Mendis to lead Sri Lanka in Indoor World Cup 2017


Sri Lanka Indoor cricket team will be heading to UAE for the 10th Indoor Cricket World Cup to be held from the 16th to the 23rd of September 2017.

Going back to the history of the tournament, Australia have been dominant throughout, winning all 9 editions of the tournament up to now. The Sri Lanka team emerged runners-up in 2004 when the Lankans hosted the event. Tharindu Mendis, Iroshan De Silva and Chrishantha Pieris were in the runner-up team back in 2004.

The Islanders will leave the country on the 11th of September, hoping to have training sessions prior to the big event. The Lankans have a strong squad for the tournament and are keen to lift the title. They began their training in June and are geared up for the challenge in Dubai.

9 teams will be fighting for the title; defending Champions Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, England, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Malaysia and the home team UAE. All the games are scheduled to be played at the Insportz Club in Dubai. The World Indoor Federation is looking to enter the Commonwealth games in Durban 2022.

The Lankans are going in the tournament with the likes of Andy Solomons, Amila Ratnayaka who are capable of providing performances to lift the team in many ways.

Former Indoor cricket captain Asela Pathirana will be handling the coaching duties with the support of Gamini Perera (Manager)and Hiran Demel.

Sri Lanka Squad

Tharindu Mendis (C), Kamal Kuruppu (VC), Kolitha Nayananada, Ruwan Chandrakumara, Nilantha Wijekoon, Andy Solomons, Iroshan de Silva, Chrishantha Pieris, Amila Ratnaike, Rumesh Perera, Salman Faris, Thiwanka Dabare, Haresh de Silva, Ranusha Perera, Asela Pathirana (Coach) Gamini Perera (Manager), Hiran de Mel (WICF Delegate)