ICC TWENTY20 WORLD CUP SCHEDULE, 2012
Sri Lankan star batsman and wicket-keeper Kumar Sangakkara, is quite confident of winning the ICC T20 World Cup 2012 title in the home-ground, which will be commencing from September. He believes playing at home will give his side added inspiration to win the title. Moreover, players have good knowledge of home conditions which will be an added advantage for the team. He said in an interview with ICC Cricket 360, "I think we have got some great players. Whoever makes that the final squad will be the best available players to make up the combination to help us win the ICC World T20. Knowing our conditions, playing at home is going to be an added buzz and added inspiration." However, as the preparation for the event is going rigorously, Sangakkara thinks the on-going preparation is going to key reason for the success of the team. However, it is quite disappointing that the team recently lost the series against India, in their home-ground itself. Preparation is going to be very important. Then it becomes less of a lottery and more about performing consistently. Of course, T20 changes is the matter of a couple of deliveries and an over here are there can shift momentum or you can also lose your game, he said. Meanwhile, Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayewardene said, there are presently four-five open spots in the squad for the T20 world cup. Moreover, he is excited by the young talent available in the squad. He said, "It is significant to identify few roles for some of the players. We did that against Pakistan as well. We played different combinations in the two T20s to accommodate few players in different roles. We will try to do the same here. During the Sri Lanka Premier League, we will get to know which of our players are in form and the combination that we need to go with. We have got a fairly good idea- about 75% to 80%-of our squad. But still there are four or five places up for grabs." He is also impressed with the performance of young players in the recent series against India.