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Sri Lanka squad takes wing tomorrow

ICC 2020 WOMEN’S T20 WORLD CUP

Women’s cricket it will be that will shortly catch the focus of the world with the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 to be staged in Australia from February 21 to March 8. With, the participating countries busy with their final preparations, here in Sri Lanka the Women’s players have gone through hectic weeks of training and 12 practice matches under the watchful eye of Head Coach Harsha de Silva and all spruced up when the 15-member squad will take wing on February 6 Friday for Down Under where the extravaganza of the fairer sex from 10 nations in the fray in what holds out the promise of highly expectant action packed stuff in cricket’s short version of the game.

The Lankan squad interestingly sees 21-year old Harshitha Madavi elevated to the vice captaincy which is a shot in the arm for the new generation players who have progressively begun to make inroads to the team in keeping with the adage ‘new brooms sweep better than old brooms.’ 

For Sri Lanka, drawn in Group A, and led by the hard hitting 28-year old Chamari Atapattu, it will be a challenging call given the strong opposition they will face. However, coach Harsha is hopeful of his team creating a couple of upsets like beating India to advance to the big spoils. In Group A are Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh (by qualification) and India, and Group B West Indies, England, South Africa, Pakistan and Thailand (by qualification). While the curtain raiser will see Australia take on India on February 21 at the Sydney Showgroud, Sri Lanka’s first match will be against New Zealand on February 22 at the WACA, Perth while they take on defending champs Australia on February 24 at the Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhok. England, the 2018 runners-up, will face South Africa on February 23 at the WACA, Perth.

Of course, four times winners of six cup tournaments Australia will be the top favourites to watch. Having trounced England by 8 wickets in the 2018 World Cup final in the West Indies, they have since consistently won majority of their fixtures and consists of some playmakers in Alyssa Healy and Ashleigh Gardner. The 10 top teams will play 23 matches, with the finals on March 8, 2020. Of the 10 teams, all eight have qualified automatically while Bangladesh and Thailand are the only two teams who have reached the tournament from the Qualifying Tournament.

SRI LANKA SQUAD:

Chamari Atapattu – Capt.,Harshitha Madavi – Vice Capt.,Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Shashikala Siriwardene, Nilakshi De Silva, Ama Kanchana, Kavisha Dilhari,Udeshika Probodhani, Achini Kulasuriya, Hasini Perera, Sathya Sandeepani, Umesha Thimashini, Sugandika Kumari, Dilani Manodara.

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Date Match Group Teams Venue Time
21 Feb 1st Match Group A Australia Women vs India Women Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
22 Feb 2nd Match Group B West Indies Women vs Thailand Women W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 06:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
22 Feb 3rd Match Group A New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 11:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
23 Feb 4th Match Group B England Women vs South Africa Women W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 11:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
24 Feb 5th Match Group A Australia Women vs Sri Lanka Women Wanderers Cricket Ground, Windhoek 06:00 AM GMT / 08:00 AM LOCAL
24 Feb 6th Match Group A India Women vs Bangladesh Women W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 11:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
26 Feb 7th Match Group B England Women vs Thailand Women Manuka Oval, Canberra 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
26 Feb 8th Match Group B West Indies Women vs Pakistan Women Manuka Oval, Canberra 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
27 Feb 9th Match Group A India Women vs New Zealand Women Junction Oval, Melbourne 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
27 Feb 10th Match Group A Australia Women vs Bangladesh Women Manuka Oval, Canberra 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
28 Feb 11th Match Group B South Africa Women vs Thailand Women Manuka Oval, Canberra 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
28 Feb 12th Match Group B England Women vs Pakistan Women Manuka Oval, Canberra 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
29 Feb 13th Match Group A New Zealand Women vs Bangladesh Women Junction Oval, Melbourne 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
29 Feb 14th Match Group A India Women vs Sri Lanka Women Junction Oval, Melbourne 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
01 Mar 15th Match Group B South Africa Women vs Pakistan Women Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
01 Mar 16th Match Group B England Women vs West Indies Women Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
02 Mar 17th Match Group A Sri Lanka Women vs Bangladesh Women Junction Oval, Melbourne 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
02 Mar 18th Match Group A Australia Women vs New Zealand Women Junction Oval, Melbourne 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
03 Mar 19th Match Group B Pakistan Women vs Thailand Women Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
03 Mar 20th Match Group B West Indies Women vs South Africa Women Sydney Showground Stadium, Sydney 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
05 Mar Semi Final 1 A1 vs B2 TBC vs TBC Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 03:00 AM GMT / 02:00 PM LOCAL
05 Mar Semi Final 2 B1 vs A2 TBC vs TBC Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
08 Mar Final TBC vs TBC Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL

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