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SL U-19 squad named for World Cup

Nipun Dhanajaya didn’t get a single game in the 2018 competition, where Sri Lanka finished ninth after defeating West Indies in the Plate final

Left-handed batsman Nipun Dhananjaya, who had also featured in the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 in New Zealand, will lead Sri Lanka in the tournament’s 13th edition, beginning on 17 January in Kimberly, South Africa.

Dhanajaya didn’t get a single game in the 2018 competition, where Sri Lanka finished ninth after defeating West Indies in the Plate final. The squad features 11 of the 15 members from the U-19 Asia Cup held in Sri Lanka in September last year, when the hosts had finished as semi-finalists. Left-hand opener Kamil Mishara features as a lone wicket-keeper in the squad, with Navod Paranavithana slotting in as the leading all-rounder.

The batting would revolve around skipper Dhananjaya, Ravindu Rasantha, Kavindu Nadeeshan, and Ahan Wikramasinghe. Chamindu Wijesinghe, Dilshan Madhushanka, and Amshi De Silva slot in as the frontline seam bowlers, while Ashen Daniel will lead the spin attack with his off-breaks.

Sri Lanka are placed in Group ‘A’ alongside India, New Zealand and Japan, and begin their campaign against the defending champions on 19 January in Bloemfontein. Sri Lanka’s best performance in the competition came in the 2000-01 edition held at home, where they finished runners-up, going down to India by six wickets in the final.

Full squad:

Nipun Dananjaya (Captain), Navod Paranavithana, Kamil Mishara, Ahan Wickremesinghe, Sonal Dinusha, Ravindu Rashantha, Mohammed Shamaaz, Thaveesha Abhishek, M.A. Chamindu Wijesinghe, Ashen Daniel, Dilum Sudeera, Kavindu Nadeeshan, L.M. Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, and Amshi De Silva