Wanindu Hasaranga resigns as Sri Lanka's T20I captain

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has also accepted his resignation. 
 
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In a recent development coming in, Sri Lanka's T20I skipper Wanindu Hasaranga has decided to resign from his office. 

The news was confirmed by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) in an official press statement. 

SLC, while accepting Hasaranga's resignation also clarified that the star all-rounder will remain an important player for the team in their international cricketing plans going ahead.

Hasaranga maintained that it was in the best interest of the nation that he relinquish the captaincy duties and remain in the side solely as a player.

The dynamic right-hander, who was appointed as the T20I captain only last year, has led the Islanders in 10 matches.

“Sri Lanka will always have my utmost best efforts as a player, and I will support and stand by my team and leadership as always,” said Wanindu Hasaranga in his resignation letter.

Sri Lanka undergoing a transition phase

The Sri Lankan team had a dismal outing in the recently-concluded T20 World Cup 2024 under Hasaranga's leadership where they failed to even clear the group stages.

The team captained by Wanindu Hasaranga managed to secure just one victory at the T20 World Cup, defeating the Netherlands, but they did not progress beyond the group stage, ending up behind South Africa and Bangladesh.

Moreover, former captain Mahela Jayawardena, who acted as the 'consultant coach' during the mega-event also stepped down from his role, indicating a time of change and transition for Sri Lanka Cricket.

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The Islanders will next take on neighbours India in a home white-ball bilateral series, slated to begin on July 26. The SLC management is yet to name their squad and skipper for the same.

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