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IPL : Wanindu retained while Chamika & Dushmantha released

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Sri Lanka’s star bowler – Wanindu Hasaranga has been retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, as IPL teams named the players they retained ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League 2023 on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka’s star bowler – Wanindu Hasaranga has been retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, as IPL teams named the players they retained ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League 2023 on Tuesday.

However, Sri Lankan all-rounder – Chamika Karunaratne, who was owned by Kolkata Knight Riders, has been released.

Seamer – Dushmantha Chameera has also been released by the Lucknow Super Giants.

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Wedding bells for 3 cricketers

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Wedding bells rang for 03 Sri Lankan cricketers today (28).
Kasun Rajitha, Charith Asalanka, and Pathum Nissanka got married in three separate locations in Colombo. 

The cricketers were a part of the Sri Lanka team that played against Afghanistan in Pallekele, Kandy yesterday, which was abandoned due to adverse weather conditions.

They are expected to return to the squad by this evening for the final ODI against Afghanistan, which is to be held at the Pallekele stadium on Wednesday.
Afghanistan is currently leading the series as 1-0.

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Sri Lanka must win match today

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Following their 60-run loss in the opening ODI on Friday, Sri Lanka will look to bounce back in the second ODI against Afghanistan today to keep the three-match series alive.

Each team in the Super League play three ODIs against eight other teams, four of these are home series and four are away series. 

At the end of the cycle only the top eight teams will earn direct qualification while the rest will play a qualifying round to earn one of the two remaining spot in the 10-team tournament in 2024.

With six wins, 12 defeats and one no result, Sri Lanka is placed 10th in the table with a total of 62 points. 

Their next assignment is against New Zealand in New Zealand.

Afghanistan, meanwhile, take a big step towards sealing their World Cup place. 

With 110 points now they are placed seventh.

Before Afghanistan seamers destroyed Sri Lanka’s batting order, their top order laid a solid platform to put on a formidable target on the board.

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LPL played without Sports Ministry approval

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Sri Lanka Premier League (LPL) tournament has been played without the approval of the Sports Ministry, Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe said.

He told Parliament that neither the Sports Ministry nor he as the Sports Minister has seen the agreement.

“I have sent a letter to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) requesting for the agreement,” he said.

He said this while responding to a question by SJB MP Nalin Bandara Jayamaha during the Committee stage debate of the Sports Ministry.

The Minister said only through the media he got to know that the agreement has been reached to play T10 tournament as well.

“Definitely, there is a problem here,” he said.

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