Sanga to retire from international T20s

Sanga to retire from international T20s

Veteran Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara has announced that he will retire from Twenty20 Internationals after the conclusion of the ongoing ICC World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.

The 36-year-old Sangakkara, who has featured in all the five World T20 tournaments so far, said the event that got underway on Sunday in Bangladesh will be his last.

“Ya, definitely without doubt this is my last World T20. I won’t be playing any T20 Internationals after this. It’s sad, but that’s the truth,” he was quoted as saying by ‘Sunday Island’.

“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, who has played 50 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka, scoring 1311 runs at an average of 32.77 and a strike rate of 120, said.

The former captain, however, insisted that he would be keen to continue playing in the ODIs, at least till next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“Hopefully, I will be in form and my fitness stays and I am looking forward to it. There are so many ifs and buts in cricket. The 2015 World Cup is my immediate target.“I will have a chat with the selectors to see where the future lies,” he said.

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