Herath retires from ODIs and T20s

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Herath retires from ODIs and T20s

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Arun S Kaimal

04/17/2016

Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath announced his retirement from limited-overs cricket on Sunday in order to focus on the remainder of his Test career. The 38-year old informed the Sri Lankan Cricket of his decision the past week, and the board has now accepted his decision.

“Every cricketer has to stop at the right time, I feel it’s time to make room for fresh talent to be groomed with the 2019 World Cup in view,” Herath said in a letter addressed to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Herath played through injuries on his knees over the past two years and was selected in the limited-overs team for the important tournaments. The left-arm spinner has played 71 ODIs and 17 T20Is taking 74 and 18 wickets in them respectively. The 38-year also played a key role in Sri Lanka’s victorious World T20 campaign in 2014, delivering arguably the spell of the tournament by taking five wickets for three runs against New Zealand in a virtual quarter-final.

Most recently, the spinner participated in the 2016 World T20 in India, and took three wickets in four matches in a disastrous campaign for the 2014 champions, which saw them crashing out in the group stage after just one win.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes Mr. Herath nothing but the best as he continues to play cricket in his chosen discipline, and in all future endeavours,” said Sri Lanka cricket in a media release.

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