Sri Lanka’s new captain Dasun Shanaka has stated his team’s preparations ahead of the three-match ODI series. Shanaka said on Saturday that there will be a level playing field between their fighting team and the winning contenders India as there are many new players on the visiting team. Six new players have been added to the Indian squad that toured Sri Lanka with young players. Before the first ODI against India on Sunday, Shanaka said, “Before the series, both teams were equally strong. There are many new players in the Indian team. We all know he played IPL but he has no experience in international cricket. So there are opportunities for both teams.
Shanaka is the 10th captain to lead the Sri Lankan cricket team in the last four years. Sri Lanka has announced the 23-man squad for the limited-overs series (three one-day and three T20 internationals) against India starting July 18. Virat Kohli’s leading Indian team is on tour in England. The captaincy team has been handed over to senior opener Shikhar Dhawan. Shanaka said that delaying the announcement of the Sri Lankan team would be beneficial. “Yes, it will give us some advantage, because they (India) have played these players. In international cricket. I think they should prepare well for these new players.
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Asked about the challenge of leading the Sri Lankan team at the moment, he said, “Yes, it is always challenging. You are affected by international cricket and external (off the field) issues. It is important, but at the end of the day you have to work as a team. I am sure the boys will notice that. “The experience is great. You want to play one of the top teams in the world.”
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The Sri Lankan team returned from a disappointing performance on the England tour. Where he had no success in a match. The series against India was supposed to start on July 13 but was postponed until July 18 after a case of Kovid-19 infection in the Sri Lankan team.