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LPL inaugural player auction on June 14

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The inaugural player auction of the Lanka Premier League will be conducted on June 14, 2023.

The much-awaited auction will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo.

This is the first time the tournament, which is Sri Lanka’s topmost domestic T20 league with an international flavor, is conducting a player auction, Sri Lanka Cricket states.

Each franchise team will bring in a sum of US$ 500,000 for the auction to bid for players, thus totaling up to an overall sum of US$ 2.5 million from all five teams, it adds.

The 4th Edition of the League will be held from July 30 to August 20, 2023.

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England into T20 WC semi-finals

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England charged into the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup with a dominant 10-wicket victory over the United States in Barbados. 

Chris Jordan’s hat-trick, the first for England in men’s T20s, helped dismiss the USA for just 115. 

Jordan, born in Barbados, claimed 4-10, including a run of five wickets in six balls.

Defending champions England chased down the target in just 9.4 overs, thanks to Captain Jos Buttler’s explosive 83 not out, featuring five sixes in a single over from Harmeet Singh.

England’s net run-rate guarantees their semi-final spot, with their match set for Wednesday in Trinidad or Thursday in Guyana. 

They could top Group 2 if the West Indies beat South Africa later on Sunday.

The semi-final picture will become clearer after Australia faces India on Monday. 

England could face either of those teams, Afghanistan, or Bangladesh as they pursue their third T20 title.

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New record for Tharushi

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Tharushi Karunarathna set an Asian Continental record in the Women’s 600m event at the Bilbao International Invitational Track and Field Athletic Meet in Spain.  

Karunarathna, participating in a Women’s 600m event for the first time, returned a time of 1:24.84s and went on to secure second place in this event.   

The meet was held targeting the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in France. The previous Women’s 600m Women’s Asian Continental record of 1:28.06s was held by Ayano Shomi of Japan in 2022.  

Bender Oboya of Australia with a time of 1:24.53s won first place while Maria de Lima of Brazil clocked 1:25.34s to claim third place.  

Meanwhile,  Kalinga Kumarage, participating in the Men’s 400m event, came third, clocking 45.91s. 

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SL cricket team returns

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The Sri Lanka cricket squad returned to the island this morning after a disappointing run at the ICC T20 World Cup.

The team reached the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake.

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