Kusal Perera in line to take over ODI captaincy
Sri Lanka are set to undergo a massive overhaul in limited-overs cricket that will see a change of captain in ODIs.
Wicketkeeper batter Kusal Perera is a frontrunner to replace Dimuth Karunaratne, who is already the Test captain, as the ODI skipper. If finalised, Perera’s tenure begin in the upcoming Bangladesh tour, according to reports in Sri Lankan media. Kusal Mendis could play as deputy.
The move is going to be taken keeping the 2023 50-over World Cup in mind.
“We are focusing on the 2023 World Cup and this is a good learning experience for the players,” an official close to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) told Daily News Sri Lanka.
“We want to groom a new captain and most probably Kusal Mendis is tipped to be the new Vice-Captain. We want to give him that confidence by naming him as the Vice-Captain.”
Sri Lanka are looking to give young cricketers more exposure in the rebuilding process. That could see Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal. All-rounder Thisara Perera has recently called on his international career.
“The selectors want to give opportunities to the young players, so it’s likely that several senior players will get dropped from the side,” the source explained.
“Our aim is to set up shadow players for the national team and especially to focus on the 2023 World Cup.”
Sri Lanka could name as many as four uncapped players for Bangladesh ODI series that begins on May 23.
Sri Lanka are currently played ninth in ICC ODI rankings behind Bangladesh and West Indies, and are on minus (2) points in the World Cup Super League.