Sri Lanka Emerging squad led by Charith Asalanka will take flight tomorrow to South Africa to participate in a month-long tour including a tri-series and two 4-day fixtures.
Sri Lanka Cricket has managed to organize key tours for their ‘A’ team and Emerging team in the coming….
In a press conference held at Sri Lanka Cricket HQ, Manager/tour selector Hemantha Wickramaratne, Coach Chaminda Vaas and skipper Charith Asalanka briefed on the upcoming tour which will commence on 29th June.
21 years old Asalanka who has led the Emerging team before said, “This young squad has been given a valuable opportunity to play in South Africa by Sri Lanka Cricket, so we are determined to make the most of this opportunity and win the tournament. We have done well when South Africa toured Sri Lanka under my captaincy and we hope to do the same there”
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.
Assessing the squad’s strength newly appointed Emerging team’s head coach Chaminda Vaas revealed, “This is a well-balanced side. The combination is eight batters including two wicket keepers and I’m taking five fast bowlers including a batting all-rounder and two spinners; left arm spinner and right arm off spinner”
Answering a question on including the Sri Lanka U19 player Dilshan Madushanka, head coach Chaminda Vaas replied, “I discussed with the selection committee and decided to take Dilshan Madushanka with us to South Africa as the U19 World Cup will be held in the same country and it’ll be a really good experience for him to test his skills in those conditions before the World Cup. He has a good future ahead of him.”
Here are the squads for the tournament.
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
- 29th July: South Africa Emerging v Sri Lanka Emerging – Groenkloof Oval
- 30th July: South Africa Emerging v University Sports South Africa – Groenkloof Oval
- 1st July: Sri Lanka Emerging v University Sports South Africa – Groenkloof Oval
- 4th July: University Sports South Africa v South Africa Emerging – Tuks Oval
- 5th July: University Sports South Africa v Sri Lanka Emerging – Tuks Oval
- 6th July: South Africa Emerging v Sri Lanka Emerging – Tuks Oval
- 9th July: Sri Lanka Emerging v USSA – Groenkloof Oval
- 10th July: Sri Lanka Emerging v South Africa Emerging -Groenkloof Oval
- 11th July: USSA v South Africa Emerging – Groenkloof Oval
- 14th July: Final – Tuks Oval
Four Day Matches
- 18th July- 21st July: South Africa Emerging v Sri Lanka Emerging – Senwes Park
- 25th July- 28th July: South Africa Emerging v Sri Lanka Emerging – Tuks Oval
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