Sri Lanka Cricket announced a team of 15 players for the Under-19 Asia Cup which will be held in Kuala Lumpur later this month. In what could be the only international tournament for Sri Lanka Under-19 ahead of the ICC Youth World Cup in August, the young cricketers will be meeting their Asian counterparts during their short stay in Malaysia.
With just a couple of months to go for the ICC Youth World Cup the national selectors handed the captaincy to St. Sebastian’s College (Moratuwa) paceman Sanitha de Mel in what analysts see as an experiment. Sanitha takes the captaincy baton from Angelo Jayasinghe under whom he played a quadrangular tournament in Visakhapatnam in India last year.
The notable inclusions to the 15 man squad are Pabasara Waduge of Richmond College, Galle and Kasun Vidura of Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa, Jason Perera of St. Benedict’s College, Chamod Pathirana of S. Thomas’ Lavinia, Anuk Fernando of St. Sebastian’s College and Ranitha Liyanarachchi of St. Peter’s College. While the first three make strong the batting department, the latter two join Sanitha in the bowling department.
Waduge has been in the radar for quite a while now although he makes it to the team for the first time, but Vidura emerged as a potential Sri Lanka Under-19 player only lately.
Despite compiling massive scores during the school season, Sajeewa Salgado has failed to secure a place as he had failed disappointingly in trials.
Meanwhile, Jason Perera ends a long wait for a place for a Bens batsman in the Sri Lanka Under-19 team.
A notable dropout is Saranga Rajaguru who had been in the team for more than two years.
Team for Asia Cup
Sanitha de Mel (Captain), Angelo Jayasinghe (Vice Captain), Pabasara Waduge, Shehan Fernando, Kasun Vidura, Jason Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Sandun Weerakkody, Pulina Tharanaga, Lahiru Madusanka, Chamoda Pathirana, Ranitha Liyanaarachchi, Anuk Fernando, Amila Aponso, Tharindu Kaushal.
30 Member Pool for ICC Cricket World Cup
1. Sandun Weerakkody- Dharmarajha College
2. Niroshan Dickwella- Trinity College
3. Akila Jayasundara- Trinity College
4. Saranga Rajaguru- St. Anthony’s Kandy
5. Manoj Sarathchandra- St. Anthony’s Kandy
6. Lahiru Madushanka- St. Thomas’ Matale
7. Dilshan Danushka- Maliyadeva College
8. Thineth Manishka- Maliyadeva College
9. Kasun Vidura- Joseph Vaz Wennappuwa
10. Angelo Jayasingha- Maris Stella College
11. Jason Perera- St. Benedict’s College
12. Sachin Peiris- St. Benedict’s College
13. Supeshala Jayatilleke- St. Joseph’s College
14. Pasindu Madushan- Ananda College
15. Ishan Rangana- Nalanda College
16. Supun Madushanka- D.S. Senanayake College
17. Duleeka Tissakuttige- Mahanama College, Colombo
18. Sajeewa Salgado- Thurstan College
19. Gaurav Deva- Royal College Colombo
20. Shehan Fernando- St. Peter’s College
21. Ranitha Liyanaarachchi- St. Peter’s College
22. Lahiru Milantha- St. Peter’s College
23. Chamod Pathirana- S. Thomas’ Mt Lavinia
24. Sanitha De Mel- St. Sebastian’s Moratuwa
25. Amila Aponso- St. Sebastian’s College
26. Akila Danajaya- Mahanama College, Panadura
27. Tharindu Kaushal- Devapathiraja Rathgama
28. Pulina Tharanaga- Tamil Union
29. Pabasara Waduge- Richmond College Galle
30. Anuk Fernando- St. Sebastian’s Moratuwa
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