Sri Lanka news October 9, 2013

Tillakaratne Dilshan to quit Tests

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Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is set to retire from Test cricket. A Sri Lanka Cricket media release on Wednesday stated that Dilshan will hold a press conference on Thursday to make a formal announcement.

"I have taken this decision to allow Sri Lanka Cricket to groom another youngster in my place," Dilshan, 36, said on Wednesday. "I was to announce my retirement after the Zimbabwe Test series but unfortunately the tour was postponed."

Sri Lanka was to tour Zimbabwe from October and the tour itinerary included two Tests. The aggressive opener made his Test debut in 1999 against Zimbabwe at Bulawayo and scored 163 in his second match. In a Test career spanning 14 years, Dilshan played 87 Tests and scored 5492 runs at an average of 40.98.

His 16 Test centuries included a career-best 193 against England at Lord's in 2011 as captain.

Dilshan will continue to play in the shorter formats for his country, however. "I will discuss my future with the national selectors and if they need me I will play till the 2015 World Cup," Dilshan said.

Dilshan had suggested he was nearing the end of his Test career as early as December last year, during the Australia Test series, in which he made the highest score, with 147 in Hobart. He had also hit a hundred in Galle, during his last Test series in March.

He is the first of the three senior players to quit Tests, and his departure will create further problems for Sri Lanka at the top of the order, where Sri Lanka have struggled to find a consistent opening partner for him in recent years.

Dimuth Karunaratne has shown promise in that position during the last year, but with the selectors having seemingly jettisoned Tharanga Paranavitana and Upul Tharanga from their long-term plan for Tests, Sri Lanka will now likely have to blood another opener, before Karunaratne has secured his place in the team.

With seven away Tests approaching in the first half of 2013, Dilshan's retirement will place added pressure on Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, with middle-order batsmen Lahiru Thirimanne and Dinesh Chandimal also in the early stages of their Test careers.

Sri Lanka also lose their best fielder in Dilshan, as well as an off-spin option. He has 39 Test wickets at an average of 43.87.

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  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    What an entertainer and on his day he was as devastating as anybody. He was becoming a little inconsistent at the top of the order. A century would come alongside a lot of 10s and 20s. As for the reasons for his retirement at 36, maybe the T20 leagues have something to do with it. But it will also allow us to groom a youngster. But thank god he's still available for ODIs, which he can play at least another 2 or 3 years with success. :)

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | October 9, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    There goes another entertainer from the scene. He was in a special league of Sehwag, Jayasurya, Hayden alikes for whom surface did not mattered when they are in their own element. They will score & score quick, had capacity to turn things upside down and will entertain people like us who enjoy test cricket more than any other form. A 40-60 ball century in limiter overs cricket, I guess people like Raina, Yuvraj, Watson, Afridi and few more can play too but its it 5 day cricket where its true encounter and bowler do not have much to plan afraid of planning (things like leg side bowl or an extra bouncer which will go as extra run in ODI/T20). We can have our own picks whether he was a great or not but entertainer, he sure was.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I was at Lords when he made 193 in 2011. Dilshan been Dilshan as he took consecutive boundaries off Swann and Tremlett, reaching his 150 off 192 balls while still recovering from a fractured thumb. It was not too long before he got another Tremlett short ball onto the injured thumb as he collapsed to his knees in pain. Two balls later, man in pain was castled by Finn. It was the silence that was the loudest, everyone in the ground was standing. Respect!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 11, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    please dont think where is from and what country did he play for..do not critizes him...he was a great all rounder for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    This is something which is not expected by some star players. Test cricket is the real cricket to me and retire from the Test Cricket and focusing on T20 and One day in quite stupid thought. Malinga did the same last year and now Dilshan. Players from England and Australia are retiring from the T20 and one dayers to manager and focus more on test cricket. If we focus on some statistics S. Harmison (Eng) played 63 tests and 58 ODI and G. Thorpe played 100 tests and 82 ODI. so the statistics of Asian players are quite opposite to the Australians and UK players and they are playing more Test matches thn the One Day internationals and T20s. Really wanted to see players focus more on Tests rather thn ODI and T20 at the end Good Luck to Dilshaan great ambassador for Srilankan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | October 10, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    It was a wise decision from Dilshan. He will be more important in limited overs cricket than test cricket. I hope Kaushal Silva gets a game.

  • POSTED BY RuwanFer on | October 10, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    According to some local TV news, he wanted to retire from test about a year ago but played until now on request of the selectors.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 10, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    A Retirement is always an emotional situation for a player and for fans from all over the world. He is a good cricketer, handy with ball and fully capable to bat in all gears. As he said he vacant a place for youngsters so batsmen like Tharanga, Warnapura, etc has to grab this opportunity and cement their place. Good wishes for Dilshan !

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | October 10, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    A loss for SL and hopefully an opportunity for another star. Ironically Dilshan was never supposed to be an opening batter but became an entertainer in that spot and a great all round cricketer when you consider he has kept wickets in test! He is close to one of the best one day players with excellent skills in all three areas but most of all he lived on the edge. Some including myself at times called it irresponsible and lack of technique but that was Dilshan's way and to his credit, never really changed his style of play. SL will miss him big time as players like Dilshan don't come along everyday. It's a huge in the SL team and well done to Dilshan for years of service and entertainment.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 10, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Give credit to Dougie Marillier which is due. For new generation people, go and search about 'Marillier shot' in wikipedia.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    What an entertainer and on his day he was as devastating as anybody. He was becoming a little inconsistent at the top of the order. A century would come alongside a lot of 10s and 20s. As for the reasons for his retirement at 36, maybe the T20 leagues have something to do with it. But it will also allow us to groom a youngster. But thank god he's still available for ODIs, which he can play at least another 2 or 3 years with success. :)

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | October 9, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    There goes another entertainer from the scene. He was in a special league of Sehwag, Jayasurya, Hayden alikes for whom surface did not mattered when they are in their own element. They will score & score quick, had capacity to turn things upside down and will entertain people like us who enjoy test cricket more than any other form. A 40-60 ball century in limiter overs cricket, I guess people like Raina, Yuvraj, Watson, Afridi and few more can play too but its it 5 day cricket where its true encounter and bowler do not have much to plan afraid of planning (things like leg side bowl or an extra bouncer which will go as extra run in ODI/T20). We can have our own picks whether he was a great or not but entertainer, he sure was.

  • POSTED BY on | October 12, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I was at Lords when he made 193 in 2011. Dilshan been Dilshan as he took consecutive boundaries off Swann and Tremlett, reaching his 150 off 192 balls while still recovering from a fractured thumb. It was not too long before he got another Tremlett short ball onto the injured thumb as he collapsed to his knees in pain. Two balls later, man in pain was castled by Finn. It was the silence that was the loudest, everyone in the ground was standing. Respect!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 11, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    please dont think where is from and what country did he play for..do not critizes him...he was a great all rounder for world cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 11, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    This is something which is not expected by some star players. Test cricket is the real cricket to me and retire from the Test Cricket and focusing on T20 and One day in quite stupid thought. Malinga did the same last year and now Dilshan. Players from England and Australia are retiring from the T20 and one dayers to manager and focus more on test cricket. If we focus on some statistics S. Harmison (Eng) played 63 tests and 58 ODI and G. Thorpe played 100 tests and 82 ODI. so the statistics of Asian players are quite opposite to the Australians and UK players and they are playing more Test matches thn the One Day internationals and T20s. Really wanted to see players focus more on Tests rather thn ODI and T20 at the end Good Luck to Dilshaan great ambassador for Srilankan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | October 10, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    It was a wise decision from Dilshan. He will be more important in limited overs cricket than test cricket. I hope Kaushal Silva gets a game.

  • POSTED BY RuwanFer on | October 10, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    According to some local TV news, he wanted to retire from test about a year ago but played until now on request of the selectors.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | October 10, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    A Retirement is always an emotional situation for a player and for fans from all over the world. He is a good cricketer, handy with ball and fully capable to bat in all gears. As he said he vacant a place for youngsters so batsmen like Tharanga, Warnapura, etc has to grab this opportunity and cement their place. Good wishes for Dilshan !

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | October 10, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    A loss for SL and hopefully an opportunity for another star. Ironically Dilshan was never supposed to be an opening batter but became an entertainer in that spot and a great all round cricketer when you consider he has kept wickets in test! He is close to one of the best one day players with excellent skills in all three areas but most of all he lived on the edge. Some including myself at times called it irresponsible and lack of technique but that was Dilshan's way and to his credit, never really changed his style of play. SL will miss him big time as players like Dilshan don't come along everyday. It's a huge in the SL team and well done to Dilshan for years of service and entertainment.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | October 10, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    Give credit to Dougie Marillier which is due. For new generation people, go and search about 'Marillier shot' in wikipedia.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | October 10, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Dilshan was an excellent test cricketer. Good very aggressive batsman (threw away his wicket quiet often but that happens if you are very aggressive), an excellent fielder and a better than a part-time bowler. His bowling was only slightly worser than Jayasuriya's (in test cricket) though batting and fielding were better. In fact as a test cricketer I think I will rank Dilshan ahead of Jayasuriya (Jaya is a ODI legend; he is Sri Lanka's greatest ODI cricketer by far). After Murali, Sanga, Jayawardene, Aravinda, Vaas and Duleep Mendis he is SL's best test cricketer ahead of Jaya and Hashan.

  • POSTED BY Chris.Maverick.McFly on | October 10, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    I am from India, but surely enjoyed Dilshan's batting every bit of it. Sad news for all true cricket lovers, irrespective of nationality. Never say die spirit was one of his amazing quality - to be admired anytime.

    Great fielder, batsmen and a bowler - who can trouble batsmen.

    Great loss to the greatest form of the game. :(

  • POSTED BY on | October 10, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Thumbs UP !!! for a great servant to the nation & cricket lovers. ..!!! We were truly entertained during past years..because of your aggression and performances. Thanks Dilli for everything

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | October 10, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    To everybody who claim Dilshan s retirement is due to earn more in franchise cricket . Lets not forget Dilshan is almost 37 now . he is not reriring at 32-33 . he has given everything he has in him to SL team and still ready to serve in ODIs and t20 s . So please don t criticize a man who served a lot . I don t mind him earning more in franchise games in coming years coz he deserves it . good luck Dilly .

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 10, 2013, 3:12 GMT

    @ RuwanFer: They are not ready for international not because of lack of skills, but they don't have enough opportunuties to get to that level. They are not mentally strong to compete at the international level. For that they should be given enough chances to play with international players. This could be "A" tours, premier leagues or whatever. Regardless of test ODI or whatever. India is rightly putting their domestic players with international players through IPL and get benefitted. No player comes to international level rightaway with the full suitability.

  • POSTED BY VER93 on | October 10, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    That's a very good decision from TM to give opportunity for youngsters but i'm not sure that still youngsters ready to grab that opportunity.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 10, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    @SLslider: That is the issue with us today mate. Its all dirty politics in cricket admin. How come single player being judged as an emerging player in two consecutive years? He has been in international level since 2010 and played somany test, one day and 20-20 matches. Also he holds the captaincy in SL team. Still emerging since 3 years? Possible reason for the award could be, other new faces haven't appear enough to perform and being judged at the international level. How many times the players I have mentioned have appeared in international level so far? Is this a problem of those people? Hope you got the answer for my point.

  • POSTED BY Sageleaf on | October 10, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    i was very emotional when I just went to cricinfo little while ago. "Tillakaratne Dilshan to quit Tests"...wondering why? 36 years is an age to retire? One of the most crafty batsman ever produced by Sri Lanka. His fielding, bowling also wicket keeping made him the best player in the world to do all. I cannot imagine another...may be Dhoni a little bit did everything...but Dilshan is far better. |How could the world cricket ever forget "DIL SCOOP"? We are gonna miss him dearly but we cannot be selfish. I will at least get to see him little more in the shorter version of the game. many great players have come back...like Brian Lara, even Michael Jordan in Basketball. its only a thought...Thank you Dilshan for entertaining us and be proud of what you have given your country as a sportsman and a true ambassador..we love you..God Bless you.

  • POSTED BY vigneshmurali on | October 10, 2013, 1:41 GMT

    well his batting average of 40 doesn't quite show his frequent low scores or high incosistency n e way best of luck well miss dillscoop

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | October 10, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Quite sad news I think. He was of the most entertaining players of the last ten years and a very good fielder. One wonders if he saw eye to eye with SL board etc and wanted to escape the hassles such as no pay for a long time. Just as well the others are still there. Thanks for the entertainment, Tiiliekeratne.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Sad to see a classy cricketer retiring. But he is doing yet another classy thing by letting a youngster take his place in opening. During his career, Dilshan was not afraid to take chances, and that reflects the belief he had in himself. Sri Lanka will miss a great fielder and an intelligent offspinner, as well. Good Luck in retirement!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    I hope Dilshan will play ODI and T20 more few years ... How ever, I saw Dilshan few weeks back in Bangladesh. He was playing DPL.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    an amazing playing playing for an amazing team.he wud surely be missed within the Test Cricket Fraternity :(

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 9, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    A good all-round player. Wish him well in retirement.

  • POSTED BY BigINDFan on | October 9, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Great entertainer! SL will definitely miss him on the top of the order. Good for him that he is signing off on a high unlike Sehwag who may be forgotten soon. Ind is going through a rebuild in tests having lost Dravid, Laxman and Ganguly and soon Tendulkar. SL will go through it soon when Sanga and Mahela leave.

    But I am hopeful the younger players will do well given they have more opportunities, more facilities and earn more money.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | October 9, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    It will be a loss to Sri Lanka & to cricket in general and his magnificent innings at Lords stand out as one of his best. However he has made an indelible mark in the world of cricket with the great innovation of Dillscoop with no other living cricketer having such honour to name a stroke after his name. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY SyedAreYouDumb on | October 9, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    One of my friends told me he retired but atleast it's for tests! What a player, shame he didn't get a double century also great way to finish test career. However SriLanka will have a huge problem too fill I.e. their batting.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 9, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    It will be really good if kusal perera replaces Dilshan. Because all sri lankans believe that he can do what sanath has done in the past. Kusal is so talented and if they play him from now then later on it will be handy for Sri lankan Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Jay.Raj on | October 9, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    I dont think there are many players around in cricket who is as good as dilshan in fielding combined with underrated part time bowling, decant batting and most importantly FIGHT till the last minute attitude. To find a player with Dilshan's qualities is going to be very hard, not just in SL but all around the world. Hats off!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 9, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    bad news for cricket lovers

  • POSTED BY RuwanFer on | October 9, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    @Manojin Although I don't agree with SLslider's comment about Dilshan, ur comment is also lame. Most of ur examples are not adequate to suggest they are ready for international matches. And the few players when given the opportunity looked a class below than Dilshan. They might improve and do well in the future, but it wasn't the best timing for Dilshan to retire. Anyway I don't blame him because not only Dilshan but 90% of the international cricketers are like that.

    I always admired his spirit on the field. And he was a talented cricketer than most people rate. You can call it raw talent. Quick reflexes, fast hands and once got in had the capacity to score big ones (so mentally and physically strong). He would have fine tuned his technique early if had played in a more competitive 1st class competition.

    I wish u good luck to continue ur ODI and T20 career Dilly.

  • POSTED BY Metro-ant on | October 9, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    Sanga and Mahela take note. Time to bring in some fresh faces like what WI did 4 years ago. No doubt there are a few Darren Bravos out there for Sri Lanka but these older players are not even winning games for them now and the fact that their positions are not coming under scrutiny until after the world cup is disturbing. The senior players interests are elsewhere with IPL and other t20 tournaments WHILE THEY ARE LOSING in international cricket. Take Ponting who tasted a bit of IPL in season 1 and was cut short to focus on his international duties and he never looked at it until after he retired. Dilshan didn't do it but seems right to give his spot to a young gun. We need more players that are solely focused on the performance of the national team, not their bank accounts.

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | October 9, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    No doubt that he had good talent... But his attitude has let him down. Comparing with a team mate who had good sportsmanship like Sanga, Murali and Mahela, Dilshan stands no where near... Good that he is retiring let a much deserving youngster get a chance...

  • POSTED BY Lalindra2012 on | October 9, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    He might not be as classy as Sanga or have a brilliant cricket brain like Mahela but the enthusiasm he shows one's he get's on the field is tremendous and he's a real competitor.It's unfortunate that he won't be able to take part in the World Test Championship if Sri Lanka get's selected, And he will be leaving behind a big void in the team specially in that opening slot and that cover point area. It's not like when Arjuna or Vaas was retiring, we all knew time was up for those players but for some one like Dilshan you get the feeling he had some more to offer to the Cricketing fraternity as a player...!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Expect more retirement announcements, just before the next IPL auction.

  • POSTED BY ARad on | October 9, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Dilshan has been a 'great servant to Sri Lankan cricket' but he only shone like a bright shooting star with respect to Test cricket. Except for a patch around his early to mid 30s, he wasn't even a certainty in the test team. His fielding, his heart and never-die attitude would be sorely missed.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | October 9, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Dilshan has retired from only Tests and not from ODI or t20. I saw some of the other comments and felt that they have written as if Dilshan has retired from all formats. Dilshan is known for his batting in ODI and t20 but not Tests. In Tests he is not that much demolishing batsmen. Better he has retired from Tests and can prolong his career in ODI. I think he is aiming 2015 WC and by then he will be around 37 years. All the best and good decision.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    Dilshan will go in the annals of cricket as a distinguished cricketer and sportsman. At the crease he has been a joy to look at.It will be a sad day for cricket when he calls it quit. In this era of batsman ship when cricket has become more forensic,batsmen in the caliber of Dilshan,Sangakara,Chanderpaul etc have demonstrated their abilities to bat for long hours and yet tear apart bowling attacks when necessary.I hope he changes his mind and go as long as he can possibly play.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | October 9, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Dilshan is one of my favourites. I think he should have played a bit longer, but I understand his decision. He had an incredible ability to impose himself on the opposition. Few have that ability. Even people like Sanga and Mahela cannot come even close to Dilshan on that front, however great they are in other ways. I also listened to Andrew's commentary - one thing I disagree with about his tenure as captain: We won against SA in SA. I think that is the biggest achievement SL has ever had in test cricket. It was under Dlishan's captaincy. It's a huge shame that Andrew failed to mention that exceptional achievement.

  • POSTED BY xmahinx on | October 9, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    No doubts about this, Dilshan is a great player. and obviously this is a good decision. So young players will get chance. Even He is perfect with his form and with his fitness. Such way he could play few more years. Wish him good luck. We will miss him. On the other hand, I think from his decision some Indian players should learn how to give chance to young players and how to respect country for good future!

  • POSTED BY Rajdev on | October 9, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Ooops apologies to Sangakkara...I had overlooked him by accident, in my recent post about SL players having a 40+ batting average at home and abroad. Rajan

  • POSTED BY SL_Boy on | October 9, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Excellent timing ... he was at his peek when he got the opportunity ... he never wasted it... well-done Dilshan.

  • POSTED BY Rajdev on | October 9, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    Among the great batters from SL, Dilshan stands out because he has a very respectable batting average (40+) both home and away. Rajan

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | October 9, 2013, 14:48 GMT

    @ Manojin Thank you for your insights but if we do have so much emerging players coming up then how come Chandimal got emerging player of the year award twice in two years. Waiting for your answer. Cricinfo plz publish.

  • POSTED BY simon_w on | October 9, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    Quality cricketer -- will be missed!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Right decision at the right time. Excellent player and a treat to watch on his day. His services are needed in the shorter formats till the 2015, so he has taken the right call. With Kaushal Silva in the form of his life, it could be a one to one replacement. Whether he will grab that opportunity is another matter. I hope Dilshan will be more devastating and consistent in ODIs and T20s from now on and finish off on a high with that elusive trophy in his hand.

  • POSTED BY Wolverine77 on | October 9, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Guys, personally I think he is too early to leave test cricket. He has a good 2 or 3 years left in him as a Test player... I can't even imagine who's going to fill his shoes at the highest level! Is it Dimuth Karunaratne? Kaushal Silva? Kusal Perera? none of these players are all rounders... May be Shehan Jayasuriya can be a good option... So far the guy has a good average and a good Strike rate in FC cricket. But can't say the same about this list A & T20s.

    Great servant of SL cricket and the ONLY captain who managed to rally his troops to win a test in South Africa..

    Hats off for a Great Player...

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    this is a good decision because younger players searching their places in national team like dimuth ,kithruwan. .

  • POSTED BY drnaveed on | October 9, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    no doubt a great player,an excellent batsman ,bowler, fielder, all in one . But probably he too like other players going for the shorter version of the game, both for his Country and the leagues , to earn more in quick time , towards the end of his career,which is not a bad move.

  • POSTED BY TZ9383 on | October 9, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Truly a team man but when u a captaining the side some of the senior players not given the support. We miss u Dilla

  • POSTED BY Perera32 on | October 9, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Dilshan's 100 vs Australia in 2004 against Warne and Macgill was one of his best Innings. Not only he scored the runs against two outstanding spinners, he got the runs in Galle, which is a spinners paradise. Well done Dilshan, now Dimuth and Kusal can open the batting in Tests for Sri Lanka. Dilshan's still got another 2-3 years in him for limited overs cricket.

  • POSTED BY Ruchiralk on | October 9, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Well done Dilshan, a truly brilliant Sri Lankan allround cricketer and probably the best Fielder Sri Lanka have produced. I wish him all the best in limited overs cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    @Manojin - LOL, not that it matters, but I am of Sri Lanakn extraction! I met Dilshan in London at a Sri Lankan event during the ICC Champions Trophy. I asked him about the Dilscoop, he said "you must play it with confidence". His average in Tests could have been better, but he goes for his shots.

  • POSTED BY dirtydozen on | October 9, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    good to retire when you are at top. hope tendulkar alson learns something from dilshan's retirement. My respect for dilshan has increased but you may never because even jayasuriya had earlier retired from tests but later made an comeback.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 9, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    Contd from my previous comment to SLslider: Also go to the Dhaka Premier Division matches and see how our young talent is performing. Roshen Silva is the leading run scorer with 343 in 7 matches at an average of 69. Bhanuka Rajapaksha is at 4th with 276 runs. Also Paranawithana, Dilshan Munaweera, Shalika Karunanayake, Jehan Mubarak and Mathews played extremely well. Mubarak has got 228 runs + 15 wickets. Dilshan Munaweera and Mathews have bawled really well. Whatelse do you expect from SL young talent/emerging players? Let them come to SL national side slowly. Don't humiliate them. Thanks cricinfo for publishing my 2 lengthy comments.

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 9, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    @SLslider: If you a SLn, I advice you to follow all the SL matches and have a good knowledge on SL cricket. Otehrwise, don't make fake comments as if a SLn fan. Didn't you follow the recent NZ A tour and how SL A players performed there? They beat strong NZ A team in test matches and one dayers quite comprehensively which even Ind A team couldn't do against the same NZ A team in tests. Go to below links and see how the SLn emerging talent Dimuth Karunaratna, Kaushal Silva, Kithruwan Withanage, Ashan Priyanjana, Chaturanga de Silva, Kusal Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna has performed.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/650119.html http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/series/650121.html

    to be continued.........

  • POSTED BY DwightR on | October 9, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    whether is it too soon or not..Dilshan is a legend. He uses his bat like a pirate with a blade with some of the best cut shots cricket has seen. When on form, watching him is like watching a firework display. His overall talent will be missed in the test form but happy he will be sticking around for the 2015 world cup in ODI and we'll get a chance to see the dilscoop in T20 for a couple more years. Kashual Perera is the hier to the throne in all formats in terms of opening batsmen, I hope the selectors give him a shot in tests now

  • POSTED BY samanwick on | October 9, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Dilshan is best described as fearless. While temperamental at times, his aggressive approach as a batter, bowler and especially a fielder has been awe-inpsiring. His legendary reflexes and accuracy while on the field lead to catches and throws that amounted to heroic acts. This made the test format of the game tolerable to those who might have a test match on only as background noise and even more palatable to us test enthusiasts. Dilshan, we will miss you in white.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    Dilshan is a great player

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    its shocking he should have played 1 or 2 years more as at present he is in good form in test matches and young players are not performing well

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 12:17 GMT

    Sad decision but happy that he will be continuing in the shorter formats. A true all rounder - batsman, off spinner and even a decent wicketkeeper - a rare combination. Go well Dilshan.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    No money is test cricket....franchise cricket involved more...This is main reason behind this...

  • POSTED BY saliya123 on | October 9, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    He is not technically correct player but when it comes to Entertaining he is right up there with likes of ( Shewagh , Hayden, Gilly , Gyle ) Sri lanka surely miss, his all round performance . his test career efected because he was In and out in the team in 2000-2005. he realy establish him self as an proper opener in 2007 or after words. congrats on his achievement . good bye Dilly... thanks for memories ....

  • POSTED BY anniyan18 on | October 9, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Gem of an entertainer... athletic in fielder and very useful break bowler... he is too good a package .. Mr Dilshan cricketing world will miss your entertainment!! Take a bow!! You did your country proud!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    A True match winner for SL. When SL wanted him to open the bowling he did. When we wanted him to keep wickets he kept wickets. When asked to open the batting, he opened the batting. He fielded at backward point, slip and even at long on. How many of us can forget his 193 at Lords and that 60 odd ball century against the Kiwis in Sri Lanka. He is the most versatile and athletic player I have ever seen. It is sad that we can no more see his belligerent cover drives in test arena. But your over the moon celebration that could spur up the spirit of the team and some of your antics in the field will never be forgotten, especially when you stuck your tongue out after dismissing Sachin in the Asia Cup Final in 2004 and your celebration after getting the wicket of Kohli in the 2011 world cup final. Happy that you will play in ODIs and T20s.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 9, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    Though TD is on of the more fitter players of SL team, he took the right call to retire from only tests, which are slowly but surely losing significance. He also runs the risk of getting injured playing longer format jeopardizing his freelance T20 career. He is an all round cricketer and an entertainer. SL will miss your contributions in all areas. Hope he continues to stay fit and play many more yrs of T20.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    First half of 2014 that is ?? Farewell Mr. Dilshan. very well played and like me millions have fans have been thoroughly entertained

  • POSTED BY samanj26 on | October 9, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    That's great decision TM .i am really proud of you as a team mate/friend.your the only player to quit from test cricket to give your position to younger player. well done dili..................all the best to you.

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | October 9, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    i feel that it is still to early for him to quit tests due to 2 reasons - one, he is still hot and among the runs and secondly, SL is still unsuccessful in finding someone who will stay in that position like he did. with due respects to Dilshan's decision, i hope we can still see him in other forms of the game.

  • POSTED BY yohandf on | October 9, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    He is not the most elegant stroke player , not a born talent either . never as articulate as Sanga or Mahela . Does not possess a clean chit in character certificate . But nobody has made better commitment in field than him . Its Dilshan who is retiring from test arena . A player emerged from Kalutara worked hard to earn his place . Never hesitate to do any assigned job whether it batting in middle order , batting as an opener , fielding close , wicket keeping , bowling or even captaining .A MAN WANTS TO WIN EVERY OUTING . We will miss yo entertaining test knock but luckily have more ODI s & T20 s . Good luck in future DILLY .

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 9, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    If you google "cricket shots, area covered" you will see the area behind keeper's head is still left vacant. They should address it and put "dilscoop" in that area. Others' scoops are hit in the area where leg glance is played.

  • POSTED BY Dhushan on | October 9, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    A great entertainer, & 1 of my personal favourite cricketers. I'm sure you could have played in whites until the World Cup in 2015 & retire completely. Sad to see you leave Dilshan. You did everything our country asked you of. Thank you for the memories & good luck for the future. May the Dilscoop live on!

  • POSTED BY S-L-2-0-1-2 on | October 9, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    Dilshan A wonderful Career and a lovely spirit on the cricket field. Makes cricket viewing that much better , especially for the Sri Lankan fan. For those who are saying noone can fill his spot, and that this decision is selfish, one MUST check their facts. 2 candidates for his position, Kaushal Silva and Dimuth Karunaratne. As far as the Dubai tour goes, these two will be the squad, and Dilshan's retirement has increased their chance of being included in the final XI. In my opinion and I hope in other's opinion too, Dilshan has timed his decision perfectly, and was contemplating such a move from a while back. Lahiru and Chandimal might be fighting for 1 place as these two young guns are red hot at the moment. Thanks Dilly for all the Test memories :D

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I appreciate Dilshan's decision. He has taken the right step. SL Cricket needs to find a better replacement and it's now or never for them with Dilshan leaves. Dilshan is a pure entertainer and we expect him to entertain us rather than show class like Sanga and Mahale. Perhaps he can continue his aggressiveness through shorter formats rather than a long 5 days match. He can be well fit for shorter formats for next 4-5 years, but if he plays, he might have to lose his fitness within next couple of years... Weldon Dilshan... You have done your best for country.. now it's time to do something for yourself and your fans.. Love you always...

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 9, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    Few people are mentioning that the scoop shot was played before by others. Yes their scoop went to fine leg. Dilscoop is special. Dilshan plays it differently, hits back straight over the keeper's head! Bang on 12'oclock.Nobody played it before dilshan or after dilshan yet. Hence dilscoop only belongs to dilshan.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    I am urging SL fans not to accuse his decision & not to relate with rich IPL offer. This tastes very bad. Please don't........

  • POSTED BY naruto_senju on | October 9, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    "Posted by SLslider on (October 9, 2013, 9:40 GMT)"

    one thoughtfull srilankan fan i found..... he knows the real situation, unlike the likes of "BLade_runner" who keeps on ramping aabout past..... i hope all the fans are like "SLslider".... any way ..allt he best lankan team.....

  • POSTED BY May4sBeWithThem on | October 9, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Some comments here stating that he's going in for the easy money available in T20 leagues. Let's assume for a minute that this is correct. What exactly is the problem with that? If you knew that you had maybe just a couple of seasons left in your career, and you have the option to make some good money for yourself after having given your country everything for 14 years, would you not take it? Then why a different yardstick for cricketers? This is hypocritical to the core.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    I am an Indian but I felt extremely sad to hear about Dilshan's decision. I am shocked too. But he is the best who can decide about his future only. He is still too good as before and I am applauding him for his best work in the past. I rate him above Sanath, D'silva, Arjuna and equivalent to Sanga. Wish you best LUCK sir!!

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | October 9, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Now that we won't see Dilshan in whites anymore its safe to say new opening pair will be seen walking out against Pakistan later this year. This is the team i see fit against Pakistan. 1- Lahiru Thirimanne 2- Dimuth Karunaratne 3- Kumar Sangakkara 4- Mahela Jaywardene 5- Anjelo Mathews(C) 6-Dinesh Chandima(WK)l 7- Kaushal Silva 8- Thisara Perera 9- Nuwan Kulasekara 10-Rangana Herath 11-Shaminda Eranga . Kithuruwan Vithanage , Kushal Perera , Suranga Lakmal and Sachitra Senanayake should be in the squad as reserves.

  • POSTED BY SLslider on | October 9, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    I am a sri lankan but I really feel embarrassed by all this what is happening. what youngsters is he talking about we don't have any international talent coming up. Now he has quit to play in money rich IPL and giving an excuse about youngsters when we actually need him in national team.I am sorry but I don't have any respect for him now. What example are our legends setting for youngsters, recently Sanga played for Kandurata and was blaming SL board for forcing him to do that. I know they don't earn as much as Indian or Aus. cricketers but they still are stars in SL and lead a very healthy lifestyle. Why are they after money so much. If he wanteed to quit he should have quit IPL to focus on Tests. But mark my words he is fit enough and will play IPL till he is 40 even if he has to warm the bench.

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | October 9, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Who's going to replace him at the top in tests? SLC should give Kusal Perera or Thirimanne the opportunity. I dont see Upul Tharanga breaking into the test side any time soon. Will Dimuth Karunaratne open with him? What happened to that exciting youngster Kithuruwan Vithanage who did a decent job in the middle order in the handful of tests he played?

  • POSTED BY naruto_senju on | October 9, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    "Posted by Roleplay on (October 9, 2013, 9:09 GMT)"

    well said mate.... and here we thought there are some cricket fans in this forum.....

  • POSTED BY VinayakVk on | October 9, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    He was an absolute entertainer , hope he continues playing criciket until next world cup. Thanks for the memories

  • POSTED BY CricketPissek on | October 9, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    disgusted by the comments implying he's timed it to play T20 leagues. Dilshan is not like the West Indian freelancers who only chase money. This is a man who has given his ALL to Sri Lanka cricket. Batting in the middle order, opening, bowling his spinners, opening the bowling cutting his fingers on the seam, standing at short leg, slip, backward point, captaining the team when nobody wanted it. Dilshan is turning 37 next week, this is more than an acceptable age to retire from cricket. Not everyone wants to play with a walking stick past the age of 40.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    at the moment no one is there to fill his place.

  • POSTED BY drfarnsworth on | October 9, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    @SC13159 - He wasn't the first to play the "Dilscoop" he took what a few others had done (Marillier, Campbell; usually went to fine leg) and played it "straighter" but still great innovation and skill to execute.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 9, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    one of great crickter lost for the cricket world..not a legent of cricket like sangakkara or sachin..but he is gives lot of things to world cricket.

  • POSTED BY Roleplay on | October 9, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Plans for retirement would have NOT been possible if there were no T20 leagues around and who can forget a fat pay check of IPL though he hardly performed for RCB.It is very well calculated plan since he knows that sri lanka will hardly get to play test matches which recently Zimbabwe also refused to play with them .LOL.Lankan board also cancelled tests with west indies and south africa.So he must have though its better to play short formats freelancing instead for Sri lankan cricket board which is by the way poorest cricket board in the world whose earnings are even lesser than Bangladesh this year 2013 so its pretty clear that T20 will get him salary which his poor cricket board cant support. Plus no one will also accuse him for being loyal or not which recently happened to sangakkara.People scribbling about some 40 year old indian is someone on whom your country hotels name their suite after he stay in them.so keep looking at the world with one eye.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    It's nothing to do with grooming youngsters. If he really think SLC need to groom youngster it's not in test matches. It should be in mine dayers. They should look ahead for 2015 wc. But for sure dilly will play t20 across the globe and that might be the reason for his retirement from test

  • POSTED BY MichaelBurton on | October 9, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Great loss for cricket. We won't see your Dilscoop again. Good luck for your future. Thanks for the professional comments from high calibre Indian fans like ReverseSweepIndia, Rajiv Radhakrishnan, rk0007, Dhanraj Kumar, Vinayak Uttarkar, VVSR92, Sujan Rao, Srikumar Srinivasan, IndiaCricketFans and all the cricket fans from other countries. They know how to comment on a cricketers farewell.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | October 9, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    @KarmatBaig Difference being, Misbah is performing in all formats, while Dilshan is not. Hopefully this retirement will help Dilshan get back to his best in limited-overs games.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | October 9, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @Uppercut07 in what dimension of your imagination is the SSC anything other than a flat track?

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | October 9, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @ SC13159 Shot over keepers head was invented by douglas marillier from ZIM just becoz he is from Zim. please don't take that away from him.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | October 9, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Sad news, but Dilshan has been out of sorts over the last 2-3 years, especially in tests. I'm not an advocate of dumping people without ensuring there are others to fill the gap though. Any idea on who's next on the opener's merry-go-round?

  • POSTED BY chathuradil on | October 9, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    he is the captain who gained the most honored test victory to SL, kingsmead test against SA in 2011.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Inventor of dilscoop. Shots straight behind wicketkeeper was never attempted before. Made cricketing shots possible 360 degrees. He might retire but his name will live for ever through dilscoop. Very talented all rounder.

  • POSTED BY thedreamer on | October 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    And here in the neighboring country we have someone who just wouldn't call it quits, yet. He's nearing 41, nearing 200 Tests, not performing (most importantly). And yet he is celebrated.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | October 9, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    No doubt it was hard making this decision but Dilshan clearly thought this over for a long while and realised it was for the best interest for Sri Lanka Cricket's long term future and that the youngsters can make their way now. He is a very good player even till today and I'm sure he will still continue to be a success in the limited overs for the next few years where he mostly excels at. His test record itself is still very good as an average of 40 is the benchmark for very good test batsman and he has achieved it plus excellent fielder and can bowl a bit as well.

  • POSTED BY Allen.Arendtsz on | October 9, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Surely one of the greatest and entertaining opening batsmen for SL. Thanks Dilly for all you 've done for SL cricket.. Hope you play the shorter format until the 2015 World Cup the next WC would be our last chance of being world champions, as we would still have the brillance of Sanga , Mahela and Dilly.... Come On SL 2015 WC is ours for the taking!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY CricketFanInLosAngles on | October 9, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Great cricketer as far as batting, bowling and entertaining is concerned. But I was not impressed with some of his actions. Especially when he instructed a no-ball to be bowled to make sure Sehwag did not get his century.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    @eranga - what Indians. The whole world knows he couldn't play the short ball. He only averages in low 40s so how can be a legend. I am Indian But I definately don't rate him as one. A decent-good batsman thats it.

  • POSTED BY DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on | October 9, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    good decision, test cricket cannot help cricket to grow in terms of audience and test cricket should play as a FC cricket to develop skills for odi cricket. Odi needs more ability than test

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Super entertainer, will be missed.

  • POSTED BY Philippe on | October 9, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    He is like Rahul dravid of Sri Lankan cricket. Same quality & same calibre.

  • POSTED BY sachinisawesome on | October 9, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    That's one way to prolong one's IPL career.

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | October 9, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Good decision he was just an ordinary test batsman

  • POSTED BY BackStreetBowler on | October 9, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    I have always wondered how one can justify a decision to quit test matches and continue in ODIs and T20s? Hey presto!! Dilshan has given us the answer. "Making way for an youngster".

    Am I the only one seeing the irony here? Dilshan is leaving a 'mature' version of the sport to participate in the one meant only for youngsters. Please don't kid me with the 'selfless' accolades. This is a purely commercial decision not driven by any love for the sport. I only wish he had the honesty to call it that.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 9, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Sad for all cricket fans

  • POSTED BY lukecannon on | October 9, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Unselfish Cricketer. I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. But he must play in the 2015 WC.

  • POSTED BY MelbourneMiracle on | October 9, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    If he wants to play more T20 leagues around the world and make more money, WHY NOT? He's 36 years old and there's probably only 3-4years more that he could contribute to any format of Cricket as he's not getting any younger. He has done more than enough for SL and the game of Cricket so let him earn some money for himself and his family to secure his future financially. After all there are enough youngsters to take the batten from Dilshan to take SL forward in the future. Hats off to the great all-rounder and the entertainer of the game who did immense for SL Cricket. He deserves some great farewell! Thank you Dilly for your service for the country you did over the years. You'll be remembered in our hearts forever!

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | October 9, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    I think his decision is forced with the amount of young batsmen knocking on the door for the test side. Wish him all the best.

  • POSTED BY muxa on | October 9, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    @karmat baig: i think you dont know first thing about test cricket,dilshan is an aggressive opener and misbah is anchoring middle order player who always come to bat 50 for down beside sl have sana and jayawerdne in middle order ..... and there is hell of difference b/w misbah and dilshan if misbah retire from test our test will become kenya

  • POSTED BY abhyudayj on | October 9, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Instead of retirering from test cricket,retire from shorter format it will fruitful for Srilankan cricket.

  • POSTED BY SriLankanYoungBlood on | October 9, 2013, 7:07 GMT

    unselfish cricketer for all times.these kind of cricketers are rare in srilanka even world. it's good decision give chance to youngsters for Tests. but we want to you until 2015 WC and 2014 T20 WC. Good Luck Dilly.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    Dilly done really well for SL on both Test and ODI's since he started to open the Innings...good decision..i think he should play in 2015 CWC...SL needs him at the top...Good Luck for The future..

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    a great ambassador for SL cricket and wold cricketer. all the best !!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    hey. we need you badly dila..

  • POSTED BY VVSR92 on | October 9, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    was a good cricketer srilanka had in tests.Though he bloomed late he enjoyed his peak from 2008-10 where sl banked upon him to deliver and tasted success.This may prove a good decision and start transition process in sl cricket since it would have to cope up w/o sanga,mahela 7 dilshan anyway after the next wc.

    A selfless act and timely one Could have played 100 tests & morover iif he has plans to play in 2015 wc he could have slowly phased out of the team allowing smoother transition.By quitting t20s after 2014 wc,tests by dec 2014 and quit odis after 2015wc. He could then concentrate on freelancing for one more year since he would most likely be contracted to an ipl franchise for next 3 years till 2016.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Expected him to play the Test series against Pakistan. Good decision anyway making room for youngsters.

  • POSTED BY KarmatBaig on | October 9, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Misbah take retirement and learn something from Dilshan, care for the country and stop being selfish for the sake of money. Start to playonly T-20 as freelance like Owais Shah.Don't destory future of Pakistan cricket by hanging around

  • POSTED BY jikol on | October 9, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    this is a very much considerable mis for SL

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Too early to quit he should have play 1 more year if not more than that. Anyway hats off to him that now he can make a way for youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    goodbye Dilly..you are a great Sri Lankan, Great Cricketer

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    want to play T20 leagues around the world and earn money, good retirement plan.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Good decision! All the best for his future! 193 Against England in 2011 was the best i would say!! Swinging conditions. No better test innings than that by T Dishan!!!

  • POSTED BY IndiaCricketFans on | October 9, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    A timely decision. Good luck for your future....

  • POSTED BY kingkarthik on | October 9, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Thank god. The best piece of news i have heard in a long time.

  • POSTED BY Jay.Raj on | October 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Well Timed! IPL auction is coming up soon as well.

  • POSTED BY Jay.Raj on | October 9, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Well Timed! IPL auction is coming up soon as well.

  • POSTED BY kingkarthik on | October 9, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Thank god. The best piece of news i have heard in a long time.

  • POSTED BY IndiaCricketFans on | October 9, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    A timely decision. Good luck for your future....

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    Good decision! All the best for his future! 193 Against England in 2011 was the best i would say!! Swinging conditions. No better test innings than that by T Dishan!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    want to play T20 leagues around the world and earn money, good retirement plan.

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    goodbye Dilly..you are a great Sri Lankan, Great Cricketer

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Too early to quit he should have play 1 more year if not more than that. Anyway hats off to him that now he can make a way for youngsters.

  • POSTED BY jikol on | October 9, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    this is a very much considerable mis for SL

  • POSTED BY KarmatBaig on | October 9, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Misbah take retirement and learn something from Dilshan, care for the country and stop being selfish for the sake of money. Start to playonly T-20 as freelance like Owais Shah.Don't destory future of Pakistan cricket by hanging around

  • POSTED BY on | October 9, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Expected him to play the Test series against Pakistan. Good decision anyway making room for youngsters.