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    Sri Lanka announce squad for ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021

    The following squad was selected by the Cricket Selection Committee to take part in the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2021, which will be played in UAE and Oman from 17th October to 14th November 2021.

    The squad was approved by the Minister of Youth and Sports Honorable Namal Rajapaksa.

    01) Dasun Shanaka – Captain
    02) Dhananjaya De Silva – Vice Captain
    03) Kusal Janith Perera
    04) Dinesh Chandimal
    05) Avishka Fernando
    06) Bhanuka Rajapaksa
    07) Charith Asalanka
    08) Wanindu Hasaranga
    09) Kamindu Mendis
    10) Chamika Karunaratne
    11) Nuwan Pradeep
    12) Dushmantha Chameera
    13) Praveen Jayawickrema
    14) Lahiru Madushanka
    15) Maheesh Theekshana
    Reserves
    01) Lahiru Kumara
    02) Binura Fernando
    03) Akila Dananjaya
    04) Pulina Tharanga

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    Has Angelo Matthews retired?

    Also, Akhila Dhananjaya should be in main team and not in reserves.

    Good to see Chandimal back though.

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    Sri Lanka have confirmed their 15-member squad for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021.

    The squad will be led by Dasun Shanaka as the team begin their campaign on 18 October against Namibia in Abu Dhabi in Group A of the First Round, where they have also drawn Ireland and the Netherlands.

    The only major omissions from the squad were Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka, who were banned for a year for breaking the Covid-19 protocols on their tour of England in July. With Kusal Perera's return after an injury, Minod Bhanuka, who was keeping the wickets in Perera's absence, also misses out.

    21-year-old off-spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who made his T20I debut in the first match against South Africa and dismissed Heinrich Klaasen, has been included. The youngster was also impressive in his ODI debut earlier this week, picking up a four-wicket haul. The other spinners making the squad are left-armer Praveen Jayawickrema, who made his international debut earlier this year, and Wanindu Hasaranga.

    Jayawickrema is the only uncapped member in the squad but has been included on the basis of his terrific performances in other formats. He had an excellent Test debut against Bangladesh in April, picking up 11 wickets in the match. He also has played five ODIs so far and picked up five wickets.

    The fast bowling department will be led by Dushmantha Chameera along with veteran seamer Nuwan Pradeep and all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.

    They have also named four reserves, who will travel with the squad as injury cover – Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya and Pulina Tharanga.

    Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya De Silva, Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lahiru Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana.

    Reserves: Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya, Pulina Tharanga.


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    Binura Fernando Akila Dananjaya both should be in the main squad. That being said in the conditions the world t20 is being played, sri lanka spinners might be able pull an upset or 2

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    So it seems like Lasith Malinga's career is over?

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    Greatness beckons for Mickey Arthur if he can help Sri Lanka win the title


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    Sri Lanka Cricket’s Selection Committee included 05 more additional players to join the Sri Lanka squad taking part in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

    The Minister of Youth and Sports Honorable Namal Rajapaksa ratified the following inclusions.

    1) Pathum Nissanka
    2) Minod Bhanuka
    3) Ashen Bandara
    4) Lakshan Sandakan
    5) Ramesh Mendis

    In the meantime, Lahiru Madushanka, who was named in the original squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, will not travel with the team as he is recovering from an injury.

    Accordingly, a total of 23 players will consist of Sri Lanka’s World Cup Squad.

    Sri Lanka Team will leave for Oman on the 3 rd October, 2021.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sher Khan View Post
    So it seems like Lasith Malinga's career is over?
    Malinga has retired. Yes.


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    Sri Lanka seem to be in chaos. I think they may struggle.


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    Are the teams allowed to announce a 23 member squad?

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    Well, this is one team that definitely won't be winning the tournament

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    Not a particularly star studded side, but a side surely adept to UAE style pitches that can stage an upset or two.


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    Oman vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I

    Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando, Akila Dananjaya

    Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to field

    OMAN 157/8 (19.4) CRR: 7.98
    Sri Lanka opt to bowl


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    Quote Originally Posted by sam_ahm View Post
    Are the teams allowed to announce a 23 member squad?
    These are the teams playing the first round.

    Thus even afghanistan had more boys with them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Greatness beckons for Mickey Arthur if he can help Sri Lanka win the title
    First goals for lanka would be to come in the top 2 of the oman leg. Ireland is in good form due to stirling. Stirling would be the factor for sri Lanka if they want to win against them.

    Namibia also has a strong team, there captain has been performing well with the bat and they got david wiese with them. Could be a tough game with lanka.

    Sri lanka would easily manage a win over netherlands though


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    OMAN 159/8 (20)

    SL 163/5 (17.3)

    Sri Lanka won by 5 wkts

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    The following 15 member final squad was selected by the Cricket Selection Committee to take part in
    the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2021, which will be played in UAE and Oman from 17th
    October to 14th November 2021.
    1. Dasun Shanaka - Captain
    2. Kusal Janith Perera
    3. Dinesh Chandimal
    4. Dhananjaya De Silva – Vice Captain
    5. Pathum Nissanka
    6. Charith Asalanka
    7. Avishka Fernando
    8. Bhanuka Rajapaksa
    9. Chamika Karunaratne
    10. Wanindu Hasaranga
    11. Dushmantha Chameera
    12. Lahiru Kumara
    13. Maheesh Theekshana
    14. Akila Dananjaya
    15. Binura Fernando

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    There are few people better-placed to lead a Sri Lankan team through the First Round at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup than Mickey Arthur.

    Touted as a coach throughout his playing days, Arthur has always exhibited the virtues of the profession. Approachable, clear in communication, and meticulous in detail, Arthur’s emotions in the stands or in the dugout are there for everyone to see, as he lives the ups and downs of international cricket almost alongside his players.

    Speaking to the ICC ahead of the Men’s T20 World Cup, a buoyant Arthur showed no sign of changing during Sri Lanka’s campaign.

    “I love the passion. I love the intensity of it. I love riding that emotional wave.

    “Some people say coaches should be stoney-faced and just sit there. It’s not my character. I can’t do that. I love the journey. I love the drive.”

    The Sri Lankan job is Arthur’s fourth international role across a 16-year international coaching career, a span now longer than his time as a professional player. Compiling over 10,000 runs across South African domestic cricket and representing South Africa A, Arthur transitioned to coaching younger than most. Early domestic success followed, and an offer to coach South Africa was forthcoming.

    He experienced a baptism of fire, facing an Australian side still at the peak of their powers, though his class shone through, ending a 43-year drought with a Test series win over England, and eventually beating Australia in a Test series away from home. Arthur then became Australia’s first foreign Head Coach, before winning the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy with Pakistan. He was appointed as Sri Lankan head coach in February.

    For Arthur, to meet the high expectations of the job and winning as a team, he knows it’s imperative that plans are put in place to allow players to find their own path to winning individual battles on the field.

    “I think first of all you’ve got to understand it’s about the players. The environment is about the players and you’re there to create that environment for them. And then, every player is different, and you’ve got to treat every player different.”

    “There’s not a one-size-fits-all here in this job and you’ve got to get in and have that connection with every one of your players in order to get the best out of them.”

    While formulating game plans, acting on observations and utilising the available analysis and data to apply on the day of a match are all essential, for Arthur, one eye also needs to look at the future, to consider a cricketer’s overall growth.

    “The most important thing for me though is seeing player development. Seeing young guys come into your system, seeing them develop and then seeing them be successful at international level.”

    “There’s no better feeling in the world for a coach than having had a small impact in that player’s development.”

    For Arthur, it’s important to not let a match or moment define a campaign. While living the ups and downs in the throes of battle, Arthur stresses that one result does not make or break a team, and defeat brings with it lessons and intel, provided it is observed through the lens of perspective.

    “Out of defeat there’s a lot of learnings. There’s always going to be one side that wins and there’s going to be one side that loses, you’ve just got to make sure that you win a little bit more often than you lose.

    “But all I want to know is that the boys are learning, that they’re going in the right direction and they’re getting better and better.”

    Though the wisdom found through experience extends further than just plans on the field. Acknowledging mistakes and missed opportunities throughout his career, Arthur has learned to shape his own philosophies in a way to meet team needs. Different jobs have forced Arthur to adapt. Quite simply, there is no universal formula to successful coaching.

    “Going to (coach) Australia was slightly different. I probably made the mistake of thinking it was going to be very similar to South Africa, and it certainly wasn't.

    “But I’ve loved the passion of the subcontinent. My three years with Pakistan were amazing and culturally there was a lot of adapting to do there.

    “Religion plays such an important part of their lives so you adapted your training sessions around prayer times. I must admit the Sri Lankan boys are almost exactly the same. It’s a wonderful team to be a part of.”

    Seven of the 16 teams at the tournament are led by South African coaches, and Arthur will go head to head with two of them in Group A of the First Round: Namibia’s Pierre de Bruyn and Ireland’s Graham Ford.

    Ford himself has coached Sri Lanka in two stints, from 2012 to 2014 and from 2016 to 2017. At the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, Arthur met Ford in the group stage during his time with Pakistan, prevailing in a three-wicket win. Pakistan went on to win the tournament, defeating India by 180 runs, the largest victory (by runs) in a final at an ICC event.

    While unsure what South Africa’s World Cup coaching monopoly is down to, Arthur hints that the country’s collective strength in leadership yields a level of success.

    “I’m actually blown away by that stat.

    “There have been some very successful coaches that have come out of South Africa.

    “I think it’s certainly a career that a lot of people desire in South Africa.”

    Two of those successful South African coaches will meet when Arthur's Sri Lanka take on Pierre de Bruyn's Namibia at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Tuesday in their first T20 World Cup assignment.

    https://www.t20worldcup.com/news/2289926


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    Sri Lanka will enter unfamiliar territory this week as they go into the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 at the First Round stage, seeking qualification for the Super 12. But having to take the long way to T20 World Cup glory could prove the perfect opportunity for a new generation of Sri Lankan stars to make their names.

    It has undoubtedly been a transitional period for Sri Lanka over the past few years. Since the 2015 Cricket World Cup they've seen the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara and Thisara Perera retire. Given all seven features in the T20 World Cup winning side of 2014, that's a list of departures any nation would struggle to adjust to.

    This month, they have the chance to show the world that the transitional phase is coming to an end and that they are ready to conquer cricket again.

    Ahead of their opening game against Namibia on 18 October, we take a look at their chances at the World Cup.

    Cricket World Cup runners up in 2007 and 2011, T20 World Cup finalists in 2012 and winners in 2014, Sri Lanka have had a leaner of time of it of late. That's why they find themselves in the First Round of the T20 World Cup rather than as automatic qualifiers for the Super 12 stage.

    T20I cricket has not been kind to them lately, with the islanders suffering the most losses of any team in the shortest format of the game since the last T20 World Cup in 2016. The challenge of finding their feet at this edition has not been made easier by the year-long suspensions being served by Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis and Danushka Gunathilaka for breaching the bio-secure bubble in England.

    But the absence of three suspended experienced players can be looked at as another opportunity for Sri Lanka's youngsters to step up on the big stage and make themselves known. Indeed, some of them have already started to seize their opportunity.

    There's 24-year-old Charith Asalanka, who was Player of the Series in Sri Lanka's recent ODI series win over South Africa. There's Avishka Fernando, who has averaged 119.5 across Sri Lanka's four practice matches in the lead-up to the tournament. There's Kamindu Mendis, who can bowl with both arms and hit the ball a long way, and seamer Chamika Karunaratne who can also hit the ball a long way. There has also been the return to the fray for proven performers like Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Perera, making an experienced core alongside captain Dasun Shana, all-rounder Dhananjaya De Silva and speedster Dushmantha Chameera.

    On top of all that, the Sri Lankans have the services of Wanindu Hasaranga, who sits second on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I bowling rankings. Hasaranga is averaging 13.15 with the ball in T20Is this year while leaking just 5.59 runs per over. There's not a team in the world looking forward to facing him.

    Quite simply, there are plenty of reasons to be excited about what this Sri Lankan team will bring to the table.

    It must be remembered that the T20 World Cup has always been Sri Lanka's happy place. Their 22 Men's T20 World Cup match wins are the most of any nation in the tournament's history. They have literally been the team to beat with more appearances in the Final than any nation.

    The upcoming edition of the tournament in Oman and UAE is Sri Lanka's chance to re-emerge as a T20I force to be marvelled.


    The squad

    Dasun Shanaka (captain), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando.

    Their fixtures
    18 Oct - v Namibia

    20 Oct - v Ireland

    22 Oct - v Netherlands

    Tournament history
    Best finish: Champions - 2014

    Sri Lanka broke their World Cup Final jinx at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2014. Having fallen short at the final hurdle in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2010 T20 World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2012 T20 World Cup, the Malinga-led side beat India by six wickets to be crowned T20 World Champions at Dhaka.

    The heroes with the bat, Sangakkara and Jayawardene, bid adieu to T20Is in style, hoisted on their teammates’ shoulders and with the trophy in their hands.

    In the inaugural edition, Sri Lanka made it to the Super 8s but finished third and failed to make it to the semis. In 2010, they qualified for the final four but lost to eventual champions England. The 2016 edition was a disappointing one as they crashed out in the group stages and failed to defend the title that they won in 2014.


    Look out for
    Maheesh Theekshana

    Maheesh Theekshana is among the latest list of sensations to come out of Sri Lankan cricket this year. Picking a wicket off his first ball in international cricket, Theekshana finished with a four-for in the final ODI against South Africa as Sri Lanka wrapped up a rare ODI series win, their first in over seven years against a top-five ranked team.

    With an action very similar to that of Ajantha Mendis, Theekshana was picked up by Jaffna Stallions in the inaugural edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) upon the insistence of Thisara Perera. In the 26 T20 games that he has played so far, Theekshana has picked up 22 wickets at an average of 23.50, giving away just 5.68 runs per over.

    Though his T20I numbers in three games may not be as impressive, Theekshana’s mystery spin could be Sri Lanka’s secret weapon, come the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

    Key Player
    Wanindu Hasaranga

    For someone who made his international debut in 2019 and has played only 25 T20Is, Wanindu Hasaranga has quickly become Sri Lanka’s most important player in the shortest format of the game.

    Currently ranked second in the MRF Tyers ICC T20I rankings for bowlers, Hasaranga is Shanaka’s go-to player when the going gets tough. In 25 games so far, the right arm wrist spinner has picked up 36 wickets at an average of 15.47 with an economy of just 6.57.

    Hasaranga is also a very capable bat, averaging 17.52 at a strike rate of 131.34 in T20 cricket. He has two fifties to his name as well, with a high score of 74. His batting numbers at the international stage may not be as impressive yet, but he has shown a glimpse of what he can do with his 44 off 34 against West Indies last year.

    If Sri Lanka are to get out of the First Round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, Hasaranga will have a crucial role to play in it.

    Big match
    Ireland - 20 October

    Ireland will perhaps be Sri Lanka’s strongest challenge in the First Round of the T20 World Cup. The two teams have clashed only once before in T20Is where Sri Lanka beat Ireland in a closely contested match in the 2009 Men’s T20 World Cup.

    However, Ireland have come a long way since and could be a major roadblock in Sri Lanka’s bid to qualify for the Super 12 stages.


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    Sri Lankan bowling firepower?



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    Sri Lanka finished the First Round of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with three victories from three thanks to a convincing win over the Netherlands and Bhanuka Rajapaksa praised the brilliance of their bowlers so far.

    Sri Lanka took just 17.1 overs total match time to record an eight-wicket victory in Sharjah – skittling the Netherlands for 44, the second-lowest total in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup history, before comfortably knocking off the target.

    Seamer Lahiru Kumara took a brilliant three for seven from his three overs and regularly clocked above 140kph on the speed gun, as did Dushmantha Chameera (1/13), while spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana combined for five wickets.

    Theekshana may miss the first Super 12s game against Bangladesh on Sunday due to a slight injury picked up during the win but batter Rajapaksa was full of praise for the bowling unit as a whole.

    “It’s such a benefit having two bowlers who can bowl above 90mph,” he said. “Any batter will get shaken because bowling at 145kph+ and not having any room, just bowling in good areas, it’s always difficult to get it away.

    “At the same time, the spinners have been extremely good for us and sticking to their basics and that’s one of the reasons why we’ve been winning throughout this tournament.

    “I don’t know what the condition is [of Theekshana] exactly but the physios said we might leave him out for the next game.

    “We don’t want to risk it by playing him and then not having him for the rest of the tournament. At the moment, he will be missing the next game as far as I know.

    “It’s not 100 per cent but most probably he will miss the Bangladesh game and then play the rest of the games.”

    While Sri Lanka’s bowling has been exceptional so far, their batting has been slightly hit and miss.

    Although Rajapaksa said the Lions considered choosing to bat against the Netherlands after winning the toss to try and improve things, they ultimately opted to field in order to maximise their chances of victory.

    “There was some consideration to batting first when we won the toss but with a mastermind in the dressing room, someone as special as Mahela Jayawardene – we always wanted to win, rather than just playing for ourselves,” he explained.

    “We knew that Netherlands might not be the best side but we still wanted to keep them to a low score and win it as soon as possible.

    “It worked and having a win behind us is much better than having individual performances.

    “It’s always special to win games against good teams and this is some good confidence for the boys as well.”

    Netherlands’ batting collapse, as they were all out for 44 in just ten overs, gave their bowlers nothing to defend and opener Max O’Dowd *– who was run out in the first over *– offered no excuses for the performance.

    “It was pretty catastrophic, wasn’t it? There’s no other words to describe it *– embarrassing I guess,” said O’Dowd.

    “Mostly it’s disappointing – it’s not the Dutch team that I know to roll over like that. I’m just extremely disappointed because I know we’re so much better than that.

    “To do that on a big stage is even more disappointing, so I’ve not really got any words.

    “The Sri Lankan spinners were just too good for us today. You can’t go back and play across the line on a wicket like that.

    “It’s not something we face very often, being from the Netherlands, and these boys are extremely skilled. Hasaranga put it on a spot and got it going both ways –* it’s pretty tough to play when you don’t know what is coming.

    “Fair play to those boys, they were outstanding and we just weren’t good enough today. That’s cricket but we’ll be back stronger, I know that.”


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    Before the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 begun, Sri Lanka might have been frustrated at having to come through the First Round but now they’ve reached the Super 12s in style, they may just have an advantage over their rivals.

    Warm-up games are a great arena in which to work on your skills but nothing can replicate the intensity of tournament competition and the Lions are now finely-tuned after topping Group A.

    They have grown into the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup with each passing game – a seven-wicket win over Namibia to begin things followed by a 70-run victory against Ireland and then the pièce de résistance of an eight-wicket triumph over Netherlands in just 17.1 overs.

    Three matches, three victories and an incredible net run-rate of 3.754 speaks to the form the Lions are in and when their Super 12s campaign begins against Bangladesh in Sharjah on Sunday, they will be brimming with confidence.

    Group 1 features a mouth-watering collection of teams, with 2016 finalists West Indies and England, the fifth-placed team in the MRF Tyres Men's T20I Team Rankings South Africa and the always-dangerous Australia also lying in wait.

    Only two of the six will reach the semi-finals but having laid down a marker already, their opponents will be aware that Sri Lanka mean business.

    Their bowling attack is among the very best in the entire tournament *– as pace trio Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara have caused havoc during the First Round.

    Kumara and Chameera’s ability to consistently bowl above 140kph will hurry any batter, while Karunaratne’s precise line-and-length has flummoxed the opposition so far.

    The combination of Wanindu Hasaranga and 21-year-old mystery spinner Maheesh Theekshana have also brilliantly continued Sri Lanka’s great spin tradition with 14 wickets between them in the three matches to date.

    The Lions’ fielding has also been point, as demonstrated by skipper Dasun Shanaka’s brilliant run out of Max O’Dowd in the very first over against the Netherlands.

    Their batting, most notably from the top order, has been a slight issue and replacing Dinesh Chandimal at number three with Charith Asalanka against the Dutch did little to solve it *– Asalanka looking unconvincing in his knock of six from ten balls.

    But Kusal Perera finally found some form with an unbeaten 33 from 24 deliveries, while Pathum Nissanka scored 61 against Ireland and middle order batters Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Hasaranga have also made telling contributions at times during the tournament.

    They may not be perfect just yet but Mickey Arthur’s team are right in form and are ready to hit the ground running now we’ve reached the Super 12s.


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    Coach Mickey Arthur sees young stars Charith Asalanka and Pathum Nissanka as pivotal to Sri Lankan cricket going forward, hailing them as the batting leaders of the country's ‘generation-next’.

    Asalanka starred in Sri Lanka’s victory over Bangladesh in their opening Super 12 match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, smashing an unbeaten 80 off 49 balls.

    Along the way, he enjoyed a 69-run second-wicket stand with Nissanka.

    Asalanka’s unbeaten 80 was his first T20I half-century and his fourth across 35 T20s. It was the first real glimpse of the batter who has thrived for Sri Lanka’s ODI team since debuting in June.

    Earlier in the tournament, Nissanka notched his maiden T20I half-century against Ireland, with his best cricket thus far coming in the Test arena.

    For Arthur, oft-hailed for his ability to nurture young talent, it is imperative both players get the chance to play as much as possible given their enormous potential.

    “I've watched every cricketer now in Sri Lanka, including some of the under-19 bowlers, which are quite exciting to see some of them coming through,” Arthur said. “But I don't see batting talent like Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka

    “For us as a coaching staff, for us as the selection panel, we've got to keep giving opportunities to these two young players, because in the next couple of years they're going to be the leaders in the batting department for Sri Lanka.

    “Pathum, Charith, Praveen (spinner Praveen Jayawickrama), these are going to be guys that are going to be very good for Sri Lanka going forward.”

    Nissanka notched a century on Test debut earlier in the year but up until his 61 against Ireland, success in the shorter formats had evaded him.

    Nevertheless, Arthur says they will be backing him all the way across all three formats.

    “From the first time I saw Pathum, I think I've been quoted as saying I think he's a wonderful talent. He's got his balance, his feet movement, when he attacks and defends are great.

    “He's got it all. He's a really good player. We saw that on Test debut. He's played every form now over the last sort of nine months for us. And he's going to play every form because I really think him and Charith are generation-next for Sri Lanka in terms of batting.”

    Like Nissanka, Asalanka is a newcomer to the Sri Lankan set-up and Arthur takes huge joy from the rate at which he has improved.

    “To see Charith's development has been incredible,” Arthur said.

    “I remember Charith arriving in our bubble just before we went to England, and then we had the England trip. And to see Charith's journey from England to where he is now is a credit to himself, the way he's gone about his work, the professionalism he's shown. His preparation in every game has been fantastic.

    “To see a young player like Charith get better and better has been very, very rewarding for us.”

    Sri Lanka are in action on Thursday night against Australia in Group 1 of the Super 12.


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    They have been decent so far.

    Today is their first real test though. Australia should be harder than previous opponents.


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