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Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steven Smith, Joe Root nominated for ICC men's cricketer of the decade award
Kohli is the only men's player who has been nominated for all major awards

Dale Steyn joins Kandy Tuskers in LPL
Fast bowler confirmed his signing on Twitter

Sony, Sky Sports, PTV buy LPL 2020 broadcast rights
ITN secured local terrestrial rights, with tournament to be broadcast throughout much of South Asia and the UK

LPL 2020 - Sohail Tanvir, Canada batsman Ravinderpal Singh test positive for Covid-19
Their future in the tournament is contingent on their recoveries, and sign-offs from the medical authorities

ICC confirms altered points system for World Test Championship
The board also introduced a minimum age restriction for international cricket which will apply across all cricket

2022 Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa postponed to February 2023
The major tournaments on the women's calendar for 2022 now include the ODI World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Ashes

Nuwan Zoysa found guilty of three offences under ICC anti-corruption code
Zoysa was originally charged in 2018 after his involvement in a T10 tournament organised in the UAE

Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga pull out of LPL
The West Indian opener has cited injury, and the Sri Lanka fast bowler inadequate preparation time

England plan for full calendar and return of crowds in 2021 home season
Five Tests against India, women's tours by New Zealand and South Africa included in provisional schedule

SLC confident of LPL starting on time despite more teething issues
Some franchise owners described the tournament's organisation as "chaotic"

FICA wants 'clear global solutions' to tackle contract breaches in sanctioned cricket
Body calls on ICC and its member boards to show "willingness to prioritise and act on" the matter

Sri Lankan government gives LPL green light; likely to start on November 27
Players to have seven-day quarantine; new start date may allow PSL players to also play LPL

Lankan Premier League: SLC meets with health authorities; more confident of league going ahead
More details expected after upcoming meeting involving Sri Lanka's president

Lanka Premier League dates may change, and could be held in Malaysia or UAE
SLC's first preference still is to hold the tournament in Sri Lanka

Irfan Pathan signs with Kandy Tuskers in the LPL
The former India allrounder hasn't played competitive T20 cricket since February 2019

Sri Lanka set to play two-Test series in South Africa
CSA will also send a security delegation to Pakistan to assess the feasibility of a tour in early 2021

Andre Russell, Faf du Plessis among five overseas players to pull out of Lanka Premier League
David Miller, Dawid Malan and Manvinder Bisla are the other three players to have withdrawn

World Test Championship: ICC plans to split points for Covid-19-affected games to complete cycle
Other option on the table is to consider only those matches completed by end of March 2020

Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Shahid Afridi among big names taken at LPL draft
Draft conducted online - and with the odd hiccup - ahead of November tournament

Lanka Premier League draft - live
Follow the latest updates as teams select players for the inaugural LPL

Women's cricket lines up for 2022 Commonwealth Games debut on opening day
The eight-team women's T20 competition will begin on July 29 and will be contested over eight days at Edgbaston

Lanka Premier League player draft on October 19, first match on November 21
The player draft will feature 75 overseas cricketers

England tour to Sri Lanka - Mickey Arthur 'really positive' fixtures will go ahead
Sri Lanka coach says cricket may as well "wait for a vaccine" if home series cannot be fulfilled

England's winter tours: What is the current state of play?
Potential trips to South Africa, Sri Lanka and India remain on the table

Legal battle looms as players seek commercial rights protections from ICC
FICA has written to ICC seeking recompense for players' commercial exploitation with ICC partners

SLC hopes to become first Full Member to host T10 league with 'commercial' benefits
Eyes 2021 as potential window, with 17 double round-robin league games, followed by knockouts

India women to tour Sri Lanka - pending quarantine regulations
The major sticking point may be the 14-day quarantine the Sri Lankan health ministry is likely to impose

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka postponed again as disagreement over quarantine continues
Sri Lanka board and health authorities wary of being blamed for a potential outbreak in the country due to the tour

Cricket for some, not for all - where does the women's game stand?
As top-level women's cricket resumes this week, what's the state of the game among the major nations after six months of Covid-19 hiatus?

Sri Lanka Cricket proposes split quarantine to Bangladesh Cricket Board
Series unlikely to start until mid-October as SLC seeks further clarity from government

BCB president Nazmul Hassan says no to SLC's 14-day quarantine requirement
The two teams are scheduled to play a World Test Championship series in Sri Lanka starting October 23

BCB CEO: SLC says Bangladesh need one week quarantine in Sri Lanka
BCB happy to adhere to directives of Sri Lanka's local health authorities

Tony Opatha, who led Sri Lanka's rebel tour to South Africa in 1982, dies
He is remembered as arguably Sri Lanka's finest seam bowlers of the 1970s

Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi, Shakib Al Hasan, Munaf Patel among international players in LPL auction
In all, the five franchises will bid for around 150 players with a buying cap of five international players per team

Lanka Premier League rescheduled with expectations of reduced quarantine period
The tournament has been planned to be staged in Sooriyawewa, Pallekele and Dambulla

Tharanga Paranavitana retires from international cricket
Known as an old-school opener, he played 32 Test matches, scoring 1792 runs including two hundreds

ECB chairman Colin Graves says ICC can 'recut the pot'
Adds a fresh finance model needed to keep all countries 'sustantainable'

Sri Lanka, UAE among back-up venues for 2021 T20 World Cup
India is due to host the event, but is currently the third-worst-hit country in the world in terms of Covid-19 cases

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh three-Test series to begin on October 24
All three matches likely to take place in Colombo; Bangladesh high-performance squad to travel too

Lanka Premier League postponed until mid-November
With a two-week quarantine period representing a substantial cost for organisers,SLC rethinks timing

Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis get big scores as domestic cricket in Sri Lanka resumes
Domestic cricket restarted five months after it was suspended due to Covid-19

SLC hopeful LPL can start on August 28 despite Covid-19 hurdles
A major concern is the quarantine period overseas players will be required to undergo upon arrival in Sri Lanka

Lanka de Silva named Sri Lanka women interim head coach
He will be in charge until the end of the year while SLC searches for a long-term option

Bangladesh could tour Sri Lanka for Tests and additional three T20Is in October
The tour will be confirmed only once it gets the necessary approvals from Sri Lankan government and health ministry

FICA report: 76% of men's players surveyed are against four-day Tests
Also: more than half of the 277 players polled want more than 10 teams playing the World Cup

South Africa's tours of West Indies and Sri Lanka postponed indefinitely
Graeme Smith says South Africa will look to resume playing sometime November onwards

Sri Lanka Cricket vice-president K Mathivanan quits following allegations of impropriety
After resigning, he alleged that 'the current administration carries out their duties without transparency'

Lanka Premier League to start on August 28
Five teams based in Colombo, Kandy, Galle Dambulla and Jaffna will be participating

Explainer: Men's ODI World Cup Super League
With a handful of days left for the ODI World Cup Super League, here's all you need to know about it

Bangladesh tour of Sri Lanka could be rescheduled to October
The tour, originally scheduled for July-August, was previously postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic

Sripali Weerakkody retires from international cricket
"I feel this is the right time for me," says the 34-year-old bowling allrounder

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

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