The Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team and India Women’s Cricket team will meet in a 3-match ODI and 5-match T20 series. The series commences with the first ODI commencing on September 11 at the Galle International Stadium.
At the press conference held to announce the series at the Colombo Hilton Residencies on Saturday the two captains Chamari Atapattu of Sri Lanka and Mithali Raj of India expressed confidence of playing positive cricket.
Sri Lanka Women’s Captain, Chamari Atapattu said that she was confident of her team playing good cricket during the 3-match ODI and 5-match T20 home series against their Indian counterparts.
Meanwhile, Indian skipper Mithali Raj said that she was confident of her team displaying winning all-round talent for the trophy stakes.
“This bilateral series in Sri Lanka is important for us because gaining points is crucial in the ICC Championship points table rankings. We will not take Sri Lanka lightly. They have been improving with each game and this is reflected by the fact that Sri Lanka has a big bash player in its ranks,” she said.
Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket team Head Coach, Harsha de Silva expressed confidence of raising the standard of the team in the near future to so as to create a turnaround in the team’s winning fortunes. “There were quite a number of experienced players who had been well groomed from the 24-member squad that was selected when I was coach during my first stint. From that number, twenty players remained by 2013 when I left for Australia. Returning on my second stint I’m happy to note that the initiative mooted by Sri Lanka Cricket several years ago has borne fruit based on the talent fine-combed during my first stint.”
Responding to a questions posed by www.srilankacricket.lk, Harsha de Silva said that a noteworthy factor was that meaningful steps had been taken to infuse young blood to the team. “This fact is reflected by the fact that there is a 17-year old player in the squad. I must say that there are five or six really talented girls,” he quipped while expressing keenness to get on with the job and impart the experience gained during his coaching stint in Australia.
At the outset, Sri Lanka Cricket’s (SLC) Head of International Cricket, Chandima Mapatuna, who chaired the press briefing, welcomed the touring team’s Manager, Ramesh Powar and the two captains and other officials who graced the occasion.
He observed that the growing traditional cricketing relations between the two countries were significant in fostering women’s cricket at international level.
By Srian Obeyesekere