Left-handed batsman Charith Asalanka will lead the Sri Lanka Emerging team in their tour of South Africa in June/July. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the two squads (one-day and four-day) on Tuesday (11th June).
They will take part in the One-Day Triangular Tournament involving the South Africa Emerging Team and the University Sports South Africa team. After the conclusion of the limited-overs leg, the Islanders will play two four-day matches against the South Africa Emerging lineup.
Asalanka is coming back after a long injury layoff. He suffered a knee injury last December during the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Sri Lanka but now has recovered completely.
The left-arm spinner – Lasith Embuldeniya, who impressed with the Sri Lanka Test team in their historic Test win in South Africa earlier this year makes the four-day squad, following a successful recovery from his finger injury.
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Dashing wicket-keeper batsman Sandun Weerakkody, Ambidextrous all-rounder Kamindu Mendis, fast-bowling all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne have also been picked.
Another surprise selection has been the left-arm seamer Dilshan Madusanka from Wijayaba National School, Hungama. He has undoubtedly been the best bowler from the current U19 setup. He will be with the squad for the one-day games while Kalana Perera of S. Thomas’ College has been picked for both squads.
Some of the batsmen picked in Pathum Nissanka, Sangeeth Cooray, Hasitha Boyagoda, and Minod Bhanuka have scored runs heavily in the domestic circuit.
The Sri Lanka Emerging team is coached by former Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas.
One Day Squad
Charith Asalanka (Captain), Sandun Weerakkody, Pathum Nissanka, Sangeeth Cooray, Minod Bhanuka, Sammu Ashan, Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Kalana Perera, Dilshan Madusanka, Lahiru Madusanka, Amila Aponso, Ramesh Mendis
Four Day Squad
Charith Asalanka (Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Hasitha Boyagoda, Minod Bhanuka, Lahiru Udara, Promod Maduwantha, Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Kalana Perera, Jehan Daniel, Mohammad Shiraz, Lasith Embuldeniya, Nishan Peiris
One Day Match Schedule
- Sri Lanka Emerging Team vs South Africa Emerging Team – 29th June – Groenkloof Oval
- Sri Lanka Emerging Team vs South Africa University Sports – 1st July – Groenkloof Oval
- Sri Lanka Emerging Team vs South Africa University Sports – 5th July – Tuks Oval
- Sri Lanka Emerging Team vs South Africa Emerging Team – 6th July – Tuks Oval
- Sri Lanka Emerging Team vs South Africa University Sports – 9th July – Groenkloof Oval
- Sri Lanka Emerging Team vs South Africa Emerging Team – 10th July – Groenkloof Oval
- Final – 14th July –Tuks Oval
Four Day Match Schedule
- 1st Match – Sri Lanka Emerging vs South Africa Emerging – 18th to 21st July – Senwes Park
- 2nd Match – Sri Lanka Emerging vs South Africa Emerging – 25th to 28th July – Tuks Oval