Sri Lanka take on Nepal on February 18
CRICKET: Sri Lanka will face a tough challenge when they
confront two time former champions Australia and the giant killers Nepal
in an intriguing group 'C' of the ICC Under 19 World Cup cricket
tournament in Malaysia.
With two places up for grabs in the Super League from this group that
also includes Namibia, the second game will be crucial as Nepal will
face Sri Lanka at the Penang Sports Club on February 18.
On the following day, Nepal will then go head-to-head with Australia
before curtains will fall on the group matches with the feature game
between Australia and Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, despite a proud record at senior level, has struggled at
this level and its best performance was eight years ago when it finished
runners-up to India.
This time of course they go into the tournament just as well prepared
as its rivals. Following a squad selection in mid-October, the players
took to the nets that were held four days a week under coach Roger
Wijesooriya and Aravinda de Silva.
The young team figured in a Tri-Nation series against England and
Bangladesh in July and also toured Bangladesh last December for five one
day matches which they lost 3-2.
Shortly before the tournament they left for Malaysia and Sri Lanka
gave their final touchup to its preparations by playing a tri-series
where it finished runners-up to Pakistan with England being the third
The key players in the Sri Lankan line-up include Ashan Priyanjan,
Sacith Pathirana, Tissara Perera and Roshen Silva. They have proved
consistent in their performances and have gained lot in exposure and
experience both locally and internationally.
Group C (to be based in Penang, seeding in brackets): Australia (3),
Sri Lanka (6), Nepal (11), Namibia (14).
Schedule: 17 February - Australia v Namibia, Penang Sports Club (PSC),
18 February - Sri Lanka v Nepal, PSC, 19 February - Australia v Nepal,
University Sains Malaysia (USM), 20 February - Sri Lanka v Namibia, USM,
21 February - Nepal v Namibia, PSC, 22 February - Australia v Sri Lanka,
GROUP C SQUADS: AUSTRALIA (from): Michael Hill (captain),
Daniel Burns, Michael Cranmer, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Phillip
Hughes, David King, Dominic O'Brien, Kirk Pascoe, James Pattinson, Clive
Rose, Anant Sarna, Jeremy Smith, Steven Smith, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron
Francis, Christopher Quelch.
NAMIBIA (from): Dawid Botha (captain), Claude Bouwer, Gert
Coetzee, Morne Engelbrecht, Tiaan Louw, Elandre Oosthuizen, Bernard
Scholtz, Sean Silver, Ewald Steenkamp, Keady Strauss, Louis van der
Westhuizen, Izak van Niekerk, Ashley van Rooi, Raymond van Schoor, Helao
NEPAL (from): Paras Khadka (captain), Rahul Vishwakarma, Rom
Shrestha, Aakash Gupta, Antim Magar, Gyanendra Malla, Raj Shrestha,
Abhaya Rana, Sagar Khadka, Amrit Bhattarai, Mahesh Chhetri, Chandra
Sawad, Anil Mandal, Puspa Thapa, Subash Pradhan.
SRI LANKA (from): Ashan Subasinghe (captain), Sachith
Pathirana, Thisara Perera, Roshane Silva, Lahiru Thirimanna, Dinesh
Chandimal, Dilshan Munaweera, Imesh Udayanga, Navin Kavikara, Denuwan
Fernando, Ishan Jayarathne, Angelo Perera, Chatura Peiris, Umesh
Karunarathna, Kusal Perera.