Jayasuriya to retire after England tour

Published: Friday, June 10, 2011, 0:00 [IST]
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Jayasuriya to retire after England tour

Colombo, June 9: Veteran Sri Lankan opener Sanath Jayasuriya, who returned to the one-day and Twenty20 team after more than a year today, will draw curtains on his over two-decade long career after the upcoming series against England.

"I will retire after the England tour from all forms of the game," said the veteran left hander, who will turn 42 on June 30.

Jayasuriya was today picked to replace Upul Tharanga, who is facing disciplinary action for testing positive for a banned substance during the World Cup, in the 16-member squad which will play five one-day internationals and a single T20 international.

Jayasuriya, now a Member of Parliament for the ruling United People''s Freedom Alliance, was last seen in action in an ODI in India in 2009, which was abandoned due to a poor pitch, where he scored 31 runs.

He was overlooked for the World Cup which he claimed to be one of the biggest disappointments of his 22-year long international career.

Jayasuriya said he would play in the T20 game and one of the five one-day internationals starting from June 25.

"I do not want to be unfair on upcoming players by trying to play for too long. I will be available to them to share my experience," said Jayasuriya. .


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