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Suranga Lakmal Retirement: SL Pacer Set to Retire After Upcoming India Tour

Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal has confirmed that he is set to draw curtains on his career after the upcoming tour of India in February-March 2022.

Suranga Lakmal Retirement

In his retirement letter to SLC, Lakmal stated that the national team has helped him in shaping his professional life. The Sri Lankan pacer further thanked his teammates, coaches, and all the persons who were involved in his growth as a cricketer.

“I’m indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my motherland honour as it has been absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development,” said Lakmal in his letter.

“I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff and all other supportive staff.”

Ashley De Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket, reckoned that Lakmal has been an excellent contributor to Sri Lanka Cricket over the years. De Silva further added that he is looking forward to seeing Lakmal’s performance in India if the selectors consider the pacer for the tour.

“We take this opportunity to wish Lakmal the very best for his future endeavours, and look forward to seeing him perform for the country during the Sri Lanka Tour of India if the selectors consider him for the tour,” said Ashley De Silva.

“Lakmal has been an excellent contributor for Sri Lanka Cricket and delivered some memorable spells during his national career, and his services will be remembered well,” he added.

In the longer format, the right-arm pacer has 168 wickets in 68 matches at an average of 36.28, which includes four five-fors, with his best figures of 5/47 coming against West Indies in North Sound in 2021.

He was an integral part of Sri Lanka’s inaugural ICC World Test Championship campaign, finishing as their second-highest wicket-taker with 20 wickets in seven matches.

He will be hoping to add a few more wickets when Sri Lanka clash against India in two Tests in February-March.

Also read: Sri Lankan Batter Bhanuka Rajapaksa Announces International Retirement

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