Defending Champions Sri Lanka will look to continue their domination at the Asian Netball Championship 2022 when they take on India in their first outing on 3 September and Philippines on the 5th in the second match of the Preliminary Round.
The Asian Netball Championships 2022 is set to return after 4 years, with the top 11 Asian teams set to compete for the title. The top two finishers will qualify for the 2023 Netball World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa.
The tournament will be played on a league basis, and the top two teams from each group will advance to the second round.
Sri Lanka are slotted in group ‘B’ along with India and Philippines while host Singapore will battle in the Group ‘B’ along with Japan and Maldives.
Group ‘C’ consists of Malaysia, Brunei and Chinese Taipei while Group ‘D’ consist of Hong Kong and Thailand.
Sri Lanka are yet to confirm their final squad. Reportedly, the names of the 12-member squad have been forwarded to the Sports Minister for approval, and it is learnt Gayanjali Amarawansha is likely to lead the team.
This will be the first time in three years the lasses will play a competitive tournament after Covid. They last played in the international arena back in 2019 during the World Cup in England.
Sri Lanka lasses will take the field as favourites to win the tournament based on their past record of having won this tournament most number of times (5) in 1989, 1997, 2001, 2009 and 2018.
The islanders are within a whisker of being Asia’s best and they will go all out to prove it. With talented players having vast experience, they will pose a serious threat to their opponents.
Preparations for the Netball World Championship are in full force and the team is focused on bringing home the trophy for the sixth time.
This will also be the first test for new head coach Hyacinth Wijesinghe, who was appointed early this year, and no doubt the champion coach has some tricks up her sleeve.
The tournament will run from 3-11 September at OCBC Arena, Singapore.
SL Preliminary Round Fixtures:
3 Sept – Vs India
5 Sept – Vs Philippines
By Mustaq Sydeen