Sri Lankan pacer Suranga Lakmal all set to retire from international cricket after the India tour
The veteran right-arm pacer from Sri Lanka, Suranga Lakmal has made his decision and will retire from international cricket after the India tour.
He will be donning the Sri Lankan jersey for the last time in the India tour which includes a three-match T20I and two-match Test series which is going to conclude between February to March.
Having a look at his cricket career for his national team, Suranga Lakmal has represented Sri Lanka across 68 Tests and 86 ODIs where he bagged 168 and 109 wickets respectively.
In addition to that, he has also featured in 11 T20Is Sri Lanka and picked 8 wickets for his team in this format. He made his international debut for Sri Lanka against India in 2009 and slowly become one of the regular fixtures in the Sri Lankan line-up.
It has been an absolute pleasure to be associated with the board: Suranga Lakmal
Suranga Lakmal officially announced this news by submitting a letter to the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on 2nd February, Wednesday and also thanked the board to believe in him.
"I’m indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my motherland honour as it has been absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development," Suranga Lakmal said in his letter.
"I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other supportive staff," said Suranga Lakmal.
Moreover, the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, Ashley de Silva has praised the 34-year-old for his contributions to the Sri Lankan cricket team and said, "We take this opportunity to wish Lakmal the very best for his future endeavours, and looking forward to seeing him perform for the country during the Sri Lanka Tour of India, if the selectors consider him for the tour.
Lakmal has been an excellent contributor for Sri Lanka Cricket and delivered some memorable spells during his national career, and his services will be remembered well."