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'Sri Lanka, in these conditions, are too good for us' - SA coach Gibson
With three days still to go, and a draw or win unlikely for the visitors, the coach Ottis Gibson said that he wanted his players to compete with pride

Dimuth Karunaratne builds lead after spinners rout South Africa again
Sri Lanka decided not to enforce the follow-on after taking a 214-run first-innings lead, which they stretched to 338 by stumps with both openers scoring fifties again

'Really surprised' SA picked only one spinner - Samaraweera
Sri Lanka's batting coach expresses surprise at the composition of South Africa's attack, and says that as the Test goes on, the pitch will turn even more

Vandersay handed one-year suspended sentence by SLC
The legspinner has been put on probation with a one-year suspension sentence from all forms of international cricket and also fined 20% of his annual contract fee

South Africa roar back with Maharaj's eight-for
Sri Lanka ended the first day on 277 for 9 with the left-arm South Africa spinner leading the fightback; Dale Steyn's wait for his record-breaking wicket to overtake Shaun Pollock continued

Perera ton helps Sri Lanka A level series
The visitors clinched the second one-dayer by 67 runs on the back of the allrounder's maiden List A hundred, levelling the three-match series 1-1

Du Plessis wants batsmen to 'trust their defence'
Refrain from attacking too early and await the hittable balls - that's the South Africa captain's motto, ahead of the 2nd Test in Colombo

Chandimal to miss four more games over spirit of cricket breach
Already sitting out of the two South Africa Tests, now he will miss four ODIs too as the ICC's judicial commissioner imposes harshest possible sentence on Sri Lanka trio

Karunaratne reveals strategy to tackle spinners
Karunaratne scored 218 runs on a Galle surface in which no other batsman could manage so much as a half-century, and this is not even his most impressive hundred in tough conditions

Dilruwan, Herath rout South Africa in three days
Sri Lanka's spinners shot South Africa out for 73, their lowest total since readmission and lowest in Sri Lanka, just a day after their previous lowest in the country - 126 - to condemn them to one of their worst defeats in the subcontinent

Sri Lanka far ahead after spinners hurt South Africa
Sri Lanka lost their first three wickets to Keshav Maharaj, but remain in a position to push for victory over the next three days, after taking a first innings lead of 161

Herath, Karunaratne help Sri Lanka end tough day on a high
The Sri Lankan opener carried his bat to score 158 as Kagiso Rabada caused trouble at the other end

Chandimal, Hathurusingha out of South Africa Tests
The Sri Lanka captain, coach and manager have "agreed" to not participate in the Test series after the ICC concluded its hearing on the trio pleading guilty to a level three spirit of cricket offence

West Indies tour has prepared us for South Africa's pacers - Roshen Silva
Sri Lanka batsman says the seamer-friendly conditions they faced in their last Test series should hold them in good stead against the visitors' formidable pace attack

Sri Lanka depleted by Chandimal absence in opening Test
Sri Lanka will miss their captain, while Dale Steyn fit again and within touching distance of Shaun Pollock's South Africa record

Herath may retire from international cricket in November
Herath may quit following the three-match Test series against England. Provided he plays every Sri Lanka Test until then, he will finish five Tests short of 100

Du Plessis, Amla, Bavuma tune up for Galle Test with fifties
South Africa opener Dean Elgar also had a decent workout before the two-day tour match ended in a draw

Shamsi stakes claim for first Test with five-for
Mathews shows form and fitness to make 92 for hosts; Steyn undergoes proper workout on humid day

SLC shambles lead to postponement of Lankan Premier League
This year's tournament had to be scrapped because no functional board exists at SLC to run it. The fallout is unlikely to be significant since little groundwork had been done

Mathews to captain SL Board XI, Dhananjaya also included
Sri Lanka will field a weakened bowling attack in the Board XI game against South Africa, but Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva will play as part of a strong batting lineup

Chandimal picked for South Africa Tests pending ICC hearing
The captain is unlikely to be available for the series, given the disciplinary charges hanging over his head following the ball-tampering saga in St Lucia

ICC to limit players to three T20 leagues a year?
The ICC's Full Members are on the verge of clamping down on player participation in domestic T20 leagues, and may well also stop sanctioning such leagues in Associate countries

Vandersay under scanner after St Lucia night out
Sri Lanka team manager submits report on the incident, board to investigate further

Sri Lanka to ask ICC for leniency in Chandimal case
SLC hoping to convince the ICC to allow the three accused of breaching the Spirit of Cricket to play some part in South Africa Tests

Chandimal did not intend to tamper - SL administrators
And so the game's administrators in the country are unlikely to impose separate sanctions on the captain - they feel the ICC's penalties are punishment enough

Kusal, Dilruwan steer Sri Lanka in nervous chase to level series
West Indies fancied their chances when Kusal Mendis fell in the first over of the day but an injured Kusal Perera and a stoic Dilruwan Perera ensured they didn't have any further trouble

Holder four-for leaves Test evenly poised on 20-wicket day
The day started off with Sri Lanka five wickets down in the second innings. It ended with Sri Lanka five wickets down in the fourth

Kusal Perera 'cleared of any serious injury'
Sri Lanka batsman crashed into the advertising hoardings while attempting a catch on the boundary

Gabriel, Roach give West Indies honours on rain-hit day
Sri Lanka failed to build on Lahiru Kumara's four-for on a truncated second day in which only 59 overs were possible

Dowrich half-century rescues West Indies on rain-hit day
Dowrich and Holder's unbroken 79-run stand repairs West Indies after fast bowlers scythe through top order on a lively Kensington Oval deck

Sri Lanka's Vandersay sent home from the West Indies
The 28-year old Sri Lankan legspinner has been punished for conduct that was in breach of his player contract

Chandimal out of third Test, appeal against suspension dismissed
Michael Beloff QC, the ICC-appointed judicial commissioner, has dismissed the Sri Lanka captain's appeal against his one-match suspension for ball-tampering

Sri Lanka look to refocus on cricket in pink-ball Test; Lakmal named captain
They are 1-0 down and will be led by Suranga Lakmal in Dinesh Chandimal's absence. West Indies, meanwhile, have won their two most recent Tests at the Kensington Oval

Chandimal, Sri Lanka coach and manager admit to 'serious' code violation
They played key roles in Sri Lanka not taking the field for two hours on the third day of the St Lucia Test and were hit with a Level 3 charge

Dinesh Chandimal appeals against ball-tampering suspension
The Sri Lanka captain had been suspended from the third and final Test of Sri Lanka's tour of the West Indies

Cricket's repository of ball-tampering since 2000
A list of all ball-tampering offences that led to an ICC charge in the 21st century

Jayawardene to captain MCC for T20s against Nepal and Netherlands
Three Scotland players - Dylan Budge, Alasdair Evans and Mark Watt - have also been included in the MCC squad for the triple-header at Lord's on July 29

Chandimal suspended for one Test; could miss four more
The Sri Lanka captain has received two suspension points and fined 100% of his match fee

Brathwaite, bad weather hold off Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka denied series-levelling win as 32.3 overs lost to weather on rainy final day in St Lucia

Gabriel gets five again but SL lead nears 300
Two dashing innings - a confident 87 off 117 from Kusal Mendis, and a stroke filled 62 off 70 from Niroshan Dickwella - propelled Sri Lanka to a 287-run lead in St Lucia, edging them ahead in the Test

ICC likely to approve harsher penalties for ball tampering soon
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has escaped a more severe ball-tampering charge because the ICC is yet to approve newly-modified sanctions for the offence

Chandimal pleads not guilty to ball-tampering charge
By not pleading guilty to the charge laid by the ICC, Chandimal will attend a hearing by match referee Javagal Srinath after the conclusion of the Test

Gabriel strikes for West Indies after narrow lead
Sri Lanka's quicks scythed through the West Indies lower order, and finished only 13 runs behind for the loss of one wicket by stumps

Sri Lanka deny wrongdoing amid ball-tampering controversy
The players refused to take the field for more than an hour after umpires informed them of their decision to change the ball

Smith and Kumara shine on rain-hit day
Only 42.3 overs were possible due to intermittent showers, enough time for the opener to score a fifty and the fast bowler to show some menace

Chandimal 119* saves Sri Lanka opening-day blushes
Shannon Gabriel and Kemar Roach shared nine wickets as West Indies took the first-day honours

SL selectors lobby government to sign Sangakkara, Jayawardene as consultants
They also want to get Aravinda de Silva and Roshan Mahanama on board

Hemantha Devapriya resigns as Sri Lanka women coach
He had been appointed to the post in October 2016, and was on a two-year contract, but has now quit five months before the World T20 in the Caribbean

West Indies eye successive Test wins after four years
After decimating Sri Lanka by 226 runs at Port-of-Spain, Jason Holder will hope for a repeat showing from his side

Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Gamage out of Sri Lanka's West Indies tour
Mathews has left for personal reasons, while Gamage has been ruled out with a fractured finger

Karunaratne to captain Sri Lanka A in Bangladesh
Karunaratne, who was ruled out of the ongoing tour of the West Indies with a broken finger, will return to action with the Sri Lanka A squad, which also features Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Thirimanne and Lakshan Sandakan

Chase, Bishoo spin West Indies to massive win
Spinners took six wickets on the final day as West Indies recorded their biggest run-margin victory at Queen's Park Oval

Kusal Mendis keeps SL fighting in improbable chase
Setting Sri Lanka a monumental 453 to chase before removing three top-order wickets, West Indies continued to stride towards victory but Kusal Mendis stood in their way with a defiant 94 on on day four

Thailand script historic first over Sri Lanka
Wongpaka Liengprasert picks up five wickets and then keeps composure with Thailand needing six off the final over to seal a last-ball win

Powell takes WI 360 ahead after bowlers' day out
As West Indies persisted, their bowlers delivering tight lines and testing lengths long after the morning's swing had disappeared, Sri Lanka's first innings crashed and burned after lunch

Bishoo delighted with 'West Indies fire' in Trinidad
West Indies legspinner also values batting contribution in century stand with Shane Dowrich that helped set up the game

Dowrich ton, fiery pacers give West Indies the advantage
The wicketkeeper posted his highest Test score before the West Indies pacers ran through the Sri Lanka top order

Spinners help India retain top position
A day after they were handed their first loss in the history of Asia Cup, India chased down 108 with ease to stage a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka in Kuala Lumpur

Dowrich, Holder keep West Indies alive after early damage
Suranga Lakmal moved the ball skillfully in the morning, and Lahiru Kumara bowled aggressively all day, but a 90-run sixth-wicket stand between Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich ensured the hosts emerged from day one with some credit

Maroof 60*, Dar record five-for strangle Sri Lanka
Captain Bismah Maroof struck an unbeaten 60, to go with her 1-14, before offspinner Nida Dar's record T20I haul of 5 for 21 set up Pakistan's 23-run win against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka hope to make history in the Caribbean
They have never won a Test series in the West Indies, and considering the hosts' form, they have a good chance to break that duck now

SLC reappoints women's selection committee for another year
New team manager Varuna Waragoda is the only new face as selector-on-tour, while Rasanjali Chandima Silva, Jayamini Indika and Thalika Gunaratne have been retained as other selectors

Nilakshi de Silva fires Sri Lanka to huge win
One day after being demolished by India by 142 runs, tournament hosts Malaysia succumbed to their second successive defeat, this time losing to Sri Lanka by 90 runs

SLC reappoint Labrooy as chief selector
Former fast bowler Eric Upashantha the lone new face in five-member senior selection committee

Tillakaratne appointed Sri Lanka Under-19 coach
The former national captain takes over from Roy Dias and is set to be in charge of the side till the 2020 World Cup

Dhananjaya to return for West Indies tour following father's funeral
The batsman had originally withdrawn from the tour after his father was killed by a gunman

Sri Lanka kick off Asia Cup with rout of Bangladesh
Bangladesh were bowled out for 63, a total that never stretched Sri Lanka at any point

SLC temporarily brought under the Sri Lankan government
"Competent Authority" appointed by sports ministry to oversee day-to-day affairs of the board, even as elections continue to be pushed back due to procedural violations

SLC elections postponed, again
A court of appeal found that SLC had failed to hold a mandatory 14-day nomination period following the announcement of the election date

Chamari Atapattu ruled out of Asia Cup with dengue
Shashikala Siriwardene will step in to lead four years after relinquishing national captaincy

A turning pitch at Galle is a normal thing - SLC
While the documentary implies gambling interests dictated the bowler-friendly nature of that surface, SLC CEO Ashley de Silva emphasised on the cricketing reasons for how that pitch turned out

Two former Sri Lankan players suspended over spot-fixing allegations
Jeevantha Kulatunga and Tharindu Mendis, working as coaches with SLC, were suspended after being seen in conversation with alleged fixers in Al Jazeera's documentary

Allegedly corrupt pitch curator is not a curator, says SLC
The person identified in an Al Jazeera investigation as a "groundsman" who curated Test pitches in Galle to suit bettors, is not a curator, according to SLC

SLC to support investigation into pitch-fixing allegations
The ICC is looking into a media report alleging that an individual involved in preparing pitches in Galle made surfaces according to instructions from bettors

Dhananjaya de Silva withdraws from West Indies tour after father killed by gunman
Sri Lankan Police confirmed that Ranjan de Silva, Dhananjaya's father, was shot dead in Rathmalana, just south of Colombo

Sri Lankan players to receive pay hike
Having cut salaries last year, a now-financially stable SLC has announced a raise of 34%, after posting profits of about USD 13.5 million last year

SLC announces 2017 profits of over USD 13.5 million
There is however a caveat, with the board's financial stability contingent on the SL government playing the remainder of what is owed for the Hambantota stadium

Usual suspects to contest SLC elections
A host of familiar names including Thilanga Sumathipala, Jayantha Dharmadasa and Nishantha Ranatunga will contest the elections on May 31

Financially-challenged CWI asks SLC help to host home series
One Test from Sri Lanka's tour next month may be scrapped in favour of limited-overs internationals

Mathews, Lakmal fit for West Indies Tests
Mathews to play as specialist batsman, while workload will be monitored on a match-by-match basis

Udawatte, Rajitha, Vandersay picked for West Indies Tests
Sri Lanka draft in four uncapped players, largely to take the place of injured players

SLC elections to be held on May 31
The elections had initially been announced for May 19, but were postponed on technical grounds

SLC appoints short-term bowling consultants from Australia
Former Australia legspinner Peter Sleep will be working with spinners, while Timothy McCaskill will be a consultant for the fast-bowling unit

Malinga misses domestic one-dayer for IPL duties
This despite national selectors insisting on him playing domestic cricket to be considered for national selection

Dimuth Karunaratne joins Sri Lanka's injured list
Bowlers Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera and Shehan Madushanka are already in serious doubt for the West Indies tour, and Karunaratne is likely to miss part of it

Malinga asked to play domestic games for national recall
Malinga had earlier said he would not be returning to Sri Lanka until the end of the IPL, where he is serving as Mumbai Indians' bowling mentor

SLC hopeful of holding elections on May 31
SLC announced an extraordinary general meeting with a view to holding board elections on May 31, subject to approval from the country's sports ministry

India unlikely to play day-night Test in Adelaide
Australia's home international schedule for 2018-19 includes maiden Tests at the Perth Stadium and Canberra's Manuka Oval, and an international debut for Gold Coast

SLC elections postponed after sports ministry criticism
The Sri Lanka Cricket elections, previously set for May 19, has been pushed back after the country's sports ministry claimed the board had violated procedure

Old Trafford to host India-Pakistan World Cup clash
England and South Africa will kick off the tournament at The Oval on May 30, and Lord's will host its fifth World Cup final on July 14

Roshen Silva stars in Galle's title triumph
The 29-year old finished the provincial four-day competition as the highest run-scorer, miles ahead of second-placed Niroshan Dickwella

Gurusinha to head SLC's High Performance Unit
SLC hopes to utilise the former batsman's expertise to bridge the gap between the national team and its talent production line

Sri Lanka Cricket elections set for May 19
Incumbent President Thilanga Sumathipala confirmed that he would run for another two-year term following recent changes to Sri Lanka's Sports Law

SLC begin search for new staff after Pothas' exit
Former Pakistan legspinner Mushtaq Ahmed is among those being considered for the position of spin bowling coach. The board is also on the hunt for a new fielding coach

Asia Cup 2018 moved from India to UAE
The six-team tournament is slated for September; PCB to co-host Emerging Team's Asia Cup with Sri Lanka in December

Chameera in doubt for West Indies tour, IPL
The Sri Lanka fast bowler has not joined the Rajasthan Royals squad because of a back complaint, and is set to undergo further tests

Arnold appointed Lankan Premier League director
With the tournament scheduled to run from August 18 to September 10, SLC is also attempting to lure second-string India players to participate

SL to play ODI series, one-off T20I instead of third SA Test
The revised tour will begin with Tests in Galle and at the SSC - which had also been the venues of South Africa's most-recent Tests on the island - before moving to Dambulla, Pallekele and finally Khettarama for the limited-overs leg

Batsmen dominate opening round of Super Four Provincial Tournament
Roshen Silva produces the standout performance with 231 not out, but there were several other notable knocks as both matches tapered into draws

Javeria, spinners help Pakistan seal 2-1 series win
Sana Mir, Nashra Sandhu, Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar returned combined figures of 15-0-41-3 as Pakistan, defending 113, restricted Sri Lanka to 75 for 8








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