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Siriwardene replaces Atapattu as Sri Lanka captain

Shashikala Siriwardene makes a run
Shashikala Siriwardene is to replace Chamari Atapattu as Sri Lanka captain
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Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have appointed Shashikala Siriwardene as captain of the women's national team, replacing Chamari Atapattu in One-Day and Twenty20 Internationals.

Siriwardene, who made her international debut in 2003, led the side 102 times in all formats between 2005 and 2014.

Atapattu took over as captain in April 2014 after Siriwadene resigned following a disappointing performance in the ICC Women's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, where Sri Lanka finished in eighth place.

Sri Lanka have won three out of nine ICC Women's Championship matches and are lying in sixth place in the table, meaning outright qualification for the 2017 Women's World Cup is unlikely.

However, SLC will be hopeful that having the vastly experienced Siriwardene back at the helm will help turn their fortunes around.

Atapattu has been named as Siriwardene's vice-captain.

Sri Lanka's next scheduled engagement is the fourth round of the Women's Championship when they travel to New Zealand between October and January.

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