Slightly below a 12 months stays till the 2020 T20 World Cup will get beneath approach in Australia, with the 12 high groups set to battle it out for the grand prize Down Underneath.
The premier worldwide sides have already shifted their focus to the shortest format of the sport with the subsequent 12 months set to afford them ample time to get their T20 mixtures proper.
As we check out the strengths and weaknesses of the main contenders for the 2020 match, it’s now time to flip our consideration in the direction of Sri Lanka.
No different group has made it to as many T20 World Cup finals as Sri Lanka (three) with the islanders managing to elevate the trophy within the 2014 version in Dhaka.
Their total win-fee within the competitors (64.28) can also be the very best amongst all groups and as such, they’ll hope to make an enormous killing within the 2020 version as nicely. Their restricted-overs outfit has been in freefall over the past two years following the retirements of their many of their stalwarts, but 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. Nevertheless, they had been knocked fairly actually for six within the first T20 of their collection towards Australia, shedding by an embarrassing 134 runs.
They’ll have to begin their World Cup marketing campaign within the first spherical after failing to mechanically qualify for the Tremendous 12.
Unpredictability was a tag mostly related to Pakistan but Sri Lanka are approaching the identical territory with their recent shows. You by no means fairly know which Sri Lanka aspect will present up on the day with the islanders oscillating between the good and the horrendous on a constant foundation.
The aspect is crammed with mercurial abilities resembling Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Avishka Fernando and several other others. All these gamers could be match-winners on their day whereas these ready on the bench will not be too shabby both, as Pakistan simply discovered the laborious approach.
Then there may be the expertise of skipper Lasith Malinga to boot, with the veteran bringing consistency to the aspect.
Their unpredictability, is of course a double-edged sword, with the aspect failing extra usually than it has succeeded within the final two years. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) board stays a large number with the continual political interference, and also you by no means know when a brand new captain is perhaps enforced on the aspect 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 within the stability regardless of having a contract till subsequent 12 months, with SLC suspending him indefinitely whereas they try to sever all ties.
With the administration in a continuing state of flux, it’s tough to discover stability and no marvel Sri Lankas performances have suffered of late regardless of the expertise at their disposal.
What they want to do within the subsequent 12 months
Checking out the teaching mess could be a very good begin for Sri Lanka whereas a scarcity of political interference could be an added bonus. The latter is simpler stated than finished although, so it is perhaps higher to focus on the issues which can be really of their fingers.
The recent collection clear sweep over Pakistan has confirmed that there’s loads of expertise resembling Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shehan Jayasuriya and leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga of their reserves.
There may be each risk to forge formidable T20 unit from the brand new performers and the already established first-group regulars. Discovering the proper stability and gaining consistency from that concoction must be their high-most precedence within the coming months.
Subsequent up for Sri Lanka is a 3-match T20 collection in Australia towards the hosts and people clashes shall be essential of their bid to get the texture for situations in subsequent years World Cup.
Following that, the islanders are due to tour India for a 3-match collection which is able to inform them quite a bit about the place they stand among the many contenders.
Other than that, the gamers could have to depend on participation in abroad franchise T20 leagues but solely the likes of Malinga are literally in demand.
Key man Lasith Malinga
Talisman and captain Malinga is undoubtedly Sri Lankas fundamental man for the World Cup with the 36-year-previous trying very very like his previous greatest in recent months.
There was a time when it appeared like he would fade away with a whimper along with his a number of accidents, but these troubles appear to be behind him for now after some memorable recent shows.
His pin-level yorkers and cleverly disguised slower deliveries are nonetheless a troublesome nut to crack for any batsmen, particularly within the T20 format. If he can remain match until the subsequent 12 months, Sri Lankas possibilities will mechanically brighten.