Lasith Malinga to retire from ODIs after first Bangladesh match

Ross Houston
July 24, 2019

Malinga played his last test in 2010 but continued playing the shorter formats and has taken 335 wickets from 225 one-day internationals for Sri Lanka, the third highest for the island country behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas. He has the possibility of surpassing Anil Kumble (337 wickets) to move into ninth place in the list in his final one-dayer.

"I think if you take the World Cup, we did fairly good". "We are feeling very comfortable". Those are the areas. "I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career", he had said earlier this year.

Malinga was named to the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R. Premadasa Stadium. So I think I have adjusted with the condition [after World Cup].

"I hope I will have an opportunity to play in that tournament, but if there are better players than me, I don't mind being left out".

Malinga said Tuesday he hoped to play T20 cricket and had his sights on the 2020 World Cup in Australia.

Apart from the search for new fast bowlers, Sri Lanka also has to contend with a coaching exodus. For them it's a temporary glimpse; Shakib Al Hasan - the unofficial player of the World Cup - is away on Haj pilgrimage, Liton Das is getting married, and captain Mashrafe Mortaza and Mohammad Saifuddin are injured.

Bangladesh made a positive start in the run-chase with skipper Tamim Iqbal and Soumya putting up 45 runs in the opening stand before the latter was dismissed by Lahiru Kumara in the 10th over of the innings.

"Friday will be the last day you will see me playing a ODI match", Malinga said.

"The security has been fantastic ..."

The Bangladesh team are provided with a level of security usually reserved for visiting state dignitaries, with additional deployments at their hotel and armed guards for their motorcade.

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