Former Cricketers were continuously emphasizing the importance of minimizing the number of teams in the domestic structure to ensure quality players make it to the national side. And to answer the call, Sri Lanka Cricket has ultimately decided to reintroduce the four day Super Provincial Tournament comprising of only four teams.
The Sri Lanka Super Provincial Four Day Tournament will begin on March 30, 2018 and conclude on April 24, 2018.
Four teams, namely Team Colombo, Team Galle, Team Kandy and Team Dambulla will include a total of 80 cricketers, not necessarily from their respective provinces.
Each team will play a pink ball day/night test in the process. Matches are scheduled to be held in FTZ Katunayake, Rangiri Dambulla and the Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium in Hambantota. Dinesh Chandimal (Colombo), Suranga Lakmal (Galle), Angelo Mathews (Kandy) and Dimuth Karunaratne (Dambulla) will lead each side.
Colombo: Dinesh Chandimal (Captain), Dhananjaya de Silva (Vice-Capt), Kaushal Silva, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Thirimanne, Primosh Perera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Perera, Lasith Abeyratne, L.U. Ihalagamage, Wanindu Hasaranga, Thisara Perera, Lasith Ambuldeniya, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Vishwa Fernando, K. Anjula, Kamindu Mendis and Nipun Malinga.
Charith Senanayake (Manager), Avishka Gunawardena (Coach).
Galle: Suranga Lakmal (Captain), Dasun Shanaka (Vice-Capt), Lahiru Milantha, Rumesh Buddika, Pabasara Waduge, S. Ashan, Oshada Fernando, Roshen Silva, P.C. de Silva, J. Liyanage, Lakshitha Madushan, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Akila Dananjaya, Madhawa Warnapura, Mohomed Dilshad, Upul Tharanga, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nisala Tharaka, Nishan Peiries, Dananjaya Lakshan and Ashen Bandara.
Waruna Waragoda (Manager), Hashan Tillakaratne (Coach).
Kandy: Angelo Mathews (Captain), Niroshan Dickwella (V-Capt), Pathum Nissanka, Priyamal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Prabath Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne, Tharanga Paranavitana, Minod Bhanuka, Chamara Kapugedera, Chamika Karunaratne, Jeewan Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Ramesh Mendis, Mahela Udawatte, Sachith Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Samarakoon, Jehan Daniel and Hasitha Boyagoda
Malinda Warnapura (Manager), Piyal Wijethunga (Coach).
Dambulla: Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Kusal Janith Perera (V-Capt), Nipun Karunanayake, Milinda Siriwardana, Kusal Mendis, K.T.H. Ratnayake, Sachithra Serasinghe, Lahiru Gamage, Sangeet Cooray, Ashan Priyanjan, Rangana Herath, Ishan Jayaratne, Chanaka Komasaru, Asitha Fernando, Jeffery Vandersay, Sachithra Senanayake, Shehan Madushanka, Himesh Ramanayake, Rasmika Dilshan, Nishan Mathushka.
Vinothen John (Manager), Sumithra Warnakulasuriya (Coach).
SUPER FOUR ITINERARY
March 30-April 2, 2018
Dambulla vs Kandy at FTZ Katunayake
Colombo vs Kandy at Mahinda Rajapaksha Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
April 8-11, 2018
Galle vs Dambulla (Day/Night) at Dambulla International Cricket Ground
Kandy vs Colombo at Mahinda Rajapaksha Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
April 21-24, 2018
Dambulla vs Colombo at Dambulla International Cricket Ground
Galle vs Kandy at Rajapaksha Intl. Cricket Stadium, Hambantota
The national selection panel led by Graeme Labrooy will closely analyze the tournament and the best out of the lot will make it to the tour to West Indies in June.
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