Lithuania to replace Switzerland at World Cup of Darts
Lithuania will make their debut at the PDC World Cup of Darts this June, represented by Darius Labanauskas and Mindaugas Baraskaus. They will replace the Switzerland team, who have competed for the past two years.
There have been calls for the PDC to expand the World Cup from 32 to 40 teams recently, with the likes of Lithuania, Latvia and Portugal all having tour card holders in Labanauskas, Madars Razma and Jose De Sousa, but not being able to compete. Unfortunately, this has not come to be but Lithuania have been given their opportunity to replace Switzerland in Germany this June. The Swiss team have been defeated in the Last 32 in the 2 years they have competed, represented by Patrick Rey and Philipp Ruckstahl in 2017, and Alex Fehlmann and Andy Bless in 2018.
Darius Labanauskas announced his name to the PDC world last December, seeing off Matthew Edgar and Raymond van Barneveld at the 2019 World Championships, before going on to earn a tour card at Q School. He has been on fine form recently, reaching the semi final of Players Championship 14 and the Last 16 at the Austrian Darts Open. Mindaugas Barauskas also went to Q School this year, and has since been competing on the Challenge Tour. He has also been competing on the Nordic and Baltic circuit over the past year. They will pair up in Hamburg in June later this year, in what will surely be a breakthrough moment for Lithuanian darts.