Thilan Samaraweera Confirms Retirement

Thilan Samaraweera Confirms Retirement
Thilan Samaraweera Confirms Retirement
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Experienced Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera has confirmed his retirement from international cricket.

Having been left out of the Test squad for the two-match series against Bangladesh, he had submitted his resignation to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), before a meeting was set up between him and national selectors today.

Although SLC were keen to see Samaraweera remain available ahead of a series with Pakistan later this year, he has stuck by his decision, ending an international career that began in 1998.

He went on to play 81 Test matches and 53 One-Day Internationals for his country, becoming an important part of the middle order and often sharing important partnerships with Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.

In his 81 Tests, he scored 5,462 runs at 48.76 with 14 centuries and 30 half-centuries as well as hitting 862 ODI runs at 27.80 with two centuries.

In 2009, he was one of a number of players injured during the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team convoy in Lahore, Pakistan, although he made a full recovery and continued his international career.

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