Sri Lankan Women’s Cricket Team Captain Chamari Atapattu is excited to see her young and new teammates that how they perform in the upcoming ICC Women’s T20I World Cup 2020.
A tournament like this always brings so much excitement to players and fans and we are all looking forward to seeing what these players can do.
With five players over 30, this team also has a lot of experience so that the younger players can learn on the cricket pitch and show what they are capable of.
The mix of older girls and up-and-coming juniors is something we really want to look out for. So all in all, we’re pretty happy with the team we’re bringing to Australia.
As a country, we have always thought that you are old enough if you are good enough, and it is no different in this squad.
We like to give players opportunities, and at 21, Harshitha Madavi showed she was able to take a leadership position. She impressed with the bat and on the field and I am excited to see what she brings to the team as vice-captain at this World Cup.
Much of this group is new, but we will not lack experience. We’ll have played 24 practice games before our first game of the tournament, so we’re a team that’s well prepared.
We have also recently gained some experience in Australia as part of the ICC ODI championship and played three games from the T20I series. Therefore, we make sure that our preparation is correct.
It was a very good dress rehearsal for us – most of the players who will be at the World Cup were on tour, so we got used to playing under these conditions.
We’re going to have a camp in Melbourne before we start the warm-up games, we’re going to train and play some games that should be a really important part of the preparation.
We know that there will be some difficult teams in the group, but we are confident in our skills and know that victories are achievable.
First, we play against New Zealand and Australia in Perth. We know that these will be tough tests against teams that are well suited to the conditions.
But we worked for these challenges. We have got used to the playing fields on which we will play in order to prepare ourselves as best we can for the games.
Because we have managed to do this, we can certainly face great challenges for these teams if we are able to take full advantage of them.
We will then return to Melbourne to face India and Bangladesh, two teams that we know quite well. So we’re looking forward to all the games we have.
We know these two teams will be difficult, but we are confident in what we are doing, we are playing in neutral fields and I believe that this will be the key to a good cricket game.
The first goal for us is to reach the semi-finals. If we are among the first two in the group, we will be there and we are confident and satisfied with the preparations we have made to get there.
We have never completed the first round and this is a record we definitely want to improve, especially after having played at each of the ICC women’s T20 World Championships so far.
We have shown in previous tournaments – such as the victory against India in 2014 and South Africa in 2016 – that we are able to achieve these great achievements. The challenge for us now is to put together several big games in one tournament.