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Kusal Perera to be appointed Sri Lanka ODI skipper in radical overhaul – report

Kusal Janith Perera tipped to take over ODI captaincy with Kusal Mendis as his deputy, Dasun Shanaka to remain T20 skipper.

Kusal Perera

A number of senior cricketers could lose their places in white-ball cricket as Sri Lanka undertakes a major overhaul of its limited-over sides under a new scheme where players will be selected for international cricket, with a particular focus on the young guns.

While this strategy has been implemented successfully in a small way in Test cricket on recent tours, the selectors and team management think more radical selection with an eye on this year’s T20 World Cup and the 2023 50-over World Cup is the way forward for the struggling white-ball team.

The 2014 World Champions embarrassingly need to play a qualifying round to earn a spot at this year’s T20 tournament, a situation head coach Mickey Arthur recently said was ‘unacceptable’…

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  1. Kusal Perara is the best batsman in ODI for Sri Lanka, but captaincy would ruin him like what happened with Dilshan. Shanaka and Dhanajaya de silva is the better choice given their experience and mindset.

  2. I am up for a change as we certainly cannot keep going with the ‘dads army’ tone to our white ball cricket which will soon see us competing with Afghanistan for the wooden spoon. The theory is simple – even if the current teams plays at its best, we will barely compete against the top teams. We need a new team culture and attitude and most importantly tactical nous for 300+ scores – can’t do that with Dimuth, Anji and Chandi in the top 4!

    KJP is a certainty for white ball cricket so that’s a good start but he is an injury concern which means more instability with leadership – this is a key issue in rebuilding a team for the future, cannot have a merry go round with the leader.

    Kusal Mendis is a surprise but I certainly think he it yet to play his best cricket for us so glad to see him being thrown around for a leadership role. The rest of us need to get off his back and let him do his thing.

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