Sharjah: The Sri Lankans would like to forget their performance in the ICC (International Cricket Council) Knock Out tournament at Nairobi and take on India with a new determination in the opening encounter of the coca Cola cup cricket tournament, beginning here on October 20.The Sri Lankans, led by Sanath Jayasuriya, arrived here on Sunday and did some practice at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lankan coach Dave Whatmore said, "Losing (in Nairobi) was a small portion of disappointment for everyone, but in terms of effect, I would say that every member of the team would be trying even harder to win the Coca Cola Cup."Whatmore told a local newspaper that the condition of the wicket would dictate the formation of the Sri Lankan team in the tournament, in which Zimbabwe feature as the third team.The Indian and Zimbabwean teams are expected to arrive here on Thursday.
Though India lost to New Zealand in the Knock Out tournament final on Sunday, they look a rejuvenated side with the addition of youngsters like Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan. It is to be seen whether India will continue with the same 11 that performed duty at Nairobi as some players, like Vinod Kambli and Ajit Agarkar, have not been impressive.UNI