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newscricket4 months ago

SL vs WI | Thisara Perera and Niroshan Dickwella return for Windies ODIs

Sri Lanka have announced their squad for the three-match ODI series with Dimuth Karunaratne at the helm as Thisara Perera and Niroshan Dickwella return to the squad. Danushka Gunathilaka and Oshada Fernando miss out with injuries as Shehan Jayasuriya and Ishuru Udana take their places in the side.
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newscricket6 months ago

PAK v SL | Really safe to play in Pakistan now, states Dimuth Karunaratne

Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne has sent an invitation out to all the other cricketing nations saying that it is safe to play in Pakistan. The visitors, however, were dealt with a 0-1 series-loss — given the 263-run loss at Karachi — as Test cricket returned to Pakistan after a 10-year hiatus.
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newscricket6 months ago

PAK v SL | We played well for two days, then Pakistan outplayed us, admits Dimuth Karunaratne

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne conceded that hosts Pakistan outplayed his Sri Lankan team, though the visitors were going strong for the first two days. After taking an 80-run lead in the first innings, Pakistan came back strongly to win the Test by 263 runs and the series 1-0 at Karachi.
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newscricket7 months ago

PAK vs SL | Hope Test cricket returns regularly to Pakistan, hopes Azhar Ali

Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali hopes that Test cricket will return to Pakistan frequently now that Sri Lanka will play a two-match Test series against them beginning from December 11. Test cricket has returned to Pakistan after a gap of ten long years and Azhar is positive about Pakistan's chances.
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newscricket7 months ago

PAK vs SL | Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal return as Sri Lanka name full-strength squad

In Pakistan's first home Test after 10 years, Dimuth Karunaratne will lead a full-strength Sri Lanka side, with Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal returning to the squad. The team leaves for Pakistan on December 8 where they will play two Test matches as a part of the World Test Championship.
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newscricket9 months ago

Seniors’ refusal to tour Pakistan has been a blessing in disguise for us, says SLC Secretary

Mohan de Silva, the honorary Secretary of Sri Lanka Cricket, believes that the Sri Lankan youngsters have benefited a lot from their tour of Pakistan. Absence of senior players gave the young players a stage to prove their talent and Sri Lanka whitewashed Pakistan in their own den in the T20Is.
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newscricket9 months ago

Sri Lankan players under pressure from IPL franchises to opt out of Pakistan series, claims Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has claimed that it is because of pressure from IPL franchises that several Sri Lankan players have opted out of the team’s tour of Pakistan later this month. The bizarre claim comes less than a week after minister Fawad Chaudhry made a similar statement.
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newscricket10 months ago

Pakistan must only care about their performance regardless of the visitors' squad quality, says Javed Miandad

After some top Sri Lankan cricketers opted out of their upcoming tour of Pakistan due to security reasons, former skipper Javed Miandad has advised the team to not focus on the touring party and urged them to put on their best show. Three ODIs and as many T20Is are scheduled in the tour.
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newscricket10 months ago

10 Sri Lankan players opt out of Pakistan tour as PCB's plans of hosting Test cricket in Pakistan left in quandary

Pakistan Cricket Board's hopes of hosting Test cricket in the country suffered a major setback as 10 players have decided to opt out of the limited-overs tour of Pakistan, citing security reasons. Lasith Malinga and Dimuth Karunaratne's decision makes the Sri Lankan team bereft of any star names.
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newscricket10 months ago

Reports | Continued refusal of senior Sri Lankan players to tour Pakistan worries PCB

The continued refusal of senior Sri Lankan players including captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Lasith Malinga and Angelo Matthews to tour Pakistan has left the PCB authorities worried. It is understood that the family members of the players have reservations about the security measures in the country.
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