Sri Lanka have named their 15-member squad for the forthcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa. The squad will be led by their regular skipper and star batter Chamari Athapaththu. They will kickstart their campaign with the tournament opener against hosts South Africa on 10 February.
Sri Lanka will enter the T20 World Cup with aims of improving their modest record of eight wins in 27 appearances at the event. Their sole success in the 2020 edition was a resounding nine-wicket win against Bangladesh.
They are placed in Group A of the tournament, along with South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Bangladesh.
Chamari Athapaththu (c), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kaushini Nuthyangana, Malsha Shehani, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya, Vishmi Gunaratne, Tharika Sewwandi, Ama Kanchana, Sathya Sandeepani.
Currently, the main sponsors for Sri Lanka cricket are Dialog Axiata, Jat Holdings and MAS Holdings.
Cricket was introduced to the island by the British as a result of the colonization and the first recorded match dates back to 1832 as reported in The Colombo Journal. By the 1880s a national team, the Ceylon national cricket team, was formed which began playing first-class cricket by the 1920s.
The Ceylon national cricket team achieved Associate Member status of the International Cricket Council in 1965. Renamed Sri Lanka in 1972, the national team first competed in top-level international cricket in 1975, when they were defeated by nine wickets by the West Indies during the 1975 Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford, England.
Chamari Athapaththu is the Captain of Sri Lanka Women’s cricket team.
Atapattu Mudiyanselage Chamari Jayangani (born 9 February 1990, also known as Chamari Athapaththu) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and the current captain of the women’s Twenty20 International team of Sri Lanka. She had a short stint as the captain of the Sri Lanka women’s team, and was succeeded by the previous captain Shashikala Siriwardene.
Chamari was the tenth captain for Sri Lanka women’s national cricket team, winning only one ODI, with 13 losses. In November 2017, she was named the Women’s Cricketer of the Year for the 2016–17 season at Sri Lanka Cricket’s annual awards. She is the first Sri Lankan woman to play in franchise cricket
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