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Cricket and the military

The majority of the Sri Lanka women's cricket squad have signed up for jobs in the armed services.

Some 90% of the national cricketers in the pool have already been recruited, with 14 out of 30 joining the air force, and 13 recruited by the navy.

See BBC Sinhala service’s report here.

Captain Shashikala Siriwardene told the BBC she also expects to be recruited by the Sri Lanka navy soon.

"I hope all 30 members of the national pool will soon find jobs in the security forces," she told the BBC.

The cricketers will not take part in any combat operations and can hone their sporting skills while in uniform.

"The cricketers will [also] be playing for the army, navy and air force cricket teams and have the freedom to train for our national commitments," Ms. Siriwardene told BBC.

The move comes after attempts by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to find a sponsor for the women's team have failed so far to create much interest.

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