Suranga Lakmal, a former captain of the Sri Lankan cricket team, has declared that he will retire from all forms of the game after the next tour of India. Lakmal, 34, made his international debut against India in Nagpur in 2009, a match that Sri Lanka won. He made his Test debut against the West Indies in Colombo less than a year later, and his T20I debut was against England in 2011.
Suranga Lakmal was named captain of the Sri Lankan Test team in 2018 and served for five matches. Under his captaincy, South Africa was defeated by Sri Lanka in the home series. Aside from that, he won the series-tying match against the West Indies in the Caribbean.
So far in his career, the right-arm bowler has played 68 Tests, not including two more likely Test matches in India. He has 168 Test wickets to his name, with an average of 36 and a strike rate of 72. Suranga Lakmal has 109 wickets at an economy rate of over 5 in 86 One-Day Internationals.
In a retirement letter submitted to Sri Lanka Cricket, Sunga Lakmal wrote, “I’m indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring back my motherland honor as it has been an absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development.”
He further added, “I have nothing but the utmost respect for all my players, coaches, team managers, support staff, administrative staff, and all other support staff.”
Suranga Lakmal also picked up a five-wicket haul in Port Elizabeth, becoming only the second Sri Lankan to do so in South Africa.
Talking about his retirement, Ashley de Silva, CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket said, “We take this opportunity to wish Lakmal the very best for his future endeavors, 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. 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.”