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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, 17:14 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, 14:02 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 12, 2011, 9:43 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, 15:23 GMT)

huray blaster is back ;)

Posted by docvinnny on (June 11, 2011, 10:12 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, 5:36 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, 4:50 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 winning the World cup 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, 3:58 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (June 11, 2011, 2:31 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, 21:16 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

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

he s sachin tendulakar of he deserves good treatment...all the best jaysuriya........

Posted by CricketPissek on (June 10, 2011, 18:50 GMT)

In a surprise selection, The ECB have called up WG Grace to open with newly appointed captain Alastair Cook in the ODI series.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 18:46 GMT)

he is one of the few cricketer who have changed game of cricket.Everyone knows how he had single handedly changed the concept of playing first 15 overs in the world cup '96 that was the year when the ODI took a long strid forward,the game had drastically changed after that.I am very thankful to god that i born in his era and i salute him for what he has given to the cricket.Hope to see you as a coach or commentator or in field related to cricket.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

My Hero is back.. I was in tears when I heard this...

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

Sanath .. You deserve a bettr exit than this ... I am hapy tht you got a chance to say last hurray on the ground unlike our rahul dravid ...

Posted by SettingSun on (June 10, 2011, 17:54 GMT)

@Ruch - probably not, batsmen are not allowed runners any more, remember? :)

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 16:02 GMT)

It seems that Kamran Abdul Jabbar has no idea about the game. Sorry but when did Martin Crowe or Jayasuriya ever smash Wasim???? Maybe you have been watching croquet on the planet Mars, any doubt check the records on cricinfo. Not even the great Richards, Tendulkar or Lara could smash Wasim at his peak and hence the reason Wasim was selected in the Wisden All Time World XI. Jayasuriya was a very aggressive bastman for sure but doubt that you would put him ahead of the likes of Sangakarra and Jaywardene who can be dominant but are technically more sound

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

Proud to be a SL cricket fan becoz of u people..

Posted by lananad on (June 10, 2011, 15:55 GMT)

Long live Sanath. I do not agree like most people about recalling a 42 yr old guy but having said that Sanath derserve this farewell game. The reason is. He has gone so much for SL Cricket. * He won so many games for SL and gave much needed recognition for the country. * When he scores SL always won ODIS.I dont think anyone has done so consistantly either bat or ball. 13000 run and 300 plus wickets amazing..Even great Tendulka has'nt won big games for his country eventhough he scored so many runs. * Tribute to him to keep fit for so long. He is still one of the better fielders in SL team. * Finished careers of many bowlers in the late 90's and early years of 2000.Ask Prabaka,Ankkola,Defrietas, name a few. * Overall game SL team a new look and fearless attitube. Credit must go to Kaluvitharana who started it in AUs 95/96 turney and Sanath contnued.

All the best Sana,Thank you very mush for entertaining us for 2 decades.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 15:38 GMT)

Welcome back Jaya. They "dissed" you when you were not selected for the World Cup. They acted without class, for the way they treated you after your fantastic contribution over the years. Now they have had to swallow thier collective stupidity and meanness and turn to you to save them again. You gave been a boon to cricket . Give them a taste again. You are not old; you are Jya.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

In 2011 Final, SL didn't miss Jayasuriya as batsman, but they sure missed him as a bowler.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 14:30 GMT)

There is no better place than Home of Cricket England for a great player like Sanath Jaysuriya to hang his boots... Thank you Sana for all the joy that you brought for cricket fans all around the world...

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 14:15 GMT)

Why? Don't SL has depth. I am sure that they have.

Posted by jrben on (June 10, 2011, 13:41 GMT)

Team selection should be based on merit, not political interference. This selection is a reward for political support Sanath has given to the incumbent ruling party.We all know that Sanath ceased to be a dominant player a couple of years ago and, at 42, has absolutely nothing offer. Apparently the selectors wanted him to play in all 5 ODIs but Sanath says he will "retire" after the first ODI. Does anyone see the point of this? SL Cricket Board is on a slippery slope and unless we build Chinese walls between SL cricket and politics it will soon be on par with PCB.

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 10, 2011, 13:34 GMT)

Selectors why you guys do not give a chance to Aravinda , Arjuna , Mahanama, Duleep and Roy dias . They still can bat and run. Its a surprice to SL fans in abroad.

Posted by Bala74 on (June 10, 2011, 13:33 GMT)

There is no better way to crush the confidence of an up and coming cricketer than to be ignored by the selectors who decide to go with a 42 tear old veteran. Well done SLCB!!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 13:12 GMT)

sana you are the father of ODI criciket we are proud of you wish you all the best in your future

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 12:59 GMT)

I am from Pakistan. Such a great batsmen who changes the first fifteen over game in ODI. Fastest century and Fifty against Pakistan in Singapore tour 1996 will always be memorable. In one over of Amir Sohail hitting 5 consecutive sizes.. that was very amazing at that time. The only batsmen after Martin Crow who smashes Wasim Akram easily. I can rate him as the all time second best batsmen of SriLanka after Arvinda DeSilva.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 12:58 GMT)

He should have played whole series then retire

Posted by bilori on (June 10, 2011, 12:10 GMT)

jayasuriya ,on ur last game,just hit 4 and 6 and score 100 UP

Posted by samirranjitkar on (June 10, 2011, 11:45 GMT)

It's time to go now but you should play the whole series. Just playing one ODI will not make any sense. Anyway, Good Bye Sanat. You are the greatest opener of all time. You are my favorite cricketer. You will always be remember as a player who changed the face of one day cricket. Great great job.

Posted by WPDDESILVA on (June 10, 2011, 11:18 GMT)

Thank you Sanath for all the entertaintment you gave us! Hopefully you can entertain us one more time!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 11:17 GMT)

Sanath Uncle you are a gr8 entertainer.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 11:12 GMT)

Really it's sad to watch a match without Jayasuriya.I still love to see him playing, because he was such a great entertainer to us.I have no words to say what he has done to the world cricket.remind me of his 152 just in 99 balls he hit in last tour of England in 2006.not only that there were many many thrilling memories of master blaster.more than 13000 runs and 300 heart is lamenting for his retirement.but when the time arrives,everyone has to say good bye.good bye "SANA boy...." I salute you!!!

Posted by Anand2209 on (June 10, 2011, 11:06 GMT)

Sana as we all know him is one the best all rounders the sport cricket has seen. Amazing wrists at work when he is with the willow, a hardworking and at the same time a smart bowler and last but not the least a brilliant fielder. Like SRT he truly deserved a place in the World cup 2011 squad. He would always be remembered as the one who changed the phase of SL cricket with his swashbuckling style of fearless batsmanship. I wish him all the very best for his post retirement plans. Am sure Venky and Srinath would have loved to see his back when they were playing.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 10:49 GMT)

congratulations to sanath from an indian... hope you blast the english bowling in ur remaining matches.. sad to see u out!

Posted by Charindra on (June 10, 2011, 10:43 GMT)

Amazing cricketer who came from humble background and changed the face of one day cricket. But why only one match?? It makes no sense. Either play the whole series or nothing at all. But either way, thank you for the memories. One of the greatest openers in cricket history.

Posted by hawkeye30 on (June 10, 2011, 10:42 GMT)

Here is a player who took SL to uncharted heights in world cricket. Sanath will always be remembered fondly for the great memories! Leave with a bang, kudos to you!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 10:42 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 10:30 GMT)

Goodbye Sanath Play for the pride and prove it to the Lakan's that still u're best oppener in the Srilankan island.......

Posted by CKfrombrisbane on (June 10, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

Thanks god ! You finally realised the truth. No matter how fit you are if you do not perform up to the standard it is a matter to concern. But finally you realised the importance of giving the chance to youngsters and keep the dignity you earned during last decades. YOU NEED TO GO BROTHER NOW AND SL CRICKET FINDS OUT YOUNG BLOD IF THEY WANT TO BECOME DOMINANT FORCE INTERNATIONALY.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 10:27 GMT)

You have been a great entertainer! my cricketing memories will always have room for you.. best of luck for the future.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 10:23 GMT)

back on fire jayasuriya shows your fire on t20

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

He was a Real Game Changer who not only Rekindle the ODI Cricket but also Successfully Revised the Definition of Limited Over Cricket.......

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 10:05 GMT)


Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (June 10, 2011, 10:03 GMT)

Why only one odi? It looks like SL is planning for an official send off. He should play atleast 3 odis other wise no point in recalling.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 9:56 GMT)

thanks sanath i sow 2 players in cricket world thats 1.sachin dendulkar 2 sanath jayasooriya.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 9:42 GMT)

Aravinda & co. must be praised for having guts to ignore Sanath for the WC. His technique is not good to consider him as a coach. That's why he failed in England in 1999 WC. He can whack on flat pitches in sub-continent. Nevertheless, what matters most is the number of runs scored. In that aspect, he is far ahead among Sri Lankans. In addition, he failed in the last T20 WC. Even the commentators did not expect his return. Same way, he will fail in the remaining 2 matches. If by chance, he scores he will be reluctant to retire. He could have got this farewell by playing in Mathara, where his electoral base, against Aussies rather than preventing a youngster to get used to alien conditions. Mahela Udawatte would have been selected. If Vaas was an MP, he also would have got elected even though he plays division 2 in England. Malinga, too, would have been rested until the next WC as he got an injury problem. Because, he is reluctant to play in tests in cold countries where not serious.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

good luck Sana boy prove a point to the cricketing world if can wit a 1100!!

Posted by tagrcm on (June 10, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

Eugynne, very sorry to say that U have compared two different types of players. Yes that Kallis is a great player But take as a whole team see How this master Jayasooriya has take his country to victory and play huge toernaments. Is Kallis done even one time? In my view there is very few that can match with Jayasooriya in this aspect. He is a great match winner and a team player. All the best Sana, We all miss u

Posted by stFleming on (June 10, 2011, 9:32 GMT)

Well is a very special day as the veteran Sanath Jayasuriya has finally announced his retirement from international cricket...Hopefully Ricky Ponting will sooner than later surpass his career runs and will become the no.2 batsman in the whole world after the legendary Sachin Tendulkar....Good luck to Sanath for his future...and thanks very much for retiring finally...

Posted by Scube on (June 10, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

Hats off to a true legend of world cricket, not just Srilankan cricket! While it'll be generally ridiculous to give a game to a player just to retire, few players deserve that special treatment and Sanath is definitely one of them for all he has done to SL cricket. While his biggest contribution was in ODIs, he also played quite a few special innings in tests, more importantly even outside the subcontinent! Moreover, I don't think the selectors or board would have had such a deal to let him play one last time. I can't see too many options in front of them in the current situation. They wud have really hoped him to play the entire series! But, Sanath knows that he doesn't have the fire in him any more to consistently perform over a full series. So, he would have taken this decision to also motivate himself to go for it one last time! Either ways, he deserves it! Thanks again for all the entertainment and even for some horrible memories when it was against India!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 9:04 GMT)

thats more like it SANA !

wish u all the best & thank you for what u did for SL cricket during last 20 yrs

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 8:52 GMT)

Sanath was the visible face of hitting out at the top. But the credit for PIONEERING such hitting must go to Martin Crowe's strategy of sending amiddle order bat like Mark Greatbatch to hit out as opener in WC 1992. Taking a cue England promoted Botham, India opened with Kapil and WI had sent up Lara - all with varying degrees of success.

True, in 1996 Sanath and Kalu made it sensational and made it mainstream approach in opening batting.

Thanks for the memoris, Sanath!

Wishing Sanath Jayasuriya a happy future post retirement from cricket

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT)

ENETERTAINER! 'nuff said :-)

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT)


Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 8:06 GMT)

Thanx Master for your contribution of world cricket subversion....

Posted by straight_drive4 on (June 10, 2011, 7:53 GMT)

from an aussie - congratulations on an awesome career - you are a credit to sri lanka and helped changed the way the game is played. will be sad to see you go. wish you all the best in the future

Posted by Eugynne on (June 10, 2011, 7:38 GMT)

Jayasooriya is a good all round cricketer. But when comparing with Jaqques Kallis, he is far behind. Kallis is a living legend and the cricketing world may have to wait for another few decades to see another great all rounder of the calibre of Kallis. Anyhow, Sanath, we wish you a better & triumphant farewell and make it memorable. Adieus.

Posted by ravcrico on (June 10, 2011, 7:32 GMT)

or pls retire from t20 after the next t20 world cup(in sl) like murali is planning to do :)

Posted by ravcrico on (June 10, 2011, 7:29 GMT)

pls play atleast 3 odi's :( cz there wil be no you again :( and show the world the classy hitting :( slc pls make him retire after the series

Posted by Vishnumenon on (June 10, 2011, 7:27 GMT)

Thank you for the memories! Give us one last one!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 7:26 GMT)

A really epic player, as a whole. Changed one-day Cricket as a whole along with Kaluwitharana. I remember spending terrified moments watching him thrash our bowling and getting the match away from us, many times. Will be missed. Good luck in your future Sanath, good luck to Sri Lanka for finding another such talent, if possible that its. Repect from an Indian fan.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

Fitting end for a great fighter in SL cricket

Posted by puneeth_ on (June 10, 2011, 6:53 GMT)

Age is no barrier, but he should be sure to make the opportunity count - not exit lbw after two fours in two overs. The triplet towers of England could relish testing themselves against a vintage Jayasuriya.

Posted by puneeth_ on (June 10, 2011, 6:52 GMT)

its nice to see the sanath playing for srilanka tha last odi he was one of the best all rounder for srilanka and a good opening batsman

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 6:45 GMT)

there was sachin there was lara there were many but none of them can mess with sana when he was in form......thats the bottom line.......

Posted by lijihas on (June 10, 2011, 6:08 GMT)

tendulkar is ever ever green cricketer..please do not compare ur jayasuya with our legent... jayasurya just an opener with out form since 5-6 yrs.... but tendulkar can hit double century any time agaisnt any team....

Posted by cricketik on (June 10, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

SL Board should be congratulated for arranging an on field farewell to the greatest ODI allrounder Sanath Jayasuriya. He would be remembered for his trendsetting hitting in the powerplays and like Sachin for his demeanour on and off the field. A great career coming to an end and more importantly on a great note.

Posted by kelumw on (June 10, 2011, 5:33 GMT)

Wish you All the Best Sana...You are a Legend... We appreciate all your efforts towards bringing Sri Lanka Cricket to the peak beating the rest of the world...Wish you all the best again at your final two matches...!!!

Beat England and show your colours...!!!

We are always with you...

Posted by CricChampKet on (June 10, 2011, 5:25 GMT)

Jaya, Thanks a lot for entertaining us for so long period of time.Wish you all the very best for your future endeavors.we will miss you a lot.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 5:21 GMT)

Whatever sanath done for Sri Lankan cricket is great.we cant forgot that.however given opertunity for sanath to retire in great style i salute to SL Cricket board.board hope give chance again to yougsters players like chandimal .Good luck Sanath..and thanks for entertaining us.its thrilled to watach when you play games especially one dayers and T 20's

Posted by Ruch on (June 10, 2011, 5:15 GMT)

I hear Ranatunga is already in England. Would he be able to play the remaining four matches after jayasuriya retires after the 1st ODI?

Posted by soorajiyer on (June 10, 2011, 5:14 GMT)

Nice to see him given a chance to retire in style. All the best Sanath and thanks for the entertainment :)

Posted by fijiguy on (June 10, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Why play 1 ODI and then retire?...go for the whole series mate!

Posted by courierpost on (June 10, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

Now now, don't get all worked up he still got it, remember those off side sixes ha I know you like it, so more to come.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 10, 2011, 5:08 GMT)

A good player to watch when he is in form. But not in good touch for the last few years. He can be considered as the god father of hard hitting opening batsmen.

Posted by Pradeep_Reddy_Billa on (June 10, 2011, 5:02 GMT)

Nyc 2 c him back .... Players like Sanath n Gilchrist can play even at the ages of 50... all d best ..

Posted by rustyryan on (June 10, 2011, 4:55 GMT)

Wish BCCI should ve allowed Dada and Dravid a chance of farewell in odis'

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 4:49 GMT)

wish you all the best on your failwell. I would like to watch a cracking century from you!

Posted by arvija on (June 10, 2011, 4:17 GMT)

May be sports minister should [will] come forward and request Sanath to play all five one-dayers and then retire..... otherwise we will be one man short in our squad for the remaining matches, of course we have our batting coach as a replacement for any given moment!!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

U r a legend and wish u a happy future career

Posted by HAKF5 on (June 10, 2011, 3:51 GMT)

Sanath you are the best ODI all-rounder in world . You are a great ambassador of Srilankan cricket. You gave us the word cup in 1996 . You have completely changed the rhythm of ODIs. You are leaving with some great memories for SriLankan. I can still remember your 1st test 100 against Aussis at Australia. We would have ended up as champion if you were at the WC2011. Thank you very much sir. You definitely disserve this farewell. Wish you all the best and awaiting to see you in action in Srilankan premier league in this July. Once again thank you very much for wonderful things you have done for our cricket.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 3:43 GMT)

correction kallis the greatest all rounder the world has seen and sehwag is the most attacking batsman...good on jayasurya though...

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 3:16 GMT)

For me, the memory of him would be how, in the 2007 WC Final, he quite audibly motivated Sangakkara to have a go at McGrath. Indian friends may wish to quote God Sachin's expressed opinion on Jayasuriya. He wiil be playing at the Oval two days before his Birthday. Hope you celebrate in real style.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 3:05 GMT)

It's a very nice gesture by the Sri Lankan selectors to let him retire properly. Hope he puts up the typical Jayasuriya show one last time in the ODI. Thanks for all the entertainment Sanath, you are a true legend. You invented the 15-over hitting. Good luck for your future endeavors. Respect from India.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 3:03 GMT)

Will Arjuna and Duleep mendis return for the other matches? I guess Srilanka is in short of good Youngsters

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 2:43 GMT)

Age is no barrier, but he should be sure to make the opportunity count - not exit lbw after two fours in two overs. The triplet towers of England could relish testing themselves against a vintage Jayasuriya.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 2:40 GMT)

gud luck sanath sir,no matter what people say but u have done more than enough for your country.u r always my best..................

Posted by CricketChat on (June 10, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

I have lost all respect for Sanath after his latest retirement announcement as a person despite his above average success on the field. It seems he was looking for an honorable exit for himself rather than really trying to help out his country in the hour of need when both the regular openers are out.

Posted by ARad on (June 10, 2011, 2:17 GMT)

ANURA TENNAKOON never got a proper farewell. I think they should bring him in to replace Dilshan for the third Test! GO SL!!!

Posted by dhpr111 on (June 10, 2011, 2:12 GMT)

The greatest attacking batsmen the world has ever known.That is Sanath Jayasuriya.I really happy with your decision to retire.There are lots of aggressive players today like Vierendra Sehwag , Chris Gayle , Thilakarathne Dilshan.If Sanath is in his best , Nobody can match him.We still remember your innings which destroy every bowling attack in the world..Good bye Legend!!!!

Posted by Rajitha88 on (June 10, 2011, 1:56 GMT)

didn't wear sunglasses...never used sun creams..gave his full strength for country...what a player he is..300+wickets and 13000+runs.. noone can compair wth him...He is the Legend of ODI s.....

Posted by manoj09 on (June 10, 2011, 1:53 GMT)

Is Sri Lanka so desperately short of younger talent that they have to recall a 42 year old after a year in oblivion for just one match? Why wouldn't they call a youngster? Has he performed so well in domestic cricket over the last year that they were forced to recall him?? This is professional cricket. At this level, you don't get a chance to play by saying "Please let me play one more game and I promise I will retire after that"

Posted by BeCalmAndSupportEngland on (June 10, 2011, 1:42 GMT)

sanath you are the best odi allrounder ever world had.U did one thing wrong in ur whole career. That was the retirement.btw at last u took it.anway congrats and love to see a dashing 100 from ur last game.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 1:23 GMT)

@ last SL cricket has taken da correct move...Give Sana 1 more game & send him off. Rather than carrying him around like a burden. U were a good player, bt not any more!!!

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 0:50 GMT)

Sanath is a thrill to of my favourite cricketers. I hope he gets a fairy tale send off by smashing another memorable hundred. He deserves it.

Posted by adis26 on (June 10, 2011, 0:18 GMT)

Yes. That God he is not playing against my India, I can watch and appreciate this legendary player. One can never forget him for being part of what SL did in 1996. Sanath virtually invented the first 15-over hit out in ODIs that changed the game.

Posted by   on (June 10, 2011, 0:10 GMT)

Jayasurya, We only hate you when you play against India. Welcome back. You are my favorite among Tendulkar and Lara.

Posted by donovancarragher on (June 9, 2011, 23:56 GMT)

Even as an England fan, I'd like to see Sanath make one final century against us

Posted by noorisb on (June 9, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

excellent decision by the SL Management to say goodbye to A LEGEND. I WISH SAME MUST BE HAPPEN WITH SHOIAB AKHTAR!!!!!!!!

Posted by cgtboy87 on (June 9, 2011, 23:51 GMT)

very classy by sri lanka cricket board...well done.. he deserve it....(west indies)

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 23:29 GMT)

what if he couldnt get selected for the final X1 of the first ODI..? He has been bluffing like this for years..! but no one can deny that he was one of the best.

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (June 9, 2011, 23:27 GMT)

Good way to make sure you get picked.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 23:06 GMT)


Posted by natemiles on (June 9, 2011, 23:00 GMT)

why are coming back for one match???

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

good luck santh,people will remember you as one of the great sons of mother sri lanka. play all matches in the series & retire .i'm really proud of your one gonna have it at the age of 42.adios sanath the entertainer..!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 22:17 GMT)

Sanath has been a tireless servant for Sri Lankan cricket and was a great entertainer....the decision to prolong his career along with politics made him a laughing stock...this guy deserved a great farewell if he had retired a few years back when he was admired by all cricket fans all over the world...Wish you good luck sana...

Posted by Masud_BITK on (June 9, 2011, 21:59 GMT)

I highly praised SL management decision to include Sanath what a fantastic player to offer him an exit with dignity. Sanath, please make a century and make all of us cry..Good Bye from cricket but not from our mind..what a sweet storm will be lost?

Posted by rf1113 on (June 9, 2011, 21:58 GMT)

Sanath = Mubarak...just doesn't know when it's over and time to quit! Have lost all respect for you're 42 with 444 matches under your belt. Move on and let that one game go to a youngster which will potentially have a much bigger impact for him and SL cricket as opposed to you just going for yourself. Sad to see an international cricketer be so blatantly about themselves...even sadder to see SLC facilitate it!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

:(( greaTEST allr0under ever!!!! the sixes thru his wrist were treat 2 watch.. one of the best hitter in power p;ays, he shud hv played the final of wc just lyk suraj played

Posted by FAIZALMEEDIN on (June 9, 2011, 21:20 GMT)

oh!! finaly SJ is gonna retire before we retire watching cricket.

Posted by likeintcricket on (June 9, 2011, 20:42 GMT)

Sri lanka needs Muralitharan, Malinga and Vass back into their squad. I don't think their bowling can bowl a side out twice in a Test without these bowlers. Sooner they realize that the better is for their bowling and ranking.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 20:40 GMT)

Break Afridi's record of fastest 100...

Posted by ShashankaIndeewara on (June 9, 2011, 20:32 GMT)

sanath is a fantastic player

Posted by Evilpengwinz on (June 9, 2011, 20:10 GMT)

"I will play the first one-day and the Twenty20 match and retire"

This doesn't make much sense to me, unless it means that SL know that Dilshan is coming back until at least the second ODI. In which case, who's replacing him in the 3rd test?

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 19:40 GMT)

Sanath Jayasuria is the the legend and i believe he will do well in his final tour. Good Luck!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

it has always been fascinating to watch out Jayasuriya batting....... Another legend gona retire........

Posted by nimal183 on (June 9, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

Without doubt sanath is Sri lankas best one day player and will be for a long time... Please entertain us for one last time....

Posted by SRT_GENIUS on (June 9, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

@saad_619: he just wanted a farewell with ignity. That's what this is about.

Posted by priyantha123 on (June 9, 2011, 19:09 GMT)

why don't you play till the next world cup and prevent a youngster from being selected?? (may be he will try to do this if he sees my comment?)

Posted by sanath007 on (June 9, 2011, 18:59 GMT)

Sana if you retired about a couple of years earlier you'll still be my favorite ever cricketer

Posted by mitgop11 on (June 9, 2011, 18:58 GMT)

this odi and t20 series is of very less significance in the grand scheme of things for SLC. This is the time they should slowly start rebuilding the team for the next WC. SLC should test some of its young and upcoming talent in such ODI series. Playing Sanath, that too for one ODI does not look like a good decision. If sanath needs a farewell, a home farewell would have been better than one in Oval. By taking Sanath all the way to London for one ODI and a T20, SLC has progressed 2 steps backwards!

Posted by priyal85 on (June 9, 2011, 18:53 GMT)

This is a good decision. We still love watching him playing. But we have to think of the future of our coutries cricket. I salute you sana.. and wish you all the best on your failwell. I would like to watch a cracking century from you!

Posted by saad_619 on (June 9, 2011, 18:39 GMT)

wat supidity is this? sanath jayasuria did not retire which means he was ready to play the limited format. now he has that he will retire after the 1st odi! he should have played the whole tour.For me jayasuria retiring in between the tour is sheer stupidity!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:38 GMT)

We miss you Sana,,, You are tha legend of SriLankan cricket,,, God bless you man,,,,,

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:37 GMT)

The Greatest ODI cricketer of all time!

Posted by Venkatb on (June 9, 2011, 18:33 GMT)

Well deserved return - however, why do cricketers retire during a series instead of at the end - a country's resources are deployed in sending a player abroad not for 1 game but for a series. IF SJ retires after 1 1-day and 1 T-20 then he lacks faith in himself that he can do well in the series; he is quickly turning this into a personal platform to retire in the international arena instead of attempting to do well which he well capable of.

Sanath - do the right thing and stay through the series - you will be putting too much pressure on yourself to do well in 1 match - use the series and redeem yourself.

Posted by avis1001 on (June 9, 2011, 18:32 GMT)

Normally all the best people retire with a duck in the last match - hope Sanath will not.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

Why the hell is he selected for the ODI series if he's playing only one game? And since he's replacing Tharanga and Dilshan maybe injured, are we just taking him to England so he can have a last good bye? Just goes to show what kind of mess Sri Lanka cricket is at the moment. This is the exact reason why Sanga and Arvinda resigned. And puppets like Dulip Mendis was bought in. I loved Sanath to death,he was my favorite cricketer, but the way he has handled himself in the recent past has been shameful.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:25 GMT)

I appreciate everything sana has done for SL cricket.. which is aLOT... but it doesn't matter if you "WERE" great.. its about being in good form and making runs... I went from being the biggest sana fan to.. almost reviling him for not bowing out gracefully... I hope he makes runs for his sake... or he's forever gonna be known as the guy who just didn't know when to give up.

Posted by shawnsundar on (June 9, 2011, 18:23 GMT)

No way! This guy is a true soldier. Imagine if Lara was still playing...

Posted by AniMathews on (June 9, 2011, 18:20 GMT)

The man who changed the Modern cricket ,he is the who invented the explosive starts in one day cricket ....Thanks for the entertainment......

Posted by Saim93 on (June 9, 2011, 18:14 GMT)

I suppose he just wanted one last shot before retiring. I respect that as he didnt want his last appearance in a dropped match!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:10 GMT)

I think the reason for 1 ODI is to bid him fairwell, and not to prevent a youngster playing the entire series.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:08 GMT)

wish sanath makes 100 in his last match

Posted by AnanthV on (June 9, 2011, 18:05 GMT)

Excellent Excellent Excellent Crickter(All Rounder). SL missed you in the world cup.

It's very very bad on desilva for not selecting him WC. But desilva retired with the WC match.

Any how, Greatest cricketer of SL for the 90's ans 00's. All the best for your Polotical career.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:02 GMT)

lol,its funny.same people who told him off for his comeback saying he's a legend now! anyways,Cant wait to see Sana on his last match at Oval on 28th. he's a true legend who helped Sri lanka to be a great cricketing nation.we wouldnt even watch cricket if we didnt have players like Sana.murali,aravinda,vass. hats off to a pure cricket legend. :)

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 18:00 GMT)

He is a great batsmen ever made by sri lankan cricket as well in world cricket.All credits goes to Arjuna, duleep & whatmore for new invention of sanath jayasuriya in world one days cricket since 1996 world cup.all the best sanath.

Posted by Asitha on (June 9, 2011, 17:52 GMT)

I believe he should play entire One day tournament with England and fifth game is the final game for him..... One of a great cricketer the Sri Lanka Produced. Great Legend.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

ya ya ya......... it's back from the legends

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:46 GMT)

im pakistani but i am thorghly upset that jayasuriya is close to retirement he was (in my terms) the best cricketer ever after bradman and tendulkar. he was (in my terms again) the most explosive cricketer after viv richards and brian lara. Technally i belive sanath is fit and can still play for his country.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:40 GMT)

Sanath is another Heyden... Didn't have good time in his last season.... But he is the man, who brought accelaration in the first 15 overs.. Missing you Sanath..

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:39 GMT)

He should play 5 ODI not one we miss you sana

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:33 GMT)

Great to get Sanath back on the field... but just a thought... What if he scores a century in the First ODI... will he still retire? Well... well.. well... dont think too much... Just Enjoy a LIVING LEGEND from SL bat.....

Posted by Nathan_123 on (June 9, 2011, 17:32 GMT)

If Jayasuriya wants to retire in two games why bother playing him. Why don't the selectors a pick a youngster who can gain valuable experience in English condition. No wonder Srilankan selectors and administrators are described as the biggest jokers in the game.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:25 GMT)

Why retiring.......................then .................................

Posted by rahulcricindia on (June 9, 2011, 17:24 GMT)

man this guy is a superman ......i am a great fan of sanath....hope he do well in that of the great allrounders of one day cricket and like the way srilanka give respect to the legend like him and surely he is fit enough more that other so called youngsters to play the game ....age simply does not matter aslong as you are fit enough...hope our SACHIN to plays till the same age as surely he is fitter than lot of other youngsters of the team....

Posted by Agnar on (June 9, 2011, 17:19 GMT)

Sanath just saved some dignity. You should have done this long time ago. Even for these two matches are opportunities you are stealing from a youngster like Chandimal. Just as a duty of a Sri Lankan , to show common courtesy I will say Good Luck and Congratulations!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

Good luck Sana boy, show the world that the old age pensioners can still play!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

I really do not understand Sri Lanka cricket decision of age is a dis-qualification, I continue to beleive that had SL had Vass, Sanath and Marvan in the World cup squad they could have won, Who are these culprits in the SL cricket ? Apparently SL cricket does not have money to pay salaries for employee, I am sure situation could have been helped had we won the world cup. Sri Lankan govt must intervene to cleanup the mess within SLCricket.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:16 GMT)

Captain zattack lets attack

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:06 GMT)

Jayasuriya should have great send off , when he plays his last match against England

Posted by stormy16 on (June 9, 2011, 17:05 GMT)

Is this is a joke? I cant see how this makes any sense at all. No one is bigger than the game and this is total disrespect for the game we love. You can force yourself in to the squad and then announce your retirement - that ridiculouse!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 17:04 GMT)

Goodbye jayasuriya.............

Posted by inshaflive on (June 9, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

All Hail Jayasuriya..A true legend who served the country for years and years...

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:53 GMT)

Good, Hope this tour is a fantastic send off to a great cricketer

Posted by AlpiBhalla on (June 9, 2011, 16:51 GMT)

Salute to one of the greatest ODI cricketers ever.Who changed the game for ever and changed the way it was played!!!! While talking about his batting, we tend to forget that he has also more than 300 wickets to his credit. Add this, and you just can't leave him out of an all time ODI X1 !!!!!

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:48 GMT)

Something he should have done 04 years ago!!! Most ideal time was the cricket world cup 2007. [Which marked the retirements of legends like Brian Lara & Glen Mcgrath]

However still we can tell that he is the man who revolutionized the ODI cricket. No one can forget the 1996 world cup and especially the group stage match between India & Sri Lanka at New Dehli, the match changed the way of ODI batting. During Sri Lankan dominance of ODI cricket during 1996-98, he was a member of super trio apart from Aravinda De Silva & Muttiah Muralitharan. He was such a devastating batsman and all & all a classy all rounder who intermediate any opponent team.

Cricket world will miss him but I feel finally he has taken the right decision. All the best Sanath!!! "The end of a fascinating tale of cricketing legend"

Posted by mulreddy on (June 9, 2011, 16:46 GMT)

Good decision taken by Sanath. Hope he makes a fine 100 in his final ODI.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:34 GMT)

we are proud of you master and missed u in wc 2011

Posted by RecordHunter on (June 9, 2011, 16:24 GMT)

Good Bye Sanath..Our Great Cricketer..We are proud of u...

Posted by layya on (June 9, 2011, 16:23 GMT)

Every good thing comes to an end.Thankful to his decision to retire and he deserves his last chance to end his excellent service to Sri Lankan Cricket.Sanath Jayasuriya is a true legend and will be always remembered in every cricket fans' mind.

Posted by rajhe1 on (June 9, 2011, 16:21 GMT)

I hope he scores a blistering hundred for the old times sake !!

Posted by Kalan9211 on (June 9, 2011, 16:20 GMT)

jayasuriya will left very good memoeries, i wish he had given chance in world cup.

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:19 GMT)

Whats the point of playing Just one match! If the fitness is not an issue, surely play the whole series and end it with the T20. Am I the only one who does not get this or am I missing something ?

Posted by dhanusha_so on (June 9, 2011, 16:17 GMT)

Finallyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.......... Thank uuuuuu........ And please dont think of coming back from the retirement........ anyway u did a great job for the country as a cricketer... We salute u.....

Posted by   on (June 9, 2011, 16:16 GMT)

Well done Sanath... U knew that it's your last chance to go out on a high!! And leave the game with some respect :D

Posted by jpaul211 on (June 9, 2011, 16:13 GMT)

Too bad. I was happy he will be seen in action. He is a very versatile cricketer. He should play longer. Please.

Posted by masterblaster21 on (June 9, 2011, 16:10 GMT)

Long, long overdue, but congratulations to him on a wonderful career.

Posted by JustIPL on (June 9, 2011, 16:06 GMT)

It is now time for Tendulkar to retire as well.

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