Sri Lankan cricket’s limited-overs skipper Lasith Malinga is set to retire from International cricket following next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, the cricketer confirmed. Malinga also confirmed that the 2019 World Cup will be his final 50-over tournament after which he will only ply trade in the T20 format and prepare for 2020 World Cup of the shortest format of cricket, which will take place in October-November.
“After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending,” said the 35-year-old after Sri Lanka were handed a 16-run defeat by South Africa in the second T20I at SuperSport Park on Friday. “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.”
“I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.” Malinga dismissed
Malinga’s focus will now switch to the Indian T20League, where he represents Team Mumbai. However, he may miss the first few matches to participate in Sri Lanka’s Super Provincial One-Day domestic tournament which will take place from April 4 to 11.
Speaking to ESPNCricinfo, Malinga said: “I had asked the [Sri Lanka] board for a No-Objection Certificate for me to play in the IPL, and they had said that was fine, but that all players who want to go to the World Cup would need to stay back for the provincial tournament.”
The Sri Lankan cricket team, on Friday, were defeated by 16 runs by South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park. In the match, Maling notched up his career 97th T20 wicket after dismissing South African top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 65.