Yorkshire County Cricket Club have named an 18-man squad for their pre-season tour of Sri Lanka, with the team flying out to Colombo on Wednesday.
“The Sri Lanka camp will form an integral part of our plans for the new season and give us all massive opportunities to work on our game, with a strong emphasis on the shorter form.
“We struggled in limited overs cricket in 2013 but we will be making a concerted effort this campaign to be successful in all forms with a view to reaching the knockout stages of both one-day competitions.”
Yorkshire fly out from Gatwick Airport on Wednesday returning to Headingley on Friday March 28.
This will be the first time that the Vikings have played organised matches in Sri Lanka. During their two-week camp, Yorkshire will play a two-day match and two T20 matches amongst themselves in the first week. Local First-class opposition have been earmarked for the second week with two T20 matches and a two-day match planned.
England Lions stars Jonathan Bairstow and Alex Lees, who have spent the past six weeks in Sri Lanka touring with England, have been rested and will not travel with the party. In addition, three senior players are away on international duty – Tim Bresnan with England and overseas stars Aaron Finch and Kane Williamson. England batsman Joe Root is recovering from a broken finger sustained on England’s tour of the Caribbean and James Wainman misses out through injury with a stress fracture to his foot.
“We are looking forward to getting out to Colombo,” said Captain Andrew Gale, who spent time in the country last pre-season working on his batting.
“I was lucky enough to spend some time in Sri Lanka last year. The facilities are superb, which will enable the squad to enhance their skills. It will be intense as we aim to get our preparations spot on before the season starts next month.