Sri Lankan left-handed batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa has taken a U-turn in his decision to retire from international cricket. He changed his mind and said that he will play for the country again.
Let us tell you that on January 5, Bhanuka Rajapakse suddenly announced his retirement from international cricket. Many questions arose from his decision to retire only at the age of 30. However, it has now made it clear that it is once again available for the country in all formats.
An official statement issued by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board said: “Following a meeting with the Minister of Youth and Sports, Namal Rajapaksa and a consultation with the national selectors, Bhanuka Rajapaksa informed the Board that he wishes to withdraw his retirement.”
Rajapaksa made his international debut against India in July 2018. At the same time, he played his last international match against the West Indies in November 2021.
In announcing his retirement, Bhanuka Rajapaksa said: “I have considered my position as a player very deeply and am making this decision with family obligations in mind.” Rajapaksa got into trouble for criticizing the selection policies in an interview, particularly after he was removed from the team due to health problems and was also suspended for a year.
Rajapaksa returned in the 2021 T20 World Cup last year, where he scored the half-century of victory against Bangladesh in the Super 12 stage. Left-handed hitter Bhanuka Rajapaksa has played 5 ODIs and 18 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka. During this, he scored 89 runs with an average of 17.80 in ODI and 320 runs in T20 Internationals with an average of 26.66.