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 who were playing consistently but you have to move on,” said Ahmed on Wednesday. “We have 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...

Upul Tharanga suspended for two matches after four-hour innings

Sri Lanka’s stand-in captain Upul Tharanga has been suspended for his team’s next two matches in the Champions Trophy because of a “serious” over-rate offence in their first group B match against South Africa at The Oval. Sri Lanka took more than four hours to bowl 50 overs, and match referee David Boon ruled they were short of the target by four overs, even after making time allowances. Tharanga had been filling in as captain for Angelo Mathews, who did not make it through a fitness test Read more...

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Hosts win by 8 wickets

England (308/2) beat Bangladesh (305/6) by eight wickets Starts can hardly be more misleading. England won the toss and after eight balls of the Champions Trophy, Chris Woakes – the ever-reliable Woakes – had bowled a maiden over, Mark Wood was looking too sharp for Bangladesh’s batsmen, and England’s opening game looked to be a stroll. England eventually won comfortably enough, with eight wickets and 16 balls to spare, but at immense cost. They lost Woakes, arguably their most indispensable Read more...

Champions Trophy: NZ beat SL by 6 wickets

New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in their second and the final ICC Champions Trophy 2017 warm-up game at Edgbaston. Kane Williamson’s men will open their campaign against Australia on June 4 while Angelo Mathews’ men will take on South Africa on June 3 at the Oval. Get full cricket score of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand here.  Read more...

Misbah, Younis get dramatic farewell

Pakistan clinched their first ever series win in the Caribbean when they beat West Indies in a thrilling finish to the third test in Dominica on Sunday, giving Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq a perfect retirement present. A valiant, unbeaten century by Roston Chase almost staved off defeat for West Indies, who were all out for 202 in their second innings with only one over remaining at Windsor Park in Roseau. Chase and the West Indies tail made the Pakistan bowlers sweat after the visitors took the Read more...

Manohar to remain ICC chairman until June 2018

The uncertainty over whether ICC will have a new Chairman in June has been brought to an end by the man who started it in the first place. Shashank Manohar has decided to complete his elected term as ICC Chairman, which is due to end in June 2018, the ICC confirmed. The decision represents a second change of heart in his tenure. In March, Manohar had opted to step down for ‘personal’ reasons, but was persuaded quickly by a host of ICC Directors – both Full Members and Associates – Read more...

‘Battle of Golds’ on 24th and 25th March

The 11th ‘Battle of the Gold’s big match between Mahanama College and D.S.Senanayake College will be played on 24 and 25 March at P. Sara Oval. This was revealed at the press conference held at the same venue on Monday. The one-day encounter will be played on 9 April at R. Premadasa International Stadium. DSS will host the limited over’s encounter this year and to celebrate their 50th anniversary the game will be played under lights for the first time. The DSS-Mahanama big match Read more...