Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019

Karunaratne is assumed to have been asked to continue in Sri Lanka through April to play the local one-day tournament, which will establish his identifications to play in the 50 over cricket side. Cricket World Cup Tickets can be book online which make you suitable to link the CWC 2019.

“The choosers haven’t complete anything, but they have said me to keep in mind there’s an opportunity I could become one-day skipper,” Karunaratne told ESPN. “They have asked me to stay back for the local game. If I am selected for the CWC playing team, there will be camps and preparation after that as well.”

Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019
Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019

He would be captain; Karunaratne’s selection would be an extremely left-field option. Karunaratne has been a consistent for Sri Lanka in 5 day cricket, where he opens and also lead in Protease, where consistent captain Chandimal was dropped.

But he has been used very periodically in 50 over cricket, where he has played only 17 games since making his debut in 2011 and his strike-rate is 68.84 well lower the standard in the recent cricket.

Karunaratne, smashed 109 off 115 balls for Sinhalese Club in the semi-final of the Restricted Over contest. He is also assumed to have impressed the selectors with his leading skills in the Tests against protease, where Sri Lanka excellently brushed the home side 2-0 for their first-ever series victory in the country.

Ensuing achievement, Ashantha de Mel, the chairperson of selection committee told Sunday Times in a conference that the selection committee.

“wants to see what Dimuth did for the Test team, with the ODI team”.

Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019
Dimuth Karunaratne Likely to Lead Sri Lanka in Cricket World Cup 2019

Karunaratne, though, is individual one of the candidates for the CWC captaincy. Lasith Malinga is still in the contest to keep his work, while de Mel supposed that previous skipper Angelo Mathews is also in the combination, being a popular option among SL playing team.

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Sri Lanka Squad for South Africa ODI Series visit announced

Sri Lanka have announced squad for ODI series in South Africa. Experienced batsman Upul Tharanga has returned in the side after impressive performance in Sri Lanka A against Ireland A one day series at home. 20-year old batsman Avishka Fernando is included in squad after collecting 523 runs in 5 matches during same Ireland A series. Left-arm pacer Isuru Udana is back in the side after hunting 11 wickets in 5 games of the Ireland A series. Right-arm offbreak spinner Akila Dananjaya is back in the squad after his bowling action was cleared by the ICC.

All-rounder Angelo Perera is included in Sri Lanka ODI squad to tour South Africa, after good run in Ireland A one-dayers and tests. Batsman Oshada Fernando has earned ODI call-up after decent form in first class cricket. Ambidextrous spinner Kamindu Mendis has also bagged ODI call-up after superb showing in the Ireland A series. Five match One Day International series will be contested from 3rd March 2019 to 16th March 2019. This series will offer major preparation for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for both Sri Lanka and South Africa teams.

Sri Lanka squad for South Africa ODI series 2019 announced
Sri Lanka squad for South Africa ODI series 2019 announced

Injuries to main pace bowlers has forced Sri Lanka to select inexperienced trio of Vishwa Fernando, Isuru Udana and Kasun Rajitha; who have played 11 ODIs in total. Sri Lanka skipper Lasith Malinga will have to take extra load in pace bowling and guiding youngsters. Batting all-rounder Priyamal Perera has also got maiden ODI call-up after registering two double hundreds and two centuries in the first class cricket.

Former captain Dinesh Chandimal is ignored from ODI series versus South Africa, after shockingly being dropped from the test series. All-rounders Asela Gunaratne, Dasun Shanaka and Sekkuge Prasanna were also dropped from five ODIs versus Proteas, after being part of side in New Zealand series. Opener Danushka Gunathilaka and bowlers Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep and Lahiuru Kumara are still on injury sidelines after series against BalackCaps. Angelo Mathews is given extended time to fully heal hamstring strain sustained in new Zealand test series.

ODI Squad for Sri Lanka: Lasith Malinga (captain), Niroshan Dickwella (vice-captain), Upul Tharanga, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Angelo Perera, Oshada Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Priyamal Perera, Isuru Udana, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan

Afghanistan direct qualify for ICC T20 World Cup 2020

Afghanistan have earned direct place in main group stage of ICC T20 World Cup 2020. Afghanistan cricket team will play in super 12 stage of international Twenty20 tournament, due to finishing on eighth position in ICC rankings on 2018 cut-off date of 31st December. This is remarkable fate for a cricket team who got full membership status of Icc just eighteen months back. Afghanistan had a red hot form in T20Is in 2018, winning all seven matches, with a 3-0 clean sweep of Bangladesh. This gives a moral boost to Afghanistan who are already part of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.

Afghanistan qualify for Super 12 Round of T20 World Cup 2020, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play Group Stage
Afghanistan qualify for Super 12 Round of T20 World Cup 2020, while Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will play Group Stage

2014 ICC World T20 champions Sri Lanka and Bangladesh will participate in group stage. Zimbabwe and Ireland will have to compete in 14 team 2020 ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier. Top six teams from qualifier tournament will get berths in group stage of 2020 ICC T20 World Cup. Four teams from group stage will proceed to the main phase.

Lasith Malinga, skipper of three time WT20 finalists Sri Lanka is disappointed on missing direct entry in super 12 round. He expressed hope of good performance in opening round, to advance to main round.

Sri Lanka captain Lasith Malinga said: “It is a bit disappointing that we have not been able to ensure a direct Super 12s berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament. Having played three finals and winning once, it is natural that everyone expected us to finish in the top-eight. But we have to take the opportunity in the extra matches of the group stage and prepare well for the knock-out matches. We have some fine players in the ranks and it is only a matter of doing our best when the time comes. We look forward to challenges coming our way as we prepare for the big event.”

Shakib Al Hasan, skipper of Bangladesh expressed faith in his team and players’ abilities to proceed to super 12 phase.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan stated: “We have not secured a direct Super 12s berth but I’m confident that we will do well in the tournament by going through the group stage. We are a side capable of beating the best on our day and I see no reason why we can’t go far in the tournament. There is still some time and we will use it to be at our best for the T20 World Cup. We won a T20 series against the West Indies, the world champions, in their backyard not so long ago. That performance has given us a lot of belief in our Twenty20 capabilities.”