September 29, 2022

Suranga Lakmal retires after India tour

Former Sri Lankan captain Suranga Lakmal will retire from all forms of international cricket after the tour of India, where they will play two Tests and three T20Is in February-March. (More cricket news)

Lakmal, 34, made his international debut against India in an ODI in 2009 in Nagpur. The right-arm pacer made his Test debut against West Indies in Colombo in 2010. He won the inaugural T20I cap in 2011 against England.

He has played 68 Tests, 86 ODIs and 11 T20Is so far, taking 168, 109 and eight wickets respectively. Lakmal is the first player from Hambantota district to represent Sri Lanka.

“I am indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this amazing opportunity and for believing in me to bring back the honor of my homeland as it was an absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and enriched my personal development,” Lakmal wrote in his retirement letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket.

Lakmal also captained Sri Lanka in five Tests in 2018. He led Sri Lanka to a 2-0 shutout of South Africa at home and a level win against West Indies in Barbados.

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for all of my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other support staff,” Lakmal added.