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Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene at the launch of the Murali Harmony Cup 2014, October 24, 2014

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* Opening slot and fielding concerns for SL

Oct 31 (ESPNCI) While Tillakaratne Dilshan has been slapping and scooping his way through opposition attacks since 2009, Sri Lanka have rifled through opening batsmen at the other end. Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne have had their dash, Mahela Jayawardene has sometimes stepped in to replace misfiring batsmen mid-tour, Kusal Perera began with promise but is yet to deliver consistently,
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* ICC Chairman N. Srinivasan congratulates Nepal and Uganda for qualifying for Pepsi ICC WCL Div 2

Oct 31 (ICC) ICC Chairman Mr N. Srinivasan has congratulated Nepal and Uganda for qualifying for Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 2 (WCL Div.2), which will be played in Namibia from 17 to 24 January 2015. Nepal and Uganda sealed their progression after reaching the final of Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday.
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* Rohit and Pandey flay Sri Lankans

Oct 30 (ESPNCI) Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey and Karn Sharma made the most of their opportunities for India A while the Sri Lankans didn't have much to gain from the warm-up one-dayer at the Brabourne Stadium. With Sri Lanka deciding to give all fifteen members of their squad a go, the match didn't have any statistical relevance. Still Rohit's innings showed that he has recovered from his injuries while Pandey's and Karn's efforts in the comprehensive 88-run victory will help push their case for national selection.
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* Underdone Sri Lanka dial down expectations

Oct 31 (ESPNCI) Somewhere in Sri Lanka Cricket's drive to justify a sudden ODI tour of India, the board enlisted the spirit of 1996 for moral assistance. "All Sri Lankan cricket fans will remember," a line in an SLC press release began, "how India and Pakistan toured Sri Lanka to show their solidarity when Australia and West indies refused to play in Sri Lanka in the 1996 Wills World Cup."
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* Nepal, Hong Kong to tour Sri Lanka in November

Oct 31 (ESPNCI) The top four Asian Associates - Nepal, Afghanistan, Hong Kong and UAE - are set to tour Sri Lanka after the SLC approved a request from the ACC development manager Bandula Warnapura. Nepal and Hong Kong will be the first two teams out of the four to tour Sri Lanka in November. The decision was taken "to support the region's non-Test playing countries," the SLC said. "It's a very beneficial offer by Sri Lanka," Warnapura said.
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* SLC ropes in sports psychologist

Oct 30 (ESPNCI) Sri Lanka have enlisted the help of sports psychologist and former England offspinner Jeremy Snape for their upcoming home series against England. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) made the decision with a view to having a performance coach on board for ther 2015 World Cup campaign. The board is also understood to be in talks with former India fielding coach Trevor Penney about a full-time position with the Sri Lanka side.
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