Sydney, Mar 6: Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera, who was the victim of a militant attack on his team during a Pakistan tour in 2009, has announced his retirement from international cricket.
Samaraweera was hit by a bullet in the left thigh when militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus which was on way to the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore for a Test match, in an attack which left eight people dead, News.com.au reports.
According to the batsman, his decision to retire had been fuelled by the decision of the selectors to drop him from the opening Test against Bangladesh, starting from Friday, adding that the selectors had told him that they might need him for the Pakistan tour later this year.
Stating that there was no point in waiting for the Pakistan tour, Samaraweera said that he respected the selectors’ decision to go with young players for the Bangladesh tour, adding that he decided that it was the right time for him to retire.
Samaraweera, who had played 53 one-day internationals, scoring 862 runs at 27.80 with two hundreds, will, however, play for Worcestershire in English county cricket this year, the report added. (ANI)