Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne to Step Down as Test Captain After Ireland Series

 - Sakshi Post

Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne has announced that he will step down as Test captain after the Ireland series. Karunaratne's Sri Lanka recently went down in the two-match test series against New Zealand.  

Karunaratne has been in the role for fours and now wants a new captain to take over the mantle ahead of the World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. Sri Lanka will lock horns with Ireland in a two-match test series starting from April 16. 

“I think it's best if a new captain does that whole cycle than for me to do half and hand over. I've talked to the selectors about this, but I haven't got a response yet. My preference is to hand over to a new leader after the next series,” the 35-year-old Lankan cricketer said.

Karunaratne was made Test captain in 2019 and under his captaincy the Lankan team registered a historic test series win in South Africa. The Lankan side became the first Asian team in history to defeat a South African team on their own soil. Karunaratne has captained the team in 26 test matches and has won 10 of them. 

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