Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal will retire from all forms of international cricket after the India tour scheduled next month, said Sri Lanka Cricket on Wednesday.
Lakmal started his international career in 2009 against India itself in Nagpur and took 168 Test wickets in 68 matches. He also have 109 wickets in 86 ODIs.
“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,” said Lakmal in his retirement letter submitted to SLC on Wednesday.
“I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other supportive staff,” added Lakmal.
Lakmal also captained Sri Lanka in five Tests in 2018, leading Sri Lanka to a 2-0 series win over South Africa at home followed by a series-equalling win over West Indies at the Kensington Oval in Barbados.
“We take this opportunity to wish Lakmal the very best for his future endeavors, and look forward to seeing him perform for the country during the Sri Lanka Tour of India, if the selectors consider him for the tour,” said Ashley De Silva, CEO of SLC.
“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,” added De Silva.