SLC negotiating with India to play 5 T-20s
by Rex Clementine
After weeks of speculation, Kusal Janith Perera has taken over as captain of Sri Lanka’s ODI team with Kusal Mendis named as his deputy. This is after six seniors were overlooked for ODIs as Sri Lanka are rebuilding for the 2023 World Cup.
Isuru Udana returns to the side having missed the tour of West Indies. Shiran Fernando, a 28-year-old quick has been named in a Sri Lankan squad for the first time.
Chamika Karunaratne, who came in as injury replacement to Lahiru Kumara during the Bangladesh series has been named in the 18 member ODI squad.
Sri Lanka will tour Bangladesh later this month followed by a tour of England where they will play ODIs and T-20s. In July, they are expected to host India for three ODIs and five T-20s.
SLC sources said that the board is negotiating with the Board of Control for Cricket in India to play five T-20s instead of three games.
India are expected to send a second string team as a Test series involving England would be taking place in the UK at the same time.
This tour was scheduled to take place last year but was postponed due to COVID. SLC was depending heavily on the tour to make huge profits but now that leading Indian stars like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and others will not feature in the series, their revenues will be significantly less. That is why SLC is requesting BCCI to increase two more T-20s.
Sri Lanka ODI Squad:
Kusal Janith Perera (Captain), Kusal Mendis (Vice-Captain), Danushka Gunathilaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Ashen Bandara, Wanindu Hasaranga, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Niroshan Dickwella, Dushmantha Chameera, Ramesh Mendis, Asitha Fernando, Lakshan Sandakan, Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando and Shiran Fernando.
Australia T20 captain retires from international cricket
BBC reported that former Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Opening batter Finch, 36, was Australia’s T20 captain, having retired from one-day internationals in September..
He represented Australia in five Tests, 146 one-day internationals and 103 T20s, leading them to their first T20 World Cup title in 2021.
Finch said it had been “incredible honour” to play for Australia.
He is set to continue playing in domestic T20 competitions, including in the Big Bash League (BBL) for Melbourne Renegades.
Fun Run announcing Asian Games at Port City today
The official Fun Run announcing the 19th Asian Games will be held under the patronage of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam and a host of dignitaries at the Colombo International Financial City (Port City) today.
The quadrennial Asian Games which was originally scheduled for September 2022 was postponed in May due to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in and around the host city of Hangzhou in China. The Game will now be held in Hangzhou, China from September 23 to October 8, 2023 under the motto of “Heart to Heart, @Future.”
The ‘Fun Run’ which acts like a baton relay of sorts was announced at a function held in Colombo yesterday.
The Fun Run will be held at the presence of Wu Jianzhong -Deputy Director of Games Services Department, Ge Jianyang -Staff of Press and Public Relations Department, Bao Hanyuan -Staff of Games Services Department and delegates from the Olympic Council of Asia. The National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka will be represented by its President Suresh Subramaniam, Secretary General NOC Sri Lanka Maxwell de Silva along with the executive committee of the NOC Sri Lanka.
To liven up this colourful pageant there will be a surfeit of sports and cultural activities involving over 700 persons. The highlight of the day’s activity will be a Jet Ski show presented by Sri Lanka Navy and a traditional Martial Art -Angampora Demonstration recited by the Army sports division. The President of the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka Suresh Subramaniam aired the importance of the Fun Run. He said “the presence of the Olympic Council of Asia Director General -Dr. Husain Al-Musallam who is the main cog behind Asian Games 2022, signifies how serious they are about the success of the event. Besides that, there is a host of other Games Officials who will await eagerly to see the successful completion of this event and report back as to what Sri Lanka is capable of delivering. For us this is a momentous opportunity and we are taking it with both hands”.
Commenting on the significance of the event, NOC Sri Lanka Secretary General Maxwell de Silva said “akin to the Olympic Day Run or the Commonwealth Games Baton relay or the Asian Games Fun Run is very significant. In reality the “Fun Run” is the flag-off of the event and the Lankan leg of the baton that will take place at the Port City, Colombo.” The Olympic Council of Asia is stepping up its “Asian Games for All” promotional campaign right now.
A major part of this campaign is the Asian Games Fun Run, which is held throughout the continent and brings together elite athletes, social runners, students/children and sports officials. The OCA is working closely with the National Olympic Committees in all five zones to create a Fun Run calendar in order to promote the upcoming Asian Games and involve all levels of the community in a family-oriented activity. To this end, the OCA has released a schedule for February and March taking in two of the five zones: South Asia and South East Asia. The programme is still being assembled for the three remaining zones -West Asia, Central Asia and East Asia -in conjunction with the NOCs and will be released shortly.
Amameth century propels Mahanama
Under 19 Cricket
by Reemus Fernando
A century by Kavindu Amameth was the highlight of the day as Mahanama posted 363 runs against De Mazenod on day one of the traditional cricket encounter at Kandana on Monday.
Amameth top scored with 126 runs (in 173 balls, 9x4s, 4x6s) and put on a third wicket stand of 206 runs with Inuka Karannagoda as Mahanama dominated proceedings on day one.
In the Under 19 Division I Tier ‘B’ match at Uyanwatta, St. Servatius’ cemented their top position in Group ‘Z’ by scoring a first innings points against Devapathiraja.
St. Servatius’ earn first innings points against Devapathiraja at Uyanwatta
113 all out in 35.3 overs (Gimhan Rasanjana 24, Pawan Sandesh 24, Tharush Damindu 3/18, Kushan Wijerama 4/25, Chathum Bimsara 2/32) and 151 for 8 decl. in 36.2 overs (Darshaka Sandeep 46, Jeewaka Shashin 31; Chathum Bimsara 2/21, Kushan Wijerama 3/34, Thisan Dewmith 2/40)
92 for 6 overnight 123 all out in 48.3 overs (Mithila Charles 39, Vishwa Supun 23, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 25; Irushka Thimira 6/47, Puljith Wathsuka 2/34) and 110 for 4 in 26.2 overs (Mithila Charles 27, Diniru Abeywickramasinghe 36, Chiran Neththaru 23n.o.; Puljith Wathsuka 2/38)
Mahanama dominate day one proceedings at Kandana
363 all out in 92.1 overs (Kavindu Amameth 126, Inuka Karannagoda 75, Rashmika Perera 52, Chamika Heenatigala 24, Eshan Withanage 24; Kavindu Kaushalya 4/97, Thushan Udayanga 3/64, Sithum Fernando 3/71)
2 for 1 in 5 overs
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