Sri Lankan batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa has announced retirement from international cricket with immediate effect.

In a letter written to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the 30-year-old cited familial obligations behind his massive decision.

It’s indeed a massive blow for Sri Lankan cricket as Rajapaksa had emerged as a vital cog of the national team. The dashing batter also played some spectacular knocks at the highest level.

SLC on Wednesday (January 05) confirmed Rajapaksa’s resignation with an official release. Rajapaksa, in his letter of resignation, stated that the decision to resign was taken after considering his familial obligations. He also wished Sri Lanka Cricket continued success in its future endeavors.

“I have very carefully considered my position as a player, husband and am taking this decision looking forward to fatherhood and associated familial obligations,” wrote Rajapaksa his letter of resignation. It must be noted that Rajapaksa came under the scanner for questioning selection policies in an interview after being left out for fitness concerns and was handed a suspended one-year ban.

–Ada Derana