By Osanda Gunaratna
Three World Cups young, the T2O World Cup is braced to have its fourth next year. I will most probably be held in September in the emerald – Sri Lanka.
16 teams will participate to contest this premier world cricketing event, but one should now forget the timing and scheduling of the event, as it takes places bizarrely in the rainy season. The ICC should seriously think of rescheduleing the event to June or July instead.
The defending champions England have a new king to rule their team in the form of young Stuart Broad. India and Pakistan, along with Australia and South Africa will be gearing up for the T20 WC, but the advantage will be always on the home team and this time it is Sri Lanka.
T20 history suggest Sri Lanka are very dangerous in the shorter format of the game and have been a fiercely competitive team that can blow any opposition away on their given day.
Sri Lanka have very talented and improvising cricketers that are suited for any format and can change gear when required such players like Dilshan, inventor of the Dill scoop which is the scoop shot played behind the keepers head for 4 or 6 or take a bowler such as Malinga, a slingy bowling action always aiming at the toes of the batsmen and he also improvises well with short balls and slower balls. These two players along with Angelo Mathews, Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene will be booked already to represent Sri Lanka in their first ever T20 World Cup as hosts.
Times are changing fast and so are cricket teams, Sri Lanka will try to bring out a core of selected young cricketers who will be the represents and stars of the Cricket World, should be used in these tournaments to bring out the best in them.
Dinesh Chandimal got an opportunity in Zimbabwe where he made his 1st century only in his 2nd match but was dropped in the series followed soon after these basic errors should never be made because just imagine if Chandimal played the series in Dambulla and made a lot of runs, he would have even got the chance to play in the world cup 2011, but Chandimal luckily got the opportunity to play in England where he scored a century at Lords in an ODI.
Sri Lanka’s future is yet to arrive the international scene but some are blooming at the right time for Sri Lankan cricket only time will tell how they will improve.