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SL to face Oman for first time in the field

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Sri Lanka and Oman will face each other in a crucial match scheduled to be played in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe under the Group B of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers.

This is the second match played by the Sri Lankan team in the qualifiers.

The match being held between the Sri Lanka team and the Oman team for the first time in the history of cricket will commence at 12.30 pm Sri Lanka time. 

One of the special features of this match is that Duleep Mendis, former captain of the Sri Lanka cricket team, will be the coach of the Oman team.

Omanis won both the matches they played in the qualifiers.

Mendis, who led the Omani team to the International Cricket Council’s ODI status, hopes to take his team to the ODI world cup to be held in India at the end of the year.

Today’s match will not pose a challenge for the Sri Lankan team as they are equipped with all-rounders.

Sri Lanka’s opening bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara and spinner Maheesh Theekshana will pose a serious threat to the Omani batsmen.

Omani team has four top batsmen in their ranks in Kashyap Prajapati, skipper Zeeshan Maqsood, Aqib Illyas, who so far made back to back half tons, Mohammad Nadeem and Shoaib Khan from whom they will be expecting for a repeat of their performances of the first two matches.

Meanwhile, fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, who missed the first match due to an injury will not take part in today’s match.

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SL women’s squad announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket has announced the 15-member national squad to take part in the Women’s T20 Asia Cup 2024.

The Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Harin Fernando, approved the squad. 

The Women’s Asia Cup will commence on the 19th July 2024 at the RDICS, Dambulla.

SL squad : Chamari Athapaththu (Captain), Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Hasini Perera, Kavisha Dilhari, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani, Sugandika Kumari, Udeshika Prabodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Kawya Kavindi, Sachini Nisansala, Shashini Gimhani, Ama Kanchana

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Sri Lanka to host ICC AGM

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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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Revised schedule for India’s tour of Sri Lanka announced

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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Saturday that the schedule for India’s upcoming white-ball tour of Sri Lanka has been revised, with the series now starting on July 27, a day later than originally planned.

The revised schedule is as follows:

T20Is

  – July 27, 2024 – 1st T20I at Pallekele

  – July 28, 2024 – 2nd T20I at Pallekele

  – July 30, 2024 – 3rd T20I at Pallekele

ODIs

  – July 31, 2024 – 1st ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 2, 2024 – 2nd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

  – August 4, 2024 – 3rd ODI (D/N) at Colombo (RPS)

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