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Dassanayake backs under-pressure Prithu

Coach Pubudu Dassanayake has backed batting allrounder Prithu Baskota but said the former U-19 skipper has a lot to prove in the 50-over format.

With the national team preparing for the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers beginning at the United Arab Emirates from November 15-30, Dassanayake said he is not that much worried about Prithu who had a disastrous ACC Emerging Teams Cup campaign in August.


“I am not that worried about him. It is not that he doesn’t have the game in him or he is out of form. Its about getting consistency,” said Dassanayake during the naional team’s closed-camp at the TU Stadium grounds.


“He played brilliant knock in the first two games against Sri Lanka U-23 — during the national team’s Sri Lanka tour before the Emerging Teams Cup began in Singapore from August 17 — and he struggled after that,” added the coach.


“There are some areas where he needs to get the things right in 50-over cricket but he is going to be very useful in the Twenty20 format,” said Dassanayake giving strong hint that he is going to be the part of the team during the UAE Qualifiers.

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