Sri Lanka Squad For The Marquee Tournament Announced

On Saturday, August 20, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced a strong Sri Lanka National Cricket Team squad for the upcoming Asia Cup 2022 tournament.

The Asia Cup 2022, which is the 15th edition of the tournament, is scheduled to commence on August 27 and the final is scheduled to take place on September 11.

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The entire tournament will be held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the hosts Sri Lanka taking on Afghanistan in the opening clash. The tournament was originally set to be played in Sri Lanka but was shifted to United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the economic and political crisis in the country.

However, Sri Lanka will continue to act as the host of the tournament. Meanwhile, the matches of the tournament will be played across two venues, including Dubai International Stadium and Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

Dasun Shanaka To Lead Sri Lanka Along with His Deputy Charith Asalanka

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Dasun Shanaka. Image: Sri Lanka Cricket

Sri Lanka National Cricket Team will be led by their regular skipper Dasun Shanaka in the tournament with Charith Asalanka acting as his deputy and almost all the notable names have been included in the squad.

Also, Binura Fernando and Kasun Rajitha were selected for the original squad for the upcoming Asia Cup. However, they suffered injuries during the SLC Invitational T20 League 2022, as a result, they have been ruled out of the tournament. Asitha Fernando and Pramod Madushan are set to replace Binura and Kasun in the squad once SLC gets the approval.

Team Sri Lanka, who are placed in Group B of the marquee tournament along with Afghanistan and Bangladesh, will leave for UAE on August 24.

“Sri Lanka Cricket Selection Committee at a meeting held on the 10th August 2022, selected the following squad to take part in the Men’s Asia Cup 2022. The Honorable Minister of Sports Roshan Ranasinghe gave his approval for the squad, which was submitted to the Ministry of Sports on the 12th August 2022,” SLC said in an official statement.”

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Sri Lanka Squad For The Asia Cup 2022:

Dasun Shanaka (c), Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Ashen Bandara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Praveen Jayawickrama, Chamika Karunaratne, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwanidu Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Dinesh Chandimal

Complete Asia Cup 2022 Schedule:

Group A:

India v Pakistan: 28 August, Dubai

India v Qualifier: 31 August, Dubai

Pakistan v Qualifier: 2 September, Sharjah

Group B:

Sri Lanka v Afghanistan: 27 August, Dubai

Bangladesh v Afghanistan, 30 August, Sharjah

Sri Lanka v Bangladesh, 1 September, Dubai

Super 4:

B1 v B2: 3 September, Sharjah

A1 v A2: 4 September, Dubai

A1 v B1: 6 September, Dubai

A2 v B2: 7 September, Dubai

A1 v B2: 8 September, Dubai

B1 v A2: 9 September, Dubai

Final: 11 September, Dubai

Also Read: India vs Pakistan: “Without A Doubt It Is A High-pressure Game” – Rohit Sharma On Asia Cup 2022 Clash Against Arch-rivals

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