By Hilal Suhaib
Jehan Mubarak leads a squad mixed with experienced first class cricketers to China next month. AFP PHOTO/ Prakash SINGH.
October 29, 2010 (Island Cricket): Jehan Mubarak, the captain of the Sri Lankan provincial side, Wayamba, has been appointed as captain of Sri Lanka for the 2010 Asian Games starting in China next month.
Mubarak, 29, will lead a squad of experienced first class cricketers to China, which will see the likes of Jeevantha Kulathunga, Indika de Saram, Nuwan Soyza, Dilhara Lokuhettige and Kaushal Lokuarachchi, among other well known domestic players representing Sri Lanka. Notably, Tillakaratne Dilshan’s brother, Tillakaratne Sampath, has also been included in the squad.
Cricket will make its debut at the games this year despite India’s absence. The Indian cricket board has chosen not to send a team to China, but Asian neighbours Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will participate.
Squad: Jehan Mubarak (Captain), Jeevantha Kulathunga (Vice Captain), Kaushalya Weeraratne, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Indika de Saram, Nuwan Soyza, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Dilshan Munaweera, T.M. Sampath (WK), Kushal Janith – (WK), Isuru Udana, Sanjeewa Weerakoon, Gayan Wijekoon, Malinga Bandara.
Stand by: Tharanga Lakshitha, Mahela Udawatta, Gihan Rupasinghe, Hasantha Feranando.
Officials: Ranjith Feranando – Manager, Sumithra Warnakulasooriya – Coach, Ranjith Nanayakkarawasam – Physiotherapist.