Sri Lanka's Herath retires from short formats

38-year-old took 74 wickets in 71 ODIs and another 18 in 17 T20Is for the island nation

Reuters April 17, 2016

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath has retired from 50-over and T20 internationals in order to carry on playing test matches, the country's cricket board said on Sunday.

The 38-year-old took 74 wickets in 71 one-day internationals and another 18 in 17 T20Is for the island nation, shouldered the burden of the slow bowling attack following the retirement of spin great Muttiah Muralitharan in 2011.

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"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," Herath was quoted as saying in a statement from Sri Lanka Cricket.

Arguably the left-arm spinner's best effort came at the 2014 World Twenty20, where he took five wickets for just three runs as Sri Lanka successfully defended a 120-run target in a must-win match against New Zealand en route to the title.

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"Sri Lanka Cricket wishes Herath nothing but the best as he continues to play cricket in his chosen discipline, and in all future endeavours," the board said.


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