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Jayasuriya to play for Warwickshire in the Twenty20

Sanath Jayasuriya has signed up to play for Warwickshire in the English counties’ Twenty20 competition next year, the county announced on Friday.

The 38-year-old announced his retirement from Test cricket earlier this month but plans to continue playing for Sri Lanka in one-day internationals. Ashley Giles, the former England bowler who is now director of cricket at Warwickshire, hailed the signing of Jaysuriya as a coup for the county.

“Sanath has vast experience in all forms of cricket but especially the one day format,” said Giles. “He will be a great for the younger members of our squad to learn from and his knowledge of the game will be crucial in the Twenty20 format of the game.

Master Blaster bows out with six boundaries in one over

sanaSri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya yesterday announced his retirement from Test cricket after the ongoing match against England and the team manager confirmed his decision. His retirement comes the same day team-mate Muttiah Muralitharan overtook Australian Shane Warne’s world record of 708 wickets to become the most successful Test bowler.

An embrace with his team-mate Kumar Sangakkara as he left the field after being dismissed by Matthew Hoggard all but gave his intentions away. Jayasuriya told reporters after the third day’s play in the first Test which ended with Sri Lanka 74 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand. “But I want to continue playing one-day cricket. I had decided before this match that I will retire after the Kandy Test.”

Samantha Algama of Sri Lanka Cricket told AFP. Jayasuriya marked his last Test innings with a spectacular 78 earlier on Monday, an innings that included six boundaries in one over from James Anderson.

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Sanath Brand Ambassador for London-based Sri Lankan business

The Mike Cooke Group of Companies, a popular London-based Sri Lankan business group has announced the signing of one of Sri Lanka’s most famous cricketing sons as its global brand ambassador. MCG – which owns Fastcash, the household name in Fast and Secure Money Transfers to Sri Lanka from the UK, as well as a range of other products and services aimed specifically at the global Sri Lankan expatriate community – has obtained the services of none other than Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya, one of the most celebrated and successful cricketers of the modern era.

It is the first such instance of a Sri Lankan corporate entity outside the Island signing on an internationally recognized Lankan sporting icon as a brand ambassador. Jayasuriya will exclusively promote MCG’s array of financial, travel, e-commerce, gift and publishing businesses in the major markets where MCG has a presence, including the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States.

Mr. Mike Cooke, commenting on this landmark signing, said, “My roots aresanath2 in Sri Lanka’s rural heart of Anuradhapura and I take great pride in what my company and I have achieved internationally. This is something I share with Sanath Jayasuriya, a simple boy from Matara, who, today, doesn’t need any introduction to the global Sri Lankan community nor to the international cricket-loving public. Sanath’s image and personality will undoubtedly complement my organization as it expands and consolidates its’ positions in the various sectors that it is involved in.”

For Sanath Jayasuriya, a man who has promoted some of the subcontinent’s most famous brands and has become the face of Sri Lankan cricket around the world, the agreement with MCG is a natural evolution. “MCG has always been at the forefront of the expatriate Sri Lankan community in the United Kingdom and elsewhere and it’s an absolute pleasure to be part of the company’s excellence. The company’s association with me personally and with Sri Lanka cricket as a whole goes back some way. I was invited to be featured on the cover of the first issue of UKLanka Times and of course the company was one of the sponsors of Sri Lanka’s successful tour of the British Isles in 2006.”

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Sri Lankan cricketers celebrate their series whitewash over Bangladesh

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Sri Lankan cricketers celebrate their series whitewash and victory over Bangladesh by 39 runs during their third One-Day international cricket match in Colombo.

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Sana the ninth bowler to take 300 ODI wickets

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Sanath Jayasuriya the ninth bowler to take 300 ODI wickets after his haul of 4 for 31 in the second ODI against Bangladesh. Jayasuriya – more known for his powerful shot-making ability than his left-arm slingers – is only the third Sri Lankan bowler to do so, after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.

Jayasuriya has also scored over 12,000 runs in ODIs, a feat matched by no other player. He’s no slouch in the field either, having taken 114 catches in 397 matches. Other than Sachin Tendulkar, Jayasuriya is the only player to have completed the unique treble of 10,000 runs, 100 wickets and 100 catches. The fact that he is currently the highest-capped player in ODIs does come to Jayasuriya’s aid, though.

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Jayasuriya is the grand old man playing in the international circuit, with only Tendulkar having played longer. His crucial role for Sri Lanka with the ball is reflected in the fact that the team has won 22 of 30 matches when he has taken three wickets or more.

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Jayawardene to lead Asia

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene will lead Asia in three one-day internationals against Africa for the Afro-Asia Cup in India next month, the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) said on Friday.

Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar, who missed the World Cup due to injury, has been included in the 14-member squad that also features axed India spinner Harbhajan Singh.

The one-dayers, which have been granted official status by the International Cricket Council, will be played in Bangalore (6 June) and Chennai (9 and 10 June).

The series will be preceded by a Twenty-20 match between the reserve players of the two continents in Bangalore on 5 June, ACC chief executive Ashraful Haq told reporters.

Asia’s one-day squad features five Sri Lankans who reached the World Cup final in the Caribbean: Jayawardene, Sanath Jayasuriya, Chaminda Vaas, Lasith Malinga and Upul Tharanga.

Two other Sri Lankan stars, Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan, were not available for the series due to commitments in English county cricket, Haq said.

The squad includes five Indians in Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Harbhajan. Indian captain Rahul Dravid opted out due to personal seasons, Haq said.

Pakistan will be represented by Mohammad Yousuf, Mohammad Asif and Akhtar while Mohammad Rafique is the lone player from Bangladesh which qualified for the second round of the World Cup.

The Asian squad was picked by the ACC’s four man selection panel of Chetan Chauhan (India), Mohsin Khan (Pakistan), Lalith Kaluperuma (Sri Lanka) and Abdul Farooque (Bangladesh).

Former India all-rounder Roger Binny was nominated coach of the continental team.

Africa will be captained by South Africa’s Graeme Smith, Haq said. The inaugural Afro-Asia Cup, which was played in South Africa in 2005, ended at 1-1 with the third match rained off.

Asia’s one-day squad: Mahela Jayawardene (SRI-capt), Sanath Jayasuriya (SRI), Sachin Tendulkar (IND), Virender Sehwag (IND), Mohammad Yousuf (PAK), Yuvraj Singh (IND), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (IND), Harbhajan Singh (IND), Chaminda Vaas (SRI), Shoaib Akhtar (PAK), Lasith Malinga (SRI), Mohammad Rafique (BAN), Mohammad Asif (PAK), Upul Tharanga (SRI).

Asia’s Twenty-20 team: Shoaib Malik (PAK-capt), Tamim Iqbal (BAN), Imran Nazir (PAK), Mohammad Ashraful (BAN), Tillekeratne Dilshan (SRI), Shahid Afridi (PAK), Kamran Akmal (PAK), Abdur Razzak (BAN), Farveez Maharoof (SRI), Mashrafe Mortaza (BAN), Munaf Patel (IND)

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Sri Lanka Cricketers Reception at President’s House

The politicos were up to it again. They flocked to where the cricketers were in droves, this time at President’s House on Tuesday evening where President Mahinda Rajapaksa hosted the team for a felicitation after the World Cup.

Some of the politicians were attired in casual wear that even the players were unsure of the people who came up to chat with them.

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Jayasuriya to sign up for Lashings

London, May 1 (IANS) Fresh from the World Cup, three Sri Lankan players – Russel Arnold, Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya – have committed their immediate futures to Lashings World XI, the Kent-based Harlem Globetrotters of cricket.

Alongside the players who have become the backbone of the club are team manager Alvin Kallicharran, captain Richie Richardson, vice-captain Chris Harris and Rashid Latif. Also new to the squad is South Africa’s Hashim Amla.

All four players will be heading for Britain this summer to join the Lashings squad for the start of their season.

“We are thrilled to be welcoming some of the world’s most exciting players to Lashings for the 2007 season. For the past 11 years, we have continued to strive to provide our audiences with some of the biggest names in world cricket, right here in the UK,” said David Folb, Lashings World XI chairman.

“Our aim is to inspire and entertain cricket fans of all ages, keeping the passion for the game alive. All our players are of equal value to us but we are delighted that from the youngest players at our school fixtures to the oldest armchair fan, everyone will be able to get close to some of big names they have been watching on TV throughout the World Cup,” he said.

The first fixture on Lashings World XI busy schedule is against Sedburgh School, Kendall, Cumbria May 25. This year, Lashings will be appearing at more venues across Britain than ever before, including – for the first time in the club’s history – a game in Northern Ireland.

The squad: Richie Richardson (WI), Henry Olonga (Zim), Chris Harris (NZ), Russel Arnold, Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya (all SL), Nantie Hayward, Hashim Amla (both SA), Greg Blewett (Aus), Rashid Latif (Pak), Alvin Kallicharran (WI), Phil DeFreitas (Eng)

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The moment the cricketing world has been waiting for has dawned

Incidentally this is a repeat of the 1996 final when these two teams met in Lahore and the Lankans carried away the trophy.

Will history repeat itself? Well your guess is good as mine.

What happened in Lahore is now just a memory and what matters is how the teams will play today.

Man to man there is little to choose between the two teams.

And the team that will climb the podium and hold aloft the trophy for the cricketing world to see, would be the team that is not overawed by the occasion, riding the pressure and playing the better cricket.

Here, not only in the other Caribbean Islands, they all want Sri Lanka to win the final. The Aussies are anathema to them.

Firstly to the wicket and viewing it from the Crozier Stand where the media box is housed, it looks devoid of grass and seems to be a good one to bat.

The side aiming for 250 and over should hold the advantage.

‘As for the Lankans every member of the team is fit and well and available for selection.

We have still not decided on the playing eleven’, said manager Michael Tissera.

The Sri Lankans cotton wooled Lasith Malinga, Chaminda Vaas and Muttiah Muralitheran when they last played the Aussies hoping to unleash them against the opponents today.

However Muralitharan is the one the Aussies batsmen fear most. His ‘doosra’ – the one that goes the other way – spits venom at the batsmen and it is instant death to those who cannot read the delivery.

However the Australian supporters who are here in their numbers are sure to try and unsettle him by chanting ‘chuncker’, ‘chucker’ or ‘No ball’ even time he begins bowling.

That’s how cowardly the Aussies are. But Muralitharan is made of different stuff and the shouts should inspire him.

When the Lankans bat, it is paramount that Sanath Jayasuriya gets back into run making. He has the temperament for the big occasion and there is no doubt that the Aussies would be targeting him, for if they allow him to cut loose, then they will have to chase a lot of leather.

Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, skipper Mahela Jayawardena, Chamara Silva, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Russel Arnold and Chaminda Vaas are all capable of making runs and must do it.

In Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitheran and Chaminda Vaas are three match winning bowlers, with Jayasuriya and Dilshan for support.

The Lankans will target opener Matthew Hayden who is enjoying a harvest of runs with three centuries already in the bank, and skipper Ricky Ponting.

The Lankans know that if they can get these two early, then they can run through the rest of the Kangaroos batting.

Nathan Bracken, Shaun Tait and Glen McGrath have all proved how good they are. If the early Lankan batsmen don’t gift them wickets, they could be frustrated.

The sides have some of the best fielders in the world and this aspect could play a big role if a team is to win.

Aussies are a bit jittery, knowing that they have still not had a bad day so far. And all Sri Lankans and their supporters are confident that today will be the day.

Kensington Oval, Barbados, Friday Courtesy:Daily News

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Its all yours Sri Lanka ~ICC World cup 2007~

Get to-gether & pray for it !

 

Lankan team needs it.

 

Now or never !

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