Sri Lanka Cricket announces that the Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 has approved Binura Fernando as a replacement for left arm fast bowler Dilshan Madushanka in the Sri Lanka squad.
Fernando who has played nine T20Is, was named as a replacement after Madushanka was ruled out due to an injury. Fernando will travel out from Sri Lanka and join the rest of the squad in Australia.
The replacement of a player requires the approval of the Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to the squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 consists of Wasim Khan, ICC General Manager – Cricket (Chair); Chris Tetley, ICC Head of Events; Peter Roach, Cricket Australia; Shane Doyle, Men’s T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee; Shaun Pollock (Independent) and Ian Bishop (Independent).
Earlier, left-arm fast bowler – Dilshan Madushanka was ruled out of the T20 World Cup after sustaining a quadriceps injury.
The 22-year-old was to share the new ball with speedster Dushmantha Chameera in today’s curtain raiser, but left the training session just four balls into his second over nursing his hip on Saturday morning.
An MRI performed had showed a right upper quadriceps muscle injury.
Chamari Athapaththu unpicked in WPL auction
Sri Lankan captain Chamari Athapaththu went unsold in the first round of auctions for the second season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL).
The Player of the Tournament in the recently concluded Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) also went unsold during the first edition of the WPL.
The WPL Auction concluded in Mumbai on Saturday with 30 out of the 165 registered being sold to the five teams.
Annabel Sutherland and Kashvee Gautam were the top buys of the day, being sold to the Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Giants respectively for Rs. 2 crores.
Sri Lankan ground staff awarded promised cash reward – SLC
Sri Lanka Cricket states that they have commenced the distribution of the US$50,000 award (LKR 16 million) money promised during the Asia Cup to the ground staff of the RPICS, Colombo, and PICS, Kandy.
Accordingly, 138 members of the ground staff of the RPICS, Colombo, who worked during the Asia Cup 2023 (permanent and contract employees) were rewarded for their effort, while 115 members of the ground staff of the PICS, Kandy, will receive their reward this Friday.
A media statement by the SLC further notes :
The staff of both venues did a yeomen service during the tournament to ensure the practice facilities, outfield, pitches, covering and uncovering of the ground, and related services were in place and in time to conduct the tournament successfully, despite the bad weather conditions that prevailed during that time.
Curators, turf supervisors, ground staff, and technical staff are among the recipients of the reward payment.
The rewards were granted to the RPICS ground staff by the National Curator, Mr. Godfrey Dabrera, this morning.
The rewards were awarded jointly by the Asian Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket, with each institution contributing US$25,000.
Weak judgement mars Katukurunda Speed 2023
The much awaited Nippon Paint Katukurunda Speed 2023 held last weekend (Dec. 02- 03). However, eyebrows have been raised over a racer being declared as the winner despite flouting rules and regulations of the tournament.
The event was organised by the Sri Lanka Automobile Sports (SLAS), the governing body for motorsports in Sri Lanka for the 3rd consecutive year.
Nippon Racing Brand Ambassador Ushan Perera was declared as the winner of the SL GT 3500 event. However, live footage of the race had showed Ushan overtaking Dilantha Malagamuwa in a questionable manner. Despite even the commentators pointing out that the action deserved a penalty, all 03 track marshals had stayed mum, reports say.
However, Dilantha was given a penalty over a false start.
Rumours state that Ushan’s action had been overlooked as Nippon Paints is the main sponsor of the event.
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