DHAKA: Star cricketer of Sri Lanka, Kumar Sangakkara on Sunday has announced for his retirement from Twenty20 international following the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Sangakkara, 36, has played 50 Twenty20 internationals for Sri Lanka, hitting 1311 runs at an average of 32.77 and a strike rate of 120.
“Definitely, without a doubt, this is my last World T20. I won’t be playing any T20 internationals after this,” he said.
Describing his retirement he said, “It’s sad, but that’s the truth. It’s not the end of my T20 career, though. I would like to play franchise based T20s. Once your World Cup prospects are over, you should give the next crop of players an opportunity. It’s a natural progression.”
Sangakkara captained his team to the final of the 2009 World Twenty20, and had also been integral to Sri Lanka’s charge to the 2012 final – both of which were lost. Now top-ranked in the shortest format, Sangakkara hoped his team would omit the mistakes that scuppered them in previous tournaments.