Asian Game: Sri Lanka has officially unveiled its men’s and women’s squads for the highly anticipated 19th Asian Games, set to take place in Hangzhou from September 23 to October 8, 2023.
The selection of these teams has sparked much excitement and intrigue among cricket enthusiasts, as it reveals the country’s strategy for this major sporting event.
Sri Lanka Men’s Squad:
In a surprising move, Sri Lanka has decided to send its secondary men’s cricket team to participate in the Asian Games.
Leading this squad is Sahan Arachchige, a promising talent who marked his international debut in the year 2023.
Despite being a relatively fresh face in international cricket, Arachchige is expected to bring his enthusiasm and skills to the forefront as he leads the team in this prestigious tournament.
One of the notable names in the men’s squad is Ashen Bandara, a middle-order batsman who has already accumulated more than ten international games.
With his experience and solid batting technique, Bandara is set to be a key player for Sri Lanka in their quest for success at the Asian Games.
Additionally, the team benefits from the inclusion of Nuwan Thushara and Nuwanidu Fernando, both of whom bring valuable international experience to the squad.
Their presence is expected to provide stability and depth to the team’s bowling and batting departments.
Sri Lanka Women’s Squad:
On the women’s front, Sri Lanka’s squad for the Asian Games appears to be a familiar one, comprising a significant portion of the T20I squad that recently toured England.
The women’s team is led by Chamari Athapaththu, a prominent figure in women’s cricket who has consistently showcased her leadership skills on the field.
The Sri Lankan women’s cricket team achieved a historic feat earlier in the year when they secured their first-ever series victory over England in any format.
This remarkable achievement has undoubtedly boosted their confidence and morale, making them a formidable force to reckon with at the upcoming Asian Games.
With a squad that includes both experienced players and emerging talents, Sri Lanka’s women’s team is well-poised to make their mark in Hangzhou.
The continuity from their successful tour of England bodes well for their performance in the Asian Games, and fans can look forward to witnessing some thrilling cricket action.
Sri Lanka Men’s & Women’s Squads for Asian Game:
Men’s Squad: Lasith Croospulle, Shevon Daniel, Ashen Bandara, Sahan Arachchige (c), Ahan Wickramasinghe, Lahiru Udara (WK), Ravindu Fernando, Ranitha Liyanarachchi, Nuwanidu Fernando, Sachitha Jayatilaka, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Nimesh Vimukthi, Lahiru Samarakoon, Nuwan Thushara, Isitha Wijesundera
Women’s Squad: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Harshitha Samarawickrama, Vishmi Gunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Imesha Dulani, Anushka Sanjeewani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Hasini Perera, Kaushini Nuthyangana, Achini Kulasooriya, Inoshi Fernando