Bhanuka Rajapaksa withdraws decision of international retirement

Somya Kapoor

Somya Kapoor

Author| Jan 13, 9:44 AM

Photo Credits: Twitter
Photo Credits: Twitter

Sri Lanka batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa has withdrawn his decision of retiring from international cricket, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said. 

"Pursuant to a meeting with the Hon. Namal Rajapaksa - Minister of Youth & Sports and after consulting with the National Selectors, Bhanuka Rajapaksa has notified SLC that he wishes to withdraw his resignation which he tendered to SLC on 3rd Jan. 2022, with immediate effect,” SLC stated in a statement. 

"In his letter to SLC withdrawing his resignation, he further states that he wishes to represent his country in the game he loves for the years to come,” he added. 

Rajapaksa had earlier this month announced his retirement from international cricket citing family obligations. 

“I have very carefully considered my position as a player, husband and am taking this decision looking forward to fatherhood and associated familial obligations,” he had written in his retirement letter. Rajapaksha's announcement comes after the SLC decided to put several conditions on the retiring players. The conditions were specifically made to prevent players from prioritising franchise games over the national team. For example, if Rajapaksha wanted to play in the Bangladesh Premier League, he would have to go through a cooling period of six months before being eligible for selection in the league.

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