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Atapattu Named New Sri Lanka Captain

Chamari Atapattu is Sri Lanka Women's new captain
Chamari Atapattu is Sri Lanka Women's new captain
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Chamari Atapattu has been named as the new captain of Sri Lanka Women with Udeshika Prabodhani appointed as her vice-captain.

Atapattu takes over from Shashikala Siriwardene, who resigned the captaincy earlier this month.

She had led the side in 100 matches, first captaining the team as far back as 2005.

In a short statement confirming the new appointments, which come one day after Lasith Malinga replaced Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 International captain of the men's side, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said:

"At the meeting of the selection committee held it was decided to appoint Ms.Chamari Atapattu as the captain of the Sri Lanka Womens’ national team, and Ms. Udeshika Prabodhini as the vice-captain of the Sri Lanka Womens’ national team, effective immediately.

"This has been approved by the Hon.Minister of Sports."

Top-order bat Atapattu has played 29 One-Day Internationals and 34 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 816 and 447 runs in those formats respectively after making her international debut in 2009.

Left-arm seamer Prabodhani, who also made her debut in 2009, has played 28 ODIs and 34 Twenty20 Internationals, taking 15 ODI wickets and 26 T20I wickets.

Both players were involved as Sri Lanka finished the 2013 World Cup in fifth place as well as the recent ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where they finished in a disappointing eighth place.

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