Dasun Shanaka is likely to step down as Sri Lanka's Captain ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023

All-rounder Dasun Shanaka is all set to step down as Sri Lanka's ODI Captain before the ODI World Cup 2023 in India.

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After the demolition in the Asia Cup 2023 final, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka could step down as the captain of the side ahead of the ODI World Cup 2023 in India. Sri Lanka Cricket is all set to make it official soon. This could be the biggest setback for the Lankan side ahead of the ICC event in India. Shanaka is one of the best all-rounders in the side and has built this Lankan side into a formidable unit and the decision to step down as captain could go all wrong.

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According to reports, the Sri Lanka Cricket Board is going to hold a meeting regarding this in some time. In which, they will take the decision about Dasun Shanaka. Shanaka was criticized a lot after the crushing defeat by India in the final of Asia Cup 2023. Questions were raised about his decision to bat first after winning the toss in cloudy conditions. This is the reason why the Sri Lankan Cricket Board is going to take such a big decision.

Dasun Shanaka as the Captain of Sri Lanka

As captain, he played 37 matches for Sri Lanka, winning 23 of them. There were defeats in 14 matches. Meaning his victory percentage was 60.5 percent. If we look at the list of his successes as a captain, we will find that he led Sri Lanka to victory in the ODI series against South Africa after 8 years and against Australia after 12 years. Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup of 2022. They also won the World Cup qualifier tournament and reached the final of the Asia Cup in the year 2023.

Dasun Shanaka thanked the crowd for showing up in great numbers to support the Sri Lankan team. "I would like to thank the fans who came in numbers, really sorry that we disappointed you. We as cricketers really love you. And congratulations to the Indian team for the brand of cricket they're playing," he said in the post-match presentation.

According to the reports, Kusal Mendis can be the next captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team in place of Shanaka.

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