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The Sri Lankan players celebrate after securing the gold medal in the Asian Games, Afghanistan v Sri Lanka, Final, Asian Games, Incheon, October 3, 2014 (ESPNCI)

Ranjan Madugalle mentors Sri lanka Under 19 players

Saveen Nanayakkara receives his cap on Under-19 debut from Ranjan Madugalle, Colombo, October 3, 2014

Thiran Dhanapala gets his Under-19 cap from Ranjan Madugalle, Colombo, October 3, 2014

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* Sri Lanka and Australia favourites to win 2015 World Cup: Kapil Dev

Oct 20 (SSK) Legendary Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev has said that Sri Lanka and Australia are firm favourites to win the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking at the ‘Salaam Cricket’ conclave in Delhi, organised by Aaj Tak-Headlines Today and titled as "Seven Wonders: All World Cup Winning Captains on One Platform", Kapil said: "I get the feeling that Sri Lanka and Australia are the favourites to win the 2015 World Cup apart from India. New Zealand, I would say are the dark horses."
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* Sanath Jayasuriya: India series ideal opportunity for fringe players to prove their worth

Oct 20 (CB) Sri Lanka's chairman of selectors, Sanath Jayasuriya, has said that the hastily-arranged five-match ODI series in India will help the fringe players to prove their worth before next year's World Cup. After the West Indian players abruptly pulled out of their tour of India last Friday over pay disputes, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) accepted India's invitation to play a five-match series from November 1. "This is an ideal opportunity for some of the bowlers, who have been around to grab their chance by performing against a top team like India," Jayasuriya was quoted as saying in ESPNCricinfo.
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* West Indies board apologises after India tour abandoned

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) said it had been left with no choice but to abandon its tour of India after its players "withdrew their services" amid an internal dispute. The board said in a statement it had held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss developments in India, where the team had another one-dayer, a Twenty20 international and three test matches left to play on the tour.
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* Atapattu fifty sets up Sri Lanka win

Oct 20 (ESPNCI) Captain Chamari Atapattu's 63 steered Sri Lanka Women to a four-wicket win against South Africa Women to equalise the series 1-1 in Colombo, after the match was reduced to 27 overs a side. Chasing 140, Sri Lanka almost wasted the platform set up by Atapattu, falling to 128 for 6, but still got home with an over to spare. Asked to bat, South Africa got a stable start with an opening stand of 42 in nine overs but Inoka Ranaweera's quick wickets soon reduced them to 56 for 3. Mignon du Preez and Marizanne Kapp put on 48 runs in 9.2 overs before both were dismissed within a span of three overs, for 34 and 29 respectively.
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* Sri Lanka Keen to Host India in Test Series Next Year

Oct 19 (NDTV) Colombo- After having agreed to play a five-match ODI series in India on a short notice post the West Indies pull-out, the Sri Lankan board is looking for a return in favour from the BCCI in August next year by playing three Test matches in the island nation. (Also read: Sangakkara questions Sri Lanka's decision to schedule India tour) "We have already confirmed our participation in the five ODI slated to held between November 1 and 14.
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* Sri Lanka team awarded Frequent Flier status

Air India has issued a frequent flier pass to the entire Sri Lankan team at the behest of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Sri Lankan team is being fed with all kinds of luxury by the Indian national airline carrier as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) stepped in to play a series within 15 minutes after the West Indies tour was called off.
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