Sri Lanka news October 24, 2013

Kenya to play seven Twenty20s against Sri Lanka A


Kenya will play seven Twenty20s against Sri Lanka A in Colombo ahead of the World Twenty20 Qualifiers in Dubai. The series, which begins on Sunday after being organised at short notice, will also serve as match practice for several Sri Lanka players, ahead of New Zealand's limited-overs tour of the country.

Sri Lanka Twenty20 captain Dinesh Chandimal will lead the A team, as he did on New Zealand A's recent tour, with Lahiru Thirimanne named vice-captain. Sri Lanka players Shaminda Eranga, Kusal Perera and Jeevan Mendis have also been named in the 24-man preliminary squad, alongside a host of emerging cricketers, including Akila Dananjaya and Kithuruwan Vithanage.

The series will be 42-year-old Steve Tikolo's first assignment after coming out of retirement for the World Twenty20 Qualifiers, and the team will be led by Collins Obuya. Kenya's squad for the series includes all of their WT20 Qualifiers players, and two more, in Gurdeep Singh and Emmanuel Bundi.

Five of the matches will take place at the Colombo Cricket Club and two at the Nondescripts Cricket Club. The series will end on November 2, with the tight schedule made possible by playing two matches a day, on October 29 and 31, and November 2.

The World Twenty20 qualifiers begin on November 15.

Kenya squad:
Collins Obuya (capt), Rakep Patel, Morris Ouma, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Hiren Varaiya, Shem Ngoche, Steve Tikolo, Ragheb Aga, Nelson Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Dhiren Gondaria, Thomas Odoyo, Gurdeep Singh, Emmanuel Bundi, Duncan Allan, Irfan Karim

Sri Lanka A squad:
Dinesh Chandimal (capt), Lahiru Thirmanne, Kusal Perera, Mahela Udawatte, Shehan Jayasuriya, Upul Tharanga, Ashan Priyanjan, Kithuruwan Vithanage, Angelo Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Yashodha Lanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Ramith Rambukwella, Chaturanga de Silva, Akila Dhananjaya, Seekkuge Prasanna, Milinda Siriwardene, Isuru Udana, Ishan Jayaratne, Kosala Kulasekara, Lahiru Jayaratne, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Jeevan Mendis, Shaminda Eranga

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • chandima on October 25, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    I also agree with uorkslanka s comment.our selectors and coaches should find two genuine quick bowlers. A good team selection for the should go to the selectors.

    However i dont see any quick bowler in the is the right time to find a quick bowler to replace malinga. Nuwan pradeep is the best suited candidate at the moment.the coaches should maintain his fitness and should develop his variety.if he develops he can be a better strike bowler.

    I saw in his first odi appearance he bowled pretty well causing problems for indian batsmen like virat kohli amd rohit sharma.both of them struggled against him. He should have been in this side. And also kapugedara should deserve a place instead of upul tharanga or mahela udawatta. Any way happy to see tje young talent of milinda siriwardena. Also chathuranga kumara deserve a place.

  • Asgar on October 25, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Without mahela & SAnga, too much for SL A team. 5-2 for Kenya

  • Nilantha on October 25, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    we need to scour the island to find two bowlers who can routinely bowl at 140Kmph..without that our future bowling line up is pointless and predicatable..surely you cant tell me there arent two decent quicks in all of SL?

  • Uwaisul on October 25, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    To be frank this squad looks much stronger than SL national team despite having Chandimal, Thirimanne & Rambukwella.

  • Buddhika on October 25, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    it's nice to see Dhananjaya,Tharanga,Jeewan and Lokuhettige back with A players who did very well against Kiwi A. Jeewan and Loku r real T20 materials who can do lot of damage to opposition than so called "Legends". Good Luck.

  • aruna on October 25, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    This is great opportunity to SL young cricketers. Finally SRI LANKA CRICKET taking right decisions to improve cricket in sl. The man behind this success is SANATH JAYASURIYA. He has power and support to take sl cricket to right path.

    And this is very good and young squad. Jeevan mendis is still 30 and i believe he has at least 3, 4 years as international player. And at the moment he is the only spin bowling allrounder with international experience we have.

    what i cant believe is LOKUHETTIGE'S inclusion. He is 33 years old and bowling speed is around 110-120. And we have very good fast bowling all rounders in anjelo and thisara.

  • asiri on October 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    why dont you selectors mot giving a chance to fervees maharoof at least in this tournament. he played well in the recent bpl tour also. he is a good player for us please consider about him mr. Sanath and Hashan

  • Pad on October 25, 2013, 2:23 GMT

    Isuru Udana is such a big disappointment!! I thought he will be the next stricker for SL. He still has age if he wanna make a come back! Has talen too..

  • ESPN on October 25, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    The more the better especially in Kenya's case.

  • Steve on October 24, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    7-0 for SL A. Also, why is SL investing Jeevan Mendis? He failed badly despite innumerable chances. There is dearth of young talent.

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