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.