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Mahela farewell at SSC

Cricket Digest

Colombo: Sri Lanka has shifted the venue of the second Test against Pakistan next month to enable former captain Mahela Jayawardene to bow out of Test cricket at his club ground in Colombo. Sri Lanka Cricket, in a statement, on Wednesday said the request was made by Jayawardene’s Sinhalese Sports Club. The Test was originally scheduled to be at P. Sara Oval, also in Colombo, from August 14-18.

SLC initiative

Colombo: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) will soon begin its hunt for a brand new team of coaching staff, including head coach, fielding coach and trainer. SLC had appointed Marvan Atapattu as the interim head coach, following Paul Farbrace’s decision to leave the Sri Lanka job ahead of the country’s tour of England in May.

Kane ban

Wellington: New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson has been banned from bowling his occasional off-spin in international cricket because of an illegal action, New Zealand Cricket said on Wednesday.

Williamson was reported by the match officials during the second Test against West Indies in Port of Spain in June and independent analysis confirmed that his elbow extension exceeded the 15 degrees permitted by the rules.

Murad view

Mumbai: Afghanistan’s triumph over Zimbabwe on Tuesday was far from a surprise to Noor Muhammad Murad, the chief executive of the country’s board. In fact, he has warned cricket’s establishment to brace itself for more shocks at the World Cup next year.

Rohan shines

Calcutta: Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) XI beat Goa Cricket Association (GCA) by seven wickets at the All-India KSCA meet, in Bangalore, on Wednesday. After GCA finished their second innings at 262 for nine, CAB XI rode Rohan Banerjee's unbeaten 52 to record a victory.

Senior pro Sourashish Lahiri took three wickets for 69, while newcomer Amit Banerjee also scalped three wickets to make things easier for CAB XI.

Brief scores: Goa CA 272 & 262/9 in 100.4 ovs (S. Lahiri 3/69). CAB XI 420 & 115/3 in 30.2 ovs (R. Banerjee 52 ..). CAB XI won by 7 wkts