Wanindu Hasaranga Steps Down as Sri Lanka T20 Captain; Kusal Mendis to Assume Leadership


In a significant development, Wanindu Hasaranga has decided to resign from his role as the captain of the Sri Lanka T20 cricket team, according to an internal source within Sri Lanka Cricket reported by Ziradaily.com.

The decision comes ahead of the upcoming tournament against India in July, where Kusal Mendis is slated to take over the leadership reins from Hasaranga.

Amidst uncertainties over the participation of senior players Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli from the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s second-tier team, Sri Lanka Cricket is undergoing further restructuring. Chris Silverwood, the head coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team, is set to depart following the team’s premature exit from the World Cup preliminary rounds, with Sanath Jayasuriya expected to assume greater responsibility over both international and domestic cricket structures.

The restructuring efforts coincide with calls from Sports Minister Harin Fernando for rejuvenating Sri Lanka’s limited-overs cricket squads with a focus on young talent. Pressure mounts on the National Selection Committee, led by Upul Tharanga, to integrate young players into both the limited-overs formats.

Additionally, the position of Sri Lankan team manager Mahinda Halangoda reportedly hangs in the balance amidst these changes.

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