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Thisara Perera set to play Global T20 in Canada


Bipin Dani 

Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera, who was dropped from the final eleven for the second ODI against Bangladesh on Sunday is all set to leave for Canada to play the Global T20. 

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Thisara Perera set to play Global T20 in Canada

This was revealed by the chief selector / manager Ashantha de Mel.

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Speaking exclusively over telephone from Colombo on Sunday, he said, “the board has given him the NOC and accordingly, he will leave immediately after Wednesday’s third ODI”.

In fact, Thisara wanted to play for Montreal Tigers in the Canadian league earlier but was denied permission.

“Thisara is not in a team for the Test squad and hence his absence will not be felt during the Test series against New Zealand”, the chairman added.

Emerging team

In the meantime, SLC will send a youth team to Bangladesh next month, it is learnt here.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has invited Sri Lanka’s Emerging team to play few matches there. Their players want practice and experience and accordingly our Emerging team will travel to Bangladesh next month”, an official said.

“New Zealand senior team is arriving in Sri Lanka and as per original plan if Bangladesh Emerging team plays here, our young players would not have got better exposure and hence we have accepted the request from the BCB”.

No girls 

Interestingly, SLC has stopped the practice of sending girls carrying drinks at the intervals. In 2017, a couple of girls made their way to the ground and were helping the players with drinks and napkins during matches against India.

“There won’t be any such practice now on wards. Bangladeshi team has Muslim players and would not have liked the idea”, a top SLC official said. The practice, however, is unlikely to resume during home series against New Zealand.

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