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Dilshan Madushanka nominated for top ICC award 

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Sri Lanka’s ace left-arm seamer Dilshan Madushanka was today nominated for the ICC Men’s Emerging Cricketer of the Year 2023.

The 23-year-old came in as an injury replacement to Dushmantha Chameera during the ICC World Cup Qualifier Tournament and he cashed in when given the opportunity.

Madushanka entered with one for 38 against The Netherlands, kicking into gear with a barnstorming three for 15-performance against Zimbabwe, taking the wickets of both openers and Wessly Madhevere at number three.

A spell of one for 49 against the West Indies followed, before a Player of the Match performance in the tournament final in another meeting with the Dutch, taking three for 18 in seven overs.

The quick, stepped up at the World Cup, claiming 11 wickets in his first four outings, with a four-for 49-performance against the Dutch again.

Madushanka went on to finish with 21 wickets at an average of 25 in the main tournament, with a five-wicket haul against India, and three for 69 against Bangladesh.

On the T20I side, six of Madushanka’s dozen wickets were claimed at the T20 Asia Cup, doing so at an economy of 25.83.

Madushanka’s name dominated the top of India’s scorecard, taking five of their top six in the heat of the Wankhede Stadium deep into the Cricket World Cup group stage.

The left-arm hushed the crowd with a ripsnorter to dismiss Rohit Sharma in the first over and returned to remove Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli in successive overs through the middle.

Madushanka went on to strike twice at the death, claiming Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer. 

(ICC)

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Inaugural Lanka T10 league in December

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The inaugural edition of the Lanka T10 League will be held from December 12 to December 22, 2024.
The tournament, which was initially planned to be held in 2023, will now be held in December this year, which provides us with an ideal window to conduct a successful competition.

Lanka T10 League, Sri Lanka’s newest addition to its annual cricket calendar will feature some of the finest international stars along with Sri Lanka’s top international stars.

The action-packed competition will also provide opportunities for the brightest young talents in the country to mix, mingle, and play along with international stars.

” I have full confidence that this tournament will be a resounding success, contributing to Sri Lanka Cricket’s ability to stay current with the evolving trends in the game.,” said Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

Adding more thoughts on the Lanka T10 December tournament, Mr Shammi Silva added, “We foresee that this event will not solely captivate cricket enthusiasts, but also serve as a catalyst for popularizing the tournament broadly.”

Mr. Anil Mohan, the Founder and CEO of IPG Group and one of the constituent member of the consortium holding the Event rights for the Lanka T10 League, “This is a great stepping stone for us as we get to organise another exciting chapter in Sri Lankan Cricket. Our league unites the top international stars and local talent on an exciting platform for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Together, we aim to make history and elevate the game with every thrilling match.”

The tournament will feature six men’s teams covering regional cricket epicenters, with each team consisting of a squad of 16 players, along with six foreign players.

“We’re thrilled to bring T10 cricket to Sri Lanka, and we’re grateful to SLC for their support. This league holds added significance as it is formally endorsed by esteemed members like SLC, highlighting the credibility and excitement surrounding this new era in Sri Lankan cricket.” Shaji ul Mulk, Chairman of TTen Global Sports, representing the Lead Partner, of the Event Rights Consortium.

The matches will be played in some of Sri Lanka’s top international cricket venues and under lights.

(SLC)

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Pathum Nissanka likely to miss Bangladesh tour

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Sri Lankan prolific opener Pathum Nissanka is likely to miss the Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh,  which will commence on March 04, ‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ learns.
It is said that he is to undergo a month of rest, after retiring hurt during the last T20I against Afghanistan held recently in Dambulla.

Meanwhile, the most senior pacer in the squad – Dushmantha Chameera too is to miss the Bangladesh tour after getting injured during the Afghanistan tour and it has been decided to call in Asitha Fernando as his replacement.

In addition, Sri Lanka’s T20I captain Wanindu Hasaranga too, will miss the first T20Is against Bangladesh after the ICC suspended him for 02 matches over his run-in with umpire Lyndon Hannibal in the third T20I against Afghanistan on February 21.

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TM Dilshan granted Australian citizenship

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has been granted Australian citizenship, confirmed by Australian MP Jason Wood in a social media post.

Dilshan, renowned for his explosive batting style, played a pivotal role in numerous victories for the Sri Lankan cricket team throughout his career. 

The 47-year-old’s acquisition of Australian citizenship marks a new chapter in his life post-retirement from professional cricket.

“Today’s citizenship ceremony was made even more special with the attendance of Tillakaratne Dilshan, a former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

“Dilshan is regarded as the best Sri Lankan player in run-chases in ODI history. 

He also holds the record for being the top run-scorer in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with 500 runs and scored a century against England in the semi-final. 

Additionally, he was part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20,” posted MP Jason Wood on social media.

MP Jason Wood, welcoming Dilshan as a new Australian citizen and local resident, expressed hope that the veteran would consider joining a local team.

“It was great to hear that his daughter Resandi is following in her father’s footsteps,” he added.

Tillakaratne Dilshan amassed over 10,000 runs from 330 ODIs since his one-day international debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. 

His Test career spanned 87 matches, during which he accumulated 5492 runs, including a high-score of 193. 

In 80 T20I matches, Dilshan made 1889 runs, featuring one century and 13 half-centuries.

Renowned for his unorthodox style, including the innovative scoop shot, Dilshan proved to be an extremely effective and versatile batsman across formats throughout his career.

Source: ABP News Bureau

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