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World Cup still wide open, says Russel Arnold

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The Sri Lanka team engaged in a training session yesterday at the Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow after a day of rest following their game against Australia game at the same venue.

Russel Arnold

The team, along with the supporting staff conducted their training on the side wickets of the stadium while National Cricket Selection Committee Chairman Pramodya Wickramasinghe and team Manager Mahinda Halangoda were present with the team.

Team Manager Mahinda Halangoda mentioned that Matheesha Pathirana who had been recovering from an injury, returned to training under the observation under observation of Physiotherapist, Dr. Kiriella and the medical team. A decision regarding his availability for the next game is pending.

We still have a chance to enter the semi-final, we need to correct our mistakes and build up our confidence said senior member of the team Management. The tournament remains wide open following two upset wins from Afghanistan and the Netherlands. Sri Lanka is the only team that has yet to secure a single victory in the tournament.

International cricket commentator Russell Arnold was present to observe the Sri Lanka team’s practice. He said that the team must rectify their errors and should win at least two matches, particularly against Pakistan and Australia. Sri Lanka have to play a day game on October 21 against Netherlands at the same Lucknow venue, added former National all rounder Russell Arnold who is the only Sri Lankan cricket commentator with the international cricket panel.

He commended the World Cup organisers, a joint effort by the Board of Control of Cricket of India and the ICC, noting that the facilities e met expectations.

Lucknow is very familiar to Sri Lanka team after playing Australia game and having more than four days of training and they aim to win the next game against Netherlands. The team is very keen to do training while all bowlers and batters got good practice yesterday. The team management discussed this during the training session.

The experienced Dimuth Karunaratne, right arm leggie Dushan Hementha also did the training while skipper Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva and Charith Asalanka and youngster Dunith Wellalage also did their training and fielding sessions with the team.

Sri Lanka team will arrange another training session today morning from 10 am and players are more focused on Netherlands game on October 21.

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