Sri Lanka Women’s head coach Harsha de Silva said that the main reason for the appointment of Shashikala Siriwardena as captain of the Sri Lanka women’s team during the tour of Australia was to remove the pressure from the captaincy from Chamari Atapattu.
Speaking at a press conference held at the Sri Lanka Cricket Headquarters yesterday (20th), Coach Harsha de Silva said;
“The rest of the world is doing the same. As the team leader said, there are big pressures. Winning contests, personal talents, etc. creates pressure. Chamari is one of the most adored sportswoman to us. So we thought we needed to release Chamari in preparation for next year’s World Twenty20. ”
“The difference was that she was given the opportunity to rise to the top of the individual rankings in ODIs and set personal goals.”
“Shashikala wanted to give Atapattu that opportunity. So we took the leadership pressure away a bit from Chamari, ”
the coach added.
Former captain Shashikala Siriwardena has been reappointed as the captain of the one-day squad during the tour. Chamari Atapattu, who captained both teams, has been named captain of the T20 team.
The three ODIs are part of the International Cricket Council’s qualifying series for the 2021 Women’s World Cup in New Zealand.
The Twenty20 tournament will be held in Sydney on the 29th of this month and the One Day International will be held in Brisbane on October 5th.
One day captain Shashikala Siriwardena, T20 captain Chamari Atapattu and Sri Lanka women’s cricket manager Commodore Nilantha de Silva were also present.
Sri Lanka Women’s Cricket ODI and Twenty20 squad:
Shashikala Siriwardena (ODI captain), Chamari Atapattu (T20 captain), Harshitha Madhavi, Anushka Sanjeewani, Hansima Karunaratne, Yashodha Mendis, Nilakshi de Silva, Dilani Manodara, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Inoshi Fernando, Achini Kulasooriya, Udeshika Prabodani and Ama Kanchana.
Hasini Perera, Prasadini Weerakkody, Sathya Sandeepani, Sachini Ningsala and Madushika Metthananda.
● Sept. 29 – First Twenty20 match – Sydney
● Sept. 30 – Second Twenty20 match – Sydney
● Oct. 02 – Third T20 match – Sydney
● Oct. 05 – First ODI – Brisbane
● Oct. 07 – Second ODI – Brisbane
● Oct. 09 – Third ODI – Brisbane