Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Board Cricket Selection Committee has announced the final 15-man Sri Lanka team squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which begins on October 17 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Sri Lanka and seven other teams are placed in the qualifying round one of the matches.
In June 2021, the ICC announced that the tournament had been moved to the United Arab Emirates due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic situation in India. The tournament is scheduled to begin on 17 October 2021, with the tournament’s final scheduled to be played on 14 November 2021. The preliminary rounds of the tournament are set to be shared between the UAE and Oman.
Sri Lanka is in Group A of round one matches which also has Ireland, Namibia, and the Netherlands. Sri Lanka will face Namibia on October 18 in Abu Dhabi. Then they will square off against Ireland on October 20, also in Abu Dhabi, and last they will face the Netherlands on October 22 in Sharjah. The top two ranked teams will then proceed to the Super 12s round.
Dasun Shanaka Named Captain; Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera Also Included In Sri Lanka’s Final 15-Man Squad
Sri Lanka had initially named 20 players in their probable squad for the T20 World Cup 2021 after adding 5 more names a few days ago. Now the whole squad has been trimmed to 15 with Dasun Shanaka being named captain and Dhananjaya de Silva appointed as the vice-captain.
The experienced duo of Kusal Perera and Dinesh Chandimal were also named in the final squad along with the young Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa was picked as the batters. Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga and Chamika Karunaratne were named as the all-rounders.
Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, and Akila Dananjaya along with Binura Fernando rounded up the Sri Lanka T20 World Cup 2021 squad.
The following 15 member final squad was selected by the Cricket Selection Committee to take part in the ICC Men’s #T20WorldCup 2021, which will be played in UAE and Oman from 17th October to 14th November 2021. READ: https://t.co/RfgjaODBwa pic.twitter.com/oEI5UZCdwc
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) October 10, 2021
Sri Lanka’s 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup 2021:
Dasun Shanaka(C), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva (VC), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando