In the fervent atmosphere of the ongoing Asia Cup 2023, cricket enthusiasts are in for a thrilling ride as Sri Lanka prepares to lock horns with Bangladesh on August 31. Ahead of their encounter, the Sri Lankan cricket team has unveiled its squad, brimming with talent and promise. The team’s composition for the Asia Cup was revealed just two days before their match.
The team, under the captaincy of Dasun Shanaka, is looking to replicate its success from the previous edition. Sri Lanka emerged victorious in the Asia Cup 2022 under Shanaka’s leadership, defeating Pakistan in a riveting final.
The mantle of vice-captaincy has been entrusted to the capable hands of Kusal Mendis. With the core leadership in place, the team has also retained the services of Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva.
However, due to injuries, Sri Lanka‘s roster has undergone some adjustments. Four key players – Avishka Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Dhanushka Madushanka, and Lahiru Kumara – are sidelined due to various injuries. This unfortunate turn of events has paved the way for young and emerging talents to showcase their skills on the grand stage.
As Sri Lanka gears up for the Asia Cup, Matisha Pathirana and Mahesh Tikshana have been given the opportunity to shine. These players, who represent the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, played a pivotal role in securing the IPL 2023 title for their team. In the recent IPL season, Tikshana claimed 13 wickets, while Pathirana’s impressive tally reached 19 wickets.
The final team for the Asia Cup 2023 includes:
Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Mahesh Tikshana, Dunith Wellalage, Matisha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dushman Hemntha, Binura Fernando, and Pramod Madushan