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Covid-19 and fitness issues oust ten players from SLC T20 League




By Revatha S. Silva


(First game starts at 2.30 p.m. followed by the next at 7 p.m.)

12 August, Thursday:

SLC Greys vs. SLC Greens

SLC Blues vs. SLC Reds

14 August, Saturday:

SLC Reds vs. SLC Greys

SLC Blues vs. SLC Greens

16 August, Monday:

SLC Reds vs. SLC Greens

SLC Blues vs. SLC Greys

18 August, Wednesday:

SLC Reds vs. SLC Blues

SLC Greens vs. SLC Greys

20 August, Friday:

SLC Greens vs. SLC Blues

SLC Greys vs. SLC Reds

22 August, Sunday:

SLC Greys vs. SLC Blues

SLC Greens vs. SLC Reds

24 August, Tuesday:

Final at 7 p.m.

SLC Greys Captain Dasun Shanaka

Becoming positive for Covid-19 and failing fitness tests caused the ouster of at least ten players from the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) T20 League, which is to begin at Pallekele in Kandy on Thursday (12).

The four-team tournament is scheduled to go on till Tuesday, 24 August when the final of the five-round tournament is to be played.

The players, match officials, and supports staffs left to Kandy yesterday (9) for the tournament, barring the said ten players who had either contracted the coronavirus or failed their fitness test held on Sunday (8) at the Sugathadasa Stadium, Colombo.

Three players test positive

Reliable sources said the following three players, Sachindu Colombage, Mohamed Shiraz, and Nimesh Vimukthi, had tested positive for Covid-19 and therefore are to miss the tournament.

Those who have reportedly failed their fitness tests are Sandun Weerakkody, Lahiru Gamage, Sangeeth Cooray, Lahiru Samarakoon, and Krishan Sanjula.

In addition to the above five, Lasith Embuldeniya and Lasith Croospulle too had failed their fitness tests, another SLC source confirmed yesterday, raising the total number of players to have failed the test to seven.

Squad number reduced from 18 to 15

SLC Blues Captain Dhananjaya de Silva

As a result, ten players are now likely to miss the tournament and the remaining players will be shuffled to make the final four squads so that each can contain about 15, an SLC source further explained. Earlier, each of the four squads consisted of about 18 players.

National white-ball Skipper Dasun Shanaka, Deputy Skipper Dhananjaya de Silva, former Captain Dinesh Chandimal, and Ashan Priyanjan were appointed Captains of their respective teams named SLC Greys, SLC Blues, SLC Reds, and SLC Greens respectively.

Preparation for World Cup

The SLC Invitational T20 League Tournament is to feature all national and first-class cricketers in preparations for the upcoming South Africa tour of Sri Lanka followed by the T20 World Cup 2021 in October this year.

Each team will play six games in the initial round of the League whilst the top two teams will qualify for the final, which will be played on 24 August.

The tournament will be played in accordance with international standards, and the games will be played as double-headers –two games each day– with the first game starting at 2.30 p.m. and the next following at 7 p.m. under flood lights.

SLC Reds Captain Dinesh Chandimal


Managers of four teams:

Charith Senanayake, Shane Fernando, Nevin Noyar, and Vinothen John

Coaches of four teams:

Rumesh Ratnayake, Darshana Gamage, Upul Chandana, Ruvin Peiris

Assistant Coaches:

Malinda Warnapura, Saman Jayantha, Thilina Kandamby, and Sajeewa Weerakoon

Match officials:

Match Referees – T.H.R. Priyantha, Nalliah Devarajan, and Ravi Punchihewa

Umpires – Keerthi Bandara, Deepal Gunawardena, Asanga Jayasuriya, Hemantha Botheju, Rohitha Kottahachchi, and Ravindra Kottahachchi

The four squads:

SLC Greens Captain Ashan Priyanjan

SLC Greys:

Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Charith Asalanka (Vice Captain), Minod Bhanuka (wk), Nuwan Pradeep, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chathuranga de Silva, Lahiru Madushanka, Milinda Siriwardana, Udith Madushan, Sangeeth Cooray, Nuwanidu Fernando, Lasith Croospulle, Chamika Gunasekara, Koshan Jayawickrama, Pulina Tharanga, Ashen Daniel, Prabath Jayasuriya, and Matheesha Pathirana

SLC Blues:

Dhananjaya de Silva (Captain), Angelo Perera (Vice Captain), Suranga Lakmal, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Ashen Bandara, Sahan Arachchige, Lahiru Samarakoon, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Kalana Perera, Ashan Randika, Dilshan Madushanka, Shiran Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Mahesh Theekshana, Himasha Liyanage,  Pawan Rathnayake, Nishan Madushka (wk), and Sachindu Colombage

SLC Reds:

Dinesh Chandimal (Captain/wk), Avishka Fernando (Vice Captain), Akila Dananjaya, Oshada Fernando, Binura Fernando, Mohamed Shiraz, Asitha Fernando, Sandun Weerakkody, Muditha Lakshan, Asela Gunaratne, Lasith Abeyratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Chamika Karunaratne, Jehan Daniel, Santhush Gunathilake, Himesh Ramanayake, Nimesh Vimukthi, and Nipun Dananjaya

SLC Greens:

Ashan Priyanjan (Captain), Kamindu Mendis (Vice Captain), Ramesh Mendis, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan, Suminda Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Udara (wk), Mahela Udawatta, Krishan Sanjula, Kamil Mishara (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Saminda Fernando, Sammu Ashan, Vishwa Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, and Lahiru Gamage


Covid-19 and fitness issues oust ten players from SLC T20 League