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Dimuth Karunaratne to Captain Sri Lanka at CWC19?

Dimuth Karunaratne to Captain Sri Lanka at CWC19?
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Sri Lankan test opener, Dimuth Karunaratane captained his side to victory against South Africa and reports suggest that he might go on to lead Sir Lanka at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Talking to a sports website, Karunaratane said that the selectors have asked him to play the domestic One Day tournament and that he might be chosen as Sri Lanka’s captain for the mega event. The World Cup is scheduled in England and Wales from 30th May.

“The selectors haven’t confirmed anything, but they’ve told me to keep in mind there’s a possibility I could become one-day captain.”

Sri Lanka is without their regular captain, Angelo Mathes (and Dinesh Chandimal), while Lasith Malinga led the side against the Proteas in the ODI leg of the ongoing series between the two teams. He will also captain the team in the 3-match T20I series starting tonight.

An interesting fact is that the left-hander last played ODI cricket for Sri Lanka back in the 2015 World Cup. The 30-year old debuted in 2011 and has only played 17 ODIs since then, which raises some eyebrows when it comes to the captaincy of the team in the biggest event of the Cricket World.

The chairman of the selection committee, Ashantha de Mel said he “wants to see what Dimuth did for the Test team, with the ODI team“.

The 2-0 win against South Africa, which is the first ever bilateral test series win by any Asian team, has impressed the selectors, which is the reason why he might be chosen as the leader.

Who do you think should lead Sri Lanka at the World Cup? Let us know.

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