The Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee selected the following Sri Lanka ‘A’ squad to play the 02 four-day games and the 03 one-day limited-over games against the England Lions Team.
Meanwhile, several cricketers have also decided to name several players as and when needed during the upcoming games, as part of their preparation for the Sri Lanka Tour of New Zealand.
Battle of the Blues postponed by a week
The 144th Battle of the Blues between St. Thomas’ College Mount Lavinia and Royal College Colombo due to be played on March 9 – 11, has been rescheduled to the immediate next weekend.
This is due to the Local Government polls being scheduled for the same day.
A media communique states : “The match will now be played with spectators on the 16, 17 and 18th of March at the SSC grounds. This is due to the announcement that the planned local government elections are scheduled to take place on 09 March, the Joint Match Organising Committee in concurrence of the two heads of schools decided to reschedule the game for the following week”.
Foreign spies help Kanjipani escape Sri Lanka!
Underworld leader Kanjipani Imran alias Mohammad Najeem Mohammad Imran, who escaped the country, had arrived in UAE via Oman and resumed his underworld activities by contacting underworld members remanded in Boossa Prison, it was reported.
Kanjipani, who was released on bail, fled the country with the help of foreign spies.
The Hindu newspaper first reported that he had fled to Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
The reports said Kanjipani had gone to Ramanathapuram District by sea on December 25 and the Tamil Nadu Intelligence Service had warned the state police to be on the lookout for him and his associates.
Kanjipani, who is a drug kingpin and an underworld leader, was remanded for crimes such as murder and conspiracy to murder. He was released on bail on December 20.
The suspect was also released on a surety of Rs.5 million in a case filed in the Chief Magistrate’s Court in relation to an incident in which a police officer of the Keselwatta Police was allegedly threatened over the phone during an investigation.
Kanjipani was arrested in Dubai, UAE in 2019 and extradited to Sri Lanka.
‘The Hindu’ reported that Tamil Nadu Intelligence Services had received specific information from other intelligence agencies and reliable sources that Kanjipani was planning to enter India after being released on bail.
Source – Aruna
Wanindu, Inoka included to ICC’s T20I teams of the year
The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday (January 23) released the Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2022 and the Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2022, which both include one Sri Lankan player each.
The ICC opened the 2022 awards announcement week by revealing the T20I Team of the Year in both women’s and men’s categories.
Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has been included in the ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year while Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Inoka Ranaweera is part of the Women’s T20I Team of the Year 2022.
“Wanindu Hasaranga continued to be Sri Lanka’s talisman in a year where they reigned supreme as the champions of the Asia Cup. He picked up nine crucial wickets in six games at the Asia Cup but at the same time, showed that he can do the damage with the bat, stroking a brilliant 27-ball 37 in the final against Pakistan to rescue his side,” the ICC said.
“The wrist-spinner weaved his magic at the T20 World Cup as well, picking up 15 wickets in eight games,” it added.
On Inoka Ranaweera’s inclusion in the team, the ICC said: “Sri Lanka’s left-arm orthodox spinner Inoka Ranaweera had a spectacular year with the ball, finishing with 27 wickets in 19 T20Is, while averaging 13.85 with the ball and conceding runs at an economy rate of 5.75.”
“She took three or more wickets in four of the 19 T20Is she played in the year with a best of 4/7 coming against Bangladesh in the Sylhet in the Women’s Asia Cup. Her effort led Sri Lanka to a three-run victory over Bangladesh in the game.”
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