Sri Lanka’s number one Test cricketer Kumar Sangakkara today announced that he has decided to retire from all forms of cricket during the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka against India.
Sangakkara told reporters after the end of the third days play of the ongoing Test series against Pakistan, that he had decided now was the right time to retire.
The schedule for India’s tour to Sri Lanka, expected to take place in August, is yet to be finalized but Sangakkara said he hopes to retire at the end of the second Test and he hopes the venue of the second Test is his home town Kandy.
The 37 year old, who made his Test debut in the year 2000, has scored over 12,000 runs in Test matches and over 14,000 runs in one day internationals.
Sangakkara said that his family supports his decision to retire from cricket but he will still be involved with the game in other ways.
He says his retirement from Sri Lanka cricket will be one of the saddest days in his life but he feels it is time to step down.
When asked if he felt if he continued for another year he could achieve several records, Sangakkara said that he feels achieving records is not important. (Colombo Gazette)