Ranatunga to retire

COLOMBO, JULY 20. Sri Lanka's former captain Arjuna Ranatunga, who led his country to World Cup victory in 1996, on Thursday said he would retire from international cricket at the end of the Test series against South Africa.

In a letter, the contents of which were released by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLCB), Ranatunga said it was a ``painful decision'' and one that was arrived at ``after a great deal of consideration and thought''.

The 36-year-old has been one of Sri Lanka's most successful cricketers in a career spanning 19 years. Ranatunga is the only cricketer in the world to have played in the first and the 100th Test for his country.

``Amidst all the trials and tribulations I enjoyed every minute of playing cricket as long as I could do so with honour and dignity,'' Ranatunga said.

- Reuters