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Sri Lanka Name Women's Squad

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Sri Lanka have named an extended squad for their series against South Africa
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Sri Lanka Women have named a 22-player squad for their upcoming series against South Africa, where both sides will get their ICC Women's Championship campaigns underway.

South Africa tour Sri Lanka in October to play four One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.

The first three ODIs count towards the ICC Women's Championship, the new qualification pathway to the 2017 Women's World Cup.

The top eight sides meet each other in series of matches until 2016 with the top four qualifying automatically and the remaining four joining lower-ranked sides in a qualifying event.

While Sri Lanka will have home conditions as an advantage, South Africa improved throughout their recent tour of England, coming close to winning the third and final Twenty20 International before beating Ireland in three games.

Sri Lanka have not played an ODI since January, however, and have not played international cricket since the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in April.

Uncapped players in the extended squad include Achini Kulasuriya, Poojani Liyanage and Imalka Mendis while Ama Kanchana and Nilakshi Silva have only played Twenty20 Internationals for their country to date.

Off-spinner Sanduni Abeywickrama is recalled after last playing ODI cricket in 2010.

Sri Lanka Women v South Africa Women

15th October: 1st ODI, R Premadesa Stadium, Colombo
17th October: 2nd ODI, RPS, Colombo
19th October: 3rd ODI, Nondescripts Cricket Club Ground, Colombo
21st October: 4th ODI, Nondescripts, Colombo

23rd October: 1st T20I, Colts Cricket Club, Colombo
25th October: 2nd T20I, Colts, Colombo
26th October: 3rd T20I, Mercantile Cricket Association Ground, Colombo

Sri Lanka Women squad: Chamari Atapattu (captain), Sanduni Abeywickrama, Inoshi Fernando, Chandima Gunaratne, Ama Kanchana, Achini Kulasuriya, Poojani Liyanage, Eshani Lokusuriya, Lasanthi Madushani, Dilani Manodara, Imalka Mendis, Yashoda Mendis, Hasini Perera, Chamari Polgampola, Udeshika Prabodhani, Inoka Ranaweera, Maduri Samuddika, Anushka Sanjeewani, Nilakshi Silva, Shashikala Siriwardene, Prasadini Weerakkody, Sripali Weerakkody

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