Sri Lanka’s 2013 in pictures

Kulasekara celebrates at the Gabba

Nuwan Kulasekara, who took his first five-wicket haul in ODIs, celebrates after taking the wicket of Phil Hughes during the third ODI between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Gabba in Brisbane on January 18, 2013. © AFP/Bradley KANARIS

New selectors at their first media briefing

Sri Lanka’s new chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya and fellow selection panel member Hashan Tillakaratne speak to reporters in Colombo on January 30, 2013. Both former players are also currently active politicians. © AFP/LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

Players hit the ground to avoid wasps

Tillakaratne Dilshan teases Bangladeshi batsmen Mohammad Mahmudullah and Tamim Iqbal as they lie on the ground after wasps invaded the field during the first ODI between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Hambantota on March 23, 2013. © AFP/Ishara S. KODIKARA

Sri Lanka Cricket’s new chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa

Sri Lanka Cricket’s newly elected chairman Jayantha Dharmadasa receives a garland after he was elected uncontested to the top post at the cricket board on April 16, 2013. © AFP/Ishara S. KODIKARA

Sangakkara hugs Kulasekara after Sri Lanka win

Kumar Sangakkara hugs Nuwan Kulasekara after hitting the winning runs in Sri Lanka’s ICC Champions Trophy group match against England at The Oval on June 13, 2013. The pair combined to take Sri Lanka to victory with an unbeaten 110-run fourth-wicket partnership to keep Sri Lanka’s hopes in the tournament alive. © AFP/Ian Kington

Sri Lankans celebrate victory over Australia at The Oval

Sri Lankan cricketers celebrate their victory over Australia at The Oval on June 17, 2013. The win enabled them to qualify for the semi-final stages of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013. © AFP/ADRIAN DENNIS

Tharanga and Jayawardene register 200-run opening partnership against India

Upul Tharanga and Mahela Jayawardene put on 200 runs for the first wicket against India during the tri-series match between the two sides at Sabina Park in Kingston on July 2, 2013. © AFP/Jewel Samad

Senanayake leaps in joy after dismissing du Plessis

Sachithra Senanayake celebrates after he dismissed Faf du Plessis during the first T20 between Sri Lanka and South Africa at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on August 2, 2013. © AFP/Ishara S. KODIKARA

Dilshan’s wife gets emotional at press conference announcing his Test retirement

Tillakaratne Dilshan consoles his wife Manjula Thilini during the press conference announcing his retirement in Colombo on October 10, 2013. AFP PHOTO/ LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI

Botham and Jayasuriya at a press conference for Beefy’s Big Sri Lanka Walk 2013

Former England cricketer Ian Botham and Sri Lanka’s chief cricket selector Sanath Jayasuriya are pictured here at a press conference in Colombo on August 15, 2013. Botham announced he would walk hundreds of miles in Sri Lanka in a bid to raise money for charity. He said he will walk nearly 600 kilometres (375 miles) from the former Sri Lankan war zone to the southern coastal town of Hambantota in November 2013. © AFP/Ishara S.KODIKARA

Jayawardene at Murali Harmony Cup 2013 opening ceremony

Mahela Jayawardene and Sir Ian Botham at the opening ceremony of the Murali Harmony Cup 2013 held at Kilinochchi Central College in Kilinochchi on November 1, 2013. © Murali Cup

Mathews gets through Hafeez’s defences

Mohammad Hafeez looks back at his stumps after he was bowled by Angelo Mathews during the fifth and final ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on December 27, 2013. © AFP/MARWAN NAAMANI

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