Sri Lanka news March 5, 2013

Samaraweera could retire from international cricket


Thilan Samaraweera has indicated he would like to retire from international cricket in a letter to Sri Lanka Cricket, but the board is yet to accept his retirement.

"He has sent a letter saying he would like to retire from all three segments of the game, but we have told him to have a talk with the selectors before we make a final call," SLC secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said. Samaraweera is expected to meet with the selectors on Wednesday.

Samaraweera was one of 22 players who signed their national contracts on Monday after a 24-hour lock out over the weekend, but he was not named in Sri Lanka's squad for the first Test against Bangladesh, which begins on Friday.

At 36, Samaraweera was the oldest member of Sri Lanka's touring party to Australia, where he was woeful with the bat, making 79 runs in six Test innings. He reclaimed form in Sri Lanka's first class competition, hitting 464 runs at an average of 92.80 in four matches.

Samaraweera was originally left out of Sri Lanka's preliminary Test squad for the Bangladesh series, but was later called up when Mahela Jayawardene's finger injury ruled him out of the series. He could not find a place in the final 16, however.

Samaraweera's decision was likely brought on as much by a lack of Tests for Sri Lanka in 2013, as his non-selection. Apart from the two home Tests in March against Bangladesh, Sri Lanka have only one away tour to Zimbabwe - which it is understood Samaraweera was unlikely to attend - before a scheduled year-end tour to Pakistan. He has also signed for a full county season with Worcestershire for 2013.

Though he had received a central contract from SLC, the selectors had expressed a desire to build a youthful Test side in 2013, and Samaraweera was unlikely to play a major role in what little Test cricket Sri Lanka had scheduled.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Ash on March 6, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    I'm really dissapointed with the SLC Selectors and the state of SLC cricket as a whole. Thilan dropped twice now in the past 2 years. Last time they did he came back and put Sri Lanka in a good enough position to win their first test in RSA. (Which was a fantastic knock) I know he didn't score many in OZ but I'm pretty sure no one did. But as has already been mentioned they play practically no test cricket for the next year or so and he is always going to be the first senoir batsman dropped anyways and they want to keep grooming Matthew's so don't think they will drop him so it seemed logical for him to retire now. Anyways his has been a great career and I personally rate him as one of the most under-rated batsman in the world (Most ppl are suprised to find he avg. over 50) And most importantly he was a pleasure to watch when on song! Good Job Thilan!!!

  • gnanavelu on March 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    @jpnana samara is a decent player at home. I felt he is needed at home in absence of mahela. I don think lanka is even in top 5(even v close to number 7, out of the 8 teams with rating points),so as to be really afraid of mate. Lanka is a highly over rated test team as we all know. so what is your point mate?

  • Swami on March 6, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    So SLC is going to drag Samaraweera to matches and force him to score runs ?

  • Ricky on March 6, 2013, 10:10 GMT

    See Samaraweera is not going behind money if he go behind money he should have just waited cos he has already sign the contract with SL cricket he is in top pay list in test cricket section ......

  • tanim on March 6, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    One superb test batsman. take a bow

  • Manoj on March 6, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    Now he wants to retire and its not accepted whats going on here. When he does not want to go the selectors want him to go.Great decision by Samaraweera and he should leave his head high for what he has done to the country and should never regret. Remember in life when one door closes another one opens. Best wishes

  • Raman on March 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    Oh!!! Thilan, don't retire yet. You still have lot of cricket in you. The way you played recently in comparsion to the "young talent" was second to none. We know that SLC take heart sinking decisions from time to time. Before you Roshan Mahanama, Marvan Atapattu received same treatments. Hang on for the benfit of SL cricket.

  • Arosha on March 6, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @"Posted by Darkmanx12155 on (March 5, 2013, 11:54 GMT) " Are you sure, check his record overseas ?. May not be great, still I doubt whether you can call it "hopeless" ?. Do you really think he has done a lot worse than many other batsmen from the subcontinent for him to be called "hopeless" ?. I doubt.

  • Ranendra on March 6, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    Samaraweera's contribution in test cricket for SL not less than Mahela or Sanga. He is really a great batsman. Very solid and have pretty good temperament. I think he should stay little longer. SL still need him. Specially playing against stronger oppositions. It is very hard to motivate himself though when only one or two series has been scheduled in a year. Anyway, best of luck Thilan.

  • Suman on March 6, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    One of the most underrated, unsung heroes of Sri Lankan cricket. Take a big bow sir.

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