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Jayawardene, Sangakkara To Retire From T20Is

Kumar Sangakkara & Mahela Jayawardene
Kumar Sangakkara (left) and Mahela Jayawardene will both make the ICC WT20 2014 their last
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Sri Lankan batsmen Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara will both retire from Twenty20 International cricket following the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.

The vastly experienced pair have helped Sri Lanka reach the finals of the 2007 and 2011 World Cup, and the 2009 and 2012 ICC World Twenty20 competitions.

Jayawardene and Sangakkara, both 36, have played in 49 and 50 Twenty20 Internationals respectively.

Jayawardene has scored 1,335 runs at an average of 31.79 with a highest score of 100 while Sangakkara has hit 1,311 runs at an average of 32.78 with a highest score of 78.

Both players have also featured in the Indian Premier League - Jayawardene for the Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and  Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Sangakkara for the Kings XI, Deccan Chargers and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Talking to the Sunday Island newspaper, Sangakkara said: "Definitely, without a doubt, this is my last World T20, I won't be playing any T20 internationals after this.

"It's sad, but that's the truth. It's not the end of my T20 career though. I would like to play franchise-based T20s.

"Once your World Cup prospects are over, you should give the next crop of players an opportunity. It's a natural progression."

He also later added that he would be retiring from One-Day Internationals following the 2015 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand.

Subsequently, Jayawardene, who captained Sri Lanka between 2006 and 2011, confirmed his retirement, with the ICC breaking the news via Twitter:

Sri Lanka begin their ICC World Twenty20 campaign when they play South Africa on 22nd March. They also play England, New Zealand and a qualifier.

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