Thisara Perera retires from international cricket
Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera has announced retirement from international cricket on Monday, May 3. Perera confirmed his announcement to the Sri Lankan selectors ahead of a meeting scheduled on Thursday.
Sri Lanka is scheduled to leave for Bangladesh on May 16 and play three ODIs on this tour. The series will be a part of the World Cup Super League. Before the series, one of the finest all-rounder in Sri Lanka cricket, Perera decided to retire from the cricket.
Perera has played 6 Tests, 166 ODIs and 84 T20Is for Sri Lanka. He scored around 8,000 runs in international cricket and took 237 wickets for the national team. Perera last played for SL in the T20Is against West Indies in March. He was a part of the Sri Lankan squad that beat India to lift the World T20 title in 2014.
Meanwhile, most of the senior Sri Lankan players will be dropped/rested for the forthcoming tour of Bangladesh in which Perera was also included.
The team will have several young players. Even the present ODI captain Dimuth Karunaratne is also likely to be replaced and either Dasun Shanaka or Kusal Perera may be asked to lead the side.
The decision to send a young team was taken by the selectors in consultation with the team head coach Mickey Arthur in the recent meeting they had in Kandy.
Sri Lanka have played two-match Test series against Bangladesh recently which they won by 1-0.