New role for Angelo Mathews

Former skipper Angelo Mathews, who marks his return to the SL team, will have a different role to play in India as he is set to bat higher up the order at the number four position as a specialist batsman. Mathews (30) used to bat at number five and bowls occasionally during Tests for Sri Lanka after the retirement of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, whereas earlier he batted further down the order at number six position. Out of his 122 innings’ in Tests, Mathews had only batted thrice at number three: two against Pakistan and one against India, while he had never batted in that position Read more...

New-look SL team ready for special delivery

Pakistan will look to transfer the momentum from their one-day whitewash against Sri Lanka into the three Twenty20 internationals starting in Abu Dhabi on Thursday and ending in Lahore three days later. Pakistan blanked Sri Lanka 5-0 in the preceding one-day series and start the Twenty20 fixtures as strong favourites as the number two-ranked side, with Sri Lanka a lowly eighth. If Pakistan sweeps the T20 series they will come within a point of first-place New Zealand and could go top if India beat Read more...

Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to FIFA best male player award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best male player at the 2017 Best FIFA Football Awards in London. Ronaldo beats Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Paris St-Germain’s Neymar to the honour. The Real Madrid forward received 43.16% of the total votes. The award, which covers the period of Nov. 20, 2016, to July 2, 2017, is voted for by national team coaches, captains and selected media, who each listed a first, second and third-place choice on their ballots.  Read more...

Sri Lanka to confirm Pakistan tour today

Sri Lanka will announce today about Pakistan’s tour for the third Twenty20 International, that is set to be played at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore. Sri Lankan team manager Asanka Gurusinha revealed that the cricket board will take a final decision of either touring to Pakistan or not, after the board members’ meeting in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Monday. Gurusinha announced to the media in Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Stadium prior to the press conference of Sri Lankan skipper Upul Tharanga. The team manager Read more...

Doubts over 2022 Commonwealth Games

The deadline for bids to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games has been extended after Birmingham’s application was judged to be “not fully compliant”. Birmingham was the only bidder before the original 30 September deadline. Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a potential Australian entry had been thought to be possible bidders but none came forward. Now Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Louise Martin has announced a new deadline of 30 November. Martin congratulated Birmingham Read more...

Pakistan rest Azhar Ali for Sri Lanka one-day series

Pakistan rested Azhar Ali for the five-match one-day series against Sri Lanka starting in Dubai next week to give the opener time to recover from a knee problem, selectors said Friday. The 32-year-old is featuring in the second and final Test in Dubai on Friday only after having injections to relieve the pain. Pakistan have made only one change from the side which won the Champions Trophy in England in June this year, bringing in uncapped 21-year-old opener Imam-ul-Haq in Ali’s place. Imam Read more...

Sri Lanka vs Pakistan first Test Chandimal looks for new beginning

Rival captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Dinesh Chandimal hope the recent two-match Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka will give them a new beginning. Pakistan wants to turn the page after the retirement of their two greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, while Sri Lanka will look to lift their recent poor showing in the longer format. Ahmed, who will lead Pakistan for the first time in Tests, is confident that his team will avail the first opportunity. “Obviously, you have two great players Read more...

ICC launches corruption probe in Sri Lanka

The ICC has confirmed its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) has opened an investigation in Sri Lanka, less than 48 hours after 40 top cricketers petitioned Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to launch an inquiry into corruption allegations. On Friday, SLC confirmed it had received a letter signed by national players, including captains Dinesh Chandimal and Upul Tharanga, urging the board to probe the “baseless allegations” the players claim were made by former cricketer and selector Pramodya Wickramasinghe. Read more...

Pakistan breezes into semi-finals

The Champions Trophy might have been damp and lifeless on the English shores this year, but it was on a Welsh detour that it finally roared to life. In the game which had the most riding on it all tournament, Pakistan and Sri Lanka provided a spectacle befitting the magnitude of the occasion, and Pakistan sneaked across the line with a thrilling three-wicket win. But that’s only half the story. The rest centered around how madly the momentum of this game swung as two obviously flawed teams Read more...