It was recently revealed that UAE would be hosting the next Asia Cup in 2023. With this and the upcoming inaugural season of ILT20, UAE’s cricket season has a lot to offer for Cricket fans. Ashley De silva, former Sri Lankan cricketer and current CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, was asked about the Asia Cup and UAE’s cricket future. Here is what he had to say on this topic
Ashley De Silva On UAE as The Host of Asia Cup and More
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UAE as Host Country
Ashley De Silva said that it’s a great opportunity provided by the Asia Cricket Council (ACC) that UAE will be hosting the Asia Cup 2023. He further supported the ACC decision and said it’s great to promote and highlight more cricket avenues for the world.
On International League T20
The CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket said it is an exciting opportunity for UAE, and he is very happy when asked about the International League T20. He further congratulated the Emirates Cricket Board for making it happen, as it will give an opportunity for the young cricketers to play with some of the top international players of Cricket.
Not only will it provide exposure, but it can also open many career pathways for talented crickets from UAE.
Message To Srilankan Players
As revealed in the lineup of the six competing franchises of ILT20, 9 Srilankan players will be playing from different franchises. The list includes:
- Charith Asalanka (Abu Dhabi)
- Lahiru Kumara (Abu Dhabi)
- Seekuge Prasanna (Abu Dhabi)
- Wanindu Hasaranga (Desert Vipers)
- Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Dubai Capitals)
- Dasun Shanaka (Dubai Capitals)
- Dushmanatha Chameera (Dubai Capitals)
- Isuru Udana (Dubai Capitals)
- Niroshan Dikwella (Dubai Capitals)
Ashley De Silva congratulated all Sri Lankan players participating in the ILT20 and wished them the best of luck.
Ashley De Silva congealed and appreciated Emirates Cricket Board for UAE’s rise in professional Cricket. He further wished all 9 Sri Lankan players the best of luck for their debut in the International League T20.