Rajapaksa opts for break from ODI cricket as Sri Lanka announce squad for Afghanistan series

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The explosive Bhanuka Rajapaksa has withdrawn from the Afghanistan series, requesting rest from ODIs after Sri Lanka announced the squad.

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Sri Lanka initially named a 16-player squad to face Afghanistan in the three-match series. However, soon after the announcement, Bhanuka Rajapaksa requested Sri Lanka Cricket to be released from the squad as he wishes to take a break from the 50-over format.

Accordingly, Sri Lanka Cricket have accepted his request.

In the squad, the left-arm orthodox bowler Dunith Wellalage retains his place after an impressive debut against Australia earlier this year where he picked 9 wickets in five matches, averaging 22.33.

Meanwhile, Dananjaya Lakshan gets another opportunity after playing his only international match over a year later. 

The squad was released pending approval from the Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs.


The series will begin on 25 November and all three ODIs will be played in Kandy with crucial Cricket World Cup Super League points on the line.

Sri Lanka ODI squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dunith Wellalage, Dananjaya Lakshan, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Asitha Fernando, Ashen Bandara, Lahiru Kumara


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