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No place for unimpressive Sri Lankan women

Not a single player from the Sri Lanka women’s team has been able to find a place in the ICC’s ODI and T20 teams for 2018.

It also does not come as a surprise as the team had several debacles over the past two years.

Sri Lanka is the only Test playing nation in the Asian region that does not have a player in the two teams.

New Zealand’s Suzie Bates was named as captain of the 50-over side and Harmanpreet Kaur of India as the captain of the 20-over side.

Bates’ appointment as the ODI captain is a recognition of her contribution in inspiring her side to second position in the ICC Women’s Championship after three rounds. In the seven ODIs this calendar year, Bates has scored 438 runs with two centuries.

Kaur has been rewarded for spearheading her side to the semi-finals of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 in the Caribbean in November. In that tournament, Kaur scored 183 runs at a strike-rate of 160.5, while in the 25 matches in the calendar year, she accumulated 663 runs at a strike-rate of 126.2.

T20I Team of the Year: Smriti Mandhana (India), Alyssa Healy (Australia and wicketkeeper), Suzie Bates (New Zealand), Harmanpreet Kaur (India) (captain), Natalie Sciver (England), Ellyse Perry (Australia), Ashleigh Gardner (Australia), Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand), Megan Schutt (Australia), Rumana Ahmed (Bangladesh), Poonam Yadav (India) 

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