It’s time to make room for fresh talent to be groomed with the 2019 World Cup in view, veteran spinner says in statement
Rangana Herath, the 38-year-old Sri Lankan left-arm spinner, has announced his retirement from limited-overs international cricket in a bid to concentrate on the five-day format, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) announced on Sunday (April 17).
In a letter addressed to SLC, Herath said grooming youngsters for the 2019 World Cup was a factor in his decision to retire. “Every cricketer has to stop at the right time. I feel it’s time to make room for fresh talent to be groomed with the 2019 World Cup in view,” he said.
Herath played 71 One-Day Internationals, picking up 74 wickets at 31.91 at an economy of 4.37. His best of 4 for 20 came against India at Port of Spain in 2013. In 17 Twenty20 Internationals, he had 18 wickets at 20.72 at an economy of 6.13, with the 5 for 3 against New Zealand during the 2014 World Twenty20 his best.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes Mr Herath nothing but the best as he continues to play cricket in his chosen discipline, and in all future endeavours,” said SLC in a statement.
Herath, a veteran of 67 Tests in which he has picked up 297 wickets, will next turn out in international cricket when Sri Lanka travel to England for a three-Test series in May-June.