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Mahela Jayawardene to travel to Zimbabwe for World Cup Qualifiers

Mahela Jayawerdene

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene is set to join the national team for the crucial ODI World Cup Qualifiers in Zimbabwe. Although the official squad is yet to be announced, it is expected that the team will consist of the same players who recently competed against Afghanistan.

Jayawardene, who currently serves as a consultant coach for the Sri Lankan cricket team, will accompany the contingent to the African nation for the qualifiers. The squad for the ICC event will comprise a total of 25 members, including support staff.

In his role, Jayawardene also focuses on coach and player development programs aimed at strengthening both the domestic structure and the senior national team. He has previously worked with the U-19 team and Sri Lanka A as part of his responsibilities. Additionally, Pramodya Wickramsinghe, the chief selector, will also travel with the team.

However, due to limited support staff being sent for the Zimbabwe trip, the national team’s regular nutritionist and psychologist will not be part of the contingent. Prof. Arjuna de Silva, the chairman of the SLC medical panel, confirmed this decision but mentioned that they would endeavor to include them if Sri Lanka qualifies for the World Cup.

The Qualifiers are scheduled to commence on June 18, with ten teams vying for the final two spots in the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup, set to take place in India in October-November. Sri Lanka is placed in Group B alongside Ireland, Oman, Scotland, and UAE. Their first match will be against UAE on Monday, June 19, at the Queen’s Sports Club in Bulawayo.

The national team’s participation in the ODI World Cup Qualifiers presents a crucial opportunity for Sri Lanka to secure their spot in the prestigious tournament and showcase their capabilities on the global stage.

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