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WC squad was picked on players’ performance – Pramodya

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Sri Lanka Cricket’s Chairman of Selectors, Pramodya Wickramasinghe reported to the Sports Ministry’s Special Investigation Unit( SMSIU) for the Prevention of Sports Offences yesterday for the second day.

He was issued a summons to arrive before the Sports Ministry’s Special Investigation Unit for the Prevention of Sports Offences over a recent statement he had made concerning Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The first day on November 21 st while part of the investigations reported on first day and yesterday he has to continue his evidence with thel facts.

Actually I wanted to give all details to this Special investigation Unit. We had very successful plans short term and long term but some people wanted to tarnish our names regardihg cricket selections. We were appointed by Sports Minister and our names sent by Sri Lanka Cricket and that was the normal practice.

We always used to take collective decisions while our aim is to select best teams. We never mixed up our duties and got successful results during last Asia Cup ODI and Asia Cup T-20 tournaments where we were runners up at Asia Cup ODI and champions at Asia Cup T-20.

However when we won the games no one praised us even when we won the Asia Cup T-20 my selection committee member Hemantha Wickramaratne was with the team but no one interviewed him. But when we came back with the World Cup team from India media wanted to get interview from me and we always did our best said Pramodya.

I wanted to pointout there were issues behind the World Cup disappointed performance and we wanted to clear and if sports Minister doesn’t want our service we like to resign any time but up to now we never did wrong thing and got successful results and all selections according to players performance and their fitness, he said.

The summons were issued after former Sports Minister Roshan Ranasinghe had requested the Sports Ministry’s Special Investigation Unit to investigate the allegations of corruption made by Pramodya Wickramasinghe. Chairman of the Selection Committee who arrived at the special unit with his lawyer Shiral Lakthilaka.

Wickramasinghe had told the media recently that he had information on match-fixing, illegal activities, and betting related to Sri Lanka Cricket which was made after Sri Lanka World Cup team arrival at the Katunayake Airport.

(dailynews.lk)

(Except for the headline, this story, originally published by dailynews.lk has not been edited by SLM staff)

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SL wins 1st T20I by 3 runs

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Sri Lanka won the 1st T20I match against Bangladesh by 03 runs, after a thrilling game.

Winning the toss, Bangladesh invited the visitors to bat first, where the visiting Sri Lankans scored 206/3 before limiting the Bangladesh team to 203/8.

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94th Battle of the Maroons ends in a draw (Pics)

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The 94th Battle of the Maroons between Ananda and Nalanda concluded in a draw at SSC grounds. 

Despite the draw, Ananda secured a first innings lead, having declared their first innings at 286 for 9 wickets in response to Nalanda’s first innings total of 277 for 8 wickets, which was declared on the first day.

In the second innings, Nalanda, batting at 120 for 3 wickets, maintained a cautious approach, and the match ended without either team pursuing a more aggressive strategy in their first innings.

Ananda’s all-rounder Kithma Withanaparhirana played a notable innings, scoring 76 runs in 92 balls with 11 fours and a six on the second day. 

However, the team fell short of a century, with number three batter Dinada Athalage contributing a significant knock of 71 runs in 165 balls with 9 fours.

Despite the draw, the match witnessed commendable performances from key players, with Nalanda skipper Sajitha Vithanage earning the Man of the Match award for his unbeaten century.

Both teams showcased sportsmanship in the annual encounter, and Nalanda retained the N.M. Perera Trophy, presented by former Nalandian legend Stanley Jayasinghe. 

The trophy has been a symbol of the prestigious Battle of the Maroons series.

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SL over 60s cricket team ranked 4th in the world

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The Sri Lanka Over-60s cricket team, led by Garry Gunasekara, achieved a commendable 4th place in the recently concluded Over-60s Cricket World Cup in Chennai. 

Twelve teams, including all major cricketing nations except Pakistan and Bangladesh, participated in the tournament.

In the group league stages, Sri Lanka secured victories against India, Wales, and the Rest of the World. 

They also tied with the West Indies and suffered their only defeat to Australia, finishing 2nd in the group. 

Sri Lanka faced England in the first semi-final, resulting in a loss, while New Zealand lost to Australia in the second semi-final. Australia went on to convincingly win the final against England.

In the third-place match, Sri Lanka faced New Zealand and narrowly lost by 20 runs, ultimately securing the 4th position in the Over-60s Cricket World Cup.

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