Two Sri Lanka players' US visa gets delayed ahead of ICC T20 World Cup 2024

Due to the fact that two important players have not yet received their visas to enter the United States for the ICC T20 World Cup, Sri Lanka's cricket squad is facing a last-minute obstacle.

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The Sri Lanka team faced a crisis while leaving for the US before the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Because two important players, Kusal Mendis and Asitha Fernando, have not yet received their visas to enter the United States for the marquee event, Sri Lanka's cricket squad is facing a last-minute obstacle.

"The US Embassy in Colombo has assured us that they will issue the visas as soon as possible and they have been very helpful in securing these visas in a very short period," Sri Lankan Sports Minister Harin Fernando as quoted by NewsWire. 

Mendis and Fernando couldn't travel with the rest of the team because of their delayed visas, but the remainder of the team left this morning for New York via Dubai. The two cricket players are reportedly anticipating their visas from the US embassy in Colombo shortly and plan to visit the US as soon as they arrive. Although the delay won't have a major effect on their ability to compete in the World Cup, it might cause problems for their pre-tournament preparation regimen.

Sri Lanka Squad released for T20 World Cup 2024

Sri Lanka Cricket Board has released the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024. Due to this, Matheesha Pathirana and Maheesh Theekshana of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) left the camp and returned to their country to join the national team. Moreover, the team has left for the US to participate in the marquee event. 

Squad: Wanindu Hasaranga (C), Charith Asalanka (VC), Kusal Mendis (WK), Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Angelo Mathews, Dasun Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Matheesha Pathirana, Nuwan Thushara, Dilshan Madushanka.

Reserves: Asitha Fernando, Vijayakanth Viyaskanth, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Janith Liyanage

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