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Malinga to quit ODIs after first Bangladesh match

Last updated on: July 23, 2019 11:48 IST

Lasith Malinga

IMAGE: Lasith Malinga. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Sri Lankan legendary fast bowler Lasith Malinga will retire from One-day International cricket after the first match of a three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne said on Monday.

 

Malinga was named in the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Even though Malinga was named in the squad for the three games, Karunaratne said that the bowler had told him that he would only be playing the first match.

"He is going to play the first match. After that he is retiring. That's what he said to me. I don't know what he said for the selectors but for me he said he is playing only one match," said Karunaratne.

Malinga, 35, will leave as Sri Lanka's third highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far.

Malinga retired from Test cricket in 2011 but continued to remain available in other formats since then.

While the pace has undoubtedly dropped over the years, the former captain was still Sri Lanka's most successful bowler at the recent World Cup in England with 13 wickets from seven outings to finish third in the list of most successful bowlers in the history of the World Cup with 56 wickets.

He has also taken three ODI hat-tricks and is the only player to have achieved the milestone twice during a World Cup.

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