Sri Lanka’s Jayasuriya announces retirement from cricket after first ODI with England

June 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s veteran batsman Sanath Jayasuriya today announced his retirement from all forms of international after the first One-Day International (ODI) with England later this month.

“I’ll retire after playing a one-day and a T20 game,” he told reporters in Colombo today.

Sri Lanka yesterday recalled the 41-year old all-rounder as an opening batsman to play in the upcoming ODI and Twenty20 sides against England and Scotland.

With the opener Upul Tharanga embroiled in doping charges and uncertainty over Sri Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan’s availability to play due to his injured thumb, Sri Lanka turned to Jayasuriya who is turning 42 on June 30.

Jayasuriya on Wednesday said that he is fit enough to play international cricket and is waiting for an opportunity to play in the ODI series against England later this month.

“Definitely I want to play for my country. That is why I have not announced retirement from one-day cricket till date. To play for Sri Lanka has always been my priority,” Jayasuriya said yesterday.

Jayasuriya announced retirement from Test cricket in 2007 and played his last ODI in December 2009 against India. He was elected to the Sri Lankan parliament in April 2010 general elections

Sri Lanka will play a Twenty20 match against England in Bristol on June 25 and the first ODI at the Oval on the 28th.

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