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ICC World Cup 2019: Dimuth Karunaratne to lead Sri Lanka in showpiece event

In a surprise move opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was on Wednesday named captain of the Sri Lanka ODI team. He will lead the team during the ICC World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales from May 30.

cricket Updated: Apr 17, 2019 20:03 IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Dimuth Karunaratne was on Wednesday named captain of the Sri Lanka ODI team.
Dimuth Karunaratne was on Wednesday named captain of the Sri Lanka ODI team.(REUTERS)
         

In a surprise move opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was on Wednesday named captain of the Sri Lanka ODI team. He will lead the team during the ICC World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales from May 30.

“The National Selectors today appointed Dimuth Karunaratne as the ODI Captain of the Sri Lankan team. He will lead the team during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Karunaratne’s appointment was ratified by the Minister of Telecommunications, Foreign Employment and Sports Honorable Harin Fernando,” Sri Lanka Cricket said through a media release.

The left-handed opener last played an ODI for Sri Lanka way back in the 2015 edition of the ICC World Cup. He has played 17 ODIs in his career and averages a meagre 15.83. The southpaw though has a decent List A career with an average 34.34 from 120 games, including six centuries. 

The left-hander has made waves in Test cricket in recent times, earning selection in the ICC’s Test Team of the Year 2018, and captained Sri Lanka to a historic Test series whitewash in South Africa earlier this year, standing in for Dinesh Chandimal.

Sri Lanka’s ODI captaincy has exchanged hands frequently in recent months. Their last four series have seen them cycle through three different skippers, with all of Angelo Mathews, Chandimal, and Lasith Malinga having been at the helm at some point.

Karunaratne was fined and reprimanded recently by Sri Lanka Cricket after a drink-driving incident, for which he also had his driving licence suspended. Sri Lanka are yet to announce their World Cup preliminary squad.

(With ICC inputs)

First Published: Apr 17, 2019 19:28 IST

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