ODI Captain Dasun Shanaka Faces Possible Ouster Ahead of Cricket World Cup: Kusal Mendis to Take Over ?

September 20, 2023

Speculation is running rampant in Sri Lanka's cricketing circles that ODI captain Dasun Shanaka may soon find himself out of the national team due to his recent underwhelming performance as a player. This potential shakeup comes on the heels of Sri Lanka's disappointing loss to India in the Asia Cup final, a defeat that has ignited criticism and calls for changes within the team.

Shanaka, who took the helm as ODI captain, has faced severe scrutiny following the team's lackluster performance in the Asia Cup. The resounding defeat to India has put a spotlight on his leadership and individual batting performance, which have been subpar in recent outings.

While there has been no official confirmation regarding Shanaka's removal as captain or player, it is widely believed that he may relinquish the captaincy. If such a change occurs, current Vice Captain Kusal Mendis is poised to step into the leadership role, taking charge of the team.

In addition to the potential leadership shift, Sri Lanka is contemplating the inclusion of seasoned players Angelo Mathews and Avishka Fernando in the squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Both players have displayed their cricketing prowess in the past and are seen as valuable assets who can bolster the team's performance on the world stage.