Sri Lanka’s left-arm spinner Rangana Herath has announced he will retire after the first Test against England at Galle in November. The 40-year-old made his Test debut against Australia on the same ground in 1999 and has opted to call time on his career 19 years later.
The veteran has taken 430 five-day wickets at an average of 27.95 while also claiming 71 one-day scalps at an excellent economy rate of 4.37.
Herath is no slouch with the bat either, with 1,680 runs and three half-centuries to his name in the longest version of the sport.
He has taken the unusual decision to end his career midway through a series and SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva admits his will be big shoes to fill.
“We respect and support Rangana’s decision, even though his retirement will be a big loss for Sri Lanka Cricket,” he said.
Herath, who played for Hampshire and Surrey in his career, has 34 five-wicket hauls to his name and has taken 10 wickets or more nine times.
The Islanders kick off the series with Joe Root’s men on Tuesday, November 6 and Herath will hope to go out on a high.