Bhanuka Rajapaksa who announced his retirement from international cricket on January 3 has withdrawn his decision.
The 30-year-old has changed his mind ten days after handing the retirement letter to Sri Lanka Cricket Board. The SLC Board on Thursday announced that the left-handed batsmen has some change in plans.
Pursuant to a meeting with Namal Rajapaksa – Minister of Youth and 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,” the SLC board said in an official 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,” added the statement.
The left-handed batsmen had earlier cited family obligations as the reason for his retirement.
It is believed that the explosive left-hand batsmen had some issues with the new fitness guidelines released by Sri Lanka Cricket Board. He had some difference with the outgoing head coach Mickey Arthur.
Days after he announced his retirement, Dhanuska Gunathilaka also announced his retirement from test cricket to focus more on the limited overs game.
The 30-year-old has played 18 T20I matches for Sri Lanka since making his international debut against Pakistan in Lahore. He has scored 320 runs at an average of 26.66. He has scored 80 runs in 50 over format in five games.
Sri Lanka’s legendary fast bowler Lasith Malinga had asked the aggressive left-hand batsmen to reconsider his decision after he announced his retirement on January 3.
Malinga took to it to his official Twitter handle and wrote, “Representing your country at the international level is not an easy task and players always face so many challenges. I truly believe that @BhanukaRajapak3 has a lot more to give to Sri Lankan cricket and I request him to reconsider his decision to retire from international cricket.”