Chanaka Welegedara's club, Tamil Union, hosted a farewell event on Monday, before he left the country this week © AFP
Chanaka Welegedara’s club, Tamil Union, hosted a farewell event on Monday, before he left the country this week © AFP

Sri Lanka left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara has migrated to Australia for being ignored for the three-match home Test series against Pakistan, which the islanders ultimately lost by a margin of 2-1 and this move by the seamer will certainly close all his doors for a Sri Lankan comeback. Welegedara, who was constant face in the side following Lasith Malinga’s retirement from the longer format, last played an international Test in 2014 series, which was again against Pakistan. His club, Tamil Union, hosted a farewell event on Monday, before he left the country this week. READ: Sohail Tanvir’s 3-wicket haul propels Pakistan to 29-run win over Sri Lanka

According to a report from Cricinfo, vice president of Tamil Union, Suresh Murugaser, revealed that since the national selectors chose the young cricketers ahead of the 34-year old Welegedara has decided to play club cricket in Melbourne.

He had a good domestic season, even setting a T20 record for the most economical spell, against SSC this year. But despite that he was not chosen,” he added. READ: Mohammad Hafeez’s performance against Sri Lanka shows why Pakistan need him in ODIs

That spell included 2 maidens, four wickets for just two runs (4-2-2-4), breaking the previous record holder South African Chris Morris’ spell of 4-3-2-2. The Matale-born cricketer, who has only played 21 Tests and 10 ODIs since his debut in 2007 for the national side, has received permanent residency in Australia, where the bowler believes his family would be better off. READ: Kusal Perera has finally turned a corner, but bigger challenges await