Sri Lanka pacer and former captain Suranga Lakmal will retire from all types of worldwide cricket after the upcoming tour of India.
Lakmal, 34, made his worldwide debut in opposition to India in 2009 in Nagpur, a match that his aspect went on to win. His Check debut got here inside a yr in opposition to the West Indies in Colombo whereas the T20I cap got here calling in 2011 in opposition to England.
Lakmal led Sri Lanka in 5 Checks, all of them coming in 2018. The pacer had a profitable stint because the stand-in skipper, main Sri Lanka to a 2-0 whitewash of South Africa at residence and a series-levelling win over the West Indies in Barbados — along with his staff turning into the primary Asian staff to win a match on the Kensington Oval.
The proper-arm pacer has performed 68 Checks thus far, with two extra potential Check caps so as to add in India. He hitherto has 168 Check wickets at a mean of 36 and a strike fee of 72. In 86 ODIs, Lakmal has 109 wickets at an financial system fee of simply over 5.
“I am indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing alternative and having religion in me to deliver again my motherland honour because it has been an absolute pleasure to be related to the board that formed my skilled life and in addition enriched my private growth,” mentioned Lakmal in his retirement letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket.
“I’ve nothing however the utmost respect for all my gamers, coaches, staff managers, help employees, administrative employees and all different help employees,” Lakmal has mentioned additional.
Lakmal, the lanky pacer recognized for shifting the ball, additionally picked a five-wicket haul at Port Elizabeth and have become solely the second Sri Lankan to have a fifer below his belt in South Africa.
“We take this chance to want Lakmal the easiest for his future endeavours, and sit up for seeing him carry out for the nation throughout the Sri Lanka Tour of India if the selectors contemplate him for the tour,” mentioned Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.
“Lakmal has been a superb contributor for Sri Lanka Cricket and delivered some memorable spells throughout his nationwide profession, and his companies will likely be remembered properly.”
Lakmal is the primary participant from the Hambantota district to characterize Sri Lanka. He additionally joined the likes of Kapil Dev and Imran Khan to bag a wicket off the primary ball to be bowled at a brand new Check venue – the Pallekele Worldwide Cricket Stadium in his case.