Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced the squads and the schedule of the upcoming SLC Invitational T20 League 2021, which will be played from 12th to 24th August at Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium.
The four-team competition will see 13 matches being played on 7 days with each team playing each other twice. The top two teams after the round-robin stage will play in the final, under lights on 24th August.
Dhananjaya De Silva will lead the SLC Blues outfit with Angelo Perera named as his deputy, while Dasun Shanaka will captain the SLC Greys team with Charith Asalanka assisting him. Ashan Priyanjan has been named as the captain of the SLC Greens with Kamindu Mendis named as his deputy. Dinesh Chandimal will lead SLC Reds with Avishka Fernando assisting him.
Interestingly, the national selectors have decided to rest the world’s number two T20I bowler, Wanindu Hasaranga and the spearhead of the Sri Lankan attack, Dushmantha Chameera from this competition. Kusal Perera, who missed the recent Indian series, has not recovered yet from his injury whilst, former captain Angelo Mathews has not been considered for selection.
This tournament is being played primarily to give an opportunity for the fringe players to put up worthy performances ahead of the South Africa series (2-14 September) and ICC Men’s T20 World Cup (17 October – 14 November).
SLC Blues– Dhananjaya De Silva (Captain), Angelo Perera (Vice-Captain), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Nishan Madushka, Ashan Randika, Himasha Liyanage, Pawan Rathnayake, Ashen Bandara, Sahan Arachchige, Lahiru Samarakoon, Dhananjaya Lakshan, Suranga Lakmal, Kalana Perera, Dilshan Madushanka, Shiran Fernando, Praveen Jayawickrama, Maheesh Theekshana, Sachindu Colombage
SLC Greens– Ashan Priyanjan (Captain), Kamindu Mendis (Vice-Captain), Lahiru Udara, Mahela Udawatte, Krishan Sanjula, Pathum Nissanka, Saminda Fernando, Kamil Mishara, Sammu Ashan, Ramesh Mendis, Suminda Lakshan, Ishan Jayaratne, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Lahiru Gamage, Lasith Embuldeniya, Lakshan Sandakan
SLC Reds– Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Avishka Fernando (Vice-Captain), Nipun Dananjaya, Sandun Weerakkody, Oshada Fernando, Muditha Lakshan, Asela Gunaratne, Lasith Abeyratne, Seekkuge Prasanna, Chamika Karunaratne, Jehan Daniel, Santhush Gunathilaka, Binura Fernando, Mohammad Shiraz, Asitha Fernando, Himesh Ramanayake, Nimesh Vimukthi, Akila Dananjaya
SLC Greys– Dasun Shanaka (Captain), Charith Asalanka (Vice-Captain), Minod Bhanuka, Lasith Crosspulle, Sangeeth Cooray, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Nuwanidu Fernando, Chathuranga De Silva, Lahiru Madushanka, Milinda Siriwardena, Koshan Jayawickrama, Udith Madushan, Nuwan Pradeep, Chamika Gunasekara, Matheesha Pathirana, Pulina Tharanga, Ashain Daniel, Prabath Jayasuriya
12th August – Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
Greys vs Greens – 2.30pm
Blues vs Reds – 7.00pm
14th August – Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
Reds vs Greys – 2.30pm
Blues vs Greens – 7.00pm
16th August – Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
Reds vs Greens – 2.30pm
Blues vs Greys – 7.00pm
18th August – Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
Reds vs Blues – 2.30pm
Greens vs Greys – 7.00pm
20th August – Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
Greens vs Blues – 2.30pm
Greys vs Reds – 7.00pm
22nd August – Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
Greys vs Blues – 2.30pm
Greens vs Reds – 7.00pm
24th August – Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium
Final – 7.00pm