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Jayasuriya announces international retirement

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June 9, 2011

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Sanath Jayasuriya in an unforgiving mood, Sri Lanka v India, Compaq Cup, final, Colombo, September 14, 2009
Sanath Jayasuriya's return to the international scene will be brief © AFP
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Sanath Jayasuriya has announced he will retire from international cricket after Sri Lanka's first ODI against England on June 28, at The Oval, and revealed his decision within hours of being recalled to the squad close to his 42nd birthday.

"The England tour will be my last tour for my country. I will play the first one-day and the Twenty20 match and retire," Jayasuriya said on Thursday. "I am thrilled that the selectors had faith in my fitness."

"I am still fit enough to play international cricket, though I have not played much one-day matches for the past several months," he said. "Age is never an issue. I will be 42. So long as fitness and form is maintained, player burn-out is managed properly, there is scope for seniors like myself to represent the country."

There was recent speculation over the possible inclusion of Jayasuriya, who turns 42 on June 30, following the thumb injury sustained by captain and opener Tillakaratne Dilshan against England at Lord's that has put him in doubt for the third Test - though he has been named in the limited-overs squad - and the absence of Upul Tharanga due to his failed drugs test.

Jayasuriya had retired from Tests in 2007 and last played in an ODI for Sri Lanka in 2009. He was left out of the list of 20 players who were offered central contracts by Sri Lanka Cricket in 2010. Though he was named in the provisional squad of 30 for the 2011 World Cup, he did not make the final 15.

Jayasuriya is next only to Sachin Tendulkar in terms of ODI runs and appearances, having made 13,428 from 444 matches.

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Posted by DwightR on (June 12, 2011, 16:14 GMT)

ive always believed Jayasuriya n Vaas deserved a retirement match except with Sanath he's about 3-4 yrs too late, the legacy is still tainted but it should be fun seeing the legend back in the middle one last time, with Vaas dominating county would be a good oppourtunity to get him a retirement match as well; funny how when SLC loses both openers or realized our pace attack was weak after Cardiff they consider or bring back the old gaurd (sanath n vaas).

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 13:02 GMT)

he is a great player......so he deserves to be remember.....

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 8:43 GMT)

Why can't Jayasuriya retire in scotland or Ireland match instead of wasting an opportunity of a younster who is waiting ages to get into the team.We don't want to rememeber him as a selfish man who manipulated the system to get his personal goals sacrificing country's need.We have become a laughing stock in front of a wider worldwide public.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 14:23 GMT)

huray blaster is back ;)

Posted by docvinnny on (June 11, 2011, 9:12 GMT)

UTTER SELFISHNESS- This is not the Jayasuriya the cricketer this is the JAyasuriya the politician. Who comes for just one match? If you play for the country play for the country but not for yourself. It is pretty obvious that he doesn't want to be in the humuliating 5-0 whitewash team instead just want to play one match and doesn't matter if Sri Lanka win or loses he will not be in the team any more. If he cannot play the whole of the five matches why should the SLC accept him no matter how great a player you were....treat everyone the same on the merits of the day! Please let's not IGNORE THE OBVIOUS!

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (June 11, 2011, 4:36 GMT)

This is how it should be done. He has done well for the team. He deserves respect from the Board, the team and the country. A last game send off is the appropriate way of doing it. No doubt he and the selectors would have discussed this beforehand. Selectors should be commended for this. Selectors of other countries should take note of this, in particular Australia, Pakistan and West Indies.

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 3:50 GMT)

Sanath is a legend of SL CRICKET, his talent and the proven career records can not be replaced for years. HE HAS GIVEN HIS best for the team and the Country whenever he represented the country. Yes" he is old....but always remember .......OLD is GOLD. ...I have no doubt he will guide our team to a victory this time....and will show he will be fit enough to do it again. and WE have to give him a really big farewell by winning the last International match of his long standing career......Where we didint give it to Murali.....by winning the World cup again..........Sana......you are the great........and the ...Star Ikon.....of our cricket.

Good luck and wish you all the very best for the future.....

Posted by Ravith on (June 11, 2011, 2:58 GMT)

A long waited Good Bye... It's time he got some sense...

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 1:31 GMT)

I hope this isn't a bridge too far. The importance of retiring while people are asking "why?" rather than "why not?" is frequently lost on politicians - Thatcher, Blair, Howard to name but three. He's been a great batsman: I hope he can quit on a high note.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 20:16 GMT)

sanath is a great player, he is a legend. no doubt. but dont we have anyone to open if out openers couldnt play? like i mean come on, we have to call the old boys back to play a series in england? its a sad situation for SLC. wat if old boys like sana already retire? we quit the match is it or play with 9 players? Welcome back sana

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