Sri Lankan spinner Amila Aponso will be migrating to the USA, it is learnt. The news has been confirmed by multiple sources in Sri Lanka.
The left-arm spinner, who will be completing 27 years later this month, has grabbed 14 international wickets in 9 and 3 T-20I matches. His last international match was against the visiting England team in October 2018.
“He will be leaving with his wife, whom he recently married, later this month”, Keerthi Gunarathne, his head coach at the Ragama Cricket Club, said exclusively over the telephone from Sri Lanka on Thursday evening.
“He is ambitious to play for the USA. He will play for a local club in the USA and once his cooling off period is over there, will be eligible to play for the USA team”, the coach added.
“Considering the current pandemic situation in the country, we could not give him a farewell party.
He was a captain of our club last year and is a very popular cricketer at our club. He always used to give 100 % commitment to the club. A very loyal player and a straightforward cricketer”.
“We will miss him a lot but wish him better luck for his future prospects”, the coach concluded. Aponso will also utilize his skill as a coach in the USA.
He is the second international cricketer leaving for the USA in recent times. Earlier, Shehan Jayasuriya too migrated there.