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Sri Lanka gears up for world netball

Thilaka Jinadasa
Thilaka Jinadasa

Sri Lanka’s netball players are gearing up for the forthcoming World Cup which will be held in July in Liverpool, England under the guidance of head coach Thilaka Jinadasa with 15 players in training after the completion of a triangular tournament that involved Kenya and Malaysia.

Malaysia defeated Kenya in the final as Sri Lanka lost both matches.

“We started our regular training from January and this triangular tournament was the first major event after the Asia Cup,” said Jinadasa.

“Winning the tournament would have been good for the players for their mental preparations but I think it was a good eye opener for our team. We played this tournament without two key players Tharjani Shivalingam who is away in Australia for a league tournament and Gayani Dissanayake due to injury”.

Jinadasa said she had already noted the lapses on the part of the players that would be corrected before the World Cup with more emphasis on shooting.

According to her Malaysia was a better prepared team after contesting a quadrangular tournament in Hong Kong in February.

“We have three more months for the big tournament and are also hoping for some more exposure in May before we leave for the World Cup two weeks in advance,” Jinadasa said. She said the return of Shivalingham and Dissanayake will make a huge difference to the team.