Plympton sign Sri Lankan young gun Fernando - 13/12/18

Nuwanidu Fernando

Plympton have signed promising Sri Lankan batsman Nuwanida Fernando for their 2019 Devon League campaign.

Fernando (19) is an exciting prospect, who has played 14 matches (1 Test, 13 ODIs) for the Sri Lankan Under-19s, to include the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

A strong, top-order batsman, Fernando broke into the Sri Lankan Under-19 side for the Asian Cricket Council Under-19 Asia Cup in November 2017, playing matches against Afghanistan, UAE and Pakistan.

He was then a key member of the side that travelled to New Zealand in January 2018 for the World Cup (he averaged 33) before 5 matches (1 Test, 4 ODIs) against the touring Indian’s in July/August 2018 – his highlight – a fighting 78 from 134 balls in the first Youth Test).

Fernando earned his national selection courtesy of a strong showing in the Super U19 Provincial Tournament in April 2016, where he averaged 58.50.

In December 2016, he made his first-class debut, hitting 25 for Panadura in Sri Lanka’s Premier Tournament (Tier B) and is set to return to domestic cricket for Badureliya very shortly.

Speaking about the signing, Plympton's Jon Goulder and Alex Carr added the following:

"Plympton Cricket Club are really looking forward to Nuwanida joining them for the 2019 season, he looks to be a very exciting prospect who will fit in well with our first team as well as adding another aspect to our game as we look to build on last year’s performance with a very promising first team".

"CricX provided an excellent service with efficient and helpful responses throughout the process. Made things much easier for us".

 

Check out Nuwanida's CricX profile here

 

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