Sri Lanka Cricket on Monday defended its decision to send the national team for a tour of India next month amid criticism coming from certain quarters, saying that it was taken at the best interest of the game.
Sri Lanka`s cricket authorities decided Sunday to send off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake for intense coaching after the International Cricket Council (ICC) ruled his bowling action illegal and banned him from international matches.
It triggered quite a furore in Sri Lankan cricket but the country`s first World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga has backed Mahela Jayawrdene and Kumar Sangakkara`s decision to call it quits from Twenty20 Internationals, saying the duo`s timing was correct.
Organisers of cricket`s Asia Cup insisted the tournament would go ahead in troubled Bangladesh next month, even if one of the teams pulled out on safety grounds, as they unveiled the schedule Thursday.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has sent a letter of apology to Sri Lanka for the country`s cricket team being greeted by a Hindi song at the ICC Champions Trophy opening ceremony June 6 while all other teams were represented with music from their own countries. The faux pas sparked protests in the Sri Lankan capital Monday.
Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga insisted that SLC has "zero tolerance" policy towards corruption in the wake of reports emerging that some Indian bookies are benami owners of franchises in the Sri Lanka Premier League.
Even as the controversy over Laxman Sivaramakrishnan`s appointment to the ICC Cricket Committee raged on, the BCCI on Monday received support from its Asian allies Sri Lanka and Pakistan who claimed allegations of the Indian Cricket Board forcing a re-vote were baseless.
With the limited overs series against India about to start in another three days time, the Sri Lankan cricketers finally won their four-month long battle against their employers Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and will be signing the annual contracts by on Thursday