Sri Lanka Team Sets Off for USA to Join T20 World Cup 2024

News by “Sana Ullah”

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan cricket contingent embarked on their journey to the United States of America (USA) on Tuesday, gearing up for the imminent ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024, scheduled to commence on June 1.

Sri Lanka takes the lead as the first team to depart for the mega event; however, notable spinner Maheesh Theekshana will be absent from the squad, honoring his commitments with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings.

The squad boasts a mix of seasoned campaigners and rising talents, under the leadership of star all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga.

Sri Lanka strategically includes veteran Angelo Mathews, who returned to T20I action in January after a hiatus of nearly three years, marking his sixth appearance in a T20 World Cup. Mathews was a pivotal part of Sri Lanka’s triumphant campaign in 2014.

In addition to experience, Sri Lanka prioritizes team balance, hence selecting multiple all-rounders for the T20 World Cup 2024 squad.

Captain Hasaranga leads the spin-bowling department alongside Dunith Wellalage, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Kamindu Mendis, while Mathews and Dasun Shanaka provide depth as pace-bowling all-rounders.

The pace bowling duties will be spearheaded by right-arm seamer Dushmantha Chameera, supported by Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, and Nuwan Thushara.

Drawn in Group D of the T20 World Cup 2024, Sri Lanka will face South Africa, Bangladesh, Netherlands, and Nepal in the group stage.

Their campaign kicks off on June 3 against South Africa in New York.

Sri Lanka Squad: Wanindu Hasaranga (c), Charith Asalanka (vc), Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Thushara, Matheesha Pathirana, and Dilshan Madushanka

Traveling Reserves: Asitha Fernando, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Janith Liyanage.

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