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Sri Lanka agree to play T20I in Lahore
Decision to play taken at SLC's executive committee meeting in Colombo; Tharanga likely to skip the match

Azam, Shadab complete Pakistan's incredible comeback
Sri Lanka were bowled out for 187, falling to a 32-run loss in Abu Dhabi, as Pakistan recovered from 101 for 6 to take a 2-0 lead in the series

West Indies defend 182 comfortably to complete whitewash
Stafanie Taylor shows value with bat and ball, yet again

Unchanged Pakistan eye more dominance in ODI series
Pakistan look significantly stronger than their opponents at the moment but Sri Lanka will be looking to bounce back on the back of their undoubted ability

Jacobs six-for makes short work of Sri Lanka A in emphatic win
The legspinner ran through the Sri Lanka A line-up to help West Indies wrap up a victory by an innings and 13 runs

Sri Lanka's players reluctant to visit Pakistan
SLC, however, believes it can have a conversation with the players and convince them to tour the country

Spinners fire again to help West Indies wrap up series
Afy Fletcher, Anisa Mohammed, and Stafanie Taylor claimed combined figures of 29-3-71-7 to slice through Sri Lanka's batting line-up, after which West Indies chased down the target in 39.4 overs

Sri Lanka A stumble around Dhananjaya de Silva ton
The visiting captain strokes 104 out off a total of 201 for 7

Babar's ton, Malik's 81 take Pakistan 1-0 up
Pakistan reasserted their dominance in the UAE with a crushing win in Dubai over a Sri Lanka side that has seen ODI wins excruciatingly hard to come by in 2017

Ambris century powers hosts to 364
Rain cut short the hosts' progress in Jamaica

Shakib inducted into MCC's World Cricket Committee
Suzie Bates, Ian Bishop and Kumar Dharmasena are the three other new members of the committee, which will now be chaired by Mike Gatting

SL carry edge heading into ODIs after Test triumphs
Having suffered a 2-0 defeat in the longest format, Pakistan will look to channel their inner Champions Trophy winners to wrest the momentum from the visitors in the ODI series opener

West Indies spinners set up win in low-scoring match
Hayley Matthews, Afy Fletcher and Stafanie Taylor led the charge for West Indies as Sri Lanka collapsed from 63 for 1 to 136 all out

Ambris, Vishaul Singh give WI A solid foundation
Dearth of wickets for Sri Lanka A on a day when eight players had a bowl

Rabada reaches career-best No. 3 ranking
The fast bowler has now moved above R Ashwin and Rangana Herath among Test bowlers, while Dimuth Karunaratne has entered the top 20 in the Test batting rankings for the first time

Assertion sparks Sri Lanka's Chandimal reign
Against Zimbabwe and India, Sri Lanka had not begun to respond to their new leader. But Dinesh Chandimal put a stamp on his outfit with bold leadership against Pakistan

Dilruwan's five-for seals memorable series sweep
Asad Shafiq's fighting 112 was not enough as Sri Lanka picked up the last five wickets in the first 90 minutes of the final day

Shafiq, Sarfraz revive Pakistan to set up thrilling fifth day
After being reduced to 52 for 5 in the pursuit of 317, Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq put on an unbroken 146-run stand to carry Pakistan to within 119 of an improbable victory

Sri Lanka take control after 15-wicket day
Pakistan conceded a 220-run first-innings lead, but bounced back with five wickets late on the third day

Sri Lanka in control after Karunaratne 196
Yasir Shah becomes first spinner to take five-fors in five successive Tests but Pakistan have a mountain to climb in the pink-ball Test

Karunaratne ton helps Sri Lanka build steadily
The opener's seventh Test century and his unbeaten 118-run stand with captain Dinesh Chandimal laid the groundwork for Sri Lanka on the opening day of the pink-ball Test

'Sri Lanka are not going to play for a draw' - Chandimal
The captain also said the onus was on the fast-bowlers to make the best use of the slightly more seamer-friendly conditions a day-night Test offers

Sri Lanka's 'upset' adds significance to day-night Test
Pakistan were favourites to begin due to Sri Lanka's misadventures more than their own conquests. Now that the 'underdogs' are leading 1-0, there's much to play for with the pink ball

Sri Lanka women bank on batting against West Indies
Head coach Hemantha Devapriya is optimistic about Sri Lanka's batting prowess after a demonstrable improvement in the Women's World Cup earlier this year

Jayawardene, Sangakkara to assist in Sri Lanka's revamp
Alongside Aravinda de Silva, Anura Tennakoon, they are expected to work on a range of topics including a restructuring of the domestic cricket scene

Gunathilaka suspended for six matches
This is the reason behind the opening batsman's omission from Sri Lanka's squad for the ODI series against Pakistan in the UAE

Malinga omitted from ODIs against Pakistan due to poor form
The selectors said Malinga was not considered due to his current form and in the context of the team's plans in view of the 2019 World Cup

Calf injury rules Mathews out of Dubai Test
This will be the third full Test series Mathews has missed since October last year, and his unavailability will leave Sri Lanka with decisions on the make-up of their top order

'Want Herath throughout my career' - Chandimal
Sri Lanka captain "over the moon" after pulling off Abu Dhabi heist

Sri Lanka set for packed India tour
The visitors will play three Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is over 37 days in November and December

Herath's 400th wicket seals dramatic victory for Sri Lanka
Pakistan lost a Test match in Abu Dhabi for the first time, as 16 wickets fell on a nail-biting final day on which Rangana Herath became the first left-arm spinner to break the 400 barrier

SLC temporarily lifts Panadura, Kalutara bans
The bans handed out by SLC to the 22 players implicated in the Tier B match-manipulation case will be lifted, pending the result of an appeal process

Pakistan spinners take four to set up exciting final day
For eleven sessions this Test went nowhere, the teams only three runs apart at the end of the first innings. But towards the end of day four, Pakistan's spinners claimed four wickets, and shocked it into life

Azhar Ali leads Pakistan's crawl towards parity
Fifties from Pakistan's top three ensured Pakistan edged - very slowly but surely - towards Sri Lanka's imposing first innings total of 419

Pakistan unscathed after Chandimal ton takes SL to 419
Honours were shared on the second day as Pakistan lost no wickets in the final session after the Sri Lanka captain's hundred helped the visitors post an imposing first-innings total

Karunaratne 93, Chandimal 60* carry SL to safety
Honours were shared on a low-scoring opening day as Sri Lanka recovered from 61 for 3 at lunch to finish the day on a strong note

Sri Lanka bat; Pakistan give Haris Sohail a debut
Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and chose to bat first on a pitch that had a bit of grass on it in Abu Dhabi. Pakistan gave middle-order batsman Haris Sohail a Test debut

Pakistan's transition an advantage for SL bowling - Chandimal
Pakistan will begin working out their batting order after the retirements of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, and Dinesh Chandimal believes a settled Sri Lanka bowling attack can exploit this

Pakistan, Sri Lanka resume bout without heavyweights
Both teams have played 14 Tests against each other this decade, but how will they respond to the unfamiliar situation of not having familiar faces?

'We are sick and tired of talking about transition' - Pothas
The Sri Lanka interim coach is hoping his team finally goes past the "learning phase" in the Test series against Pakistan, and starts getting the results it is after

ICC launches corruption probe in Sri Lanka
The ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit has launched an investigation even as the players, including captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga, urged SLC to probe the 'baseless allegations' reportedly made by former selector Pramodaya Wickremasinghe

SLC will address player security concerns - board CEO
Sri Lanka Cricket is unlikely to penalise any players who opt out of the proposed T20 against Pakistan in Lahore but the board has reminded the players of their "contractual obligation" to play where required

Panadura SC denies wrongdoing, demands bans be rescinded
Club president Jayantha Silva has denied the occurrence of anything untoward during the Tier-B game under question

Samarawickrama, Roshen Silva make Sri Lanka Test squad
Two new faces named in 15-man squad to take on Pakistan in the UAE later this month

Angelo Mathews ruled out of first Test against Pakistan
The former captain suffered a grade one tear to his calf muscle during training

Gurusinha reappointed Sri Lanka selector after resigning
Asanka Gurusinha had stepped down from the role alongside the Sanath Jayasuriya-led selection committee after a string of defeats to India last month

SLC unable to find conclusive evidence in first-class match probe
Despite a long inquiry, SLC and the independent committee it appointed have not been able to determine who made the decision to manipulate the result of the first-class match between Panadura Sports Club and Kalutara Physical Culture Club

Chamara Silva banned for two years from cricket
The former Sri Lanka Test player, along with several others on both sides, has been punished for suspicious events in a Tier B first-class match

Graeme Labrooy appointed Sri Lanka chief selector
Graeme Labrooy, who presently serves as an ICC match referee, represented Sri Lanka in nine Tests and 44 ODIs between 1986 and 1992

SLC looks to get de Silva, Jayawardene on board
Roshan Mahanama, Brendon Kuruppu and Graeme Labrooy are among the other former players the board is attempting to align with in its efforts to arrest the decline of the national team

Sri Lanka to make day-night Test debut in Dubai
Sri Lanka will play their first day-night Test in Dubai as a part of the two-Test series against Pakistan before playing five ODIs and three T20Is

'India very like the All Blacks' - Pothas
Sri Lanka's interim coach commended India's collective effort and work ethic, comparing them to arguably the most successful rugby team in the world

Kohli, Pandey lead the way as India complete 9-0 sweep
Virat Kohli followed up successive hundreds in the last two ODIs with another display of ruthless efficiency in a chase, and ensured India left Sri Lanka no crumbs of comfort at the end of a long and chastening month-and-a-half of one-sided contests

Last chance for Sri Lanka to redeem wretched home run
India are brimming with confidence after sweeping both the Test and ODI legs of their Sri Lanka tour, but the home side will hope their recent successes in the shortest format can spur them towards a consolation win

Tharanga opts out of Test cricket for six months
Sri Lanka's limited-overs captain has decided to take time off Tests to focus on the white-ball formats, and has been left out of the provisional squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan

Vandersay, Shanaka in revised Sri Lanka T20 squad
Sri Lanka Cricket, who had already named a T20 squad ahead of the ODI series against India, have now announced a new 15 two days ahead of the one-off game

Bhuvneshwar, Kohli lead India to 5-0 sweep
Bhuvneshwar Kumar's maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs and Virat Kohli's 30th hundred in the format led India to a clinical six-wicket win that consigned Sri Lanka to a first ever home-series whitewash

Fatigue weighing down Mendis - SL batting coach
Kusal Mendis is yet to make a substantial impact in the ODIs, producing scores of 36, 19, 1 and 1 so far

India eye series whitewash, Dhawan to miss final match
A 5-0 result seems likely given India's dominance in the series but Sri Lanka will hope Upul Tharanga's return can spur them to a solitary victory

Malinga laments 'lost generation' after another SL loss to India
Lasith Malinga has his thoughts on why Sri Lanka continues to struggle in their efforts to bridge the gap to the next wave of stars following a string of key retirements after the 2015 World Cup

Kohli, Rohit smash hundreds in crushing victory
A blistering 219-run stand between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma laid the platform for India to inflict upon Sri Lanka their biggest defeat in a home ODI

Defiant Malinga not ready to walk away yet
Sri Lanka's stand-in captain feels he is regaining some of the old rhythm, and wants to add more skills to his repertoire

Series lost, Sri Lanka chase assured World-Cup spot
Losses in the final two ODIs may not keep Sri Lanka from automatically qualifying for World Cup 2019 - a lot depends on West Indies - but it's a risk they will not want to take

Jayasuriya's resignation letter to Sri Lanka sports minister
Read the full text of chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya's resignation letter to the sports minister of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka selectors resign after defeats to India
Sanath Jayasuriya, Sri Lanka Cricket's chairman of selectors, and the rest of the committee have stepped down ahead of the team's fourth ODI against India

Kapugedera ruled out of series; Malinga to lead
Sri Lanka's stand-in captain aggravated a back injury during Sunday's ODI against India in Pallekele

Crowd trouble from displeased SL fans delays India's win
With India needing eight runs to win, Sri Lanka fans, clearly displeased with their team's show, began to throw plastic bottles into the ground causing a 35-minute disruption

Chandimal fractures thumb, ruled out of India series
Dinesh Chandimal's involvement in the remainder of the India series is in doubt due to a hairline fracture he sustained after being hit on the right thumb while batting in Pallekele

Bumrah five-for, Rohit ton secure series win for India
India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series after their six-wicket win on an evening that was marred by crowd trouble

Sri Lanka, new leader in tow, look to keep series alive
An injury and a suspension mean Sri Lanka are depleted going into the third ODI. Will India clinch the series or will the hosts, under new captain Kapugedera, manage to pull one back?

SL bring Chandimal, Thirimanne in place of Gunathilaka, Tharanga
The two batsmen have been brought in for the remainder of the ODI series after Danushka Gunathilaka was ruled out due to a shoulder injury and Upul Tharanga was suspended for two matches

Realised offbreaks wouldn't help on this track - Dananjaya
Akila Dananjaya, who took 6 for 54, realised early on that the offbreak wouldn't be helpful against India in Pallekele and switched to bowling legbreaks and googlies instead

Dhoni, Bhuvneshwar trump Dananjaya's 6 for 54
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MS Dhoni added an unbroken 100, an Indian record for the eighth wicket, to turn the tables on Sri Lanka and lead India to a three-wicket win

Pothas 'very happy' with 'hugely supportive' SLC
The interim coach was earlier critical of fickle selections following the nine-wicket loss in Dambulla, but has now struck an optimistic note about the team's prospects

Onus on youngsters to lift Sri Lanka out of the pits
India would not have expected their successes to come quite as easily as they have so far on this tour. There's little to suggest the trend will be bucked in Pallekele

Sri Lanka fans hold up team bus to express displeasure
The fan demonstration - shouting slogans and hooting - delayed the Sri Lankan team's departure by close to half an hour after their drubbing in the opening ODI

Coach Nic Pothas critical of Sri Lanka's fickle selections
The interim coach has also expressed his annoyance at outsiders meddling in team matters

SLC set to introduce four-team first-class tournament
A similar tournament had been scheduled and budgeted for the 2015-16 season, only for it to be scrapped

Dhawan leads brutal rout of Sri Lanka
After India's spinners dismissed the hosts for 216, Shikhar Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 132 of 90 balls to finish the chase in 28.5 overs

Can ailing Sri Lanka spring a surprise?
India have runs, wickets, form and confidence on their side. Sri Lanka have the distant memory of that Oval victory and familiarity with conditions on theirs

SL need two wins against India for direct World Cup entry
Two wins for Sri Lanka will leave West Indies outside the top eight even if they win their remaining six matches before the September 30 cut-off

West Indies to open U-19 World Cup against New Zealand
The 22-day tournament will feature 16 teams and will be played between January 13 and February 3

Thisara, Siriwardana return to ODI squad
Sri Lanka's squad for the five-match series against India also includes Malinda Pushpakumara and Vishwa Fernando, who are yet to make their ODI debuts

'Worst series loss of my career' - Chandimal
Not once could Sri Lanka push a Test match to the fifth day and the new captain Dinesh Chandimal felt quite badly about that

Players mature quickly under new team culture - Kohli
This Indian team has rid itself of a culture in which newcomers were judged, according to Virat Kohli

Ashwin, Shami lead three-day rout as India complete whitewash
R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami finished with combined second-innings figures of 43.3-12-100-7 as India completed a 3-0 whitewash with an innings win in Pallekele

Sri Lanka 'keen' to visit Pakistan for T20s in September
Pakistan could be on the verge of hosting their highest-profile international visitor in the last eight years, with Sri Lanka considering a visit for a T20 in September-October

Pandya's maiden ton headlines 15-wicket day
Hardik Pandya's maiden Test hundred was the highlight of a triumphant second day for India, who made Sri Lanka follow on for the second successive Test match

Sri Lanka to play World XI for charity match
The T20 match, featuring players from around the world, will be played for the benefit of disaster-affected children, at Khettarama

Need to make first-class pitches suited to fast bowlers - Vaas
Sri Lanka's bowling coach has drawn attention to the tendency to produce spin-friendly pitches in first-class cricket that are stifling the development of quick bowlers

Sri Lanka fight back after Dhawan-Rahul stand
On a day of two halves, Sri Lanka's bowlers fought back after a 188-run opening stand between Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul, taking six wickets for 141 to leave the Pallekele Test nicely poised

Chandimal banks on Kumara, Fernando to fill void
The Sri Lanka captain has pinned his hopes on the inexperienced quicks to deliver in the absence of injured seniors Nuwan Pradeep and Suranga Lakmal

Sri Lanka pin hopes on quicks to avoid whitewash
Both teams have lost an influential spinner - Ravindra Jadeja and Rangana Herath, but India still appear to have all bases covered on a green Pallekele surface

SL pick Chameera, Gamage for third India Test
Nuwan Pradeep, Rangana Herath left out on account of injuries; Danushka Gunathilaka also omitted

Ratnayake to head SL's fast-bowling programme
Rumesh Ratnayake's appointment does not have any immediate impact on Chaminda Vaas, who is the fast-bowling coach presenting working with the national team

Herath to be rested for Pallekele Test
The left-arm spinner pulled up with a stiff back in the second Test and will stay in Colombo to receive treatment. Two players will be added to Sri Lanka's squad for the third Test

Jadeja's five-for wraps up India's first innings win in Sri Lanka
The fastest left-armer to 150 Test wickets helped his team to a series victory away from home in eight days of cricket

Sri Lanka's sweeps challenges India's spinners
Things got rather more difficult for India's slow bowlers after they enforced the follow-on, as Sri Lanka delivered on their promise to use the sweep more

Mendis hundred and Karunaratne 92* defy India
After meekly folding for 183 all out in their first innings, Sri Lanka put forward a much better reply after they were made to follow-on

Pradeep out of series with hamstring injury
A grade-one tear has left Sri Lanka without their in-form fast bowler for the remainder of the Test series against India

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