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Sports In Brief: Sri Lanka to leave for World Cup on 3 October




Sri Lanka to leave for World Cup on 3 October

Sri Lanka will leave for Oman on 3 October for a two-match T20I series, to be played on 7 and 9 October.

Upon completion of the tour, Sri Lanka will leave to Abu Dhabi and Sharjah for two International Cricket Council (ICC)-organised warm-up games, to be played on 12 and 14 October, before kicking off their T20I World Cup campaign on 18 October against Namibia.

The matches against Namibia and Ireland will be played in Abu Dhabi on 18 and 20 October whilst the last qualifying game is scheduled for Sharjah on 22 October against the Netherlands.

“We are looking to play as many games as possible leading to the World Cup, in similar conditions to UAE,” said Ashley de Silva, CEO, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in an SLC media release on Thursday (9).

* Sri Lanka squad for World Cup!

Here is the speculated squad for the T20I World Cup from Sri Lanka. The International cricket Council (ICC) deadline is today (10 September) for the flagship event.

Sri Lanka’s possible 15-member squad:

Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva, Bhanuka Rajapaksam, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Binura Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana,  Kamindu Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, and Akila Dananjaya

Travelling Reserves (4):

Praveen Jayawickrama, Lahiru Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara, and Pulina Tharanga

* SL women’s cricketers to undergo residential training camp

Prominent Sri Lanka Women’s player Chamari Athapattu

A residential training camp will be held for 23 Sri Lanka women’s cricketers, from 9 September, to prepare themselves for future tours and the World Cup Qualifying Tournament.

The camp will be conducted at the P. Sara Oval and will consist of skills and fitness training, game education, and also intra-squad practice games.

Women’s Head Coach is Hashan Tillakaratne and Ravindra Pushpakumara is the Fast Bowling Coach; Lanka de Silva is the Fielding Coach, and Dinuk Hettiarachchi is their Spin Bowling Coach.

* Under-19 Residential Training Camp

A Residential Training Camp will be conducted for 26 Under-19 Sri Lanka cricket players, selected focusing on upcoming inbound tours including the Under-19 Asia Cup and the Under-19 World Cup.

The 22-day training camp will be conducted at SSC, Colombo under a bio-bubble environment.

The residential training programme will be conducted by the newly appointed Sri Lanka U-19 Coach Avishka Gunawardene, Upul Chandana (Fielding Coach), Chamila Gamage (Fast Bowling), Sachith Pathirana (Spin Bowling), and Dhammika Sudarshana (Batting), along with the support staff.