Sri Lanka Blind Cricket Team sponsored by Sri Lanka Cricket will leave to the UAE and Lahore to take part in the Blind Cricket World Cup from the 7th to the 25th of January 2017. Sri Lanka, yet to win the title, has made it to the all-important semifinals of the tournament in 2014.
Sri Lanka Cricket allocated a sum of 1.1 million rupees covering airfare and cricket gear for the 17 member squad. The team will be led by Chandana Deshapriya.
Moreover, each game in the Blind Cricket World Cup will last for 80 overs, 40 overs per innings. The tournament is organized by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council.
Initially, reigning champions India’s participation was in doubt but they are in with Australia, Bangladesh, and Nepal. This is Nepal’s maiden appearance in the tournament.
The group stages and knockouts are set to be played in the UAE before leaving to Lahore for the all-important final on January 25.
How final selections were made
Between June 3 to August 18, 2017, Dilmah sponsored the 6th Dilmah Challenge Trophy Blind National Cricket Tournament in partnership with the Sri Lanka Cricket Association of the Visually Handicapped. A total of eleven teams, especially from the armed forces participated in the tournament and the best performers were selected for to represent Sri Lanka at the Blind Cricket World Cup.
The Sri Lanka Blind Cricket Team has played a lot of cricket in the subcontinent over the last few years. However, they’ve not been able to get the better of Pakistan or India in major tournaments.
Sri Lanka fell short against Pakistan in the 2016 Asia Cup and lost three-nil in the series in Lahore. However, in April 2014, the Sri Lanka Blind Cricket team scored a record 468 runs in 40 overs against Australia at the R. Premadasa Stadium. Current skipper, Chandana Deshapriya made 152 and his experience will come in handy for Sri Lanka at the World Cup.
Sri Lanka will get past group stage but the real test is when they face India or Pakistan in the knockouts.
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