Sri Lanka bowler Lasith Malinga has confirmed he plans to retire from international cricket after the T20 World Cup in 2020. The 35-year-old believes he has one more year left at the top before he will retire from international duty.
Malinga has taken a combined 520 wickets across all three formats since he made his debut for his country in a Test match against Australia in 2004.
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The fans’ favourite has claimed 97 wickets in T20 internationals and is just one behind Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi (98) on the all-time list. Confirming his decision, Malinga told reporters: “After the World Cup, my cricketing career is ending.
I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career.” Malinga is currently captaining Sri Lanka’s white-ball sides in South Africa but he may lose that honour to Dimuth Karunaratne or Angelo Mathews for the World Cup.