Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Sangakkara announced to retire after 2015 World Cup

A day after announcing his retirement from the shortest version of the game, Sri Lanka's former captain stalwart Kumar Sangakkara Monday decided to end his ODI career with the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

I am 36 years old now and will be 37 next year during the World Cup. By next World Cup, I will be 41 and I do not hope to play then. So 2015 World Cup will be my last series Sangakkara said here during a media interaction.

As far as ODI and Test cricket are concerned, it's hard to make a time frame. For Test cricket form, health and enjoyment factors are there for you to continue. There is no denying I am in the twilight of my job.
Kumar Sangakkara announcement came hours after team mate and previous captain Jayawardene said he too would retire from the Twenty20 after the showpiece event which concludes April 6. 

Sangakkara said that the exit of the 2 greats will not affect the transition of the team into the hands of the youngsters.

If I and Mahela decide to quit today, tomorrow or whenever we do, it is not going to make a huge difference. It's going to be fine. If you look at Thirimanne and Chandimal, they are ready to play in any form. Angelo Mathews is growing as the Test and ODI captain. Sri Lankan cricket is in very good hands, said the southpaw, who led Sri Lanka to the 2009 World T20 final where they lost to Pakistan.

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