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Fazil pulls out but Naveen makes it into Sevens squad

Fazil pulls out but Naveen makes it into Sevens squad

By Shamseer Jaleel

Local rugby star Fazil Marija pulled himself out of the training squad for the Asian Sevens 2017 due to family commitments as his wife is expecting their first child this week. 

The Sri Lanka Sevens squad of 18 players left to Nuwara Eliya this morning for the training session which will run for 10 days before the team departs to Hong Kong on 27 August. Earlier a tour was to be arranged to France for the Sri Lanka Sevens team before the first leg in Hong Kong but it did not materialise due to a lack of sponsorship.

Former Vidyartha and Thomian player Anurudha Wilwara will also be missed on tour after he pulled out due to injury. The national selectors named some outstanding youngsters who did well at the recently concluded Sri Lanka Super Sevens, Mercantile Sevens and Asian Under-20 Sevens in Hong Kong. Naveen Heenakankanmge, Supun Dilshan, Adeesha Weeratunge and Wajid Fawmy will be among the 18 players going to Nuwara Eliya. Former Peterite and Kandy player Dhanushka Ranjan, who took Sri Lanka to second position behind Hong Kong in the Asian Sevens series in 2016, is likely to lead the strong 12-man squad for the first leg in Kings Park in Kowloon. The second leg will be played in South Korea during the third weekend of September before the final leg is hosted by Sri Lanka Rugby in mid-October. These three venues will host their last tournament as they have finished off their three-year stint. The outfit will be coached by New Zealander Peter Woods.

Posted on 2017-08-15 16:49:52
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“That was pathetic. No excuse at all. The whole team is responsible. Whoever the captain is, we have to back him and try and support him. The captain has to do so many other stuff. All the 11 guys must back him and support him.” “We have addressed the issue of finishing off the overs on time in the past as well, but it cropped up again. It’s so unfortunate to see Upul going out as he is a crucial player in our set up. He batted well against South Africa and it’s so unfortunate. This can’t happen again,” - Angelo Mathews

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Cricket is a game of fine margins and Mathews is set to be a modern great. Hang in their Angie, this team can achieve something on this tour. Thirimane and the youngsters form was a real positive. Prasad was missed. Chameera should be persisted with. If Bairstow was our early outcome could have been very different.

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