Former Indian Premier League (IPL) player from Sri Lanka, Thisara Perera has formally joined the Sri Lanka Army as a Major. The 30-year-old cricketer along with his former captain Dinesh Chandimal was formally commissioned in Sri Lankan army. S confirmed the news via Twitter and said that he accepted an invitation of Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva.
Perera has played in 7 seasons of IPL with CSK, Kochi Tuskers, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, KXIP and Rising Pune Giants sounded very pleased with his commission in the Lankan army.
“I accepted the invitation of Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva in the first place & joined the Army. Getting an invitation from someone like him was one of the biggest achievements of my life, said Perera.
According to a report in Colombo Gazette, Perera has been enlisted to the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force as a Major in the Gajaba Regiment.
The 30-year-old has represented Sri Lanka in six Tests, 161 ODIs and 79 T20Is in which he has scored 203, 2210 and 1169 runs respectively. Besides, he has taken 11, 171 and 51 wickets in the three formats.
Former captain Dinesh Chandimal had also joined the Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force earlier this year to play for the Army cricket team. Chandimal played only had one season of IPL in 2012 when he was signed up by Rajasthan Royals.
No Sri Lankan player has been signed up for IPL this season.