Sri Lanka’s World Cup campaign kicks off with the 15- member squad getting into the rhythm of preparing for cricket’s showpiece event that will get underway from May 30 to July 14 in England. With the squad due to take wing on May 7 a two phase workout is envisaged with a grueling seven day physical training course centering on optimum player fitness while this will be followed by an indoor training sessions for a further one week duration at Pallekelle.
Sri Lanka will meet New Zealand in their opening match at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on June 1 at 3.00 P.M. Sri Lanka time in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in what will be the third match of the tournament. The national selectors headed by Asantha de Mel opting for a new look outfit with an altogether new captain in the 30-year old Dimith Karunaratne has generated much expectancy as to a turnaround in Sri Lanka’s one-day fortunes going into the blockbuster tournament. The 12th edition of the world cup that began in 1975 also in England will see a significant change in the tournament format in a departure of the group by group basis. Under the new format all ten participating countries will play each other in nine games per team with the semi-finalists to be decided on the highest points basis.
The final preparatory work of the players getting into top gear under top coaching expertise headed by Chandika Hathurusinghe and covering the respective batting, bowling and fielding departments will be key to Sri Lanka’s world cup campaign. It will be the ground for the think tanks to getting an assessment as to slotting players to man key areas.
Dimuth Karunaratne – Captain, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Janith Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya De Silva, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Jeevan Mendis, Milinda Siriwardana.
Oshada Fernando, Angelo Perera, Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga
By Srian Obeyesekere
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