Spinner Herath calls time on ODI, T20I career


Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath has called time on his limited-overs international career as he wants to concentrate on the longest format of the game.

The 38-year-old left-arm bowler played in 71 ODIs and 17 T20Is but with Sri Lanka having lots of Test cricket on their schedule in the next year, Herath wants his body to be at 100 per cent for red-ball cricket.

Herath said: "In the next eight months or so, we're scheduled to play something like 12 Test matches.

"I think retiring from the shorter formats is the right move, because that will allow young players to be groomed for the next World Cup, as well as lowering my workload and letting me concentrate on Tests."

Herath was mostly rested for limited-overs internationals in bilateral series to keep him ready for world events where he will be remembered for his spell of five for three against New Zealand in the World T20 in 2014 when Sri Lanka won the tournament.

The Kurunegala-born player took 74 wickets in 50-over cricket and 18 scalps in the shortest format for his country.

Herath said: "In T20, the two spells I remember fondly are my five for three against New Zealand, and the three for 20-odd against Pakistan at Khettarama.

"I haven't taken any five-wicket hauls in ODIs, but I bowled well in that tri-series final against India, in the Caribbean in 2013. I took 4 for 20 in that game, though we went on to lose.

"I also have good memories of the 2011 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand (he took 1 for 31)."