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No Wanindu in World Cup squad (Update)

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A 15-member squad has been officially announced by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Wanindu Hasaranga has not been included in the squad on account of the fact that he is stil recovering from an injury. In the event he is declared fit to play during the tournament, however, Hasaranga will be considered as a replacement if another squad member is injured during play, SLC said in an official statement.

Accordingly, the following squad, selected by the SLC Cricket Selection Committee, will take part in the World Cup due to be held in India from 05 October to 19 November.

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(Previous News : 26th Sep. 2023 at 11:50am)

SL squad for 2023 World Cup announced

The Sri Lanka squad scheduled to take part in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 has been announced.

Accordingly, Dasun Shanaka will continue as the Captain of the squad.

The squad named by the Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee include Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Janith, Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana and Lahiru Kumara.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana and Dilshan Madushanka have been named as players subject to fitness while Dushan Hemantha and Chamika Karunaratne have been named as travelling reserves.

The team participating in the World Cup cricket series scheduled to commence in India on October 5 is scheduled to leave the country today (26).

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Leading cricketer Angelo Mathews has alerted that there is a scam underway, using his name.

Taking to X, Mathews has said the same :

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World Athletics to award prize money at Olympics

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World Athletics has announced it will become the first international federation to award prize money at the Olympic Games.

The global governing body said a total prize pot of $2.4m (£1.9m) has been made available for this summer’s Olympics in Paris, with gold medallists receiving $50,000 (£39,400).

This will be extended to silver and bronze medallists at Los Angeles 2028.

World Athletics president Lord Coe called the decision a “pivotal moment”.He told BBC Sport the organisation wanted to create a “stable financial landscape” for athletes.

There will be 48 athletics events in Paris, with relay gold medallists to share their prize money among the team.

The prize money will not apply at the Paralympics, which takes place from 28 August to 8 September, as Para-athletics is governed by World Para Athletics.

“The introduction of prize money for Olympic gold medallists is a pivotal moment for World Athletics and the sport of athletics as a whole, underscoring our commitment to empowering the athletes and recognising the critical role they play in the success of any Olympic Games,” Coe said.

“While it is impossible to put a marketable value on winning an Olympic medal, or on the commitment and focus it takes to even represent your country at an Olympic Games, I think it is important we start somewhere and make sure some of the revenues generated by our athletes at the Olympic Games are directly returned to those who make the Games the global spectacle that it is.”

Greg Rutherford, who won gold in the long jump at London 2012, said: “This is a brilliant step in the right direction and I take my hat off to Seb Coe and the rest of the World Athletics staff for initiating this improvement.”

The former British athlete said the view that Olympic sports are still amateur “couldn’t be further from the truth”.

Asked if prize money went against the Olympic spirit, Coe replied: “I don’t see that making life a little easier for the athletes, allowing them maybe to stay on in the sport a little bit longer, to give them the financial independence to train, and maybe in a more sophisticated way is anything other than sitting behind good firm Olympic principles.”

World Athletics said the format and structure of prize money for the 2028 Games will be announced nearer the time.

It added that the payment of prize money will depend on athletes “undergoing and clearing the usual anti-doping procedures”.

Given the Olympics’ origins as an amateur sports event, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) does not award prize money but distributes funding through international federations (IF) and national Olympic committees (NOC).

Some national Olympic committees offer financial rewards to their medallists, though the British Olympic Association does not.

The IOC said: “It is up to each IF and NOC to determine how to best serve their athletes and the global development of their sport.”

(BBC News)

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LPL 2024 fixtures announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the fixtures for the 2024 Lanka Premier League (LPL), which is the fifth edition of the tournament.

The tournament will kick off on July 01, 2024, with the final scheduled for July 21. 

According to the fixtures, the 2024 LPL will be played in three venues, which are Colombo, Dambulla, and Kandy. 

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