Rediff – ‘There comes a time for every cricketer, when they have to stop playing.
- I think that time has come for me’Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath, the most successful left-arm spinner in Test history, will retire after the series opener against England in Galle next month, local media reported on Monday.
- Sri Lanka’s The Island newspaper reported that Herath had made a request to the country’s cricket board (SLC) to allow him to quit in Galle.
- Ahead of Sri Lanka’s two-match Test series against South Africa at home in July, Herath had said he was contemplating retirement in November.
- For most of his career he was overshadowed by Sri Lankan spin great Muttiah Muralitharan, who took 800 Tests wickets before retiring from the format in 2010 – also at Galle.
- Herath has been the leader of Sri Lanka’s spin attack since the retirement of Muralitharan but has struggled in recent years with the persistent knee injuries.