Sri Lanka Cricket, the governing physique on Thursday introduced, “pursuant to a meeting with Namal Rajapaksa – Minister of Youth and Sports and after consulting with the National Selectors, Bhanuka Rajapaksa has notified SLC that he wishes to withdraw his resignation which he tendered to SLC on 3rd Jan. 2022, with immediate effect”.
“In his letter to SLC withdrawing his resignation, he further states that he wishes to represent his country in the game he loves for years to come,” the SLC mentioned.
On January 5, SLC introduced that Bhanuka has knowledgeable his resignation contemplating his obligations in direction of his household.
“I have very carefully considered my position as a player, husband and am taking this decision looking forward to fatherhood and associated familial obligations,” Bhanuka mentioned in his letter of resignation.
However, media reviews indicated that Rajapaksa’s retirement was linked to the newest health requirements launched by the SLC. The onerous-hitting left-handed center-order batsman had points with health when the previous head coach Mickey Arthur launched robust health requirements.
It was additionally reported that earlier than the health check held on January 7 and eight, the 30-12 months-previous batter in a letter to the SLC had requested an exemption of the health check for all nationwide gamers as that they had a busy schedule for over six months which ended on December 23 with the Lanka Premier League.
Following the retirement announcement from Lankan cricket, Sports Minister Namal Rajapaksa had requested Bhanuka to rethink his resolution.
Issuing an announcement, Minister Rajapaksa had mentioned that as “a young player, Bhanuka, should be able to move forward through challenges without taking hasty decisions regarding his career”.
The minister, who’s the son of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, has acknowledged that if there’s a drawback with the administration or if an injustice has been performed main to such a call (of Bhanuka), there is a chance to intervene.
In addition to the Minister, former Sri Lankan quick bowler Lasith Malinga had, in a tweet, urged Bhanukato to rethink his resolution. “Representing your country at the international level is not an easy task and players always face so many challenges. I truly believe that @BhanukaRajapak3 has a lot more to give to Sri Lankan cricket and I request him to reconsider his decision to retire from international cricket,” Malinga had tweeted.
Even although Bhanuka has withdrawn his resignation, it isn’t determined whether or not he would be part of the upcoming ODI collection beginning on Sunday in opposition to Zimbabwe.
A spokesman for the SLC instructed IANS, that Bhanuka may very well be referred to as relying on the requirement of the staff. However, he mentioned the choice has been already performed and the squad has been introduced.