Sri Lankan Thisara Perera announces retirement from international cricket



New Delhi: Former Sri Lankan skipper Thisara Perera has announced retirement from the international cricket on Monday.

In his letter, the 32-year-old player, addressed to Sri Lanka Cricket, said that he the time is right for him to step aside.

Perera also said in his letter, “thanked the team captains he had served under during his international career, team-mates- past and present, the executive committee of Sri Lanka Cricket, management, and the SLC staff, “for the support they extended to me during my career”.

The Sri Lankan cricketer played 166 ODIs and 84 T20Is, said this is the right time for him to follow on his personal goals and family life.

“I take pride in the fact that I was able to represent Sri Lanka in seven cricket world cups and be a contributing member of the 2014 T20 World Cup win against India in Bangladesh. Easily the highlight of my life,” Perera said in his letter.

Perera played 133 ODI matches, scored 2338 runs, with his highest batting 140. He also took 175 wickets. He played 74 T20I matches, in which he scored 1204 runs and also took 51 wickets during his career. 

Blessing the cricketer “the very best in his future commitments”, SLC said, it “dearly values the immeasurable services rendered by him to the game”.

The SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said, “Thisara was a brilliant all-rounder, who has contributed immensely as a player to Sri Lanka Cricket and played a part in some of the glorious cricketing moments of the country”.

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