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Historic win for Sri Lankan womens team

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Skipper Chamari Athapaththu scored a brilliant century to guide Sri Lanka to a 8-wicket win over New Zealand Women in the rain-affected third and final One-Day International of the series at the Galle International Stadium.

By virtue of winning today’s tussle, the Lankans sealed the series against New Zealand 2-1.

This is the first time the Sri Lanka Women have beaten New Zealand in an ODI series.

Earlier, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine opted to bat first after winning the toss.

However, their innings was limited to 31 overs due to heavy rains.

At the stoppage, New Zealand was on 127/2 with Suzie Bates unbeaten on 63 while skipper Devine not out on 38.

Sri Lanka was then given a revised target of 196 in 29 overs.

Athapaththu spearheaded the tricky chase scoring 140 runs in just 80 delivers.

Her unbeaten innings also consisted of 13 fours and nine sixes.

In the process, Chamari Athapaththu also scored her 8th ODI ton. She was ably supported by Nilakshi de Silva who scored 48 not out in 68 balls.

Athapaththu and de Silva put on an unbeaten 190 runs partnership for the third wicket to seal an historic win for Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka also won the opening ODI series at the same venue by 9 wickets while New Zealand claimed a 116-run victory in the second game.

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SL women’s squad for ODI series against WI, announced

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The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee selected the following 16-member Sri Lanka squad to play the ODI series against the West Indies. 

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

The ODI series will be played in MRICS, Hambantota, on the 15th, 18th, and 21st of June.

Squad : Chamari Athapaththu – Captain, Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Nilakshi De Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Hansima Karunaratne, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoshi Fernando, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Sugandika Kumari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala

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Sri Lanka’s bodybuilding team shines in Maldives

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Team Sri Lanka secured two gold medals and a bronze at the 14th South Asian Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Championship 2024.

Buddhika Prasanna clinched gold in the 180cm Athletic Physique category, while Sahan Dilruk brought in another gold in the Men’s Sports Physique 180cm category. Vishwa Tharuka meanwhile earned a bronze medal in the WBPF Sport Physique 175cm category. 

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Ali Sabry calls for comprehensive cricket reforms

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Foreign Minister Ali Sabry, who also chairs the Cabinet Sub-Committee examining issues within Sri Lanka Cricket, has called for substantial reforms in the nation’s cricketing infrastructure. 

The statement follows recent disappointments in the ICC World Cup 2023 and ICC T20 World Cup, which Minister Sabry views as indicative of deeper, systemic problems.

Minister Sabry emphasized that these challenges cannot be resolved with short-term solutions. 

Instead, he advocates for a “bold, professional approach” to free Sri Lankan cricket from those who have mismanaged it for personal gain. “Cricket is the heartbeat of Sri Lanka,” Sabry noted, highlighting the sport’s historical role in uniting the nation and bringing joy and pride to its people.

Key Points from the Minister’s Statement:

Cricket’s National Importance : 

Sabry stressed that cricket is not merely a sport but a reflection of Sri Lankan national spirit. Success should be measured by on-field victories and the inspiration it brings to the populace, rather than financial metrics.

Need for Reform : 

As chairman of the Cabinet Sub-Committee, Sabry underscored the urgent need for comprehensive reforms. He cited a report presented to President Ranil Wickremesinghe on January 1, 2024, which outlines a clear path forward for these reforms.

Legislative Changes :

The report recommends new legislation to overhaul the sports law and constitution governing Sri Lanka Cricket, a move seen as critical for the sport’s revival.

Sub-Committee’s Focus Areas:

1. Structural Reforms: Evaluating and proposing changes to the composition and structure of Sri Lanka Cricket.

2. Administration and Coaching: Enhancing the framework for administering, coaching, and ensuring the well-being of players across all levels, including national men’s and women’s teams, as well as under-19 and under-17 teams.

3. Good Governance : Implementing best practices to ensure transparency, professionalism, and accountability, benchmarking against successful systems in other test-playing countries.

4. Grassroots Development**: Revamping the feeder structure, including schools, district, provincial, and club-level cricket, to ensure meritocracy, equality, and equity.

Read the final report of the cabinet sub-committee 

Final report of the Cabinet… by Adaderana Online

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