U-21 Women’s Development Squad presented with Contracts
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday (29 November) handed over contracts to the recently formed 20-player Under-21 Women’s Development Squad, in a bid to strengthen the pool of talent for future international commitments.
The handing over ceremony took place at SLC Headquarters with the participation of Ravin Wickramaratne, Vice President, Ashley de Silva, CEO, Chinthaka Edirimanne, Head of Domestic Cricket Operations, Apsari Tillakaratne, Convener, Women’s Cricket, and member of the National Selection Committee Thilaka Gunaratne. “Today is a special day for the 20 players present here, as the day marks your entry to the national cricket pathway.
The unique point of this squad is that we have players from places such as Jaffna, Badulla, and Polonnaruwa. This is a very good development in terms of women’s cricket,” said Ravin Wickramaratne. “We selected the best 20 players out of a talent screening done among 120 players, and this is a great opportunity for you’ll to capitalize and launch an international cricketing career.
However, you need to work hard to get to your goal,” he further added. The welcome address was delivered by Apsari Tillakaratne, who explained that women’s cricket is shaping up well on the global stage, and these efforts are part of SLC’s plans to build Sri Lanka’s place in women’s cricket.
The newly formed squad is currently undergoing a 3-month special training programme, covering skill development and fitness training, under the watchful eyes of SLC’s District and Provincial Coaches.
Once the players complete the programme, they will be further assessed and inducted into Sri Lanka Cricket’s Women’s District and Provincial Teams to play in the SLC organized annual tournaments, which is expected to take place in March/April 2022. The girls were contracted by SLC for the 3-month period (1 November to 31 January 2022) as a means of providing financial assistance to them.