The Sri Lanka Emerging Team will embark on a one month long tour to South Africa where they will play six one-day matches and two four day matches. The one-dayers will be a triangular tournament involvingÂ the Sri Lanka Emerging Team, South Africa Emerging Team and the University Sports South Africa Team.
Skipper Charith Asalanka, the former Richmond College, Galle product told a press briefing yesterday at the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) auditorium that the tour was a good fine toning opportunity for his team on the international curve.
â€œThis is the second time we are touring South Africa having played in the same tournament last year. We have trained hardÂ for one month and Iâ€™m confident that we can win in both forms of the game. The squad is a mixed composition of mostly Under-23 players from 2016 and Under-19 players and four over 23 years of age. â€
Head Coach, Chaminda Vaas, responding to an question from www.srilankacricket.lk said, â€œWe have a balanced composition ofÂ eight specialist batsmen, five specialist pace bowlers, a batting and bowling all-rounder, two right arm and left arm spinners and two wicket-keepers.â€
He added that pace bowler, Dilshan Madushanka was an outstanding find from Hambantota who had displayed much promise for the future. This was also endorsed by Manager, Hemantha Wickramaratne who said, â€œMadushanka has been a very good find who performed exceptionally well during the last tour to Pakistan.â€ The Sri Lanka Emerging team will take wing today, June 26 with the tour commencing on June 29.
Last yearâ€™s triangular tournament in South Africa was won by the University Sports South Africa Team.
THE SL EMERGING TEAM ONE-DAY SQUAD:
Charith Asalanka (Capt.), Sandun Weerakkody, Pathum Nissanka, Minod Bhanuka, Shammu Ashan, Kamindu Mendis, Ashen Bandara, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Kalana Perera, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Madushanka,Amila Aponsu, Ramesh Mendis, Sangeeth Cooray.
THE FOUR-DAY SQUAD:
Charith Asalanka (Capt.), Lahiru Udara, Hasith Boyagoda, Pathum Nissanka, Minod Bhanuka,, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Asitha Fernando, Kalana Perera, Mohamed Shiraz, Jehan Daniel, Lasith Embuldeniya, Nishan Peiris, Pramod Maduwantha, Ashen Bandara.
By Srian Obeyesekere
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