Malaysia to tour Sri Lanka ahead of T20 World Cup Asia Qualifiers

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In preparation for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Asia Qualifier later this month, Malaysia will be traveling to Sri Lanka for a series of practice matches against Sri Lanka Army, Sri Lanka Navy and a women’s development team. The tour will last from November 8 to 16 after which the team will travel to Dubai for the qualifiers.

This will be Malaysia’s first overseas tour since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic early last year. They have played several practice matches at home in a strict bio-secure environment.

The team, led by Winifred Anne Duraisingham, will play seven matches through the tour, five at the Army Ground in Panagoda and two at the SLAOC Ground in Dombagoda. They will kick off the tour with two matches against Sri Lanka Army on November 8 and 9, before facing Sri Lanka Navy on November 11 and Army again on Nov 12. After another day of rest, Malaysia will close out the tour with three matches on consecutive days against Sri Lanka Army (Nov 14 and Nov 16) and Sri Lanka Cricket Development XI (Nov 15).

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The tour will serve as good preparation for Malaysia ahead of an important tournament in Dubai. There, they will compete with the likes of Nepal, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Bhutan and Kuwait between November 22 to 28 with the table topper booking a spot in the Women’s T20 World Cup global qualifier next year.

Squad: Ainna Hamizah Hashim, Aisya Eleesa Firdauz, Amalin Sorfina Abu Jimi, Arianna Natasya Benn Rakquidean, Dhanusri Sri Muhunan, Elsa Hunter, Intan Jahamidayu Jaafar, Mahirah Izzati Ismail, Mas Elysa Yasmin Zulkifli, Nik Nur Atiela Nik Din, Noor Hayati Zakaria, Nurilyaa Natasya Mohamad Asri, Ruzana Amran, Wan Julia Wan Mohd Rosdi, Wan Nor Zulaika Sofea Wan Mohd Zulkifli, Winifred Anne Duraisingam (c), Yusrina Yaakop

Schedule:

8 November: Malaysia vs Sri Lanka Army at Army Ground, Panagoda
9 November: Malaysia vs Sri Lanka Army at Army Ground, Panagoda
11 November: Malaysia vs Sri Lanka Navy at Army Ground, Panagoda
12 November: Malaysia vs Sri Lanka Army at Army Ground, Panagoda
14 November: Malaysia vs Sri Lanka Army at Army Ground, Panagoda
15 November: Malaysia vs Sri Lanka Cricket Women Development at SLAOC Ground, Dombagoda
16 November: Malaysia vs Sri Lanka Cricket Army at SLAOC Ground, Dombagoda

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