Just below a yr stays till the 2020 T20 World Cup will get underneath manner in Australia, with the 12 high groups set to battle it out for the grand prize Down Below.
The premier worldwide sides have already shifted their focus to the shortest format of the recreation with the subsequent 12 months set to afford them ample time to get their T20 mixtures right.
As we check out the strengths and weaknesses of the main contenders for the 2020 event, it’s now time to flip our consideration in direction of Sri Lanka.
No different workforce has made it to as many T20 World Cup finals as Sri Lanka (three) with the islanders managing to elevate the trophy in the 2014 version in Dhaka.
Their general win-price in the competitors (64.28) can also be the highest amongst all groups and as such, they may hope to make an enormous killing in the 2020 version as properly. Their restricted-overs outfit has been in freefall over the final two years following the retirements of their lots of their stalwarts, however issues are slowly starting to search for once more.
Their second-string unit just lately whitewashed the No1 ranked Pakistan in their very own yard and that ought to give them loads of confidence going ahead. Nonetheless, they had been knocked fairly actually for six in the first T20 of their sequence in opposition to Australia, dropping by an embarrassing 134 runs.
They are going to have to begin their World Cup marketing campaign in the first spherical after failing to routinely qualify for the Tremendous 12.
Unpredictability was a tag mostly related to Pakistan however Sri Lanka are approaching the similar territory with their current shows. You by no means fairly know which Sri Lanka facet will present up on the day with the islanders oscillating between the sensible and the horrendous on a constant foundation.
The facet is stuffed with mercurial abilities similar to Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Avishka Fernando and several other others. All these gamers may be match-winners on their day whereas these ready on the bench usually are not too shabby both, as Pakistan simply discovered the laborious manner.
Then there may be the expertise of skipper Lasith Malinga to boot, with the veteran bringing consistency to the facet.
Their unpredictability, is in fact a double-edged sword, with the facet failing extra usually than it has succeeded in the final two years. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board stays a multitude with the steady political interference, and also you by no means know when a brand new captain could be enforced on the facet out of the blue. There’s a purpose why the likes of Mahela Jayawardene have distanced themselves from the countrys cricket administration.
Coach Chandika Hathurusinghas destiny additionally hangs in the steadiness regardless of having a contract till subsequent yr, with SLC suspending him indefinitely whereas they try to sever all ties.
With the administration in a relentless state of flux, it’s tough to discover stability and no surprise Sri Lankas performances have suffered of late regardless of the expertise at their disposal.
What they want to do in the subsequent 12 months
Finding out the teaching mess can be a superb begin for Sri Lanka whereas an absence of political interference can be an added bonus. The latter is simpler mentioned than completed although, so it could be higher to consider the issues which might be really of their arms.
The current sequence clear sweep over Pakistan has confirmed that there’s loads of expertise similar to Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shehan Jayasuriya and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga of their reserves.
There may be each risk to forge formidable T20 unit from the new performers and the already established first-workforce regulars. Discovering the right steadiness and gaining consistency from that concoction must be their high-most precedence in the coming months.
Subsequent up for Sri Lanka is a 3-match T20 sequence in Australia in opposition to the hosts and people clashes might be crucial of their bid to get the really feel for circumstances in subsequent years World Cup.
Following that, the islanders are due to tour India for a 3-match sequence which can inform them lots about the place they stand amongst the contenders.
Other than that, the gamers could have to depend on participation in abroad franchise T20 leagues however solely the likes of Malinga are literally in demand.
Key man Lasith Malinga
Talisman and captain Malinga is undoubtedly Sri Lankas predominant man for the World Cup with the 36-year-previous wanting very very similar to his previous finest in current months.
There was a time when it appeared like he would fade away with a whimper along with his a number of accidents, however these troubles appear to be behind him for now after some memorable current shows.
His pin-level yorkers and cleverly disguised slower deliveries are nonetheless a troublesome nut to crack for any batsmen, particularly in the T20 format. If he can stay match until the subsequent yr, Sri Lankas possibilities will routinely brighten.