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COLOMBO: Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera has confirmed he is quitting international cricket after attempts to persuade him otherwise failed.
“Today I had a meeting with the selectors at Sri Lanka Cricket and they said that they wanted to go with two (other) experienced batsmen for both the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe series,” Samaraweera, 36, told a news conference yesterday.
“The selectors clearly mentioned that I would definitely get a chance to play against Pakistan in December this year. That’s a long time and I can’t wait that long, so I came up with the decision to retire.”
Samaraweera played 81 Tests and scored 5,462 runs at an average of 48.76 with 14 hundreds. He also played in 53 ODIs. REUTERS