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Rangana Herath announces retirement from limited-overs cricket

Rangana Herath announces retirement from limited-overs cricket
Rangana Herath has picked 92 wickets from 88 limited-overs games for Sri Lanka.
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Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath has announced his decision to retire from One-Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals with immediate effect.

In October last year, Herath cited his knee injury problems and said that he will take a call on his career after the completion of the 2016 ICC World T20.

The left-arm orthodox spinner made this decision to quit from the limited overs internationals in order to focus on his Test career.

Herath also reasoned that it was the right time to quit from the shorter formats as young and upcoming bowlers can be groomed for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

“In the next eight months or so, we’re scheduled to play something like 12 Test matches,” Herath said.

“I think retiring from the shorter formats is the right move, because that will allow young players to be groomed for the next World Cup, as well as lowering my workload and letting me concentrate on Tests.”

A press release from Sri Lanka Cricket wished Herath the best for his future endeavors and said, “Sri Lanka Cricket wishes Mr. Herath nothing but the best as he continues to play cricket in his chosen discipline, and in all future endeavours.”

Having made his ODI debut in 2004 against Zimbabwe, Herath has 74 wickets from 71 matches, while he has taken 18 wickets from 17 T20Is.

Herath will be remembered for his spell of five wickets for just three runs against New Zealand in the Group 1 encounter of the 2014 ICC World T20 against New Zealand, which was a must win encounter.

In Test cricket, Herath is just three wickets away from reaching the 300-wicket mark and by getting there, he will become only the third Sri Lankan bowler to have achieved the feat.

Only Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas have more Test wickets than Herath, who is expected to play a key role in the three-match Test series in Sri Lanka’s tour of England in May and June.

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