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Pakistan beats Nepal by 238 runs



In the first match of the Asia Cup 2023 held yesterday (30), hosts Pakistan easily secured a win against Nepal by 238 runs.

Pakistan Captain Babar Azam scored 151 runs in a superb inning, which included 14 fours and 4 sixes.

This was Azam’s 19th ODI hundred and Iftikhar Ahmed smashed 109 off 71 balls.

Babar’s 151 off 131 deliveries and his double-century fifth-wicket stand with Iftikhar provided Pakistan a strong total of 342-6 after the hosts won the toss and elected to bat in the Group A game.

Nepal, making its first appearance in the Asia Cup, was bowled out for 104 in 23.4 overs.

Imam Ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman opened the Pakistan innings. However, they could not get off to a successful start and the first 2 wickets fell at 25 runs.

Zaman scored 14 runs while Ul Haq scored 5 runs.

Mohammad Rizwan put on an 86-run stand for the third wicket with Captain Azam.

Rizwan scored 44 runs and Iftikhar Ahmed scored 109 runs not out.

Sompal Kami took 2 wickets for Nepal.

At the end of 50 overs, Pakistan scored 342 for 6 wickets.

The first 3 players of Nepal were out at 14.

Aarif Sheikh and Sompal Kami kept the game going until the fourth wicket fell at 59 runs.

Due to the skillful bowling of the Pakistan team, eight Nepalese batsmen left the field without scoring beyond 10 runs.

Shadab Khan took 4 wickets for 27 runs.

Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf took 2 wickets each.

At the end of 23 overs and 4 balls, the Nepali team was able to score only 104 runs.


Ceylon tea exports offset $60M of Sri Lanka’s fuel debt to Iran




The Sri Lanka Tea Board announced yesterday that exports of Ceylon Tea have successfully offset a substantial portion of the country’s fuel bill owed to Iran, amounting to US $ 60 million.

Since 2011, Sri Lanka has accumulated an arrears of US $ 251 million for fuel imports from Iran.

Sri Lanka Tea Board Chairman Niraj De Mel said that the settlement was achieved, as exports of tea to Iran tripled during this period.

Facing financial challenges exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and domestic economic downturn, Sri Lanka struggled to meet its financial obligations to Iran, due to the foreign exchange shortages.

To resolve this issue, an agreement was reached between the two nations, focusing on settling outstanding debts through tea exports.

De Mel reported that tea exports to Iran from January to May 2024 totalled 4.98 million kilogrammes, a significant increase compared to 1.85 million kilogrammes exported during the same period in 2023.

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by has not been edited by SLM staff) 

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Sri Lanka to Host ICC Annual General Meeting, July 19-22




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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Mervin Backs Wijeyadasa for President




Former Sri Lankan Minister Mervin Silva is backing Minister (Dr) Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe and President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne, as potential candidates for President.

“This country needs a leader who can take it forward,” Silva asserted.

As election campaigns intensify, he highlighted the tendency of politicians to make extravagant promises. 

Drawing from his experience serving under Mahinda Rajapaksa, Silva recalled the distribution of various items, including material and undergarments, during campaigns. Despite these efforts, Mahinda Rajapaksa lost the election.

Similarly, Silva pointed out that Sajith Premadasa’s massive rallies at Galle Face Green did not secure victory. 

“We need a leader,” Silva emphasized, *”who can uphold law and order, enforce laws effectively, and collaborate with experts.”

In his opinion, Minister of Justice Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe stands out as the best candidate for the presidency. Silva also mentioned ongoing discussions with President’s Counsel Maithri Gunaratne.

“Deceitful politicians,” Silva concluded, “must be held accountable and sent home.”

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