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Lasith Malinga to retire from ODIs after first Bangladesh match

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Lasith Malinga to retire from ODIs after first Bangladesh match
23 July, 2019
Sri Lankan legendary pacer Lasith Malinga will be retiring from ODI cricket after the first game of the upcoming three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne confirmed on Monday.

"Lasith is going to play the first match. After that, he is retiring. That's what he said to me. I don't know what he said for the selectors but for me, he said he is playing only one match," Karunaratne said in a joint media briefing ahead of the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh series.

Malinga was named to the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the Bangaldesh series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Malinga, a veteran for Sri Lanka since his debut in 2004, will retire from the ODI format as Sri Lanka’s third highest wicket-taker, with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far. Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) are the only Sri Lankans to have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIs.

Malinga will continue to play T20Is for Sri Lanka. “I want to play in the T20 World Cup and then end my career,” the 35-year-old had said earlier this year.

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