Kamindu Mendis leads SL-19 in World Cup

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By 2017-12-08

Batting all rounder from Richmond College Galle, Kamindu Mendis will lead the Sri Lanka Under-19 team at the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2018 to be played in New Zealand from 13 January to 3 February.
Kamindu Mendis will become the second player from the College to lead the U-19 side in World Cup, after his senior player Charith Asalanka captained the side in the previous edition.

All rounder from St. Joseph's College Colombo, Jehan Daniel, has been appointed the Vice Captain, while Vishwa Fernando and Ayana Siriwardana will be standbys.
Sri Lanka did not have much success in the U-19 Asia Cup as they were out from the group stage with a poor show in their third match.

Sri Lanka's first match of the tournament will be against Ireland on 13 January followed by Asia Cup Champions, Afghanistan on 17 and Pakistan on 19.

Island's strategy leading up to and during the Asia Cup under-19 tournament came under much criticism as they did not have enough outdoor training leading up to the tournament due to rain with coach Roy Dias having to stick to training indoors ignoring selectors advice to travel to Dambulla or Hambantota for training.
Also during the tournament they changed their earlier strategies by changing the opening bowlers and opening batsmen while resting key bowlers and regular wicket-keeper for the third One day match in the group stage which resulted in them losing the semi-final spot.

Sri Lanka youngsters will be eyeing to rectify their mistakes when they travel to New Zealand but the alien conditions there will not help their cause as in Asia.

Squad : 1. Kamindu Mendis (Captain), 2. Jehan Daniel, 3. Hasitha Boyagoda, 4. Thisaru Rashmika Dilshan, 5. Krishan Sanjula, 6. Kalana Perera, 7. Dhananjaya Lakshan, 8. Praveen Jayawickrama, 9. Nuwanidu Fernando, 10. Ashen Bandara, 11. Hareen Buddhika, 12. Nipun Malinga, 13. Nipun Dananjaya, 14. Nishan Madushaka, 15. Santush Gunathilika

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