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Head coach Chris Silverwood chat with Sri Lankan cricket team during the training at Pallekele International cricket stadium yesterday.
Head coach Chris Silverwood chat with Sri Lankan cricket team during the training at Pallekele International cricket stadium yesterday.


The Sri Lanka cricket squad comprising 15 players already began their training for the T20 World Cup at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.

The seven-day residential training programme is organised by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) and according to a senior official at SLC, the Sri Lanka team is expected to complete seven days in their training period before their departure to Australia. The World Cup will commence on October 16. The Sri Lanka team will play three qualifying matches against Namibia, UAE, and the Netherlands at Geelong, in Melbourne as the two finishing teams from this round will qualify for the main tournament.

The team is getting ready for the T20 World Cup and their preparation is very high. After winning the Asia Cup in Dubai, Sri Lanka has gained the confidence to take on the World Cup challenge, and SLC is providing all facilities to succeed in this tournament.

Sri Lanka cricket team’s spin coach Piyal Wijetunga giving instructions to two leading spinners Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana at the training at Pallekele yesterday. (pix courtesy SLC)

The team commitment is very high while the supporting staff is also very busy with the players and especially the former Sri Lanka T20 skipper and bowling legend Lasith Malinga is supporting the players during this seven-day training programme and it’s a real boost for the Sri Lanka paceman added, SLC senior official who is also with the Sri Lanka team at Pallekele.

Malinga, who was also earlier named as the Fast Bowling Strategy Coach to the Sri Lanka team, is offering his service only for this training period but his presence gives a big boost to the Lankan fast bowlers. Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara both suffered injuries and are recovering to begin their training while the two newcomers, Dilshan Madushanka and Promod Madushan are also in this squad.

Lasith Malinga’s observation of the bowlers is a key strategy as skipper Dasun Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne are doing their part to develop their skills as medium pacemen.

The head coach Chris Silverwood, who was a former England paceman and coach, is a good motivator for all players. The physiotherapist from New Zealand is also helping with the team’s physical state while the Batting Coach and Assistant Coach Naveed Nawaz, Fast Bowling Coach Dharshana Gamage, Spin Bowling Coach Piyal Wijetunge, and Fielding Coaches are busy with the training.

After this training, the Sri Lanka team will head back to Colombo and depart on October 2 to Melbourne two weeks before the first qualifying game against Namibia on October 16. Before the qualifying round, Sri Lanka has two practice games against Zimbabwe and Thailand and these matches are very important to adjust the conditions in Australia.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 – 01:00

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