Head Coach Harsha de Silva and ODI Captain Shashikala Siriwardena and T20 Captain Chamari Atapattu expressed optimism of putting on a good show at the upcoming bilateral tour of Australia commencing from September 29 to October 9.
At yesterday’s press briefing at the SLC auditorium, Coach Harsha de Silva said, “We have opted for separate captains with Shashikala as the ODI captain and Chamari as the T20 captain. Having separate captains is a practice followed by most countries. But the move was mainly to relieve Chamari of the captaincy pressure in view of the 2020 T20 World Cup in Atapattu said, “I believe we can create a difference because the 20/20 format is so open where any team can prevail due to the nature of the game. We have a blend of experience with a few young players.”
The tour will kick off with the three T20s with the first on September 29 at North Sydney Oval followed by two day night games on September 30 and October 2 at the same venue.
The three ODIs at A.B. Field,Brisbane will be on October 5, 7 and 9 respectively.
Shashikala Siriwardena (Capt), Harshitha Madavi (V. Capt), Chamari Atapattu, Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Yashoda Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Dilani Manodara, Oshadhi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandhika Kumari, Inoshi Fernando, Achini Kulasuriya, Udeshika Prabodhani, Ama Kanchana.
Chamari Atapattu (Capt.), Harshitha Madavi (V. Capt.), Shashikala Siriwardena, Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunarathne, Yashoda Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Dilani Manodara, Oshadie Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandhika Kumari, Inoshi Fernando, Achini Kulasuriya, Udeshika Prabodhani, Ama Kanchana.
Departure September 22.
29th Sept. 1st T20 at North Sydney Oval
30th Sept. 2nd T20 D/N at North Sydney Oval
2nd Oct. 3rd T20 D/N at North Sydney Oval
5th Oct. 1st ODI at A.B. Field,Brisbane
7th Oct. 2nd ODI at A.B. Field,Brisbane
9th Oct. 3rd ODI at A.B. Field,Brisbane
By Srian Obeyesekere
-The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Sri Lanka Cricket-