The 30-year-old Sri Lanka left-handed batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa has taken the decision to retire from international cricket. If the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) sources are to be believed, Rajapaksa has already handed over his retirement letter to the cricket administration.
However, the reports also claim that the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is yet to make any decision regarding Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s retirement and the board hasn’t accepted Rajapaksa’s retirement letter.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa has played 5 One Day Internationals and 18 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka National Cricket Team and has scored 89 and 320 runs at an average of 17.8 and 26.67 respectively.
The sources of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have revealed that Bhanuka Rajapaksa in his retirement letter has stated that he has decided to quit international cricket because he can’t play cricket with the latest fitness standards introduced by the cricket board especially the skinfold levels.
The 30-year-old batsman feels if he brings down his skinfold levels he will not be able to do his power-hitting. Notably, the cricket administration has lowered the skin-fold test levels to 70 from 85.
Sri Lanka Cricket Introduced New Fitness Standards In 2021
In 2021 the Yo-Yo test was replaced by the 2km run test to determine the ‘fitness and endurance levels of the players.
Also, the benchmark set for the 2km run was increased from 8.35 minutes to 8.55 minutes after the request made by the Cricket Technical Advisory Committee. However, Sri Lanka National Selectors have set the benchmark of 8.10 minutes and they want players to complete the 2km run within 8.10 minutes.
Also, the players who complete the fitness Test under 8.35 minutes will be available for selection. However, the Cricket board will deduct some amount from the salary of the players. Meanwhile, the players who take more than 8.55 minutes to complete the test will not be available for the selection.
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