INF world ranking: 19
World Cups played: 9
Highest World Cup finish: 9
Sri Lanka first participated at the Netball World Cup in 1963 under the country’s former name of Ceylon. During this tournament, they also claimed their highest finishing position of ninth. Sri Lanka emerged undefeated from the Regional Qualifier – Asia event last year to seal their place in Liverpool, marking their 10th appearance at a World Cup. How far will they go this time around?
Ones to watch
Goal defence Chathurangi Jayasooriya joined Sri Lanka’s netball team aged 19, since then, Jayasooriya has represented her country on the international netball stage numerous times. Namely, she featured in Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2011 Netball World Cup as well as the Asian Championships in 2012 and 2014. Competing in sports at a national level is nothing new for the defender, before turning her attention to the court, she competed in the high, long and triple jump nationally. Outside of netball, Jayasooriya has a B.Sc Aviation Degree from the Kothalawala Defence University, and in 2015, become a Commissioned Officer in the Airforce.
At six feet, 10 inches, Tharjini Sivalingam is the perfect height for her position as a goal shooter. Towering above her opponents, Sivalingam recorded an accuracy of 93 per cent at the 2018 Asian Championships (which doubled up as the regional qualifier event for the region). The goal shooter began playing whilst at university and a month later was discovered by the Netball Federation of Sri Lanka. Sivalingam was quickly brought into Sri Lanka’s national system and has been a key player for the team ever since. In 2011 she won Best Shooter for her performance at the World Cup.
Gayanjali Amarawansa will make her debut for Sri Lanka’s netball team aged just 24 if she is selected for the World Cup in Liverpool. The player followed her sister into netball, picking it up at school, and now represents Sri Lanka as a centre for the national squad. Although young, she has played 32 matches for the team and was awarded the best wing attack title at the 2015 Asian Youth Netball Championship.