Sri Lanka’s Under 19 Squad head for UAE and Youth World Cup



976289575DI-P12--10-02-(re)-hgw_SI-P Sri Lanka Under-19 squad left the island yesterday to take part  in the Under-19 World Cup which will begin in UAE on Valentine’s Day. Captained by Kusal Mendis, Sri Lanka’s Under-19 cricketers took  wings to United Arab Emirates yesterday to take part in the ICC Youth World Cup  that gets underway on Valentine’s Day. Sri Lanka are pooled alongside New  Zealand, West Indies and UAE in Group ‘D’. The Sri Lankans will take on Kiwis in  the curtain-raiser of the competition. Sri Lanka will play two warm-up games against India and Namibia.

KUSAL MENDISSri Lanka squad contains one survivor from the 2012 Under-19  World Cup in Australia in Anuk Fernando. The left-handed all-rounder played only  two matches in the last edition, but has since assumed an important role for the  side with his left-arm seam and his batting down the order.

Hashan Ramanayake, Harsha Rajapaksha and Hashan Vimarshana have  replaced three members of the squad for the Asia Cup, where Sri Lanka lost to  Afghanistan in their group, but recovered to make the semi-finals. They then  lost to eventual champions India.

The team is coached by Naveed Nawaz.

Sri Lanka Under-19 squad: Kusal Mendis (capt), Sadeera  Samarawickrama, Minod Bhanuka, Hashan Dumindu, Kavindu Kulasekara, Priyamal  Perera, Thilaksha Malshan Sumanasiri, Hashan Ramanayake, Binura Fernando, Anuk  Fernando, Hashan Vimarshana, A.K. Tyronne, Lakshan Jayasinghe, Ramesh Mendis and  Harsha Rajapaksha.

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