Richmond’s Kamindu to lead Sri Lanka

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 By M. Shamil Amit

Richmond College all-rounder Kamindu Mendis has been selected to lead the Sri Lanka Team for the Under-19 Asia Cup Cricket Tournament scheduled to be worked off from November 10 to 19 in Malaysia.

The tournament would be conducted by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).

The teams participating are India, Bangladesh, Nepal and host Malaysia in Group ‘A’ and Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the winner of the Western Region Tournament in Group ‘B’.

Already, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman have qualified to play in the semi-finals of the Qualifying Tournament.
The Sri Lanka Under-19 Team has been selected while targeting the ICC Under-19 World Cup which would be held next year in New Zealand and their performances in this tournament would no doubt be an eye opener for the National Selectors.

Dhananjaya Lakshan is another player from Richmond and there are two players each selected from St. Sebastian’s College and Trinity College as well.

The other players hail from St. Joseph’s College, De Mazenod College, P. de S. Kularatne MV Ambalangoda, St. Joseph Vaz College Wennappuwa, Moratu MV, S. Thomas’ College and St. Anne’s College Kurunegala.

Apart from Skipper Kamindu, five other players namely Jehan Daniel, Hasitha Boyagoda, Thisaru Rashmika, Nipun Ransika and Praveen Jayawickrama were members of the last year’s team. 

However, Vishwa Chathuranga (Prince of Wales), Hareen Buddila (St. Aloysius’ College Galle), Thilan Prashan (St. Servatius’ Matara) and Ravindu Sanjana (St. Aloysius’ College Galle) have failed to secure a place in the team.
The Sri Lanka Under-19 Team will open their campaign on November 10 with a match against the winner of the Western Region Qualifying Tournament.

They would play against Afghanistan on November 11 and Pakistan on November 13.

India would be hoping to retain the title for the third successive year having emerged champions last year while defeating host Sri Lanka by 34 runs in the final played in Colombo.

India were joint champions with Pakistan in the inaugural tournament played in 2012 in Malaysia.

Kamindu Mendis who led the side last year too would be hoping to make amends but will face stiff opposition from Pakistan, Bangladesh and the improving Afghanistan side.