Colombo, Mar 16 IBNS | 9 months ago

Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara has said he will retire from international T20 matches after the ongoing ICC World T20 championship in Bangladesh.

He said he will continue playing the franchise based T-20s.

"Ya, definitely without doubt this is my last World T-20. I won't be playing any T-20 Internationals after this. It's sad, but that's the truth. It's not the end of my T-20 career though. I would like to play franchise based T-20s. Once your World Cup prospects are over you should give the next crop of players an opportunity. It's a natural progression," Sangakkara told Sunday Island.

The left-handed batsman said his immediate target will be playing the 50-over World Cup in 2015.

" Hopefully I will be in form and my fitness stays and I am looking forward to it. There are so many ifs and buts in cricket. The 2015 World Cup is my immediate target. I will have a chat with the selectors to see where the future lies," he said.

Sangakkara has scored 1311 runs at an average of 32.77 in 50 T20 Internationals so far.

(Posted on 16-03-2014)

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