CLT20 team profile: Kandurata Maroons

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The 2013 Sri Lanka Premier League was cancelled due to payment failures and, while a two-bit attempt to scrounge together a 'Super 4's Twenty20 tournament' ensued, it did little to help players' preparation for the CLT20.

<b>Captain:</b> Lahiru Thirimanne<br><b>Coach:</b> Chaminda Vaas<br><b>2012 CLT20:</b> Did not play<br><b>C365 Rating:</b> 7/10<br><b>Betting Odds:</b> <a href='http://www.paddypower.com/bet/cricket/champions-league-20' target='_blank' class='instorylink'>20-1</a>

<b>Strengths</b><br>The veteran Kumar Sangakkara's moral stance, which will see him represent rather than his home rather than Indian Premier League franchise is a huge boost. Amid numerous 'club over country' decisions, his is the lone anomaly.

Sri Lanka are currently atop the International Cricket Council rankings, thanks largely to the success of batsman Lahiru Thirimanne and seamer Nuwan Kulasekara. There is little reason for that national form not to translate to domestic success.

Kandurata sports a seasoned campaigner in former seamer Chaminda Vaas. The franchise coach is well versed in Twenty20 cricket – and a model mentor. He should extract the best from each individual.

<b>Weaknesses</b><br>The Maroons have not qualified for the tournament proper yet, and will have to win at least two of three trying trials against Faisalabad, Hyderabad and Otago to graduate to the real deal.

These three matches are within five days of each other, two of them back-to-back. While they are all at the same venue, the quick turnaround is bound to hinder the quest for the right combinations and gameplan.

The 2013 Sri Lanka Premier League was cancelled due to payment failures and, while a two-bit attempt to scrounge together a 'Super 4's Twenty20 tournament' ensued, it did little to help players' preparation for the CLT20.

<b>Star Player</b><br>The so-called mystery spinner has largely been found out in international cricket, but Ajantha Mendis still boasts the element of surprise in domestic cricket. Faisalabad, particularly, wouldn't have faced anything of the ilk.

<b>Bench Warmer</b><br>All-rounder Shehan Jayasuriya is going to find it tough to crack the nod in a batting order otherwise proliferated with the talent of Sangakkara, Thirimanne, Upul Tharanga, Thilina Kandamby and company.

<b>They Said</b><br>"We've only played four matches, but we played really well in that tournament, and we've also trained very hard in the last few weeks. We've got a very balanced team. The batting is balanced and we've got good fast bowlers as well as spinners. We've got the best possible combination to do well in the tournament." – coach Chaminda Vaas.

<b>Squad</b><br>Lahiru Thirimanne, Nuwan Kulasekara, Upul Tharanga, Thilina Kandamby, Kumar Sangakkara, Shehan Jayasuriya, Chamara Silva, Milinda Siriwardana, Dilhara Lokuhettige, Dhammika Prasad, Ajantha Mendis, Kaushal Lokuarachchi, Lahiru Jayaratne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Suraj Randiv.

<b>Fixtures</b><br>Tuesday, 17 September: v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chandigarh<br>Wednesday, 18 September: v Otago Volts, Chandigarh<br>Friday, 20 September: v Faisalabad Wolves, Chandigarh

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