Dinesh Chandimal Set To Join Army As Commissioned Officer
Sri Lanka star Dinesh Chandimal is all set to try his hands at something even more adventurous as he is all set to join the Sri Lankan army. The former Sri Lanka captain will reportedly join the Army as a Commissioned Officer. As per media reports in Sri Lanka, Sri Lankan Army Spokesman Major General Sumith Atapattu confirmed the news.
Maj. Gen. Atapattu said that Chandimal’s request had been accepted by the Defence Ministry. Dinesh Chandimal is expected to play for the Sri Lanka Army Cricket team. The Army Spokesman added that the former national captain would have to face an entrance exam in near future.
Accordingly, Chandimal would be enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force as a Commissioned Officer of the Sri Lanka Army Ordnance Corps. The right-handed batsman’s international career has not panned out in an expected manner in recent times. He not only lost his captaincy but also his place in the team.
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He was left out of the tour of South Africa earlier this year as Dimuth Karunaratne replaced him as captain. Dinesh Chandimal had received that setback after his poor form in the preceding two-match Test series against Australia where he managed just 24 runs in four innings. But overall, his performance as captain was not that bad.
Prior to being sacked as captain, he averaged 40.93 in the 17 Tests he led in. Since taking the reins in the middle of 2017, he also hit overseas hundreds in the UAE (against Pakistan), India and the West Indies. He was then left out of Sri Lanka’s World Cup squad too. Sri Lanka did miss Chandimal in the tournament as they crashed out of the tournament at the group stage. He was recently recalled for the Test series against New Zealand at home.