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Sri Lankan Andri Berenger to bat for UAE in World Cup

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Former St. Peter’s College and Sri Lanka Youth cricketer Andri Berenger has qualified to represent the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the forthcoming World Cup in Australia-New Zealand.

He will become the only cricketer to represent two countries in two World Cups having played with the Sri Lanka team at the 2010 Under-19 Youth World Cup in New Zealand.

Berenger will open the batting for UAE who are coached by former Pakistan fast bowler Aquib Javad.

Berenger has represented the UAE in four ODIs and has an average of 38 with two half centuries.

The UAE team last featured in a competition against the Pakistan A team and lost the series 3-2.

Berenger made a highest score of 77 in the series and was adjudged man of the match in a game the UAE won.

Now 23, Berenger showed plenty of promise at St. Peter’s College but for some reason did not make the higher grade after representing Sri Lanka in the Under-19 Youth World Cup.

In 2009 he was the best all-island U-17 player scoring four hundreds and in the following year was adjudged the best wicket-keeper batsman.

Berenger has also bagged a corporate sponsorship from sports equipment marketer Head.

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