Sri Lanka’s Chamara Kapugedara will be able to
remind his country’s selectors of his worth as an attacking
batsmen when he returns with a strong Sri Lankan lineup for the
KARP Group Hong Kong Sixes at the Kowloon Cricket Club this
Kapugedara, who has represented Sri Lanka
in all forms of the game, was overlooked by the selectors for the
recent ICC World Twenty20 where the islanders reached the final
before losing to the West Indies.
That inexplicable defeat, chasing only 138 runs
for victory, will offer Kapugedara
the opportunity to get back into the national side and a huge
performance in Hong Kong will help his chances.
25, was once regarded as Sri Lanka’s most-promising young batsman.
He has played eight Tests (scoring 418 runs) and 92 One-Day
Internationals (1,521 runs) as well as 21 Twenty20 internationals
where he has an impressive strike rate of 115.23.
inability to press on and make a sizeable contribution in recent
times has resulted in him being axed from the national set-up.
The Hong Kong Sixes will give Kapugedara the opportunity to
get back into the focus of the Sri Lankan selectors with the islanders likely to be in strong contention for the Cup
Sri Lanka will be led by Jehan Mubarak, who
was also captain of the team at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou
when cricket made its debut. The rest of the squad comprises
promising young cricketers Chamith Kulasekara, Kaushal
Lokuarachchi, Kusal Matharage Don, Sachith Pathirana and Ramith
Sri Lanka has performed consistently at the
Hong Kong Sixes but has only won the Cup on one occasion, in 2007
when they defeated a Shane Warne-led All Stars outfit that also
included Brian Lara.
South Africa has achieved greater
success at the Sixes, winning the event in 2006 and 2009, which
would suggest that 2012 may be their year once again.
players of the caliber of captain Colin Ingram, Dillon Du Preez
and Rory Kleinveldt – all big-hitting batsmen – it all points to
South Africa once again being a force to reckon with.
the real danger could come from fast bowler Wayne Parnell, a
member of the South Africa squad at the recent ICC World Twenty20
in Sri Lanka. Parnell, 23, is an impressive left-arm seam bowler
who has played three Tests and 27 One-Day Internationals for his
country. A naturally gifted all-rounder, Parnell has also played a
couple of seasons in the IPL.
In 2009, he became the
youngest player to be awarded a central contract by Cricket South
Africa and has lived up to that promise with several useful
performances, especially in the shortened form of the game.
Parnell will be joined by Lyall Meyer, David Miller and
Khayelihle Zondo in a squad that can go all the way, and will be relying on Du Preez and Meyer to provide the experience, both
having played in this event last year.
It will be mostly a
first-time experience for most of the men in Orange – the
Peter Drinnen will lead the top associate
member country and he can rely on the experienced Peter Borren and
Pieter Seelaar for a helping hand as the Dutch bid to make a
Wesley Barresi, Michael Swart, Alexei
Kervezee, Mudassar Burkari and Stephanus Myburgh make up the rest
of an extended squad. All of them are regulars in the national
team that plays in the ICC Division One competition alongside the likes of Ireland and Afghanistan.
The Dutch will be up
against it though, being placed in a tough draw alongside
defending champions Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka in Pool B.
All three teams from the sub-continent will be clear-cut
favourites to enter the Cup semi-final stages and will be looking
at the game against the Dutch as the one where they can raise
their net run-rates.
And with players like Kapugedara
amongst the opposition, looking forward to rehabilitating himself
in the senior Sri Lankan team, one can expect no favours this
weekend. Everyone will be hoping to go Dutch.
Squad: Jehan Mubarak (Captain); Chamara Kapugedara; Chamith
Kulasekara; Kaushal Lokuarachchi; Kusal Matharage Don; Sachith
Pathirana; Ramith Rambukwella; Channa Weerakkody (Manager).
South Africa Squad: Colin Ingram (Captain); Dillon Du Preez;
Rory Kleinveldt; Lyall Meyer; David Miller; Wayne Parnell; Khayelihle Zondo; Vincent Barnes (Manager).
Squad: Peter Drinnen (Captain); Peter Borren; Pieter Seelaar;
Stephanus Myburgh; Mudassar Burkari; Alexei Kervezee; Michael
Swart; Wesley Barresi; Ed Van Neirop (Manager).
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