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April 8, 2018 12:00 AM Arnold named Director of Lankan League

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has appointed former cricketer Russel Arnold as the Director of Lankan Premier League (LPL) tournament that will get underway in August this year. SLC has been laying the groundwork for the tournament since November last year. The 44-year-old Arnold, who lives in Sydney since his international retirement in 2007, has a tough 2

April 6, 2018 12:00 AM Lankan PM wins no-confidence vote

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe defeated a no-confidence motion in parliament late on Wednesday but political tensions rose after 13 MPs from an allied party voted against him. Wickremesinghe said he would hold talks with President Maithripala Sirisena after coming through the battle by 122 votes to 76. Sirisena has criticised 5

April 5, 2018 12:00 AM Sri Lanka to host South Africa for full series in July

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will host South Africa for two Tests, five One-day Internationals (ODIs) and a one-off Twenty20 game from July, the island nation’s cricket board said on Wednesday. The Proteas, who thrashed Australia 3-1 in their recent home Test series, will arrive in Sri Lanka in early July for their sixth tour of the island.The first Test in Galle 4

March 29, 2018 12:00 AM SL president cuts PM’s duties in power struggle

COLOMBO: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Wednesday reduced the responsibilities of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as a power struggle worsened within their uneasy coalition. Sirisena took away the central bank, the policy-making National Operations Room and several other institutions from the control of Wickremesinghe, who had held them since 4

March 29, 2018 12:00 AM Javeria’s record fifty helps Pakistan clinch thriller

COLOMBO: Pakistan women maintained their all-win record on tour in Sri Lanka — they swept the One-day Internaionals 3-0 — but endured a fair few nerves en route a chase they looked set to kill very easily here on Wednesday. Cruising at 89 for 3 in 12 overs chasing 130, they lost six for 38 to set up a thrilling finish. In the end, No 11 Ghulam Fatima 6

March 23, 2018 12:00 AM Athletics trials on March 31 in Islamabad

KARACHI: Athletics Federation of Pakistan (AFP) is going to hold trials at the Jinnah Stadium, Pakistan Sports Complex, Islamabad, on March 31 to pick athletes for the 3rd South Asian Junior Athletics Championships and 18th Asian Junior Athletics Championships. The trials will begin at 8am.For men, trials will be conducted in 100m, 200m, 400m, 110m hurdles 10

March 20, 2018 12:00 AM Aggression’s fine, we don’t want robots: Lee

COLOMBO: Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee says emotion and aggression are part of the game and doesn’t want to see robots on the field, but he warned against behaviour “crossing the line”. The ongoing Australia tour of South Africa has been marred by on-field altercations with South African speedster Kagiso Rabada appealing against a two-Test ban for a shoulder 2

March 18, 2018 12:00 AM India wary of BD power in sub-continent: Karthik

COLOMBO: India’s wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik Saturday said Bangladesh are always a tricky opposition and that his team would bring high intensity to the Twenty20 tri-series final between the two sides on Sunday. Skipper Rohit Sharma’s team was the first to book its place in the final after winning three of its four games at Colombo’s R. Premadasa 7

March 18, 2018 12:00 AM Pakistan clinch Junior Davis Cup title

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan beat Pacific Oceania team 2-1 to win the Junior Davis Cup in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Saturday. With the victory Pakistan has also qualified for the Asia Oceania Junior Davis Cup Qualifying round to be held in Kuching, Malaysia in April, 2018. Pakistan, seeded third in the Sri Lanka event beat the top seed, Pacific Oceania team winning 5

March 16, 2018 12:00 AM England cricket team to tour Sri Lanka for first time in six years

COLOMBO: England will tour Sri Lanka for the first time in over six years to play three Tests, five One-day Internationals (ODIs)and a one-off Twenty20 match, organisers said on Thursday. The tour will begin on October 10 with a day-night ODI at Dambulla, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. There will be three day-night ODI matches in all while the T20 will also be a day-night 4