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Dialog Launches T20 World Cup Wish Campaign in Support of the Asian Champions

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Dr. Jayantha Dharamadasa - Vice President, International Cricket, Sri Lanka Cricket, Launching the T20 World Cup Wishing Portal in the presence of (L-R) Upul Bandara Navaratne, Head Of Marketing, Sri Lanka Cricket, Harsha Samaranayake, Vice President, Brand and Media, Group Marketing, Dialog Axiata PLC and Mohan de Silva, Secretary, Sri Lanka Cricket at the SLC premises

Official sponsor of the National Cricket Team, Dialog Axiata PLC launched a wish campaign in collaboration with Sri Lanka Cricket in support of the National T20 Cricket Team who eye the T20 world crown to be played from 16th October to 13th November 2022 in Australia.After their resounding win against Pakistan in the finals of the Asia Cup 2022 which secured their sixth Asian Title, Our Lions will be setting their sights to raise the bar higher and secure the world T20 title for the second time playing against the top sides in world cricket.

The wishing portal can be accessed via a QR (Quick Response) code and/or website link that will open access to all cricket fans who want to wish and cheer on the national cricket team to win T20 World Cup and bring home the cup after a dearth of eight long years. You can visit dlg.lk/apekollo to access the wishing portal and submit your wish to support the national cricket team and win exciting cricket memorabilia from Dialog.

“I’m indeed thankful to the national team sponsor, Dialog Axiata for supporting the game of cricket and believing in our young talent for almost a decade,” Dr. Jayantha Dharmadasa, Vice President – International Cricket of Sri Lanka Cricket said. “The National team played exceptionally well at the recently concluded Asia Cup to emerge as the champs and I like to thank the Official sponsor of the National Cricket Team, for the pivotal role they played in supporting SLC to boost the confidence of the boys. Campaign such as this showcases that the whole country is behind the Lions and nurtures the much-needed morale boost to the players to bring home the cup.”

“Dialog is indeed honoured and proud to be part of this initiative that connects all Sri Lankan hearts to beat as one to cheer on for our lions at the upcoming T20 World Cup. I wish the team the very best for fruitful tourney in Australia,” said, Harsha Samaranayake, Vice President, Brand and Media, Group Marketing, Dialog Axiata PLC.  The 2022 ICC (International Cricket Council) Men’s T20 World Cup is the pinnacle of the shortest version of the sport and at present the world title is held by the 2022 hosts, Australia who beat the Black Caps by 8 Wickets last year.

Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby, Paralympic sports – by powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games.



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Sri Lanka Cricket appoints Olympic medalist Susanthika Jayasinghe to promote women’s cricket

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Sri Lanka Cricket announced the appointment of Olympic Silver Medalist  Susanthika Jayasinghe as the ‘Consultant—Mentoring and Development of Women’s Cricket.”

Jayasinghe, one of the most decorated athletes produced by Sri Lanka and the only female athlete to win an Olympic medal for her country and the only Asian woman athlete to have won an Olympic medal in sprint events, will use her story of grit and determination to inspire the present and future generations of women cricketers in Sri Lanka.

Her appointment took effect on February 1, 2023.

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Sri Lanka leave out injured Hasini Perera for T20 World Cup

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Sri Lanka will be without Hasini Perera during the T20 World Cup

Sri Lanka have left out experienced campaigner Hasini Perera from their 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup after she suffered an injury. Perera, who was named in the original squad, was forced out after injuring her finger during a practice session.

She has been replaced by Sathya Sandeepani, whose only appearance for the national side came in the 2020 T20 World Cup encounter against runners-up India. Apart from the forced change, the Asian side have also made a couple of changes to their squad from the one that reached the Asia Cup final last October.

Rashmi Silva and Madushika Methtananda, two players who didn’t get an opportunity in the Asia Cup, have been left out of the squad for the World Cup in favour of Vishmi Gunaratne and Ama Kanchana. 17-year-old Vishmi made her debut in both T20Is and ODIs last year for Sri Lanka and the experienced Ama Kanchana, who made her T20I debut almost 10 years ago, has been recalled for the first time since the Commonwealth Games.

Chamari Athapaththu will lead the 15-member squad once again. Sri Lanka are in Group A alongside New Zealand, Bangladesh, hosts South Africa and defending champions Australia. They begin their campaign on the opening night (February 10) against South Africa at Newlands.

Squad:

Chamari Athapaththu (C), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Kaushini Nuthyangana, Malsha Shehani, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya, Tharika Sewwandi, Vishmi Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Sathya Sandeepani.

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President’s Mahara and Sri Parakrama NS Kobeigane declared joint champions

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The captains of the two schools Mihilsara Oshan (President’s College) and Adeesha Lakshan (Sri Parakrama NS) are seen with the trophy here.

Under 13 Division III Cricket Final

President’s College Mahara and Sri Parakrama National School Kobeigane were declared joint champions of the Under 13 Division III cricket tournament after the final between the two schools ended in a no-decision at Ananda Sastralaya ground Kotte yesterday. In reply to President’s 183 runs, Sri Parakrama National School were 133 for five wickets when rain prevented further play.

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