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Vanuka Rajapakse omits retirement on request of minister

Vanuka Rajapakse

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CRICDOT DESK : Despite the continuity of talent and performance, Sri Lankan star cricketer Vanuka Rajapakse abruptly announced his retirement from international cricket.

The 30-year-old batsman announced his retirement from international cricket in a hurry on January 5. In a letter to the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC), Vanuka said he had made the decision after much deliberation.

On January 9, after Vanuka decided to retire, Sri Lankan Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa asked him to change his mind. On Thursday, the sports minister met Vanukar. There is quite a long talk. The effectiveness of that discussion is evident in the change in Vanuatu’s decision.

Vanuka Rajapaksa made his debut in international cricket in 2019 with T20 cricket. He also played in the last T20 World Cup in 2020. He also played a match winning innings against Bangladesh. So far, Rajapaksa has played 16 international Twenty20 matches. He has scored 320 runs. Besides, he has played 5 matches after making his debut in 2021 ODIs.

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Although Rajapaksa retired, he was not included in the Zimbabwe series squad. He is scheduled to play for Khulna Tigers in the upcoming Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Incidentally, there has been a recent trend of early retirement among Sri Lankan cricketers. SLC is working to curb this trend of retirement.

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