The Sri Lankan team is gearing up for the crucial ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023 & they will now get the support of former captain Mahela Jayawardene who will travel with the national team to Zimbabwe for the marquee event. Sri Lanka’s selection committee is yet to announce an official squad for the marquee event. But as per the reports, SLC will send the same squad that participated in the recently ended ODI Series against Afghanistan.
As per the reports, Mahela Jayawardene along with additional 25 members of the support team will travel with the National team to the ODI World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Zimbabwe. Jayawardene who works as a consultant coach for Sri Lanka also foresees the player development program aimed at strengthening the domestic structure & men’s senior team. He observes the training activities of U19 & Sri Lanka team A players as a part of his role. Furthermore, chief selector Pramodya Wickremesinghe will also travel with the national team.
Pro. Arjuna De Silva, the Chairman of the SLC medical panel has confirmed that Sri Lanka’s regular Nutritionist & psychologist will not travel with the national team as they decided to send a limited staff & team members to Zimbabwe.
“Both the nutritionist (Dr. Hashan Amasrthunga) and psychologist (Dr. Fedinan Perera) worked successfully with the team. We have to send a limited support staff for the Zimbabwe trip. But, yes, if our team qualifies for the World Cup, we will certainly try to send them,” Prof. Arjuna de Silva was quoted as saying by the ‘Daily Mirror’.
ICC ODI World Cup Qualifiers 2023 to kickstart on June 18
ICC ODI World Cup Qualifiers will kickstart on June 18 with 10 teams competing to fix their final two spots in the ODI World Cup 2023 Qualifiers slated to be played in the October-November window. The ten teams divided into two groups will compete in 34 fixtures across four venues in Zimbabwe. Let’s have a look at the teams forming these groups:
Zimbabwe, West Indies, Netherlands, Nepal, and USA
Sri Lanka, Ireland, Scotland, Oman, and UAE
Sri Lanka will play their first match of the ODI World Cup Qualifiers on Monday, June 19 against UAE at the Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo.