The Sri Lankan Cricket Selection Committee has decided to give Dasun Shanaka the responsibility of leading the Sri Lankan team in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.
Cricnow can confirm that this was decided after a meeting held at the Sri Lanka Cricket Board today.
Dasun Shanaka’s batting failure raised questions about his captaincy for the World Cup.
But with the decision made by Selectors today, Shanaka will continue to lead Lankan Lions until the end of the World Cup.
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Dasun Shanaka has only managed to accumulate a mere 65 runs in his previous 10 One Day International matches. It has been 22 matches since he last achieved a half-century.
He last crossed the 50-run mark by scoring 108* runs against India last January.
However, his leadership skills were at a high level and he guided the Sri Lankan team to the final in this year’s Asia Cup.
Furthermore, under his guidance, the Sri Lankan team emerged victorious in the 2022 Asia Cup as well.
As a batsman, Dasun has represented Sri Lanka in 59 ODI innings so far, scoring 1,204 runs at an average of 20.4.
However, Sri Lanka is heavily relying on him to deliver a significant performance as an innings finisher in the upcoming World Cup.
Star all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga is also unsure about participating in the World Cup due to an injury. Consequently, Dasun shoulders a significant responsibility of finishing the innings as a formidable power hitter.
The departure of the Sri Lankan team for the World Cup is set to take place in approximately six days; however, the official announcement regarding the Sri Lankan squad is still pending..
Naturally, this comes as no surprise. Sri Lanka has consistently revealed their squads for the previous World Cups in the eleventh hour.
The announcement of the squad this time has been delayed due to the additional factor of multiple players experiencing injuries.