Sri Lanka announces squad for ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

Sri Lanka has announced a 15-member squad ahead of the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup. Led by Vishmi Gunaratne, the 17-year-old who recently played for the senior team in the Commonwealth Games and made her ODI debut last year scoring a vital 45 versus India, is leading a formidable side. The team will leave for South Africa on Friday.

Sri Lanka announces squad for the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. PC: ICC
Sri Lanka announces squad for the ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023. PC: ICC

Which Group is Sri Lanka a part of in ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023 ?

Sri Lanka is a part of Group A which comprises Australia, Bangladesh and the United States of America (USA). They will play the USA in their first game on January 14th before squaring off against Bangladesh and Australia on the 16th and 18th of January respectively.

Fixtures for Sri Lanka in ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

Date

Opposition

Venue

Timing (in IST)

14th January

United States of America

Willowmoore Park B Field, Benoni

5:15 PM

16th January

Bangladesh

Willowmoore Park B Field, Benoni

1:30 PM

18th January

Australia

Willowmoore Park, Benoni

1:30 PM

Sri Lanka Squad for ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup 2023

Vishmi Gunaratne (c), Dahami Sanethma, Umaya Rathnayake, Rashmi Nethranjalee, Rashmika Sewwandi, Dewmi Vihanga, Manudi Nanayakkara, Sumudu Nisansala, Pamoda Shaini, Vidushika Perera, Dulanga Dissanayake, Rishmi Sanjana, Nethmi Senarathne, Harini Perera, Vihara Sewwandi

Key Takeaways:

  • They will be led by Vishmi Gunaratne, a right-handed batter who excelled in school and club cricket at home, made her senior women’s international debut last year and has since displayed a lot of promise. She is the only member of Sri Lanka’s U19 team with experience playing on a senior women’s team.

  • The Sri Lanka U19 team, which participated in a quadrangular T20 series in Visakhapatnam late last year, was also captained by Vishmi.

  • Coached by the former Sri Lankan women’s cricketer, Shashikala Siriwardene who has the pedigree to lead the team in an effective manner, a lot is expected.

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The inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup is scheduled to get underway on 14th January and go on till 29th January. It is a 16-team tournament that has four groups of four teams each. The top three teams from each group will progress to the Super Six round where the teams are then pooled into two groups of six. The top two teams will then progress to the semi-finals and eventually the finals.

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