Chamari Athapaththu hopeful of her young team

2019-02-06 at 17:23

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu is hoping her young team will do well enough to stay in contention in the ICC Women’s Championship which decides the direct qualifiers for the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup in New Zealand in 2021.

Pakistan host the West Indies in Dubai and South Africa play at home against Sri Lanka in what could be a crucial series.

Like Pakistan and the Windies, the series in South Africa will also see two teams who are next to each other on the points table, but the hosts are way ahead at seven points while Sri Lanka only has two points.

Athapaththu said “We have gained some valuable practice in the T20I series and hope to put that preparation to good use in the ICC Women’s Championship series against South Africa. They have match-winners like Dane van Niekerk and Sune Luus in their squad but it is time we come up with some good performances to remain in contention in the championship”.

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk is hoping to gain from home conditions as she aims to beat teams from the sub-continent while.