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More chances for youngsters at NSL 4-day tourney

Matheesha Pathirana -Vinuja Ranpul -Treveen Mathew -Dunith Wellalage
Matheesha Pathirana -Vinuja Ranpul -Treveen Mathew -Dunith Wellalage

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is expected to give more exposure to the youngsters when they added ten under 19 players for the National Super League (NSL) four-day tournament which will commence from tomorrow (24) at four international cricket stadiums. In addition, several other under 19 players are already involved with the ongoing Major Club emerging three-day cricket tournament.

The five teams namely Galle, Jaffna, Kandy, Colombo, and Dambulla will involve in the tournament as they did in the ongoing limited-over tournament of the National Super League while Dambulla International Stadium, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Galle International Stadium, and R. Premadasa International Stadium are named as the venues of this tournament.

SLC plans to add talented under 19 players to the system and give more exposure to this type of first class tournament. Especially National Under 19 team skipper Dunith Wellalage already played for National Super League limited over tournament which concluded last Saturday. Wellalage was adjudged the ‘Man of the Final’, making fighting 74 for the winning Jaffna side. Wellalalge and under 19 deputy skipper Raveen de Silva have been named for the Jaffna team for this four-day tournament while Shevon Daniel, an all-rounder from St. Joseph’s and St. Peter’s paceman Danal Hemananda who missed the under 19 world cup included for the Colombo side which will lead by Sammu Ashan.

Matheesha Pathirana the paceman with slinger action and off-spinner Treveen Mathew included for the Kandy side which will lead by Kamindu Mendis. St. Aloysius’ Galle left-arm paceman Mihiranga de Silva, and Vinuja Ranpul, all-rounder of Nalanda were named for the Galle side which will be led by another promising all-rounder Dhananjaya Lakshan. The Dambulla side which will be led by Minod Bhanuka also has the two under 19 players Pawan Pathiraja the left-hander of Trinity and middle-order batter Ranuda Somaratne of St Anthony’s Kandy.

This will be a good opportunity for youngsters to mix with seniors including National players and also a good chance to play on the International venues in the country’s leading first-class tournament before they enter the National level. All of them couldn’t enter the final eleven for the matches but in this tournament culture, the training, environment of the dressing room during the matches is more important for the youngsters. Especially senior National players already involved with their National duty during Indian series and youngsters can get good opportunities from this tournament.

The five teams will play each other once in the league and the top four teams will qualify for the semi-finals which will take place on March 31 at Hambantota and Pallekele. The final is scheduled to be played from April 7th to 10 at Galle.

The tournament will kick off tomorrow (24th) with two games on display as Galle and Jaffna take on Kandy and Colombo respectively.

Under 19 players for four day tournament

Kandy - Treveen Mathew, Matheesha Pathirana
Jaffna - Dunith Wellalage, Raveen de Silva .
Colombo - Shevon Daniel, Danal Hemananada
Galle - Mihiranga de Silva , Vinuja Ranpul
Dambulla - Pawan Pathiraja, Ranuda Somaratne


The National Super league 4 day tournament fixtures

Feb 24-27. Galle Vs Kandy at Galle , Jaffna Vs Colombo at Hambantota

March 3-6 – Colombo Vs Dambulla at R. Premadasa Stadium, Kandy Vs Jaffna at Pallekele,
March 10-13 Dambulla Vs Galle at Dambulla , Colombo Vs Kandy at R. Premadasa Stadium
March 17 to 20 Jaffna Vs Galle at Hambantota , Kandy Vs Dambulla at Pallekele
March 24 to 27 Galle Vs Colombo at Galle , Dambulla Vs Jaffna at Dambulla
March 31 to April 3 semi finals at Hambantota and Pallekele

April 7 to 10 final at Galle

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