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Roshith, Sonali win golds at Asia Pacific Masters Games

Roshith Perera and Sonali Wimaladasa, Sri Lankan athletes who participated at the recently concluded Asia Pacific Masters Games (APMG) in Malaysia, returned to the island last week having won a medal in every event and category that they competed in.

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England cricketers arrive for long tour

The England cricket team arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday for a seven-week tour where they will play a series of five ODIs, a one-off T20I and a series of three Tests. Picture shows England cricketer Moeen Ali being greeted on arrival with other members of the team at Shangri La Hotel where the team will be staying in Colombo.

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Sri Lanka cricket's lowest point was round the corner

There’s anger and rage at Sri Lanka’s embarrassing first-round exit in the Asia Cup and the team’s horrendous performance was discussed at the Parliament on Thursday with Sports Minister Faiszer Mustapha coming in for intense criticism. He promised to fix the mess but how he does it remains to be seen. The mood is the same everywhere in the country. This is Sri Lankan cricket’s lowest point.

The five-time former Asia Cup champions’ collapse wasn’t sudden. Their decline has been steady. Last year Sri Lanka suffered a first-ever Test defeat to Bangladesh, lost an ODI series to Zimbabwe for the first time and were whitewashed 5-0 by South Africa, India and Pakistan.


This year, they failed to make it to the finals of the tri-nation Nidahas Trophy conducted to celebrate the country’s 70th year of independence. Just prior to the Asia Cup, they lost a five-match home series to South Africa with two ODIs to spare.

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Who is the best “Lankaputhra” cricket coach Chandika or Jerome?

When the Minister of Sports Faiszer Mustapha was being grilled in parliament by members of the opposition over the country’s cricketing woes last week, he was seen waxing eloquent on why the country should give every possible chance to a Lankaputhra coach to succeed. He was also seen bandying around statistics to show that Chandika Hathurusingha had a much higher win ratio than the preceding foreign coaches. This is after the ‘Daily News’ had shown that all previous successes that the Sri Lanka team achieved were under foreign coaches who focussed on coaching without getting themselves embroiled in team selections.

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Shahzad’s blistering century highlights Afghanistan’s innings

DUBAI, Tuesday: Mohammad Shahzad the stocky Afghan opener had never scored a ODI century against an established Test side, but yesterday he put that record straight with a blistering innings of -124-- off 116– balls against defending Asia Cup champions India in a Super Four match played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

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ICC Cricket WC Trophy Tour arrives in SL

The ICC Cricket World Cup Trophy Tour, which arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday was exhibited during a special ceremony at the Independence square. Here Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga and the Minister of Sports Faiszer Musthapha with the trophy (left). School Children gets a glimpse of the trophy

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