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SL govt yet to okay Pakistan series

LAHORE - Pakistan might have to wait further for the revival of international cricket back home as their series against Sri Lanka later this year is still awaiting clearances. Sri Lanka, going by the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Future Tours Programme (FTP), are scheduled to play three Tests and five One-day Internationals in Pakistan.
"We are happy to go but we need clearance from our government agencies which is awaited," Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) honorary secretary

Openers power SL to semis

COLOMBO - Openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hit brilliant hundreds to guide Sri Lanka to an emphatic 10-wicket win over England which eased them into the World Cup semi-finals on Saturday. The 1996 champions restricted England to 229-6 before romping home on the back of a fiery unfinished opening stand of 231 in a one-sided finish, much to the delight of a packed 35,000 crowd at R. Premadasa stadium.
Dilshan finished with a 115-ball 108 not out, spiced with 10

SL enter semis for third time

STATE CORNER - Sri Lanka entered the semi-finals of the World Cup for the third time after defeating England by 10 wickets in the fourth quarter-final at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Saturday. Runners-up four years ago, Sri Lanka also qualified for the semis in 1996 when they became the world champions by beating Australia in the final at Lahore.
Tillakaratne Dilshan became the seventh Sri Lankan and 32nd batsman overall to score 10 or more hundreds in ODIs. Tillakaratne

Pakistani reporter held by SL authorities

COLOMBO - Sri Lankan immigration authorities detained a Pakistani journalist with the same name as the man who staged an abortive car bomb attack in New York's Times Square last year, officials said Sunday.
Faisal Shahzad, an Islamabad-based reporter, was allowed to enter the country to cover the World Cup after spending nearly a day in detention.
"We have spoken to the CID (criminal investigations department of the police) and the matter has now been resolved," a spokesman

SL coach desperate not to think of Australia

COLOMBO - Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss was trying on Monday not to think about the mouth-watering World Cup clash against his Australian compatriots, opting to concentrate on Kenya instead. The 1996 champions went down to Pakistan by a narrow 11-run margin in their Group A match on Saturday and Bayliss is more concerned about not slipping up against Kenya on Tuesday. "Our thoughts are on the Kenya match tomorrow," said Bayliss. "But looking forward to Australia (March 5), our guys

PCB writes to SL board for full series

LAHORE - Desperate to revive international cricket in Pakistan, the PCB has written to the Sri Lankan board, requesting it to tour the country this year for a full series. A senior official of the board said the PCB has already started a process to convince the Sri Lankan board to undertake the tour in October.
"We wrote to them a few months back, highlighting the fact that it would be a big boost for Pakistan cricket if they agreed to play the series as scheduled in Pakistan,"