Kumar Sangakkara to retire from T20 internationals after ICC World T20 2014

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Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara

Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara to retire from T20 internationals

Former Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara has announced his retirement from T20 internationals, and it will be effective immediately after the conclusion of the ongoing ICC World T20 tournament in Bangladesh.

“Definitely, without a doubt, this is my last World T20. I won’t be playing any T20 internationals after this. It’s sad, but that’s the truth. It’s not the end of my T20 career, though. I would like to play franchise based T20s. 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.

Sangakkara said he would take a call on his ODI career after the end of next year’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

“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 played 50 T20 internationals in his career scoring 1311 runs at an average of 32.77. He has seven half-centuries to his name, although he has never scored a century in international T20 format.

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