However, the only bowler to claim 100 T-20 wickets, Captain Lasith Malinga said in March last year that he would retire from T-20 cricket after the World Cup, but later decided to play for another two years for his country.
“I have already retired from ODIs and test cricket and therefore, I will agree to whatever SLC requests. If they request me to step down from T-20 matches, I will readily oblige. My main goal at this point is to win the qualifying round for the T-20 World Cup tournament. If Sri Lanka can win that round and qualify for the knockout stage, I am ready to bid farewell to the T-20 cricket field.”
“I am certain Angelo Mathew’s experience will play a significant role in Sri Lanka’s journey towards the World Cup. Similarly, spinner Wanidu Hasaranga will be my key trump card that Sri Lanka can use at the World Cup.
Although the loss of Akila Dhananjaya is a great loss, we cannot entirely depend on just one player. In my view, we need to look for alternatives and plan the manner in which we could win matches,” Malinga said.