Sri Lanka cricket board will send four extra players as standbys with the 15-member World Cup squad in England, reports local media.
The participating countries are allowed to send the maximum of 15 players in their squad for the World Cup but the Lankan cricket board decided to add four extra cricketers in case of injuries.
The chief selector Ashantha de Mel confirmed the news and said, “The four additional players won’t be part of the World Cup squad but we want to keep them in case of injury to a player. We want the players to get used to the conditions and pitches in England so that if we require their services instead of flying them from Colombo they will be ready to play.”
The recently concluded tour to South Africa although disappointing result-wise proved beneficial to the selectors according to De Mel to get a good idea of the combination they require and a look at some of the players.
However, the chief selector further added that they are making a plan for the upcoming world cup and their aim is to win.
“Also we found 2-3 players that we wanted. Isuru Udana has come good, since 2012 he hasn’t played and we have got him into the squad. There is Oshada (Fernando) who came good and is likely to get into the one-day side. We also saw Avishka Fernando, a good player but he needs a little more time to get to the required level. He needs a bit more experience. Whatever we tried we found that some players were ready to go and some needed a little more experience. We are making a plan for the World Cup and it should be to win not to lose,” he said.