Sri Lanka Cricket announce Invitational T20 squads and schedule

SLC Invitational T20 League 2021

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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.

Read: SLC Invitational T20 League to commence on 12th of 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.

Read: Chameera and Hasaranga make progress in ICC T20I rankings

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

Match Schedule 

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

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