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Lasith Malinga To Retire After 1st ODI Against Bangladesh, Will Continue in T20 Cricket 

Lasith Malinga To Retire After 1st ODI Against Bangladesh, Will Continue in T20 Cricket
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The all-time legendary Lasith Malinga called curtains on his ODI cricketing career. He is all set to bid adieu to the ODI format of the game after playing the first ODI game against Bangladesh back home. However, the good news is that he would continue in the shortest format of the game.

Team skipper Dimuth Karunaratne confirmed the same on Monday to reporters. All the 3 ODIs will be played at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on July 26, 28 and 31. Even though Malinga was named in the squad for the 3 games, Karunaratne said that the bowler had told him that he would only be playing the first match.

Lasith Malinga is retiring – Dimuth Karunaratne

Speaking at the team’s press conference in the Sri Lankan capital, Karunaratne confirmed the 36-year-old fast bowler and the former captain would only appear in the first game. Malinga was named to the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series.

Lasith Malinga, ICC World Cup 2019
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“He 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,” said Karunaratne.

He will leave as Sri Lanka’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIs for Sri Lanka.

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Since his 2004 debut against the United Arab Emirates, Malinga has played 225 ODIs and his unusual Slingy action and an ability to bowl yorkers have made him a formidable bowler in limited-overs cricket.

He will leave as Sri Lanka’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIs for Sri Lanka.

Perhaps, Lasith Malinga is eyeing to play the T20 format of the game across the globe. He would likely to retire from the T20 International Cricket after the conclusion of upcoming ICC T20I World Cup 2020.

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