(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal has been named as the captain of Sri Lanka for the ongoing two-match Test Series against South Africa, which began today (12) at Galle.
The decision, according to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), comes after Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who had voluntarily sat out of the Test Series against South Africa.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that Suranga Lakmal will captain the test series against South Africa, which commences today,” an SLC Press Release stated.
“This is following a voluntary undertaking given by Dinesh Chandimal, Chandika Haturusinghe and Asanka Gurusinha to the Judicial Commissioner appointed by the International Cricket Council, who conducted yesterday’s ICC Code of Conduct Hearing that they will not take part in the test series against South Africa, pending the decision of the Judicial Commissioner on the hearing.”
“The undertaking was given in view of the fact that in any event the minimum suspension points issued for a level 3 offense is 4 points, amounting to the ban of two Test matches.”
Tilan Samaraweera will act as the acting coach in the absence of Chandika Haturusinghe.