Written by Bella Dalima
02 May, 2014 | 9:20 pm
The Sri Lankan Cricket team that will play against Ireland left the country on Friday. Prior to their departure, Skipper Angelo Matthews said that while aiming for wins, during the tour, the team expects to provide exposure to the newcomers.
The Sri Lankan team that left for Ireland on Friday will play two One Day Internationals in Dublin, starting May 6.
Senior players in the Lankan side – Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardena, T.M. Dilshan , Rangana Herath and Lasith Malinga will not play in these games: while Ashan Priyanjan, Kithruwan Vithanage, Chathuranga de Silva and wicket-keeper Niroshan Dikwella have been included in the squad.
Incidentally, this will be Lahiru Thirimanne’s first ODI cap, after being made vice captain of the team.
Sri Lankan Cricket Captain Angelo Matthews said: “We will call in all our senior players for the Tour against England. However, we hope to provide exposure to the newcomers during the tour against Ireland. At the same time, we also hope to win the games …”
Sri Lankan Cricket Coach, Marvan Atapattu expressed these views:
“Unfortunately, Paul Farbrace has joined the England team and now trains them. As a professional team, we are notat all disheartened that he is now training the England side. When we go into the game, we need to perform our best. Just because he knows our plan does not mean he knows all our secrets. We can change. Myself and the team have this in mind and working are on this…”
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