15 year old Shashini Gimhani named in Sri Lanka Squad

April 12, 2024
15 year old Shashini Gimhani named in Sri Lanka Squad

ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier 2024.

Sri Lanka Cricket has revealed the 15-member squad for the upcoming Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier, with the team being led by the experienced Chamari Athapaththu.

One of the notable additions to the squad is the 15-year-old left-arm wrist spinner Shashini Gimhani, who has been making waves with her performance in the U19 Women’s tri-series against England and Australia.

If Gimhani, who is currently 15 years and 124 days old, gets the chance to play in the tournament, she will become the youngest player to represent Sri Lanka in a Women’s T20I match.

Meanwhile Notable omissions from the squad are veterans Oshadi Ranasinghe and wicket keeper Prasadini Weerakkody, the duo will return home after the ongoing South Africa ODI series.

The Women’s T20 World Cup Global Qualifier will take place from 25 April with the final scheduled for 7 May. Ten teams will compete in the tournament, divided into two groups of five each.

Sri Lanka are slotted in group ‘A’ alongside Thailand, Scotland, Uganda and USA while group ‘B’ consists Ireland, Zimbabwe, Netherlands, UAE and Vanuatu.

The ten-team tournament in Abu Dhabi gets underway on Thursday 25 April, with Sri Lanka opening their campaign against Thailand at Tolerance Oval to kick off the tournament.
They then move to Zayed Sports City two days later to face Scotland on 27 April, Uganda on 1 May followed by their last group game against USA on 3 May at the same venue.

Two venues in Abu Dhabi — Tolerance Oval and Zayed Cricket Stadium — will be used for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier 2024 next month, where 10 teams will compete for two spots in the main event, which will be held in Bangladesh later in the year.

Sri Lanka women’s squad for world cup T- 20 qualifying tournament: Chamari Athapaththu (Capt), Vishmi Gunaratne, Nilakshi de Silva, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Kavisha Dilhari Hasini Perera, Anushka Sanjeewani Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera Achini Kulasuriya, Hansima Karunaratne, Kawya Kavindi, Inoshi Fernando, Sugandika Kumari, Sashini Gimhani, Rumesh Ratnayake (coach), Tharindu Perera (Assistant coach) Carman Mapatuna, (fielding coach) Kaushalya Gajasinghe (batting coach)