Bhanuka Rajapaksa announces international retirement with immediate effect

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –Sri Lanka batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa has announced his international retirement with immediate effect. In a letter written to the SLC, the 30-year-old cited familial obligations for his big decision.

“I have very carefully considered my position as a player, husband and am taking this decision looking forward to fatherhood and associated familial obligations,” he wrote.

Rajapaksa, who was Sri Lanka’s leading scorer in the 2010 Under-19 World Cup, made his T20I debut in the tour of Pakistan in 2019. The ODI bow came last year at home against India.

Rajapaksa got into trouble for criticising selection policies in an interview after being left out for fitness concerns and was handed a suspended one-year ban. He returned to feature in last year’s T20 World Cup, where he scored a match-winning half-century against Bangladesh in the Super 12 stage.

Rajapaksa retires with 5 ODIs and 18 T20Is to his name.

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