Sri Lanka Women suffered a massive blow to their chances at the ACC Women’s Asia Cup T20 with their captain Chamari Athapaththu being ruled out of the six-team tournament due to dengue.
Bowling allrounder Ama Kanchana also misses out due to the same while veteran Shashikala Siriwardane, who relinquished captaincy in 2016, was named stand-in skipper for the event starting June 3 in Kuala Lumpur. Designated vice-captain Hasini Perera continues to be the deputy.
“It is unfortunate we will be without Chamari who has been our key playmaker batsman. However, we will strive to compensate for their losses and stage a good fight with quite a balanced and young side. Our strong point is our bowling,” Siriwardane said on Wednesday (May 30).
SLC have named 19-year-old Harshitha Madavi and former ODI skipper Inoka Ranaweera as the two replacements, respectively.
In all, Sri Lanka have made five changes to the squad that conceded the three-match T20I series 1-2 to Pakistan at home in March. Offspinner Inoshi Priyadharshani returns after having last played a T20I in 2014, while opener Yasoda Mendis has also found a place in the 15-member squad alongside allrounder Malsha Shehani, who is uncapped in T20Is.
Dilani Manodara and Imalka Mendis miss out while Sripali Weerakkody is one amongst the three players on standby.
Sri Lanka begin their Asia Cup T20 campaign on Sunday (June 3) against Bangladesh. Each of the six teams will play each other once in a round-robin format with the final set to take place on June 10 between the top-two sides in the points table.
Squad: Shashikala Siriwardena (c), Hasini Perera, Yasoda Mendis, Anushka Sanjeewani, Rebeca Vandort, Nilakshi de Silva, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Nipuni Hansika, Malsha Shehani, Achini Kulasooriya, Harshitha Madavi, Inoshi Priyadharshani, Inoka Ranaweera.