ThePapare.com learns that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are pondering the replacement of Upul Tharanga as the captain of the Sri Lanka ODI team from the upcoming Indian series.
Under Tharanga, Sri Lanka have lost 16 ODI matches including three whitewashes against South Africa, India and Pakistan managing only 4 wins in 22 games this year. Sri Lanka is currently on a 12-match losing streak in ODI cricket.
Tharanga stepped in as permanent limited overs captain after Angelo Mathews resigned from his post following a 3-2 defeat against Zimbabwe at home. Tharanga, the batsman has been in great form in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) for Sylhet Sixers scoring 207 runs in 6 innings at 41.40.
Mathews is one of the contenders to be appointed as the limited-overs captain once again, who the selectors are looking at but since he is still coming back from injury, the former captain seems to be showing no interest.
With Test captain Dinesh Chandimal’s place in the ODI side also not affirmative, the selectors have discussed a few more names in Thisara Perera and Asela Gunaratne to lead Sri Lanka to the World Cup in 2019.
According to reliable sources, hard-hitting all-rounder Thisara Perera is the front-runner to be named as the Sri Lanka ODI and T20I captain for the upcoming challenge in India. Perera who made his ODI debut in 2009 has represented Sri Lanka in 125 games averaging 17.57 with the bat and 32.62 with the ball.
Perera impressed as a captain while leading an inexperienced side in a three-match T20I series against Pakistan recently. In the ongoing BPL, Perera has been a revelation as an all-rounder for his team, Rangpur Riders.
Gunaratne who has been a terrific match-winner for Sri Lanka in recent past is yet to make a return to the national colours after being sidelined for several months due to his hand injury.
Sri Lanka is set to play three ODIs and three T20Is in India following the ongoing Test series hence all the Sri Lankan players in the BPL have been asked to report for practices on 27th Monday.
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