Cricket Sri Lanka's Samaraweera retires after being dropped

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Samaraweera retires after

being dropped

Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera retired from international cricket on Wednesday after selectors dropped him from the opening Test against Bangladesh which starts in Galle later this week. A key figure in Sri Lanka's batting line-up for more than a decade, Samaraweera, 36, rebuilt his career after being shot in a militant attack on his team bus in Pakistan in 2009. "I was shocked with my omission from the squad against Bangladesh," he told, adding he had been told by the selectors that they may need him for the tour of Pakistan later this year. "There was no point in waiting for nine months. I respect the decision of the selectors to go with young players and decided it was the right time for me to retire."AFP



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