Veteran Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is likely to announce his retirement in November after the three-Test series against England. 40-year-old Herath, who made his debut in September 1999, is the last active international player who also played in 1990s. He had earlier retired from the shorter formats in order to lengthen his Test career but now he believes it is time to call curtains to all forms of cricket.
“Maybe my final series will be the England series later in the year,” ICC official quoted Herath as telling BBC Sinhala. “Following this South Africa series, there is another three months until the England series. For now, this is what I’ve planned for. There comes a time for every cricketer, when they have to stop playing. I think that time has come for me,” he added.
Herath is the most successful left-arm bowler in Tests, having taken 418 wickets in 90 matches so far he played for Sri Lanka. He has also played 71 ODIs and 17 T20Is in which he has scalped 74 and 18 wickets respectively. More than 90 per cent of his wickets have come in the last nine years of his career.
The 40-year-old is again expected to have a big role to play in the home series against South Africa. “I’m really glad I’ve been able to play as long as I have,” Herath said, adding that he believed Sri Lanka’s spin bowling would be in the good hands of Dilruwan Perera, Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan once he bows out. If he plays all the Tests until the England series, he will finish five Tests short of 100.