Lankan team leaves for Bangladesh to defend Emerging Asia Cup title
Sri Lanka Emerging skipper Charith Asalanka speaks to the media with head coach Chaminda Vaas on left.
Emerging Asia Cup cricket champions Sri Lanka will leave for Bangladesh today to defend their title which they won last year.
The fourth edition of the tournament will see Under-23 teams of five Test nations from Asia (Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan) battling it out with the national teams of Hong Kong, Oman and Nepal for the championship from November 14-23.
UAE who was to take part in this tournament pulled out without stating any official reasons thus making way for Nepal’s entry.
The Sri Lanka team will be led by 22-year-old Charith Asalanka who also led them to the championship in 2018. Sri Lanka are sending a strong squad for this tournament with up and coming players in the caliber of Kamindu Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Asitha Fernando and Amila Aponsu included.
There are seven players out of the 15-man squad who were part of last year’s Asia Emerging Cup. The squad will have a huge task defending the trophy for the second time.
“We have done really well in this tournament in the past and we won the last Emerging Asia Cup as well. I have a skilled team and we practiced hard for this tournament.
I think we can win the Emerging Asia Cup this time too,”said a confident captain Charith Asalanka at the media conference held at SLC headquarters yesterday.
Former Sri Lanka fast bowler Chaminda Vaas who is the coach said that past experiences in Bangladesh will be handy in this tournament. “We have toured Bangladesh a few months ago and the boys competed really well there. Those experiences will help this bunch in the coming tournament. There are a few players who are vying for a place in the senior setup. This will be a golden opportunity for those players to polish their skillset,” said Vaas.
Sri Lanka are drawn in Group A with Pakistan Emerging, Afghanistan Emerging and Oman. Group B will comprise India Emerging, Bangladesh Emerging, Hong Kong and Nepal.
Sri Lanka will play their three group matches at Cox’s Bazar on November 14 v Oman, November 16 v Pakistan Emerging, and on November 18 v Afghanistan Emerging.