The Asia Cup triumph in UAE will help Sri Lanka’s preparations for the ICC T20 World Cup 2022, set to be held in Australia next month, while star batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa labeled the achievement as a “great win” for the island nation amid their economic crisis.
Sri Lanka sealed their sixth Asia Cup title on Sunday after Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s batting masterclass and Wanindu Hasaranga’s all-around brilliance secured their 23-run victory against Pakistan in the final.
Sri Lanka, who won the T20 World Cup in 2014, are due to begin their World Cup campaign with a qualifying match against Namibia on Oct. 16.
“We played last year’s qualifiers as well … it’s the set-up that has come through from three or four years back,” Shanaka told reporters.
“The last two years were really good for us … and winning the Asia Cup will really help for the … World Cup.
“The World Cup qualifiers will help as well, because we will play in those conditions before the main tournament happens so it’ll be really good for us.”