Thisara Perera announces retirement from international cricket


Karachi: Sri Lanka’s all-rounder Thisara Perera has decided to retire from international cricket with immediate effect.

According to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), the 32-year-old Perera submitted a letter to the board, citing that this is the right time for him to ‘step aside and pave the way for younger and more talented players to take on the reigns’.

The former Sri Lanka ODI and T20i Captain also said that this is also the right time for him to follow on his personal goals and family life.

Perera thanked the Team Captains he has served under during his International career, teammates, both past and present, the Executive Committees of Sri Lanka Cricket, Management, and the Staff of Sri Lanka Cricket, for the support they extended to him during his career.

“I take pride in the fact that I was able to represent Sri Lanka in seven cricket world cups and be a contributing member of the 2014 T20 World Cup win against India in Bangladesh. Easily the highlight of My Life,’’ Perera mentioned in his letter.

Perera played six Tests where he scored 203 runs and picked 11 wickets. He represented Sri Lanka in 166 ODIs while smashing 2338 runs and picking 175 wickets to his credit. Shedding light on his T20I career, he picked 51 wickets while producing 1204 runs

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