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Thisara Perera named Sri Lanka one-day captain

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Thisara Perera has been named as Sri Lanka’s captain for the forthcoming ODI and T20 series against India.

The 28-year-old all-rounder took charge of the depleted side that took on Pakistan in a T20 in Lahore last month, when a number of senior players refused to travel.

The news means the removal of Upul Tharanga as one-day skipper in the latest development in what has been a turbulent period for Sri Lanka’s limited-overs squad.

Angelo Mathews resigned his post after losing an ODI series against Zimbabwe in July, and Tharanga’s tenure included 5-0 whitewashes against both India and Pakistan.

Perera, who has played 125 ODIs since 2009, has been rewarded for sticking with the team and leading a young group capably during the Pakistan trip, which Tharanga chose not to join.

India and Sri Lanka will play three ODIs and three T20Is finishing on Christmas Eve.

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