Sri Lanka Cricket Announces T20 World Cup Squad Amid Social Media Speculation

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In the lead-up to the much-anticipated T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has officially unveiled its squad of 15 players, along with four travelling reserves. The announcement comes after a flurry of speculation and misleading information circulated on social media platforms in the days preceding the official declaration. The T20 World Cup is set to commence in the United States and the West Indies Islands in June.

Below are the squad and travel reserves announced by Sri Lanka Cricket on 9th May. The list can be read on their website here 

The Squad:

Wanindu Hasaranga – Captain

Charith Asalanka – Vice Captain

Kusal Mendis

Pathum Nissanka

Kamindu Mendis

Sadeera Samarawickrama

Angelo Mathews

Dasun Shanaka

Dhananjaya De Silva

Maheesh Theekshana

Dunith Wellalage

Dushmantha Chameera

Nuwan Thushara

Matheesha Pathirana

Dilshan Madushanka

Travelling Reserves:

Asitha Fernando

Vijayakanth Viyaskanth

Bhanuka Rajapaksa

Janith Liyanage

The Background:

The period leading up to the official squad announcement was marked by a surge in social media activity, with numerous posts circulating purported lists of players expected to represent Sri Lanka in the T20 World Cup. However, many of these posts turned out to be inaccurate, missing key players from the final squad. This frenzy of speculation underscored the intense anticipation and excitement surrounding the tournament, while also highlighting the challenges posed by misinformation in the digital age.

Some such misleading social media posts are below.

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Key Players of Real Squad:

The squad is led by Wanindu Hasaranga, who will serve as captain, with Charith Asalanka assuming the role of vice-captaincy. Notable names such as Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, and Dasun Shanaka bring a wealth of experience to the team, while emerging talents like Pathum Nissanka and Maheesh Theekshana add youthful dynamism to the lineup. 

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