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Thilan Samaraweera to retire from cricket

Thilan Samaraweera to retire from cricket

March 5, 2013  03:06 pm

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Thilan Samaraweera in a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has stated that he would be retiring from all formats of cricket, SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said.

“Samaraweera handed over a letter to SLC Secretary Nishantha Ranatunga expressing his intention to retire from all forms of International Cricket,” SLC said.

“However, SLC has requested Thilan to have a meaningful dialogue with the National Selectors prior to finalising such a decision,” the cricket board said in a statement.

Thilan Samaraweera is scheduled to meet the National Selectors tomorrow (March 06).
The Test veteran had stated in December last year that he is considering retirement after the Australia series.

A veteran of 79 Tests, Samaraweera has amassed 5439 runs at a world-class 50.36 but said he could pull the pin after Sri Lanka’s two-Test home series against Bangladesh.

“I will play these three Test matches in Australia and two in Sri Lanka in February and then I will see,” Samaraweera was quoted as saying by media.

“After that we don’t have any Test cricket until October or November, I have to play some competitive cricket because at my age your reflexes get slower and you have to keep playing,” he had said.

“I have to decide how much longer I can play because we have a long break. It’s very hard to see how many years I can go on,” he said.