Lasith Malinga to retire from international cricket after 2020 ICC World T20

Lasith Malinga - Sri Lanka Cricketer

Sri Lankan limited overs captain Lasith Malinga will retire from international cricket after next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, he revealed on Friday.

Malinga said that he would quit one-day internationals after the ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales this summer before calling time on his career following the Twenty20 tournament, being played in Australia over October-November 2020. (ALSO READ: Lasith Malinga prefers World Cup preparation over Indian T20 league)

“After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending,” the 35-year-old said after his his side were beaten by 16 runs by South Africa in the second Twenty20 international at SuperSport Park. (South Africa vs Sri Lanka, 2nd T20I: FULL SCORECARD)

“I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.” (ALSO READ: Dimuth Karunaratne in contention to captain Sri Lanka at ICC World Cup 2019)

Malinga dismissed South Africa‘s top-scorer Reeza Hendricks for 65 on Friday, his 97th T20 international wicket. He is one short of the world record of 98 held by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi.