Dimuth Karunaratne’s forthcoming stint with the Hampshire county facet could also be cancelled, with Sri Lanka’s selectors now strongly contemplating handing the ODI reins to Karunaratne for the World Cup.
Hampshire had signed Karunaratne as their abroad participant in February, however Karunaratne has now been requested to stay in Sri Lanka by April, with the intention to play the provincial one-day match, throughout which the selectors will assess his suitability for the Sri Lanka one-day facet.
Karunaratne has not performed an ODI for the reason that final World Cup, and has been pigeon-holed as a Take a look at batsman, partly owing to poor returns within the one-day format – his common is 15.83 after 17 matches.
However as Lasith Malinga’s one-day captaincy is but to yield a victory for Sri Lanka in 9 matches, the selectors are contemplating a left-field transfer.
“The selectors have not confirmed something, however they’ve advised me to bear in mind there is a chance I might change into one-day captain,” Karunaratne advised ESPNcricinfo. “They’ve requested me to remain again for the provincial match. If I get picked for the World Cup squad, there will likely be camps and coaching after that as properly, so I may not be capable of go to Hampshire in these months.”
Though Karunaratne doesn’t typically rating as shortly as your customary ODI batsman, there may be now a hope he’ll be capable of maintain Sri Lanka’s innings collectively. In recent times, Sri Lanka has steadily misplaced early wickets. They have been unable to final the total fifty overs in any of the 4 full ODIs they simply performed in South Africa.
The selectors have additionally been impressed with Karunaratne’s capability to band the staff collectively in powerful conditions. Sri Lanka’s latest historic upset towards South Africa in Checks was partly credited to the style through which Karunaratne was in a position to coax the perfect from a gaggle of inexperienced gamers. A number of of the celebrities of that sequence have since paid tribute to Karunaratne’s management.
In an interview with Sunday Occasions, chief selector Ashantha de Mel mentioned his committee needs “to see what Dimuth did for the Take a look at staff, with the ODI staff”. Angelo Mathews, de Mel mentioned, was additionally within the body for the captaincy, as a result of Mathews was “somebody who has been accepted by everybody within the staff”.
“However we’re additionally taking a look at Dimuth,” he mentioned.
By means of all this, it’s nonetheless not clear if Malinga will lose his job – the selectors haven’t dominated out his captaincy for the World Cup both. Basically, at current, there are three alternatives for captaincy, every with its drawbacks. Karunaratne shouldn’t be considered a one-day participant; Mathews is usually injured, and though Malinga is each an computerized selection within the one-day XI, and has been match over the previous few months, the selectors don’t imagine he has the total assist of the dressing room.
In any case, Karunaratne has not performed his probabilities any hurt by hitting 109 off 115 balls for Sinhalese Sports activities Membership within the semi-final of the Premier Restricted Over match on Sunday.