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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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TM Dilshan granted Australian citizenship

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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Tillakaratne Dilshan has been granted Australian citizenship, confirmed by Australian MP Jason Wood in a social media post.

Dilshan, renowned for his explosive batting style, played a pivotal role in numerous victories for the Sri Lankan cricket team throughout his career. 

The 47-year-old’s acquisition of Australian citizenship marks a new chapter in his life post-retirement from professional cricket.

“Today’s citizenship ceremony was made even more special with the attendance of Tillakaratne Dilshan, a former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain of the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

“Dilshan is regarded as the best Sri Lankan player in run-chases in ODI history. 

He also holds the record for being the top run-scorer in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup with 500 runs and scored a century against England in the semi-final. 

Additionally, he was part of the Sri Lankan team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20,” posted MP Jason Wood on social media.

MP Jason Wood, welcoming Dilshan as a new Australian citizen and local resident, expressed hope that the veteran would consider joining a local team.

“It was great to hear that his daughter Resandi is following in her father’s footsteps,” he added.

Tillakaratne Dilshan amassed over 10,000 runs from 330 ODIs since his one-day international debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe. 

His Test career spanned 87 matches, during which he accumulated 5492 runs, including a high-score of 193. 

In 80 T20I matches, Dilshan made 1889 runs, featuring one century and 13 half-centuries.

Renowned for his unorthodox style, including the innovative scoop shot, Dilshan proved to be an extremely effective and versatile batsman across formats throughout his career.

Source: ABP News Bureau

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Afghanistan wins final T20

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The visiting Afghanistan bagged the final T20I held against Sri Lanka in Dambulla today (Feb. 21) by 03 runs after a thrilling match.

Batting first, the visitors scored 209/5. After a strong start, opener Pathum Nissanka retired hurt and Sri Lanka could only score 206/6 by the end of 20 overs.

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Match schedule of Bangladesh tour announced

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Sri Lanka’s men’s team will tour Bangladesh during March–April this year to take part in an all-format tour.

The tour will feature 03 T20Is, 03 ODIs and 02 Tests.

The match schedule is as follows :

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