Former skipper Chamani Seneviratne stranded in the UAE

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Chamani Senevirate, a former captain of the Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team, has made a plea to the local authorities to assist her in returning to Sri Lanka from Abu Dhabi.

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Having played her last game in Sri Lankan colours in 2013, Seneviratne moved to the UAE for employment and reports suggest she was working as a coach and trainer in Abu Dhabi. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Seneviratne has unfortunately lost her job. Seneviratne is said to be amongst a number of Sri Lankans currently stranded in Abu Dhabi.

Seneviratne also has the distinction of representing two nations in International Cricket, having moved on to playing for the UAE Women in 2018. She appeared for them in the 2020 T20 World Cup qualifiers, registering her 1st 5-wicket haul in the format against Malaysia.

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For Sri Lanka, Senevirate had a long and illustrious career, becoming the only woman to score a century in Tests for the nation (Sri Lanka Women have played 1 Test) which came again Pakistan back in 1998. She also claimed 7 wickets in the game, leading Sri Lanka to a massive 309-run win. She finished her career with the Lady Lions with a tally of 107 international wickets and 1061 runs.