Ace Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda hints at retirement

Published: Saturday, September 28, 2002, 19:49 [IST]
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Colombo: Reliable Sri Lankan batsman Aravinda de Silva said on Friday he was likely to retire from international cricket after the ongoing Champions Trophy one-day tournament here.

"This is probably the last tournament I'm playing at home," said Aravinda, who played a crucial role in his team's seven-wicket victory over Australia in the day- night semi-final at the Premadasa Stadium. "I'm glad I was able to do that (put pressure on Australia), especially when I'm probably playing the last tournament at home," said Aravinda, who will turn 37 next month. "This was an important semi-final and I really like challenges. I like to take responsibility on my shoulders in a big game," said Aravinda, who has scored more than 6,000 runs in 93 Tests with 20 centuries. His biggest moment came in the 1996 World Cup final against Australia at Lahore in Pakistan when he hammered a century and took three wickets to lead his team to victory. Aravinda said he had not decided whether he would be playing the World Cup in South Africa next year. "I don't know whether I'll be going to the World Cup. I'll probably have a chat with the selectors after this tournament and then decide," said Aravinda, who has scored 8,758 runs in 286 one-dayers with 11 hundreds.

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