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Arjuna Ranatunga speaks to the Sri Lanka U-19 players ahead of the game, Sri Lanka U-19 v Australia U-19, 1st Youth ODI, Colombo, September 25, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Chamika Karunaratne, the Sri Lanka U-19 captain, receives his cap from Arjuna Ranatunga, Sri Lanka U-19 v Australia U-19, 1st Youth ODI, Colombo, September 25, 2014 (ESPNCI)


Patrick McKenna and Chamika Karunaratne, the captains of the Australia and Sri Lanka U-19 teams, shake hands, Colombo, September 24, 2014 (ESPNCI)

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* Srinath Silva dies of heart attack

Sept 30 (ESPNCI) Srinath Silva, 66, died of a heart attack in his sleep on Tuesday morning. Silva, a right-handed opening batsman, was less than five feet in height but was one of the hardest hitters of his time. A former Sri Lanka poolist, Silva played domestic cricket at the highest level for three decades from the mid-sixties. He represented Moratuwa SC, Colts, Saracens and Bloomfield. Silva was a member of the Sri Lanka Cricket Executive Committee, chairman of the SLC umpires committee and president of Catamarans SC.
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* Chinese athletes set to shine at Asian Games

Sept 30 (AFP) Incheon (South Korea)- Chinese athletes aim to show their class in the Asian Games track and field on Tuesday after a row over talented imported from Africa. Xia Wenjun will go for China s eighth successive 110 metres hurdles victory, taking up the mantle for injury-hobbled former Olympic champion Liu Xiang. Li Jinzhe leads the field in the men s long jump, and he appears well placed to set a new Asian record on day three of the athletics competition.
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* Aussies land in UAE for Pakistan series

Sept 30 (KT) Dubai- Formidable Australia landed at Dubai International airport for their UAE tour of matches against ‘hosts’ Pakistan in all three formats of the sport, starting Sunday. Both sides have star players missing from their lineups due to injuries and technical hitches. James Faulkner, the Australia all-rounder, said: “All of us are looking forward to Sunday’s Twenty20 International against Pakistan at Dubai Sports City.
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* Pakistan coach questions timing of ICC crackdown on chucking

Sept 30 (E24/7) Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has questioned the timing of cricket authorities' crackdown against chucking just months away from the World Cup, and suggested that rules on bowling actions be relaxed for spinners. In an interview with AFP, the former pace great said key all rounder Mohammed Hafeez's confidence was left shattered after he was reported for a suspect action in an Indian domestic tournament, a fresh blow to Pakistan following the loss of Saeed Ajmal to a chucking ban.
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* Ashraful's ban reduced to five years

Sept 30 (ESPNCI) Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful has had his eight-year ban for involvement in corruption reduced to a five-year penalty, with two years suspended, by the BCB's disciplinary panel chairman. Ashraful had appealed to the disciplinary panel chief, Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, in July, asking that the ban he received a month earlier, for his involvement in match and spot-fixing in the 2013 edition of the Bangladesh Premier League, be reduced.
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