‘My focus is solely on cricket’ Sri Lanka’s captain Chamari Athapaththu

KARACHI: The Sri Lanka Women’s National Cricket Team’s captain Chamari Athapaththu claimed that she is only focusing on the all-important upcoming series against Pakistan, scheduled to commence on May 24.

Athapaththu, who is leading the side on Sri Lanka’s first tour to Pakistan for a bilateral series, claimed that her sole focus is only on cricket as she has no control over the ongoing economic crisis in the country.

“My focus is solely on cricket. I have no control over the current situation of our country,” she said.

“This tour is very important for us since the ODIs are part of the ICC Women’s Championship,” Athapaththu maintained.

Athapaththu further opined about the team’s preparation for the all-important Pakistan series, saying the team features some youngsters and also the team did not play much cricket over the last two years but will be hoping to play good cricket.

“We did not play much cricket in the last two years. Our team also features some youngsters, who are new and unaware of the conditions here. But, we are hopeful of playing good cricket and doing our best on the field,” she stated.

Athapaththu also shared her experience of visiting Pakistan and praised the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for making good arrangements.

“I am very happy to be touring Pakistan. It is the second time I am visiting the country and it feels really wonderful,” she said.

“The PCB has also made commendable arrangements for us and we feel immensely comfortable here,” she concluded.

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