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Sri Lanka govt allows 50 percent crowd for LPL, ongoing Test against WI

After a long gap of more than 20 months, cricket fans in Sri Lanka will be allowed to witness live action at the stadium as the government has granted permission to allow 50 percent spectators from Day 4 of the ongoing Test against the West Indies, as well as the Lanka Premier League (LPL), scheduled to begin on December 5.

Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa wrote in a Twitter that the Health Ministry has granted permission to allow 50 per cent spectators.

“Cricket is nothing without the fans! As an avid cricket fan myself, I am happy & grateful to announce that the @MoH_SriLanka has granted approval for limited crowds to attend the #LPL2021 after considering the strict guidelines put in place by the @MoYS_SriLanka,” tweeted Rajapaksa, the son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa.

“This approval includes permission for limited crowds at the ongoing Test series as well,” the minister added.

However, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said that only the fully vaccinated persons can attend the games.

“However, only those who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be permitted entry,” SLC said. The board also said that the spectators should carry proof of vaccination (either the card or in digital form) done at least 14 days prior to entering the ground.

Significantly with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, all public gatherings in Sri Lanka were banned since March 2020.

Although international cricket resumed in the island nation but were held under strict bio-bubbles and fans were not allowed to enter the stadiums.

After the completion of the ongoing first Test between hosts Sri Lanka and Windies, the two sides will face for the second and final time in the series from December 29 in Galle.

After the Test series, the second edition of the LPL will commence on December 5 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo and the inaugural game of the season will be played between Galle and Jaffna.

The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS before it moves into Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS), Hambantota to proceed with the final round games.

The finals of the League will be played on the December 23 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.

The LPL 2021, which is Sri Lanka’s topmost domestic tournament, with an international flavor, will consist of 24 games and will see the participation of topmost domestic and international cricketers.

The Final Round Games will see the top two teams in the points table playing the qualifier 1, whilst the 3rd and 4th placed teams on the table playing in the ‘eliminator.’

The winner of ‘qualifier 1’ will directly go into the finals, whilst the loser of the ‘qualifier 1’ will play against the winner of the ‘eliminator’ in the ‘qualifier 2’, and the winner of that game will go into the finals.

Earlier, the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which was supposed to kick-off on July 29, was postponed due to the unavailability of foreign players.

SLC directs LPL franchises to include 10 leading Lankan cricketers in upcoming season

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the governing body for the game in the island nation, has demanded that 10 national players including former captains Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Janith Perera must be included in the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), scheduled to begin from December 5.

SLC has forwarded the names of Mathews, Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashan Priyanjan and Shiran Fernando, who all were opted out from the selection by the LPL franchises.

While directing to include these ten players, including those who were in the Sri Lanka’s T20 squad at the ongoing T20 World cup, the SLC asked the franchisees to pick two players each for the five teams.

The SLC said that being the governing body of the domestic T20 league, it has observed that franchise owners have not selected some national players and some young players, who play some excellent domestic cricket and are considered potential future stars.

“Considering the above deficiency and in the interest of the game of cricket in Sri Lanka, the Governing Council of the Lanka Premier League 2021 decided to forward the names of 10 deserving players, who missed out during the Player draft, to all the franchise owners, and make it ‘mandatory’ for each franchise to select two players out of the given 10 into their squad, thus expanding the squad strength from 20 to 22,” the SLC said in a statement.

The SLC had said that for this year’s edition, 673 applications were received from foreign players and 358 from local cricketers who were keen to represent the domestic presence at the LPL.

“Accordingly, a total of 1,031 players (local and overseas) went into the draft, whilst the ‘Right’ of selecting the suitable and desirous players for the 20 member squads, was solely vested with the ‘Franchise Owners’ subject to compliance with the guidelines set by the SLC,” it stated.

As per reports, around 74 international cricketers including the likes of veteran Imran Tahir, Mohammad Amir, Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Dawid Malan and Faf du Plessis, Mohammad Hafeez and Tabraiz Shamsi were drafted in by various teams of the LPL.

Significantly, the upcoming edition of the LPL will commence on the December 5 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo.

The inaugural game of the season will be played between Galle and Jaffna. The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS before it moves into Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS), Hambantota to proceed with the final round games.

The finals of the League will be played on the December 23 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.

Windies to tour Sri Lanka to begin 2023 ICC World Test Championship cycle

Kicking-off the 2023 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) cycle, West Indies will tour Sri Lanka for a two-match test series during November-December, it has been announced.

The Windies team will arrive in the island nation on November 10 and the series will be held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, under a bio-bubble environment.

Confirming the development, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said: “Sri Lanka Cricket will host the West Indies National Team for a two-match test series during the months of November – December 2021. The West Indies National Team will arrive in Sri Lanka on the 10th of November 2021.”

“The Test series will be held at the Galle International Cricket Stadium, under a Bio-Bubble Environment. The series will mark the commencement of Sri Lanka’s and the West Indies Journey in the 2023 ICC World Test Championship Cycle,” the statement added.

The two matches will mark the commencement of Sri Lanka’s and the West Indies’ journey in the run-up to the ICC World Test Championship.

Prior to the series, the visitors will play a four-day warm-up game from November 14 to 17 in Colombo.

The first match of the series will be played between November 21 and 25 at the Galle International Cricket Stadium.

The second test will be held between November 29 and December 2 at the same venue.

So far, the two sides have played 20 tests out of which the islanders have won nine while the West Indies have won four. The remaining seven affairs have resulted in a draw.

After touring the island nation, West Indies will host England for a five-match T20I series.

All the five matches will be held at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown on January 22, 23, 26, 29 and 30. Later, the Windies will tour India for three ODIs and as many T20Is in February, 2022.

Second edition of LPL to begin on December 5

The upcoming edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021 will commence on the December 5 at the R. Premadasa International Cricket Stadium (RPICS), Colombo, it was announced on Wednesday.

The inaugural game of the season will be played between Galle and Jaffna.

The first round of the tournament, which will consist of 20 games will be played at the RPICS before it moves into Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium (MRICS), Hambantota to proceed with the final round games.

The finals of the League will be played on the December 23 at the MRICS, Hambantota, whilst this year’s tournament has December 24, as a ‘Reserve Day’ dedicated for the finals.

The LPL 2021, which is Sri Lanka’s topmost domestic tournament, with an international flavor, will consist of 24 games and will see the participation of topmost domestic and international cricketers.

The Final Round Games will see the top two teams in the points table playing the qualifier 1, whilst the 3rd and 4th placed teams on the table playing in the ‘eliminator.’

The winner of ‘qualifier 1’ will directly go into the finals, whilst the loser of the ‘qualifier 1’ will play against the winner of the ‘eliminator’ in the ‘qualifier 2’, and the winner of that game will go into the finals.

Earlier, the second edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL), which was supposed to kick-off on July 29, was postponed due to unavailability of foreign players.

“The Lanka Premier League 2021, which was expected to commence on the 29th July 2021, has been rescheduled,” the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had said in a statement.

Terming the unavailability of foreign players as one of the reason, it had further said: “The Governing Council of the Lanka Premier League is of the view that rescheduling the tournament will enable more players from leading cricket-playing nations to take part in the league.”

“The Council made this decision after assessing that at least one similar premier league and several international tours will be played among the cricketing nations during August 2021, during the period, which the LPL 2nd edition was expected to be played,” the statement had added.

Supreme TV, Sri Lanka’s TV channel, had recently acquired the exclusive rights to broadcast the LPL in the island nation from the IPG Group, the official franchise and broadcast holder.

The multi-year agreement, positioned as one of the biggest broadcast deals so far in the Island Nation will help LPL penetrate deep into every nook and corner of the country and Supreme TV is committed to play an integral part in the television and digital transmission of the LPL starting from the second season.

Sony will continue to be the official broadcaster of the league in India.

The inaugural edition of the LPL, which was played in a bio-secure bubble at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium in Hambantota from November 26 till December 16, 2020, had reached a cumulative audience of 557 million people through TV, digital-social space, and traditional media outlets.

Reports of players ‘deliberately underperforming’ in T20I series denied by SLC

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Thursday refuted allegations of its players ‘deliberately underperforming’ in the recently-concluded T20I series against South Africa.

The development came after some media reports in the island nation claimed that some of the players in the team did not fully commit themselves on the field in a comprehensive 3-0 series loss to South Africa.

“Sri Lanka Cricket has not received such a complaint from the ‘Team Management’ against any player of the National squad. Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform you that it was the same group of players who played in the ODI series which Sri Lanka won against South Africa,” read an official statement from the SLC.

“Sri Lanka not only won the ODI series vs South Africa 2-1 but also gained crucial points and climbed up in the rankings of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. It is understood and acknowledged by the fans that the Sri Lanka National Team, since the recent past is, progressing forward by winning important contests and heading in the right direction,” added the statement.

Meanwhile, the SLC has also requested news organisations in the country to follow ethical journalism ahead of next month’s men’s T20 World Cup, starting on October 17 in Oman and the UAE.

“Therefore, Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to request from the respective news organizations, which published the false and fabricated news item to follow ethical journalism practices, as such, false reporting will destabilize and scuttle the National Team’s preparations ahead of the crucial ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.”

“Such false reporting will also mentally affect the players, who are showing commitment and desire to count their presence in the team, as witnessed in the recent competitions, Sri Lanka played,” concluded the statement.

Sri Lanka, the 2014 champions, are placed in Group A of the first round of the mega event. They are scheduled to take on their Group A opponents Namibia in their first match of the T20 World Cup in on October 18 followed by Ireland on October 20 in Abu Dhabi and the Netherlands on October 22 in Sharjah.

Earlier, the SLC had announced a 15-member Sri Lankan squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, which will be led by Dasun Shanaka.

The islanders are slated to begin their campaign in the showpiece event on October 18 against Namibia in Abu Dhabi in Group A of the First Round.

In Group A, Sri Lanka have been drawn with drawn with Ireland and the Netherlands apart from Namibia.

The major absence from the Sri Lanka squad are Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka, who all ahve been banned for a year for breaking the Covid-19 protocols during the side’s England tour in July this year.

With Kusal Perera’s return after an injury, Minod Bhanuka, who was keeping the wickets in Perera’s absence, also misses out.

Off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, 21, who made his T20I debut in the first match against South Africa and dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, has been included.

The other spinners in the squad are left-armer Praveen Jayawickrema, who made his international debut earlier this year, and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Jayawickrema is the only uncapped member in the squad but has been included on the basis of his terrific performances in other formats. He had an excellent Test debut against Bangladesh in April, picking up 11 wickets in the match. He also has played five ODIs so far and picked up five wickets.

The fast bowling department will be led by Dushmantha Chameera along with veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.

They have also named four reserves, who will travel with the squad as injury cover — Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Pulina Tharanga.

T20 World Cup: Dasun Shanaka to lead 15-member Sri Lankan squad

Dasun Shanaka will lead a 15-member Sri Lankan squad for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, scheduled to be held in the UAE and Oman in October-November this year, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Sunday.

The islanders are slated to begin their campaign in the showpiece event on October 18 against Namibia in Abu Dhabi in Group A of the First Round.

In Group A, Sri Lanka have been drawn with drawn with Ireland and the Netherlands apart from Namibia.

The major absence from the Sri Lanka squad are Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka, who all ahve been banned for a year for breaking the Covid-19 protocols during the side’s England tour in July this year.

With Kusal Perera’s return after an injury, Minod Bhanuka, who was keeping the wickets in Perera’s absence, also misses out.

Off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, 21, who made his T20I debut in the first match against South Africa and dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, has been included.

The other spinners in the squad are left-armer Praveen Jayawickrema, who made his international debut earlier this year, and Wanindu Hasaranga.

Jayawickrema is the only uncapped member in the squad but has been included on the basis of his terrific performances in other formats. He had an excellent Test debut against Bangladesh in April, picking up 11 wickets in the match. He also has played five ODIs so far and picked up five wickets.

The fast bowling department will be led by Dushmantha Chameera along with veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.

They have also named four reserves, who will travel with the squad as injury cover — Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Pulina Tharanga.

Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lahiru Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana.

Reserves: Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Pulina Tharanga.

Angelo Mathews, 3 banned cricketers missing in SLC’s annual contract list of 18 players

As many as 18 cricketers in the national men’s cricket set-up have signed for the Annual Player Contracts, Sri Lanka Cricket announced on Friday.

The contratcs will be in effect from August 1 to December 31st, 2021, the board said.

Meanwhile, all-rounder Angelo Mathews, along with three suspended players — Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis — do not find a place in SLC’s list.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that 18 players signed the National Player Contracts, which came into effect from August 1, 2021. The new contract will be for a five-month period and will end on the December 31, 2021,” the SLC said in a statement on Friday.

The board also clarified that Mathews was not in the contracted players’ list as he is “currently unavailable for selection”.

“Angelo Mathews, who was among the players offered a contract was not considered, as he is currently unavailable for selection, whilst Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Mendis are currently serving a ban. Isuru Udana has retired from international cricket,” it added.

Earlier, Mathews, 34, was reportedly in discussion with his national board about his retirement plans and was not part of the Sri Lankan side which recently played a white-ball series against the Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India in Colombo.

Mathews had last played during Sri Lanka’s tour of West Indies earlier this year.

Significantly, Mendis, wicketkeeper Dickwella and Gunathilaka were sent back home from England for breaching bio-bubble protocols in Durham in the mid of the tour.

“The players were chosen under four categories and were nominated by the Selection Panel, based on a set of criteria such as Performance, Fitness, Leadership/Seniority, Professionalism/Code of Conduct, and Future/Adaptability. The criteria and the allocation of points to individual players were shared among the players before they signed the contracts,” it further said.

List of 18 players who have signed the contract are as follows:

Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Suranga Lakmal, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Embuldeniya, Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal, Lakshan Sandakan, Vishwa Fernando, Oshada Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Ashen Bandara, Akila Dananjaya

Kusal Perera doubtful for South Africa series, tests positive for Covid-19

Sri Lanka’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera has tested positive for Covid-19, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said on Monday.

Perera, who will turn 31 on Tuesday, was forced to miss the recent limited-overs home series against India because of injury.

He will now have to isolate for two weeks as per the health protocols in his country which raises doubts over his participation in the upcoming home series against South Africa, starting on September 2 in Colombo.

“He was found to be positive during a PCR test which was carried out on the players yesterday (Sunday),” the SLC said in a statement.

South Africa is scheduled to play three one-day internationals and as many T20Is.

Earlier, Perera was removed as Sri Lanka captain following the tour by England at the start of the year.

Perera has played 22 tests, 107 ODIs and 50 Twenty20 matches for Sri Lanka, slamming two tons in tests and six in the 50-over format.

SLC earns revenue of USD 14.5 million from recent series against India

The recently held limited-overs series between India and hosts Sri Lanka has come as a huge relief for Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), which was going through a financial crisis.

While touring India won the ODI series 2-1, the home side won the T20I series with the same margin.

The two white-ball series has helped SLC in earning a revenue of USD 14.5 million (Rs 107 crore), said the board’s secretary Mohan de Silva.

“According to the FTP (Future Tours Program) the tour was only for three ODIs, but our President Shammi Silva managed to persuade the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) to give us an additional three T20Is which resulted in the enhancement of the commercial value. It was made possible because of the relationship we have cultivated with the Indian Cricket Board. We got $ 14.5 million from broadcasting and other rights like ground, etc.,” de Silva was quoted as saying by the Daily FT.

“The fact that the BCCI and the Indian Government gave the blessings for their team to come to Sri Lanka during the pandemic times and meet their commitments was also due to the cordial relationships we have with the BCCI. Without their encouragement we would not have been able to go ahead with this tour which resulted in a lucrative commercial value and revenue coming into Sri Lanka,” he added.

Meanwhile, De Silva also thanked the BCCI and Indian team for completing the tour despite the series being hit by Covid-19.

Commenting on it, he said: “Even the Indian High Commissioner was concerned and the BCCI. In this context, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude on behalf of SLC to the management of the Indian team, Rahul Dravid and the others, and the BCCI who monitored the situation. They wanted certain guidance given by us and the assurances, which we did by moving the patient to another hotel and so on, and we continued with the tour.”

The islanders will now host South Africa for three ODIs and as many T20Is from September 2.

Sri Lanka pacer Isuru Udana announces retirement from international cricket

Sri Lanka pacer Isuru Udana has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Udana, 33, had made his debut back in 2009 T20I World Cup, scalping couple of wickets against Australia.

He was also one of the only Sri Lankan to feature in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2020 for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

“I believe the time has come for me to make way for the next generation of players,’’ Udana was quoted as saying by a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).

“It is with immense pride and passion, and unfathomable commitment that I have represented and served my country,’’ he added.

Udana has played 21 and 34 ODIs and T20Is for the island nation, bagging 18 and 27 wickets respectively.

In IPL, he played 10 games bagging eight wickets.