Sri Lankan Squad For ICC Champions Trophy 2017
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The IPL hangover gets off with an end to the tournament. While the cricketing bigots are looking at the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with fixed eyes, teams look busy in preparations. When talking about Sri Lanka, they seem to be missing something in their preparations. Well, their warm-up fixture with Scotland reveals so. Currently the sixth-ranked ODI side, Sri Lanka suffered a massive blow to their Champions Trophy preparations with an opprobrious 7-wicket defeat to nondescript Scotland in the CT warm-up match. Earlier when the two teams faced each other in the World Cup 2015, Lanka inflicted a 148-run loss on Scotland.
Lankans have flown to England to participate in ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Prior to the contention in the tournament, they are to play two privately arranged warm-up matches with Scotland before facing Australia and New Zealand in two more warm-up fixtures. Result of Sri Lanka Vs Scotland first warm-up match, which saw Lanka conceding a desperate loss, puts a well-reasoned question mark on their quest for the Champions Trophy title. Their CT campaign seems to be getting underway. Sri Lankan squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has the likes of Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Upal Tharaga, Dinesh Chandimal and Lasith Malinga to name a few.
Altogether they look a bit inexperienced side when compared to the others. However, Malinga along with Mathews and Chandimal brings some sort of experience to Sri Lankan squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017. So, most of the responsibilities will fall on their shoulders. Almost certainly undergoing a transformations phase, Lanka will need a big turnaround to make sure their campaign goes smooth.
Lack of intent may also come as the biggest barrier on their way to success in the Champions Trophy 2017. They have Pakistan along with heavyweight India and South Africa in their group (B). Lanka will play their first match against Africa at Oval on June 3. Sri Lankan squad for ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is as follows:
Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Chamara Kapugedera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dinesh Chandimal, Lasith Malinga, Asela Gunaratne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna.
Does Sri Lanka stand a chance to win ICC Champions Trophy 2017?