Hasaranga Exits Test Cricket for Limited-Overs

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Early Retirement Decision

At the young age of 26, Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga has chosen to step away from Test cricket. His decision appears to be influenced by his desire to be more active in franchise cricket tournaments.

Sporadic Test Journey of Hasaranga

Over the past couple of years, Hasaranga’s presence in the Test squad has been sporadic, having participated in only four Test matches. His performance with the ball was not particularly noteworthy in these matches, securing only four wickets with an average of 100.75. However, he did manage to score a notable half-century against South Africa.

Clash with Franchise Commitments

Interestingly, even though he was part of extended training groups for Test series, he wasn’t chosen for the main Test squad. This commitment to training within Sri Lanka restricted him from participating in franchise cricket. As an illustration, he withdrew from the Major League Cricket shortly before its kickoff.

SLC’s Stand on Hasaranga’s Decision

Sri Lanka Cricket’s official statement suggests that Hasaranga’s retirement from Test cricket is to focus on his “career as a limited-overs specialist”. Notably, there are no indications of him grappling with prolonged injuries.

His interactions with Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have been amicable, a contrast to other players like Thisara Perera who was advised against early Test retirement. The board seems to have come to terms with Hasaranga’s shift in focus, expecting him to remain dedicated to Sri Lanka’s limited-overs matches.

Ashley De Silva, the CEO of SLC, expressed support for Hasaranga’s decision, stating, “We respect his choice and firmly believe he will be instrumental in our white-ball strategies moving ahead.”

First-Class Cricket Achievements

Hasaranga’s first-class cricket journey includes 44 matches, 102 wickets, three centuries, and 19 half-centuries.

Pivotal Role in Limited-Overs

In the limited-overs arena, he has donned the Sri Lankan jersey in 48 ODIs and 58 T20Is, proving to be a pivotal player.

Future Endeavors: Leading B-Love Kandy and National Duties

Currently leading his team, B-Love Kandy, in the Lanka Premier League, Hasaranga is also gearing up for the Asia Cup and World Cup representing Sri Lanka.