Former Sri Lanka cricketer Lasith Malinga has backed Dasun Shanaka to continue as ODI skipper even as deliberations are ongoing if the all-rounder should retain the captaincy for the Cricket World Cup.
"Dasun Shanaka took on the responsibility of captaining the Sri Lanka cricket team during a difficult period for the players and fans, managing to bring stability and respectability to the national side with his calm and collected approach," Malinga shared through his social media channels.
"With an impressive captaincy record, including the Asia Cup and a record ODI winning streak under his belt regardless of the opposition, everyone, including myself, expected him to be the captain of SL for the CWC 2023. Having a new captain going into such an important tournament definitely won’t help the team. I hope the stakeholders take all of this into consideration before making a decision. I back Dassa & the team to have a successful WC campaign."