Sri Lanka Finalize their Squad for ICC World Cup 2023, Sri Lanka revealed their 15-member squad on Tuesday, September 26, with Dasun Shanaka set to lead the side and Kusal Mendis named as his deputy. However, Sri Lanka will miss their star spinner Wanindu Hasaranga, who has been ruled out with a hamstring injury. The decision to finalize the squad comes following thorough deliberations by the Sri Lankan selection committee.
Which aimed to balance experience and youthful exuberance. The stage is set, and the anticipation is palpable as the Asian Lions prepare to embark on this historic journey. The leg-spinner sustained a thigh strain during last month’s Lankan Premier League, where he was the top run-scorer with 279 runs and the highest wicket-taker with 19 wickets. Speedster Dushmantha Chameera has also been left out after failing to recover from his shoulder injury but Dilshan Madushanka and Lahiru Kumara are back in the squad after missing the Asia Cup due to injury.
Sri Lanka Cricket World Cup History:
In the last edition of the ICC World Cup, Sri Lanka failed to qualify for the semi-finals. Out of 9 games, Sri Lanka won 3 games and lost 4. Two games ended with no result. Hence, Sri Lanka got the 6th place in the points table which was not enough to grab a semi-final seat. Sri Lanka Finalize their Squad for ICC World Cup 2023 Sri Lanka has always been a powerful team in ODI World Cups. The Asian nation reached the finals of the ODI World Cup in the 2007 and 2011 editions. In 1996, Sri Lanka won the ODI World Cup for the first team under skipper Ajrun Ranatunga. In the ICC World Cup 2023, Sri Lanka will seek to grab their second ODI World Cup title.
Team Sri Lanka 15-players Squad:
The squad mixes seasoned players and promising talents who have performed outstandingly in recent matches. Sri Lanka boasts a strong lineup, with several key players expected to impact the team’s performance significantly. Here is the 15-member squad that will undoubtedly impact their team performance in the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup 2023:
Dasun Shanaka(c), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis(wk), Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushan Hemantha, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka, Lahiru Kumara.
Travelling Reserve: Chamika Karunaratne
Dasun Shanaka is the current captain of Sri Lanka in white-ball formats. Hence, he will lead the team in the tournament. Sri Lanka, known for their strong batting lineup, will rely on star players like Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka to put up a formidable total on the board. Sri Lanka has many powerful names in the spin department like Maheesh Theekshana and Dunith Wellalage. In the pace department, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, and Matheesha Pathirana are some prominent players.
ICC World Cup 2023 begins on October 5 in India. A total of 10 teams will clash with each other to clinch the trophy. 48 matches will take place during the tournament. The ICC World Cup 2023 final is scheduled to be played on November 19. Sri Lanka will commence their campaign in ICC World Cup 2023 with a clash against South Africa on October 7. The Sri Lanka vs. South Africa encounter will take place at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. They will face New Zealand on November 9 in their last match of the round-robin stage. They will play two warm-up matches against Bangladesh and Afghanistan on September 29 and October 3 respectively.