers lead Sri Lanka to 4-run win, 3-1 series lead over Australia
Colombo, June 22 (IANS) A fighting maiden ODI century by Charith Asalanka followed by an impressive bowling effort led Sri Lanka to a thrilling four-run win over Australia in the fourth ODI and helped them take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series at R Premadasa Stadium, here on Tuesday.
2022-06-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Kusal Mendis likely to be part of playing XI as crucial game against Australia looms
Colombo, June 21 (IANS) Sri Lanka top-order batter Kusal Mendis, who suffered severe cramps while batting in the third One-day International against Australia on June 19, is likely to be a part of the playing XI in the fourth game later on Tuesday as the hosts aim to break a 30-year drought against the visitors here.
2022-06-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Will not compromise on my Test chances by playing ODIs with injury: Starc
Colombo, June 17 (IANS) Australia's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc has stated that he will not jeopardise his chances of playing in the two Tests by coming out prematurely from the index finger injury and risk aggravating it in the three remaining ODIs against hosts Sri Lanka.
2022-06-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Shanaka's blinder of an innings helps Sri Lanka make this amazing record
Pallekele, June 12 (IANS) Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka's blinder of an innings -- he scored an unbeaten 54 off just 25 balls at an amazing strike rate of 216 in the match-winning performance against Australia in the third T20I -- has helped the host to a record, which is unlikely to be broken in international cricket in the years to come.
2022-06-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Mitch Marsh joins list of injured players ahead of Australia's ODI series vs Sri Lanka
Colombo, June 12 (IANS) Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh has joined the list of players with injuries on their tour of Sri Lanka, with the charismatic cricketer suffering a calf injury before the third T20I which the hosts won by four wickets at Pallekele on Saturday.
2022-06-12
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Bhanuka Rajapaksa recalled to Sri Lanka's ODI squad for series against Australia
Colombo, June 10 (IANS) Left-handed batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa on Friday earned a recall to Sri Lanka's ODI squad after the country's cricketing body (SLC) named a 21-man squad for the upcoming five-match series against Australia, led by Dasun Shanaka.
2022-06-10
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Injured Starc in doubt for start of ODIs against Sri Lanka, Richardson added to squad
Colombo, June 9 (IANS) Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the third T20I against Sri Lanka and is in doubt for the early part of the five-match ODI series due to injury. Jhye Richardson has been called into the visitor's 50-over squad as cover for him.
2022-06-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Shanaka to captain, several IPL stars in Sri Lanka side for opening T20I vs Australia
Colombo, June 7 (IANS) Sri Lanka's experienced all-rounder Dasun Shanaka will captain the side, while Indian Premier League (IPL) stars Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne and Bhanuka Rajapaksa have also been included in the Playing XI for the opening T20 International against Australia to be played at the R. Premadasa Stadium here later on Tuesday.
2022-06-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Warner, Smith included in Australia side for first T20I vs Sri Lanka
Colombo, June 6 (IANS) Cricket Australia (CA) on Monday brought back opener David Warner and former skipper Steve Smith, while also including thee seamers for the first T20 International against Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday.
2022-06-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka cricketer Mishara recalled from Bangladesh tour
Colombo, May 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday recalled left-hand opening batter Kamil Mishara from the two-Test tour of Bangladesh for allegedly breaching the "player's conduct/behaviour" rules.
2022-05-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka opener Karunaratne to lead side in two-Test away series vs Bangladesh
Colombo, May 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka's star opener Dimuth Karunaratne will lead a relatively inexperienced side during their two-match Test series against Bangladesh commencing in Chittagong on May 15. The second Test is scheduled in Dhaka from May 23.
2022-05-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Naveed Nawaz appoint Sri Lanka assistant coach; Vaas to be pace-bowling coach
Colombo, April 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Sunday appointed Naveed Nawaz, a former Sri Lanka Test and ODI player, as the assistant coach of the national team for a two-year term, effective from April 1, 2022.
2022-04-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Bhanuka Rajapaksa dropped from Sri Lanka's squad for T20Is vs India
Colombo, Feb 21 (IANS) Batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa has been dropped from Sri Lanka's 18-member squad for the upcoming T20I series against India. Rajapaksa, who was recently a member of the Sri Lanka squad touring Australia for five T20Is, has been left out reportedly due to fitness concerns.
2022-02-21
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Blow for Sri Lanka as fast bowler Binura out with COVID-19
Colombo, Feb 13 (IANS) Ahead of their second T20 International against Australia on Sunday, Sri Lanka suffered another blow as Binura Fernand, one of the most economical fast bowlers in the first T20I on February 11, was ruled out due to COVID-19.
2022-02-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL govt criticises Tamil parties' intervention request to Indian PM
Colombo, Jan 20 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday criticised minority Tamil parties for writing to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking Indian intervention to implement 13th Amendment and find a lasting solution to the long-standing Tamil issues.
2022-01-20
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Sri Lanka Cricket set to launch National Super League
Colombo, Jan 19 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday announced the launch of the National Super League (NSL), which will be the country's 'Elite Domestic Cricketing Competition'.
2022-01-19
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL's dollar crisis leads to power crisis
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Amidst the worst-ever power crisis connected to Sri Lanka's ailing economy and Energy Ministry threatening to stop fuel supply for electricity generation from Tuesday, a Minister said fuel would be obtained from the Indian Oil Company (IOC) to generate electricity.
2022-01-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL doesn't want to get caught between powerful nations: Rajapaksa
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said on Tuesday that his country does not want to get caught up between powerful nations.
2022-01-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
India relieves SL with critical support for fuel purchase
Colombo, Jan 18 (IANS) Battered by mounting debt and dollar crises with no cash to buy fuel and all stocks have run dry, India on Tuesday came to rescue Sri Lanka with a new Line of Credit (LOC) of $500 million for purchase of petroleum products.
2022-01-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Shanaka's century goes in vain as Zimbabwe beat Sri Lanka by 22 runs in second ODI
Kandy, Jan 18 (IANS) Skipper Dasun Shanaka's (102) century went in vain as Sri Lanka lost to Zimbabwe by 22 runs in the second One-day International of their three-match series at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.
2022-01-18
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Chandimal, Nissanka, Asalanka fifties help Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe
Pallekele, Jan 17 (IANS) Dinesh Chandimal (75), Pathum Nissanka (75) and Charith Asalanka (71) struck fine half-centuries as hosts Sri Lanka chased a stiff target to beat Zimbabwe by five wickets in the first ODI of the three-match series here on Sunday.
2022-01-17
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
World's largest sapphire cluster unearthed in SL enters Guinness Book
Colombo, Jan 15 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government said that the massive star sapphire cluster found in the country last year has been registered in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest ever.
2022-01-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka's economy expected to grow 5.5% in 2022
Colombo, Jan 15 (IANS) Sri Lanka is expected to record an economic growth of 5.5 per cent in 2022, with a recovery in its tourism sector, the country's central nank Governor Ajith Nivard Cabraal said.
2022-01-15
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Injuries, fitness, Covid force Sri Lanka to pick uncapped players for Zimbabwe ODIs
Colombo, Jan 13 (IANS) Hampered by injuries, fitness failures and Covid-19 pandemic, Sri Lanka will face Zimbabwe with several uncapped players in the first one-day International of their three-match series on Sunday (January 16).
2022-01-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka batter Rajapaksa withdraws retirement, wants to play again for nation
Colombo, Jan 13 (IANS) Ten days after announcing retirement, Sri Lanka batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa on Thursday withdrew his decision, saying he wants to play again for the nation.
2022-01-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka's Bhanuka withdraws his retirement announcement, wants to represent his nation (Ld)
Colombo, Jan 13 (IANS) Sri Lanka's explosive middle-order batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who announced his retirement from national cricket, has withdrawn his resignation following a request by Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa.
2022-01-13
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka urges China to restructure loan repayment
Colombo, Jan 9 (IANS) Amidst the ongoing financial and forex crisis, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has requested the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi for possible restructure of the debt repayment.
2022-01-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Politics
India stresses on Neighborhood First policy with Sri Lanka at 'difficult times'
Colombo, Jan 9 (IANS) In line with the priority placed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on ties with Sri Lanka in line with the Neighborhood First policy, an intercity train service, using recently given Full AC Diesel Multiple Units (AC DMUs) under Indian loan facility, was launched from Colombo on Sunday.
2022-01-09
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Avishka Fernando tests Covid-19 positive ahead of Zimbabwe series
Colombo, Jan 8 (IANS) Ahead of the three-ODI series against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka's top-order batter Avishka Fernando has tested positive for Covid-19. Fernando was ruled out from the series before he entered the team bio-bubble.
2022-01-08
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Dubai firm offers $100mn for world's largest sapphire found in SL
Colombo, Jan 7 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government announced that it was in talks with a Dubai-based company which has offered $100 million for the world's largest natural corundum blue sapphire named the "Queen of Asia", which was found in the island nation.
2022-01-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
One year ban on three SL cricketers who broke bio-bubble in England lifted
Colombo, Jan 7 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket has lifted the one-year ban, to play international cricket, on three senior national cricketers, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, and Niroshan Dickwella for breaching the Covid-19 protocols during a tour in England in June last year.
2022-01-07
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka to start vaccinating children aged 12-15 against Covid
Colombo, Jan 6 (IANS) Sri Lanka will unveil its vaccination drive to children aged between 12 and 15, from January 7, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said here on Wednesday.
2022-01-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine
Sri Lankan tea exports earned $1.3bn in 2021
Colombo, Jan 6 (IANS) Sri Lankan tea exports in 2021 earned $1.3 billion despite lower yields and higher costs of production, state media reported on Thursday.
2022-01-06
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Bhanuka Rajapaksa retires from international cricket, Malinga urges him to reconsider decision
Colombo, Jan 5 (IANS) Batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa on Wednesday sent a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), announcing his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect, citing family obligations.
2022-01-05
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL sees a tourism boom with highest holidaymakers from India
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) Although the Sri Lankan tourism sector is still struggling due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the island nation received the highest number of foreign tourists in December 2021, with majority of the holidaymakers from India.
2022-01-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Rumesh Ratnayake appointed Sri Lanka's interim coach
Colombo, Jan 4 (IANS) Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed former fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake as the interim coach of the national cricket team for the upcoming home series against Zimbabwe.
2022-01-04
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
SL to lease 14 oil tanks in strategic Trincomalee port to IOC
Colombo, Dec 31 (IANS) Sri Lanka is set to lease 14 of the 99 oil tanks in its strategic eastern port city Trincomalee to the India Oil Corporation (IOC) for 50 years, Petroleum Minister Udaya Gammanpila said on Friday.
2021-12-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
41 new Omicron cases detected in Sri Lanka
Colombo, Dec 31 (IANS) Amidst severe warnings by health experts and medical practitioners, Sri Lanka on Friday reported 41 news cases of Covid's Omicron variant taking its tally to 45.
2021-12-31
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine
Disputed Chinese fertiliser firm threatens tough action against SK
Colombo, Dec 30 (IANS) A Chinese company which had exported a disputed organic fertilizer that was rejected by Sri Lanka is said to be pushing for tough sanctions, including restrictions on tea export from the island nation.
2021-12-30
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
SL shuts three foreign missions to tackle dollar crunch
Colombo, Dec 28 (IANS) Sri Lanka has decided to close three overseas diplomatic missions from December 31 to cut down government expenditure in the face of the on-going financial crisis and dollar crunch.
2021-12-28
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Lanka Premier League: Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera laud Sri Lanka Cricket
Colombo, Dec 28 (IANS) The second season of the Lanka Premier League garnered tremendous interest from all corners of the world as Sri Lanka Cricket conducted yet another successful season from December 5 to December 23 in Colombo and Hambantota.
2021-12-28
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Zimbabwe to tour Sri Lanka for three ODIs in January 2022
Colombo, Dec 28 (IANS) Zimbabwe will tour Sri Lanka to play a three-match ODI series in January 2022, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Tuesday.
2021-12-28
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
Sri Lanka logs over 150l tourist arrivals in 2021
Colombo, Dec 24 (IANS) Sri Lanka has registered more than 150,000 tourist arrivals so far this year, as the number peaked after over 47,000 people landed in the island nation in the first 20 days of December, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said.
2021-12-24
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Yohani gets land next to 1996 World Cup winners
Colombo, Dec 23 (IANS) The Sri Lanka government has awarded a plot of land adjoining the lands leased to 1996 Cricket World Cup winning team members to 'Manike Mage Hithe' famed Yohane de Silva.
2021-12-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,National
Jaffna Kings crowned champions of Lanka Premier League 2021, beat Galle Gladiators in high-scoring finale
Colombo, Dec 23 (IANS) Jaffna Kings were crowned as the champions of Lanka Premier League 2021 season after defeating Galle Gladiators by 23 runs in a high-scoring finale at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Stadium in Hambantota on Thursday.
2021-12-23
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket
LPL: Fernando smashes century as Jaffna Kings secure final berth
Colombo, Dec 22 (IANS) A superb 64-ball century by Avishka Fernando and a quick-fire half-ton by Afghanistan's wicketkeeper-batter Rahmanullah Gurbaz (70 off 40 balls) helped Jaffna Kings score a convincing 23-run win over Dambulla Giants in Qualifier 2 and secure a final berth in the Lanka Premier League here.
2021-12-22
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Sports,Cricket