Suranga Lakmal has finally decided to hang up his boots for Sri Lanka in international cricket.
He wrote a letter to the Sri Lanka cricket board thanking everyone for giving him the opportunity to represent his country and to help him in growing professionally as well as personally.
Suranga Lakmal has also signed up a two-year contract with the Derbyshire cricket club.
He will also see a reunion with his former national coach Mickey Arthur.
I’m indebted to Sri Lanka Cricket for giving me this astonishing opportunity and having faith in me to bring my motherland honour, as it has been (an) absolute pleasure to be associated with the board that shaped my professional life and also enriched my personal development.
Mickey Arthur also welcomed Lakmal in the Derbyshire club where he is currently the Director.
Suranga is among Sri Lanka’s all-time greats with the ball and it’s brilliant to be able to bring him to Derbyshire for the next two seasons.
Suranga came into the Sri Lankan side in 2009. He faced many setbacks initially but then slowly became Sri Lanka’s go-to bowler in no time.
After Lakmal’s departure, Sri Lanka’s bowlers would have some pretty big shoes to fill.
Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara and Vishwa Fernando still have a long way to go.