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Sri Lanka team off to Zimbabwe for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier

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The 15-member national cricket squad has left for Zimbabwe for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier this morning.

The Dasun-Shanaka led team left for the Bandaranaike International Airport after participating in religious observances at the SLC headquarters.

The 15-member squad led by Shanaka for the Cricket World Cup Qualifier was only announced yesterday.

The squad was approved by Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Roshan Ranasinghe.

Kusal Mendis has been named the Vice-Captain of the side in addition to being the main wicket-keeper in the side.

Sri Lanka, who won the ODI World Cup in 1996, has been on the decline since the 2015 World Cup.

The Lankans will be playing in a qualifying tournament for the ODI World Cup for the first time since the 1970s.

The 10-team tournament hosted in Zimbabwe will be worked-off from the 18th of June to the 9 of July.

Only two teams from the tournament will qualify for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.

Sri Lanka has been grouped with the United Arab Emirates, Ireland, Scotland and Oman in the opening round of the qualifiers.

Sri Lanka will take on the UAE in the first match in Bulawayo on the 19th of June.

Accordingly, the following squad was approved by Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs, Roshan Ranasinghe:

1) Dasun Shanaka – Captain
2) Kusal Mendis – (wk) Vice-Captain
3) Dimuth Karunaratne
4) Pathum Nissanka
5) Charith Asalanka
6) Dhananjaya de Silva
7) Sadeera Samarawickrama ( Wk)
8) Wanindu Hasaranga
9) Chamika Karunaratne
10) Dushmantha Chameera
11) Kasun Rajitha
12) Lahiru Kumara
13) Maheesh Theekshana
14) Matheesha Pathirana
15) Dushan Hemantha

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Cabinet decision to suspend ‘Parate Executions’

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All Parate Executions have been suspended until Dec. 15, as per a Cabinet decision made today (26 Feb.).

The relevant proposal was furnished by President Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his capacity as the Minister of Finance, following a request made by Justice Minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe, and Minister of Industries Ramesh Pathirana.

Accordingly, the relevant amendments are due to be presented before the Parliament soon.

State Minister of Finance Ranjith Siyambalapitiya had informed Parliament last week that steps will be taken to suspend the powers of the ‘Parate execution’ law for a certain period for the purpose of protecting the small and medium-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs).

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Deshabandu Tennakoon appointed as IGP

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Deshabandu Tennakoon has been appointed as 36th Inspector General of Police in Sri Lanka.

President’s Secretary, Saman Ekanayake had handed over his appointment letter earlier today afternoon (Feb. 26).

Since Nov. 29, 2023, Tennakoon served as the Acting IGP. Deshabandu Tennakoon joined the police service in 1998 as an Assistant Superintendent of Police.

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Palestinian PM resigns

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh has announced the resignation of his government, which rules parts of the occupied West Bank, due to the escalating violence in the occupied territory and the war on Gaza.

“The decision to resign came in light of the unprecedented escalation in the West Bank and Jerusalem and the war, genocide and starvation in the Gaza Strip,” said Shtayyeh, who submitted his resignation to Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday.

“I see that the next stage and its challenges require new governmental and political arrangements that take into account the new reality in Gaza and the need for a Palestinian-Palestinian consensus based on Palestinian unity and the extension of unity of authority over the land of Palestine,” he said.

Shtayyeh’s comments come as US pressure grows on Abbas to shake up the PA and begin work on a political structure that can govern a Palestinian state following the war.

However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has on numerous occasions rejected calls for the PA under Abbas to take control of a Palestinian state and govern Gaza.

Last week, Israeli lawmakers backed Netanyahu’s rejection of any “unilateral” recognition of a Palestinian state.

“The Knesset came together in an overwhelming majority against the attempt to impose on us the establishment of a Palestinian state, which would not only fail to bring peace but would endanger the state of Israel,” said Netanyahu.

(Aljazeera)

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