Three players set to join Sri Lanka’s Qualifier squad as stand-by options

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The three players will act as injury cover for Sri Lanka during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 in Zimbabwe.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed on Tuesday that Dilshan Madushanka, Dunith Wellalage, and Sahan Arachchige will fly to Zimbabwe as stand-by players for the Qualifier.

Madushanka and Wellalage are capped international players, with a combined experience of 23 games for Sri Lanka. The uncapped Arachchige is a top-order left-hand batter who can also contribute a few handy overs of right-arm off-break.

The 27-year-old has played nearly eight years in domestic cricket, scoring 1454 runs at an average

of 29.67 in 66 List-A games while also picking up 38 wickets, the ICC reported.

The players will join their team on June 23, the day Sri Lanka take on Oman in their second game of the event.

Sri Lanka are looking to shore up their options after their pace spearhead Dushmantha Chameera missed their opening match with a shoulder injury. In the game, the Islanders recorded a statement victory over UAE by a massive margin of 175 runs.

Fifties from all of their top four propelled Sri Lanka to 355/6 in 50 overs. In reply, UAE had no answer to Wanindu Hasaranga’s magic with the ball as he recorded his career-best ODI figures of 6/24. UAE were bowled out of 180, with only five of their batters getting to double-digit scores.

The big win gave an early boost to their net run rate (+3.500) in Group B of the Qualifier where they sit on top with two points.

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