29-year-old Shanaka is an aggressive batsman and fast bowler. He will be the tenth player to become the captain of Sri Lanka in the last four years. In the last few years, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Lasith Malinga, Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Perera have led Sri Lanka before Shanaka. Shanaka captained the three-match T20I series against Pakistan in 2019 in which his team had a clean sweep. Wasim Jaffer tweeted on Shanaka becoming the captain, ‘Man so many boys don’t change DP as many Sri Lanka have changed captains.’
According to a report, Sri Lanka Cricket has decided to hand over the command of the team to Shanaka, who was the first player to sign the contract. Shanaka has played 6 Tests, 28 ODIs and 43 T20 matches for Sri Lanka so far. This all-rounder has scored 140 runs in Tests, 611 in ODIs and 543 in T20s. At the same time, 34 wickets are recorded in his name in all three formats.
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The schedule of the six-match limited overs series against India has been changed after two cases of Kovid-19 were reported in the Sri Lankan team. Now the first ODI match will be held on 17th July instead of 13th July. Sri Lankan batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst GT Niroshan have tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from the UK. Because of this, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board was forced to extend the three-day stringent quarantine.
The second-rate Indian team led by Shikhar Dhawan has completed its strict isolation and the team is training in Colombo. Sri Lanka Board source said that all Sri Lankan players who have returned from Britain have come negative.
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