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Dimuth recalled for tournament against Afghanistan

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The 16-member squad has been selected by the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee for the first two games of the ODI series vs. Afghanistan.

The three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will commence on June 02, 2023, at the MRICS in Hambantota.

Former captain Dimuth Karunaratne has been recalled to Sri Lanka’s ODI squad to replace batsman Nuwanidu Fernando. Karunaratne captained Sri Lanka’s ODI team until he was dropped following the tour of West Indies in 2021 and has not played international white-ball cricket since.

Also included is fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, a welcome return for Sri Lanka’s best fast bowler who has not played international cricket since September last year when he picked up an injury during the early stages of Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup campaign.

Also missing out on a place is all-rounder Dunith Wellalage, replaced by uncapped leg spinner Dushan Hemantha.

The squad is as follows :

1) Dasun Shanaka – Captain
2) Pathum Nissanka
3) Dimuth Karunaratne
4) Kusal Mendis (WK) – Vice Captain
5) Angelo Mathews
6) Charith Asalanka
7) Dhananjaya De Silva
8) Sadeera Samarawickrama – (WK)
9) Chamika Karunaratne
10) Dushan Hemantha
11) Wanindu Hasaranga
12) Lahiru Kumara
13) Dushmantha Chameera
14) Kasun Rajitha
15) Matheesha Pathirana
16) Maheesh Theekshana

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SL women’s squad announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the 15-member national squad to take part in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup 2024.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Harin Fernando, approved the squad. 

The Women’s Asia Cup will commence on the 19th July 2024 at the RDICS, Dambulla.

SL squad : Chamari Athapaththu (Captain), Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala, Shashini Gimhani, Ama Kanchana

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Sri Lanka to host ICC AGM

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In a statement, SLC mentioned that the mega cricket conference will bring together over 220 delegates from 108 ICC member countries from across the world, covering regions such as Africa, the Americas, Asia, East Asia Pacific, and Europe.

The pinnacle gathering of cricket administrators and stakeholders from around the globe, the ICC Annual Conference provides the platform for discussions on the strategic direction of the sport, governance, and the development of cricket worldwide, it added.

This year’s conference, themed “Capitalizing on the Olympic Opportunity,’ will discuss topics such as ‘Diversity and Inclusion,’ ‘environmental sustainability and the sport,’ and ‘Cricket’s triumphant return at LA28.

“This is a significant occasion for Sri Lanka, and we wish to warmly welcome the delegates from around the world to our beautiful island. We intend to use this conference to contribute to the future of cricket and showcase the beauty and heritage of our country to the world,” said Mr. Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.

The annual conference will consist of a series of key meetings, workshops, and networking sessions, and key decisions will be taken for the benefit of the future of the game.

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Revised schedule for India’s tour of Sri Lanka announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Saturday that the schedule for India’s upcoming white-ball tour of Sri Lanka has been revised, with the series now starting on July 27, a day later than originally planned.

The revised schedule is as follows:

T20Is

  – July 27, 2024 – 1st T20I at Pallekele

  – July 28, 2024 – 2nd T20I at Pallekele

  – July 30, 2024 – 3rd T20I at Pallekele

ODIs

  – July 31, 2024 – 1st ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 2, 2024 – 2nd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 4, 2024 – 3rd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

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