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Sri Lanka Cricket may drop Kookaburra as ball supplier

During Pakistan's 2009 tour to Sri Lanka, and now in the current test series, as many as 13 cricket balls have been changed. In most cases after only 4 overs. The Kookaburra cricket balls, which is used commonly in the subcontinent, has never had such serious issues before. It has always held up well in the dry rough outfields and on wickets in Asia.

Sri Lanka Cricket on the hunt for new assistant coach

Sri Lanka Cricket is on the hunt for a new assistant coach to fill Paul Farbrace's position.

Sri Lanka's current assistant coach, Farbrace, will be heading back to Kent where he has been offered a lead role as head-coach.

Sri Lanka name squad for Twenty20 fixture against Pakistan

Sri Lanka Cricket has named a 15 man squad for the upcoming T20 match against Pakistan.

The final match of Pakistan's 2009 tour to Sri Lanka includes a lone T20 fixture at the R Premadasa Stadium on Wednesday (12 Aug 2009).

The squad is as follows:

Kumar Sangakkara (WK)
Muttiah Muralitharan (Bwl)
Sanath Jayasuriya (Bat/Bwl)

Malinga's return to international cricket bungled by Sri Lanka

If you witnessed the 2009 Indian Premier League, you know how good Lasith Malinga was in that tournament. Malinga was a regular in the Mumbai line up. He was equally as impressive in the Twenty20 World Cup in England.

T20 World Cup finalist Sri Lanka to arrive home on Wednesday

The Sri Lankan cricket team is scheduled to touch down at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 8:45 AM, on Wednesday the 24th of June, on board flight EK 650 from Dubai to Colombo.

Is Murali his own worst enemy?

Between the 6th and the 9th of December 1992, I recall I had taken a few days off from school. I was "sick" down with the "flu". My appalling school attendance record operated according to Sri Lanka's cricket calender. Nothing to be proud of, I know. But such was my love for this sport at the age of 12.

ICC Twenty20 World Cup 2009 - Team Sri Lanka

Team Sri Lanka series montage.

"Batting let us down" - Kumar Sangakkara

In an audio interview with BBC Sport Kumar Sangakkara stated that Sri Lanka's batting let them down in the Twenty20 World Cup final at Lords today.

" Maybe with our batting? A few wrong options at the wrong time," said Sangakkara when asked to pin point where it went wrong in the Final. Sri Lanka changed it's batting order sending Jehan Mubarak at number three.

Twenty20 finalist Sri Lanka do their nation proud

Sri Lanka is the only cricket team to have been targeted by terrorist. Pakistan have had a tough time of late, but only one team was shot at.

South Africa win as Sri Lanka's batting collapses yet again

Sri Lanka's top order failed again today. It has been the same story since 2007.

There are remarkable similarities in the two warm up matches played thus far in the T20 World Cup and matches from the Commonwealth Bank Series in Australia played in 2008.

Jayasuriya fails, the other opener follows. The onus is then on Sangakkara and Jayawardena to rescue the ship. And they too fail. What follows is a string of middle order batsman who are fighting for their place in the team.

Sri Lankan cricketers cancel planned appearance at Oxford University over security concerns

Sri Lankan cricketers currently in England for the 2009 ICC T20 world cup cancelled a scheduled appearance at the Oxford University today citing security concerns.

Muralitharan and Sangakkara were to visit the Oxford Union debating society.

Team Sri Lanka departs on the 28th of May for ICC T20 World Cup 2009

The Sri Lankan cricket team will leave for the ICC 20Twenty cricket world cup, on the 28th of May 2009.

Britain denies visas to Sri Lankan cricketers

The British government is denying visas to Sri Lankan cricketers. British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband already blocked an important International Monetary Fund loan to the country because Sri Lanka did not heed the UK's call for a ceasefire against the Tamil Tigers.

The Sri Lankan government has repeatedly denied accusations of large scale civilian casualties and the use of heavy weapons in a government declared No Fire Zone, accusations which led to calls for an immediate ceasefire.
Sri Lanka is being dished out the same treatment the UK dished out to Zimbabwe.

Pakistan cricket tour of Sri Lanka 2009 - Itinerary

The Pakistani cricket team is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka for 3 test matches, 5 ODIs and a T20 International.

The visitors arrive at the Bandaranayake International Airport on the 27 of June 2009.

ICC T20 - 20Twenty cricket world cup 2009 - Schedule

ICC World Twenty20 2009 - Men's Match Schedule