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Schedule change in Ireland tour of Sri Lanka

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Cricket Ireland has yesterday confirmed (13) it has agreed to a schedule change that will see Ireland Men’s tour of Sri Lanka in April become a two-match Test series in Gall

The previously advertised bilateral schedule saw the two sides playing a single Test and two ODIs, however it was mutually agreed that the two ODIs would instead become a Test Match.

The tour dates will not change, with the scheduled arrival of the Irish squad being 9 April and departure on 29 April.

FIXTURE SCHEDULE
  • 16-20 April: Sri Lanka Men v Ireland Men – Test Match (Galle)
  • 24-28 April: Sri Lanka Men v Ireland Men – Test Match (Galle)

Richard Holdsworth, High Performance Director at Cricket Ireland, has said: “When we were approached by Sri Lanka Cricket about the possibility of a change to the schedule, our immediate thoughts were around our white-ball priority, given the potential 50-over World Cup qualification later this year still being a tangible outcome. Talking through our priorities and their priorities, we agreed to the late change given that the Test series is preceded by six white-ball matches in Bangladesh, and followed by three further ODIs after we return home.

“Exposing our playing group to an extended period in Asian conditions will be beneficial to their development and given the World Cup this year is in India, the more exposure to these conditions, the better – despite it being a different format,” he has added.

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Chamari Athapaththu – ICC Women’s Player of May 2024

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Chamari Athapaththu has won the ICC Women’s Player of the Month award for May 2024.

Athapaththu beat Scotland captain Kathryn Bryce and England’s Sophie Ecclestone for the monthly gong.

This is the second time the Sri Lanka star has won this award. She previously won the title  in September last year.

The all-rounder is firmly established as a modern-day great as Sri Lanka’s highest run-getter in both white-ball formats.  The 34-year-old smashed a century last month at the  ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2024. She finished the event as the leading run-scorer, giving Sri Lanka the title and helping the island nation earn their place at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

Athapaththu scored 151 runs at an average of 37.75 and was impressive with the ball too as she picked up six scalps at merely 9.16 runs per wicket, in her four games during the month of May.

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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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