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Elections for various sports committees to be conducted according to laid down regulations.

Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara says that the election to appoint committee members for the National Olympic Committee will be held at the end of next month. He disclosed this at a media briefing held in Colombo today. Discussions in this regard are underway with the International Olympic Committee as well. He explained that the election of members was delayed due to a delay in receiving audit reports. The minister pledged that all elections for various sports committees will be conducted according to laid down regulations.

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The Sri Lankan Under 19 team left to participate in the Under 19 world cup cricket tournament

 

The Sri Lankan Under 19 team left today to participate in the Under 19 world cup cricket tournament which commences 13th of this month in New Zealand. The matches will be played in 4 groups. Sri Lanka is included in ‘D’ Group. Afghanistan, Ireland and Pakistan are the other teams playing in Group ‘D’. Former Sri Lankan test cricketer Roy Dias has been appointed as the coach for the under 19 team. The Championship tournament will end on the 3rd of February.

Chandika Hathurusingha to obtain the expertise of former players and Sports Psychologists

Tapping into the wealth of knowledge in Sri Lanka's network of former players and the employment of a Sports Psychologist, are among new coach Chandika Hathurusingha's first moves towards rehabilitating Sri Lanka Cricket.

Following a prolonged training session with a pool of 23 players, he spoke to the media saying that he will look forward to obtaining the expertise of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan.

Hathurusingha also hopes to get down Australian Sports Psychologist Dr Phil Johnsy, from time to time. Dr Johnsy, has been working with Hathurusingha for the past four years. He will be holding his first session with the team on January 3rd and will be with them for ten days. Depending on his availability, it is also a possible he may accompany the team on some tours.

Fixing the team's mentality is utmost among Hathurusingha's priorities, given the team's dismal run in 2017. He also sees poor training habits that need to be addressed.

The 3rd and final T20 between Sri Lanka and India will be played in Mumbai today

 

The 3rd and final T20 between Sri Lanka and India will be played in Mumbai today. The match is scheduled be played as a day and night encounter. India has already won the series winning first two T20s.

Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The bidding process to select a host city had been beset with problems. The South African city of Durban was awarded the Games in 2015 before being stripped of the event because it did not meet the Commonwealth Games Federation criteria.

After Birmingham's bid was initially deemed "not fully compliant", previously interested cities such as Victoria in Canada and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia were given another two months to apply. However, no bids materialised.

Now, Birmingham has been confirmed as the host of the 750 million pound event.

Birmingham's mayor Andy Street described the announcement as a "fantastic Christmas present for their region".

India beat Sri Lanka by 97 runs which is a recorded margin in T20 terms.

Sri Lanka faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of India yesterday during the first T20 match played at Cuttack. India beat Sri Lanka by 97 runs which is a huge margin in T20 terms. India batted first and made 180 for 3 in their allotted 20 overs. Sri Lanka in reply bowled out for 87. Sri Lanka did not learn from their mistakes. Their bowlers were not up to the target. They did not have a bowling and fielding plan for each Indian batsmen.  It is expected that the newly appointed  head coach Chandika Athurusinghe will restore some pride and discipline in batting and bowling.

England surrendered the Ashes as Australia stormed to a massive win, with an un-assailable 3 to nil lead

Australia won back the Ashes after bowling England out cheaply despite rain delays and a pitch controversy. They secured an innings win on the final day of the third Test in Perth. England were dismissed for 218 in their second innings in the last Ashes Test that took place at the WACA Ground.
Victory seemed assured for Australia when they had England 132 for 4 at the conclusion of the fourth day. That was still 127 runs behind with Australia yet to bat again. A rain-damaged pitch threatened to end the match without a ball being bowled on the final day. Australia was then in need of just six more wickets to win the match and regain the Ashes.
Complicating matters further was a damp spot on the pitch. WACA staff worked furiously with leaf blowers trying to dry the patch.
Wickets tumbled quickly for England upon the delayed resumption, with overnight batsman and first-innings centurion Jonny Bairstow bowled for 14, by the first delivery he faced for the day, from Josh Hazlewood. Hazlewood even removed England's last hope, Dawid Malan.

England surrendered the Ashes as Australia stormed to a massive win with an un-assailable 3 to nil lead.

The 3rd and final ODI will be played today at Visakapatnam day

 

The 3rd and final ODI between India and Sri Lanka will be played at Visakapatnam today. Both teams have won one match each. Sri Lanka have won just five out of 27 completed ODIs this year. But if there's a way to turn around a disappointing year, it can't get better than ending it with their first-ever series win in India

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and India will be played in Mohali today.

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and India will be played in Mohali today. This is a day and night encounter.

Sri Lanka records an easy 7 wicket victory over India in the first one day international

 

Sri Lanka recorded an easy 7 wicket victory over India in the first one day international in Dharamsala today. Sent in to bat first, India managed only 112 all out in 38.2 overs. After losing their first 7 wickets for 29 runs, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made 65 runs to give some respectability to the Indian total. Suranga Lakmal was the pick of the bowlers, taking four wickets for 13 runs. Sri Lanka reached their target easily, taking 20.4 overs and losing only 3 wickets on the way. Upul Tharanga made 49.

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