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Champions Trophy cricket tournament begins today in England.

Champions Trophy cricket tournament begins today in England. Bangladesh kick off their Champions Trophy campaign against hosts England as the first match. The defending champions India's opening game of the Champions Trophy against Pakistan is on Sunday. Sri Lanka will meet South Africa on Saturday.


South Africa beat England in 3rd ODI

England captain Eoin Morgan said his side had learned a lesson "with bat and ball" after their seven-wicket defeat by South Africa at Lord's. The hosts collapsed to 20-6 in the first five overs after previously dominating the series with the bat.

England, who have never won a 50-over competition, are the favorites for the Champions Trophy, which begins on Thursday on home soil. England had previously scored 330 and 339 against number-one ranked side South Africa, but struggled to come back from losing early wickets in the final match

India says it will not allow any bilateral cricket against Pakistan until the “cross-border terrorism” ends.

Indian Sports Minister Vijay Goel today made it clear that the government will not allow any bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan till the time “cross-border terrorism” does not stop.

The Minister’s firm statement comes on a day the Board of Control for Cricket in India and the Pakistan Cricket Board are meeting in Dubai to discuss their bilateral ties, which have remained suspended since 2012 due to diplomatic tensions after terror attacks in India. He also said that the BCCI should speak to the government before giving any proposal to Pakistan.

Excellent sports men and women were felicitated by the president.

President Maithripala Sirisena says from the 'Presidential Sports Awards' he expects to praise the commitments made by the spots men and women to sports sector. This ceremony will pave the way for a healthy and disciplined society. 2016 Presidential Sports Awards ceremony was held at the BMICH in Colombo yesterday under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena. Addressing the gathering the president added that the government has provided modern state of art facilities for the sports men and women.


Players who dive in English football could face bans from next season.

Players who dive in English football could face bans from next season. The Football Association will vote on retrospective action at its annual general meeting on Thursday and is expected to approve the proposal. The governing body would need the backing of the Premier League, the English Football League and the Professional Footballers' Association to introduce the rule change.

But it is understood they are broadly supportive and already in agreement. Under the proposed new rules, a panel would review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation. Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

Australia has picked four fast bowlers

Australia has picked four fast bowlers -- Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins -- in its 15-man Champions Trophy squad while dropping allrounder James Faulkner, the man-of-the match from its triumph in the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand.

Video gaming is to be included at 2022 Asian Games

It will also be a demonstration sport at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang, Indonesia. Video gaming will be featured as a full sport at the 2022 Asian Games, with competitors in electronic sports set to receive medals for their digital prowess.


The Second T-20-20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at 7.00 pm today

The Second T-20-20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will be played this evening at the R Premadasa international play ground in Colombo. The match will commence at 7.00 pm today.

Lasith Malinga has been included to the Sri Lanka's cricket reserve. Kushal Janith Perera's participation will be determined according to the physical fitness. Five 20/20 matches have been played between the two nations up to now and four of the matches won by Sri Lanka. 

The 2nd test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh commence Today at P. Sara Stadium in Colombo.

Hours after Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud confirmed that all-rounder Mahmudullah would not be a part of the playing XI for the Colombo Test and would fly home on the eve of the match, BCB president Nazmul Hassan claimed the player's return would be a personal decision and not one taken by the team management. The Test, which begins Today in Colombo,

will be Bangladesh's 100th and Mahmud had said that given the match would be an emotional, landmark occasion, it was decided not to keep a high-profile, senior player sitting on the bench. Hassan said the decision to either stay in Colombo or return to Dhaka was up to Mahmudullah. The second test match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh  commence today at P. Sara stadium in Colombo. 

Sri Lanka on the 7th place in the Test rankings

Sri Lanka remains on the 7th place in the Test rankings based on the ICC ratings released on 9th March 2017.
Also Sri Lanka stands on the 6th place in ODI rankings while it stays in the 8th place in T20 rankings. It is expected that Sri Lanka will improve in its rankings after the conclusion of the ongoing series against Bangladesh.

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