Chamari Athapaththu to lead Sri Lanka at Commonwealth Games

Sri Lanka Team © Sri Lanka Cricket

Chamari Athapaththu will lead the 15-member squad for the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, scheduled to start on July 28, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Tuesday (July 19). Sri Lanka have retained the same squad that featured in the recently concluded home series against India. 

Sri Lanka showed their resilience in the T20I series against India after losing the T20I series against Pakistan 3-0. They restricted India to 138 in the final match of the series before a partnership of 77 runs between Athapaththu and Nilakshi de Silva took them over the line with seven wickets in hand even as they lost the series 2-1

Sri Lanka’s road to the Commonwealth Games was not easy as they had to face Bangladesh, Scotland, Malaysia, and Kenya in the Qualifiers in January 2022. They won all their four matches at the competition to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Athapaththu, who scored 221 runs across the four matches, was adjusted as the Player of the Series. 

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Birmingham will see women’s cricket making its debut at the Games in the T20 format. Sri Lanka have been grouped with England, New Zealand and South Africa in Group B.

Group A comprises Australia, India, Pakistan, and Barbados. Sri Lanka will begin their campaign on July 30 with a match against England, followed by games against New Zealand (August 2) and South Africa (August 4) at Edgbaston.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals after the conclusion of the group stage. The losing semifinalists will play the bronze medal playoff, while the finalists will play for gold and the runners-up will be awarded the silver medal.

Sri Lanka squad: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Madavi, Vishmi Gunaratne, Malsha Shehani, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Sugandika Kumari, Rashmi de Silva, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Anushka Sanjeewani