- Title: SRI LANKA: CRICKET: Sri Lanka cricket squad departs for Champions Trophy
- Date: 27th May 2013
- Summary: COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (MAY 26, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF BUDDHIST RELIGIOUS CEREMONY FOR SRI LANKA CRICKET SQUAD AT THEIR HEADQUARTERS SRI LANKA CRICKET CAPTAIN ANGELO MATHEWS TALKING TO JOURNALISTS (SOUNDBITE) (English) SRI LANKA CRICKET CAPTAIN ANGELO MATHEWS SAYING: "We are professionals. We know how to, you know, prepare for a tournament like this and I think the boys are pretty confident of themselves" SRI LANKA CRICKET CAPTAIN ANGELO MATHEWS TALKING TO JOURNALISTS
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- Location: Sri Lanka
- Country: Sri Lanka
- Topics: Sports
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- Story Text: Sri Lanka's cricketers were given a Buddhist blessing before their departure from Colombo for the United Kingdom and the Champions Trophy one-day tournament beginning in June.
Sri Lanka's 15-man squad has been bolstered by the return of former captain Mahela Jayawardene, who missed the home series against Bangladesh due to a finger injury and left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, who was rested.
The Sri Lankans are in Group A for the Champions Trophy, alongside hosts England, Australia and New Zealand; Group B will comprise of India, Pakistan, South Africa and the West Indies. They begin their campaign on June 9 in Cardiff against New Zealand.
Captain Angelo Mathews told journalists after the Buddhist blessing: "We are professionals. We know how to prepare for a tournament like this and I think the boys are pretty confident of themselves."
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