Bhanuka Rajapaksa has decided to retire from cricket with immediate effect. In the letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the 30-year-old Rajapaksa cited family obligations as the reason behind his decision.
“I have very carefully considered my position as a player, husband and am taking this decision looking forward to fatherhood and associated familial obligations,” he said.
He was a part of five ODIs and 18 T20Is, scoring 409 across formats. Rajapaksa scored 155 runs in eight matches in the ICC T20 World Cup.
The national cricket board has increased the fitness criteria, and Rajapaksa felt that his power-hitting could be at risk if he follows the new requirements. Former Sri Lanka cricketer Lasith Malinga has urged the player to reconsider his decision.
“Representing your country at the international level is not easy, and players always face many challenges. However, I truly believe that @BhanukaRajapak3 has more to give to Sri Lankan cricket. Therefore, I request him to reconsider his decision to retire from international cricket,” Lasith Malinga wrote on Twitter.