Sri Lanka's Bhanuka Rajapaksa takes back decision to retire from international cricket

Rajapaksa announced his international retirement on January 3rd.

Rajapaksa in Lanka Premier League | Getty Images

Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa who had announced his decision of retiring from international cricket with immediate effect last week has now withdrawn his decision, the Sri Lankan board announced.

On January 3rd, Rajapaksa announced his decision - he had written a letter of retirement to Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) which read: "I have very carefully considered my position as a player, husband and am taking this decision looking forward to fatherhood and associated familial obligations."

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However, on January 13th, SLC stated that “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.

"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."

The Sri Lankan batter has represented the country in 5 ODIs and 18 T20Is, where he scored a total of 409 runs that included 3 fifties across all formats.

(Cricbuzz Inputs)


By Khushi Raghuwanshi - 13 Jan, 2022

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