A 15-member Sri Lanka squad has been named for the upcoming Emerging Teams Asia Cup 2019 which will be held in Bangladesh from the 14th to the 23rd of November.
As reported by ThePapare.com earlier this month, Charith Asalanka will lead the islanders in a bid to defend the title which they won at home last year. Last year’s Player of the Tournament, Kamindu Mendis will be the vice-captain of the team.
The Emerging Teams Asia Cup is an exciting tournament which will see eight Asian teams in action for the fourth time.
The Test-playing countries, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and hosts Bangladesh will field their emerging teams, which need to include at least eleven under 23 players (from the 15 in the squad). The Associate countries, UAE, Hong Kong and Oman are eligible to field their national sides.
Apart from Asalanka and Mendis, the national selectors have also chosen plenty of young, impressive stars in Pathum Nissanka, Hasitha Boyagoda, Ashen Bandara and Sammu Ashan while wicket-keeper batsman Minod Bhanuka, who had a memorable debut series with the national team in Pakistan has also been included for this 10-day tournament.
Sri Lanka cap Asitha Fernando, left-arm seamer Kalana Perera, right-arm seaming duo – Jehan Daniel and Shiran Fernando will make up the seam-bowling contingent while experienced left-arm spinner Amila Aponso will be partnered by off-spinner Ramesh Mendis and leg-spinner Sachindu Colombage.
Sri Lanka, Oman, Pakistan and Afghanistan make up group ‘A’ while India, UAE, Bangladesh and Hong Kong will contest in group ‘B’.
Sri Lanka Emerging Squad – Charith Asalanka (Captain), Kamindu Mendis (Vice Captain), Pathum Nissanka, Hasitha Boyagoda, Minod Bhanuka, Ashen Bandara, Sammu Ashan, Nishan Madushka, Jehan Daniel, Asitha Fernando, Kalana Perera, Shiran Fernando, Ramesh Mendis, Amila Aponso, Sachindu Colombage
Groups and Sri Lanka Fixtures
United Arab Emirates
- Sri Lanka Emerging vs Oman – 14th November – Cox’s Bazar
- Sri Lanka Emerging vs Pakistan Emerging – 16th November – Cox’s Bazar
- Sri Lanka Emerging vs Afghanistan Emerging – 18th November – Cox’s Bazar