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Super Provincial One-Day Tournament kicks off on April 4

The Super Provincial One-Day Tournament featuring Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Dambulla will kick off on April 4. The mega local tournament is expected to be a guiding light to the national selectors to selecting the squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup that unfolds in England on May 30. The matches will be worked out at the Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium and Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium.

Colombo will be skippered by Dinesh Chandimal, Kandy by Dimuth Karunaratne, Galle by Lasith Malinga and Dambulla by Angelo Mathews respectively as the cream of island-wide talent pad up. The tournament is expected to generate intense competition being the final window for the selectors to have a close look at the players ahead of world cricket’s showpiece event. Ace batsman Kusal Janith Perera, who missed the ODI and T20 series’ against South Africa is recovering from the injury that precluded him and is viewed as a cog in the wheel of Sri Lanka’s world cup campaign.

Shammu Ashan and Dasun Shanaka SLC Super Provincial One Day Tournament

THE SUPER PROVINCIAL ONE-DAY TOURNAMENT SQUADS:

COLOMBO: Dinesh Chandimal (Capt. & Wk.), Upul Tharanga (V. Capt.), Avishka Fernando, Angelo Perera, Ashan Priyanjan, Kamindu Mendis, Seekuge Prasanna, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Suranga Lakmal, Asitha Fernando, Chamika Karunaratne, Chamara Silva, Mohammad Siraz, Shehan Jayasuriya. Standbys: Vishwa Chathuranga (Wk.), Nipun Dananjaya, Kalana Perera, Tharindu Ratnayake, Nipun Ransika, Hashan Dumindu,Hasitha Boyagoda.T. Kaushal, Chaminda Wijesinghe, Dilruwan Perera, Kaveeshka Anjula, Jehan Daniel, Rohan Sanjaya,Sangeeth Cooray. Manager Charith Senanayake, Head Coach Avishka Gunawardane, Assistant Coach1 Ruchira Perera, Assistant Coach2 Mahesh Weerasinghe, Trainer Dilshan Fonseka, Physio Ranjith Nanayakkara, Massage Therapist Viraj Dulanga, Analyst G.G. Niroshan, Baggage Master Vijith Kulasiri Fernando.

KANDY: Dimuth Karunaratne (Capt.), Sadeera Samarawickrama (Wk.), Pathum Nissanka, Priyamal Perera, Roshen Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera (V.Capt.), Jeffrey Vandersay, Malinda Pushpakumara, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Chathuranga de Silva, Sachitrhra Senanayake, Dilesh Gunaratne, Manoj Sarathchandra. Standbys: P.H.T. Kaushal, Chaminda Wijesinghe, Dilruwan Perera, Kaveeshka Anjula, Jehan Daniel, Rohan Sanjaya, Sangeeth Cooray. Manager Balan Aashirvadhan, Head Coach Piyal Wijetunga, Assistant Coach1 Ravindra Pushpakumara , Assistant Coach2 Ushantha Gunaratne, Trainer Krishantha Gamage, Physio Sanjeewa Gamage , Massage Therapist Lakshman Gunasekara, Analyst V. Vithubala, Baggage Master Nilantha Dharmaratne.

GALLE: Lasith Malinga (Capt.), Sandun Weerakkody (Wk.), Kusal Mendis (Wk.), Mahela Udawatte, Minod Bhanuka (Wk.), Dhananjaya de Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Nishan Pieris, Chamika Edirisinghe, Lahiru Thirimanne (V. Capt.), Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Madushanka, Shammu Ashan, Shehan Madushanka, Wanindu Hasaranga. Standbys: Nipun Karunanayake, Kamil Mishara (Wk.), Nisala Tharaka, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando, Dammika Prasad, Thikshila de Silva. Manager Shammi Gunasekara, Head Coach Tilan Samaraweera , Assistant Coach1 Darshana Gamage, Assistant Coach2 Harsha Gamaadhikari, Trainer Buddika Herath, Physio Arvinda Jayadewa, Massage Therapist Pubudu Prasad Guruge, Analyst Ranjan Seneviratne, Baggage Master Nishanka Chathuranga.

DAMBULLA: Angelo Mathews (Capt.), Danushka Gunathilake, Oshada Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (Wk.), Bhanuka Rajapakse, Jeevan Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Prabath Jayasuriya, Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana, Ishan Jayaratne, Sachithra Serasinghe, Ashen Bandara, Ramesh Mendis. Standbys: K.D.V. Vimukthi, Sonal Dinusha, Lahiru Gamage, Ramith Rambukwella, Shiran Fernando, Kaushal Silva, Lahiru Udara. Manager Vinothen John, Head Coach Sumithra Warnakulasuriya, Assistant Coach1 Lanka Silva, Assistant Coach 2 Nilantha Wimalaweera, Trainer Darshana Weerasinghe, Physio Priyantha Wickremesinghe, Massage Therapist Jagath Jinendra, Analyst Shirantha Niroshana, Baggage Master Upul Dharmasena.

SLC Secretary Mohan De Silva addresses the media at a briefing held to announce the 2019 Super Provincial Tournament at Jaic Hilton in Colombo on Monday, 1 April

THE SCHEDULE:

04th April Thursday: Colombo vs. Dambulla at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

04th April Thursday Kandy vs. Galle at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium.

06th April Saturday: Dambulla vs. Galle at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

06th April Saturday: Colombo vs. Kandy at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium.

O8th April Monday Dambulla vs. Kandy at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

O8th April Monday Colombo vs. Galle at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium.

10th April Wednesday Play off 3rd place vs. 4th place at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

11th April Thursday Final at Rangiri Dambulla International Cricket Stadium.

Courtesy Srian Obeyesekere, SLC