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Malinga retires from T20Is to end playing career

  • Published at 07:40 pm September 14th, 2021
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File photo of Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga smiling during a training session in Colombo in 2019 AFP

The 38-year old had earlier retired from Tests in 2011 and ODIs in 2019, and franchise cricket in January this year

Veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga has announced his retirement from T20I cricket, thus bringing an end to his long and illustrious playing career.

The 38-year old had earlier retired from Tests in 2011 and ODIs in 2019, and franchise cricket in January this year, and has now called it quits in the shortest format after being overlooked for the Sri Lanka squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Malinga, who has not played competitive cricket since March last year, announced his T20I retirement on his YouTube channel Tuesday, having won the 2014 T20 World Cup and ending with 107 wickets, currently the highest in T20Is.

"Today is a very special day for me. I want to thank each and everyone who supported me throughout my T20 journey. Today I decide I want to give 100% rest for my T20 bowling shoes. I want to thank the Sri Lankan cricket board and team members. And Mumbai Indians cricket team, especially the team owners and officials," said Malinga.

"[I would also like to thank] the team members and staff at Melbourne Stars, Kent, Rangpur Riders, Guyana Warriors, Maratha Arabians and Montreal Tigers. When I played with you all, I got many experiences through my cricketing journey.

"I want to share all my experience in the future, especially with young cricketers who want to play cricket who have dreams to play franchise cricket and with their national team. I feel I can share my experience with you all. Again, thanks a lot."

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