Sri Lankan pace bowler, Lasith Malinga has conveyed through skipper Dimuth Karunaratne that he will retire from International cricket. His last match would be the first match of the Bangladesh series.

Malinga was to play the entire series as part of the 22-man squad selected for the tournament. The three-match series will start from July 16th and conclude on 31st July.

Later, captain Karunaratne addressed the media at a press conference and confirmed Lasith Malinga will only play the first match. He remarked, “He is going to play the first match, after that he is retiring. That’s what he said to me. I don’t know what he said to the selectors.”

Lasith Malinga would be Sri Lanks’s third highest wicket-taker with 335 scalps in 2019 innings so far. He has only Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas ahead of him.

He was Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker at the world cup, claiming 13 scalps in seven innings.

Malinga retired from Test Cricket in 2011, but continued to play in other formats.

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