Dimuth Karunaratne to lead Sri Lanka at the 2019 World Cup

2019-04-17 at 19:13

Opener Dimuth Karunaratne has been appointed as the Sri Lanka One-Day International Captain and will lead the national team at the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Sri Lanka Cricket in a statement said the national selection panel arrived at the decision unanimously.

The Minister of Sports has also ratified the appointment. Although former captains, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Lasith Malinga were in contention to lead Sri Lanka at the World Cup, selectors have opted for Test specialist Karunaratne following his heroics during the recent South Africa series.

Karunaratne has played only 17 ODIs so far and scored 190 runs at 15.83 apiece.

Meanwhile, the national Cricket selectors are slated to convene tomorrow to decide on Sri Lanka’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Speaking to NewsRadio, SLC Chief Selector Ashantha De Mel said selectors will convene tomorrow to finalise the probable 15-man squad.

The touring party must be subsequently ratified by the Minister of Sports.

Chief Selector De Mel said the national selection panel will name the squad based on availability and the composition suited for English conditions in order to have a successful World Cup campaign.

The 2019 World Cup Squad must be named before the 23rd of April.

England, India, New Zealand and Australia have named their respective squads so far. The 2019 Cricket World Cup will get underway on the 30th of May in England.

Sri Lanka will kick-start the campaign against New Zealand on the 1st of June in Cardiff.