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“Sri Lanka Announces Squad for White-Ball Tour of South Africa”

Sri Lanka Cricket has announced a 17-member squad for their upcoming white-ball series in South Africa. The team will be led by their regular captain, Chamari Athapaththu, who is also the ICC Women’s ODI Cricketer of the Year. The series will commence with the T20I leg on 27 March in Benoni.

The series will consist of three T20Is followed by three ODIs, which will contribute to the ICC Women’s Championship 2022-25 cycle. Currently, South Africa holds the second position on the ICC Women’s Championship standings with 20 points from 15 games, while Sri Lanka occupies the eighth position with 11 points from 15 games.

This tour marks Sri Lanka’s women’s team first bilateral series in South Africa since 2019 and the first bilateral exchange between the two teams since then.

In their previous encounter in South Africa, the hosts emerged victorious in both the T20Is and ODIs. With the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2024 approaching, this series holds significant importance for both teams in their preparation.

The last time these two teams met in a white-ball clash was at the 2023 T20 World Cup in Cape Town, where Sri Lanka secured a narrow victory by three runs. Chamari Athapaththu played a pivotal role with a quickfire 68 off 50 balls, earning her the Player of the Match award, while Inoka Ranaweera starred with the ball, claiming figures of 3/18.

Sri Lanka squad for the white-ball tour of South Africa: Chamari Athapaththu (c), Vishmi Gunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Kavisha Dilhari, Hasini Perera, Anushka Sanjeewani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya, Hansima Karunaratne, Imesha Dulani, Kawya Kavindi, Inoshi Fernando, Sugandika Kumari, Prasadini Weerakkody

Fixtures:

27 March: 1st T20I, Willowmoore Park, Benoni
30 March: 2nd T20I, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom
3 April: 3rd T20I, Buffalo Park, East London
9 April: 1st ODI, Buffalo Park, East London
13 April: 2nd ODI, Diamond Oval, Kimberley
17 April: 3rd ODI, Senwes Park, Potchefstroom

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