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Sri Lankan domestic season could resume in July
Reduction in playing days from four to three and the removal of relegation and promotion on the cards

Asia Cup postponed to June 2021
Asian Cricket Council says holding the tournament now poses too high a health risk

Kusal Mendis released on bail day after arrest for role in fatal road accident
Sri Lanka batsman cleared of driving under the influence by preliminary police investigations

Kusal Mendis arrested after being involved in fatal road accident
His vehicle hit and killed a 64-year-old cyclist on Sunday

2011 WC final: Sri Lanka police drop corruption probe
ICC ACU says 'no reason to doubt integrity' of the match

SLC optimistic over Lanka Premier League launch in August
The tournament is scheduled to start on August 8, but the government has pushed back the August 1 reopening of the country's main airport

Sangakkara, Jayawardene called up in investigation into 2011 World Cup final
A former SL sports minister has alleged corruption, though no evidence has been made public

Bangladesh postpone Sri Lanka tour due to Covid-19 pandemic
The teams were scheduled to play a three-Test series in the July-August period

Sri Lanka plan Lanka Premier League in August
With IPL and The Hundred in limbo, leading overseas players might be available for an LPL

India tours to Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe called off
Board says decision taken "owing to the current threat" of Covid-19

Asia Cup likely in Sri Lanka; PCB offers SLC to swap hosting rights
There is, however, substantial doubt if the tournament will go ahead as planned

India not to tour Sri Lanka in June; SLC hopeful of limited-overs series in August
SLC is working on getting governmental approval for the series to take place in a couple of months

Chamari Atapattu the only player in Grade A of SLC's contracts list
Inoka Ranaweera has moved down to Grade B, while Yasoda Mendis finds herself out of the list

Coronavirus newsfile: NZC deputy CEO resigns as workforce is trimmed
A round-up of how the cricket community is reacting to the Covid-19 threat

Sweat not as effective as saliva, Sri Lanka bowlers tell coach Mickey Arthur
"Saliva was their preferred mechanism of shining the ball," Arthur said after the first day of Sri Lanka's post-lockdown nets sessions

Daren Sammy, Chris Gayle raise voice against racism in wake of George Floyd killing
Kumar Sangakkara and Ian Bishop also speak out

Sri Lanka's 13-man squad to begin training on Monday
Players and four members of the coaching staff to be part of 12-day "residential training camp" in Colombo

2020 T20 World Cup prospects fade, as alternatives sought
A board official says hosting it this October would be 'too big a risk'

Sri Lanka's Shehan Madushanka suspended for alleged possession of illegal drugs
The fast bowler was reportedly in possession of some heroin when arrested on Saturday

Sri Lanka cricketer arrested for possession of heroin, remanded for fourteen days
He is an active cricketer who was playing in SL's domestic competitions recently

Sri Lanka looking at June 1 to start training
Fast bowlers will be the first group of players to return, says head coach Mickey Arthur

SLC commits to building new stadium in Colombo
The board wants a 40,000-capacity venue in the capital in order to strengthen its bids for ICC events

Cricket's comeback from Covid-19: the state of the game
ESPNcricinfo's correspondents sum up the state of each Full Member nation

Sri Lanka Cricket ready to host India, Bangladesh in July
With fewer than 500 active cases of Covid-19 in the country, restrictions and curfews have begun easing

England tour rearranged for January, claims SLC chief executive
Ashley de Silva suggests England will return to complete two-Test tour interrupted by Covid-19 outbreak

Cricketing heads meet to plot way out of crisis
Thursday's ICC meeting starts contingency planning process

South Africa's June tour of Sri Lanka postponed
Results from the ODI series were supposed to count towards points in the ICC's new one-day league

Retroreport - Sri Lanka squeak home after Muralitharan-Ranatunga-Emerson drama
Jayawardene's 120 trumps Hick's 126* as Sri Lanka hunt down 303 with two balls to spare

RetroPreview - Nervous expectation around Adelaide as England take on feisty Sri Lanka
England have beaten Sri Lanka twice in the series but will be wary of the shocks Ranatunga's men have inflicted recently

Retroreport - Dhoni and Gambhir lead India to World Cup glory
Twenty-eight years on from the match that transformed world cricket, India recaptured the crown, and this time they did in their very own backyard

Coronavirus: All domestic cricket in Sri Lanka postponed
Speculation that S. Thomas v Royal College match played a role in community transmissions

Stuart Broad backs 'tough but necessary' decision to return home from Sri Lanka over COVID-19 fears
Seamer suggests Sri Lanka series could be 'tagged onto' England's tour of India in early 2021

Test series postponement draws England tour match to early conclusion
Teams left field 11 overs after tea on second day shortly after ECB confirmed tour was off

Zak Crawley breezes to hundred as England dominate with bat in tour match
Root and Pope add unbeaten 175 for fourth wicket but COVID-19 casts some doubt over series

Joe Root 'open-minded' about conditions England expect in Sri Lanka
England pulled off a 3-0 whitewash on their 2018 tour, but their captain is mindful of keeping his expectations realistic

Jack Leach given chance to prove fitness after illness-plagued winter
Root wants to breed consistency as Test side looks to build on gains made in South Africa

England ban selfies with fans, limit public engagements amid Coronavirus fears
Team ask all supporters to 'maintain good levels of hygiene' to avoid infection and spread of illness

Chris Woakes sacrificed IPL contract to extend England career
'I just feel like I'd been on a bit of a treadmill and I needed to get off for a bit of a breather' - Woakes

Kusal Perera likely to receive compensation for 2015-16 doping suspension
Perera is seeking compensation for expenses, loss of income and damages

Kusal Perera included for England Tests despite finger injury
Lahiru Thirimanne dropped, injured Wanindu Hasaranga included as 16th member

Matt Parkinson among the wickets in England tour match in Sri Lanka
Legspinner sends selectors a message ahead of first Test with four-wicket haul

Injuries put Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga on the sidelines
The wicketkeeper-batsman will be out for two weeks, the young allrounder for longer

Andre Russell smashes 40* off 14 as West Indies sweep Sri Lanka 2-0
King and Russell tore into the SL attack to chase down a modest 155 with three overs to spare

Sri Lanka search for answers to West Indies' power
Sri Lanka's bowlers will need to pose more of a collective threat to stop a rampaging batting line-up

Oshane Thomas five-for trumps Perera-Hasaranga counterattack
Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell made telling contributions with the bat

My hope is we get a team unafraid to take risks - Lasith Malinga
Sri Lanka's T20 captain sees a promising future ahead with their young batsmen taking centre stage

Sri Lanka look to end torrid run and mar Kieron Pollard's 500th T20 party
The hosts have had a poor sequence of results under Malinga, but the world champions haven't done much better

Nuwan Pradeep, Dhananjaya de Silva out of West Indies T20Is
Asitha Fernando, the right-arm quick, is the only replacement who has been called up

Siriwardene sets up Sri Lanka's victory in her final match
The allrounder took 4 for 16, the best figures of the tournament so far, to leave Bangladesh winless

Mathews the hero as Sri Lanka seal a stunning game
The old pro picked up four wickets to prevent West Indies from running away with the show

Momentum with Sri Lanka as West Indies look to end barren run
The series may be over, but West Indies will be hoping to score their first ODI win in Sri Lanka since 2005

Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep back in Sri Lanka T20I squad
Rajapaksa, Oshada, Rajitha left out for the two-match series against West Indies

Avishka Fernando and Kusal Mendis hit tons as Sri Lanka dominate West Indies
What will especially lift the hosts is that it was their wristspinners Hasaranga and Sandakan that sewed this game up

Arthur calls on Sri Lanka's top order to get big scores
Coach says they won't win a majority of the games if they leave the lower order with too many runs to get

West Indies look to keep series alive against Sri Lanka in clash of equals
The side that best adapts to the ground's particular challenges will win

Rachael Haynes, Meg Lanning see Australia through after early scare
They revived the chase after the hosts were 3 for 10 early on

Finishers are the ones who have long careers - Wanindu Hasaranga
He was a big reason for SL's victory over WI and he was able to make that difference thanks to club cricket experience

Prolific Sophie Devine ensures New Zealand open with victory
Hayley Jensen equaled her career-best to help pull Sri Lanka from a brisk start

Wanindu Hasaranga does the trick as Sri Lanka take see-saw game
Shai Hope hit a century for West Indies, but they were unable to take advantage of his knock

'We don't want to play defensive cricket anymore' - Sri Lanka's Mickey Arthur
Team set to unleash both wristspinners - Wanindu Hasaranga and Lakshan Sandakan - on West Indies

Sri Lanka's bowling in focus against resurgent West Indies
Sri Lanka's own top order appears reasonably secure, even without the injured Danushka Gunathilaka

SL look to embrace 'role definitions'; WI eye improvement in bowling
The five-match limited-overs series gives both sides a chance to fine-tune their plans for the T20 World Cup

Dimuth Karunaratne back as captain, Niroshan Dickwella recalled for West Indies ODIs
Danushka Gunathilaka out with an injury, Shehan Jayasuriya named his replacement

Fearless Chamari Atapattu needs support to carry Sri Lanka
They were comfortably beaten in Australia last year, but Atapattu showed what was possible

BCCI upset with ICC for overlooking objections to new events in 2023-31 cycle
The divide is set to come out in open at the March round of ICC meetings in Dubai

'Confidence to return slowly building among teams' - Sangakkara
Former Sri Lanka captain part of 12-member MCC squad that will play exhibition matches in Lahore

Kusal Mendis ton helps Sri Lanka secure draw and seal series 1-0
Zimbabwe's bowling lacked the necessary killer instinct to take ten wickets on the final day

Brendan Taylor hits fifty before rain diminishes Zimbabwe's chances of victory
The hosts took their lead to 354 but rain allowed only 5.3 overs in the final session

Sikandar Raza's seven-for puts Zimbabwe in control
Sri Lanka concede 113-run first-innings lead after being dismissed for 293

Highly-rated Kavisha Dilhari and Hasini Perera return to Sri Lanka's squad for Women's T20 World Cup
Chamari Atapattu leads the 15-member squad that will fly to Australia for the tournament next month

Disciplined Zimbabwe keep Sri Lanka in check despite strong start
Earlier, Lasith Embuldeniya picked up 4 for 182 as the hosts could add only 54 to their overnight total of 352 for 6

Sean Williams' century makes it Zimbabwe's day
For Sri Lanka, on a flat, dry surface that offered little assistance to their trio of seamers, it was the dependable Suranga Lakmal who fared the best

Sri Lanka riding on Lahiru Kumara's promise while Zimbabwe lose Kyle Jarvis to injury
With the second Test taking place at the same ground, there is likely to be more help for the spinners

George Hill, Hamidullah Qadri bag four each as England make short work of Nigeria
A round up of the Under-19 World Cup matches played on January 25, 2020

Lahiru Kumara breaks through Zimbabwe's resistance to seal victory
Chakabva produced a defiant 142-ball innings but failed to secure Zimbabwe a draw

Angelo Mathews' maiden double-century puts Sri Lanka in near-unassailable position
However, with Zimbabwe batting diligently so far in the third innings, the visitors have a tough road to victory

West Indies to tour Sri Lanka in February for three ODIs, two T20Is
The visitors will play two warm-up matches on February 17 and 20, before the first ODI on February 22

Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis lead Sri Lanka's strong reply
They lost a wicket in each session on day three and whittled their deficit to 63 by stumps

Lasith Embuldeniya takes five but Zimbabwe in control
Sri Lanka lost Oshada Fernando early in reply to Zimbabwe's 358

Craig Ervine, Prince Masvaure, Kevin Kasuza grind Sri Lanka attack
The trio made fifties and led Zimbabwe's slow progress on a slow Harare pitch

Angelo Mathews and Sean Williams in focus as Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka resume a strange rivalry
Zimbabwe are in such flux that Sri Lanka go into the series as favourites, despite consistency issues in both departments

Lakmal returns, Kusal Perera dropped from Sri Lanka's Test squad
Coach Mickey Arthur felt Kusal would be better served training for the white-ball formats at home

SLC to terminate coach Hathurusingha's contract, finally
Hathurusingha has moved for compensation through the Court of Arbitration for Sport

All-round domination helps India seal series 2-0
A strong opening partnership, a lower-order cameo, and fiery fast bowling helped India romp home despite a collapse

'Five-day Tests the way to go without a doubt' - Mickey Arthur
Ravi Shastri, Mahela Jayawardene and Chris Gayle also don't want to "mess with" Test cricket

Subplots galore as India, Sri Lanka meet for final T20I in Pune
With Isuru Udana injured, Angelo Mathews is likely to come into Sri Lanka's XI

Isuru Udana ruled out of third T20I against India
The allrounder had hurt his back while fielding in the second T20I on Tuesday

Zimbabwe to host Sri Lanka for two Tests in January
The Harare Sports Club will host both matches, the second one starting on January 27

Sri Lanka coaching staff have 'serious work to do' - Mickey Arthur
Although they have several skillful players, getting them together to produce consistent match-winning performances has been tough

Saini, Thakur sparkle in convincing India win
Fast-bowling duo pick up five wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to modest score on a flat pitch

Bumrah set to return as SL look to end barren run against India
It has been more than a decade since Sri Lanka last won a bilateral series, in any format, against India

Rain forces abandonment of series opener in Guwahati
Wet patches on the pitch caused the umpires to call off the game shortly before 10pm

Lasith Malinga banks on 'finisher' Angelo Mathews
Sri Lanka's T20I captain also stressed the need to give the younger players time to grow into their roles

Root, Lyon, Philander - what the players think about four-day Test cricket
Is it a "ridiculous" idea or is it necessary "for this day and age"? Listen to the players' opinions and decide for yourself

Sri Lanka pick Angelo Mathews in T20I squad for India series
Fast bowler Nuwan Pradeep is out injured and has been replaced by Kasun Rajitha

'Seniors need to take the blame' - Dimuth Karunaratne
Sri Lanka's captain also felt his new-ball bowlers lacked discipline and frittered away a useful first-innings lead

Naseem Shah takes five as Pakistan clinch series
Sri Lanka lost their remaining three wickets without adding a run on the fifth morning

Azhar Ali, Babar Azam tons, Naseem Shah three-for put Pakistan on victory path
All of Pakistan's top four scored centuries before Naseem Shah took a three-for to put the hosts three wickets shy of victory

'Apart from Kumara, no one stuck to a plan' - Sri Lanka assistant coach Ratnayake
Pakistan progressed at a run rate of 3.76 through the 90 overs they faced on Saturday, taking firm control of the Karachi Test

Abid Ali and Shan Masood centuries ensure Pakistan dominance
The second-highest opening partnership in Pakistan history has all but taken the game out of Sri Lanka's reach

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