Mahela Jayawardene to retire from Test cricket

Zee Media Bureau/Rajdeep Saha

New Delhi: Sad news for cricket fans as they will miss another legend of the game in the longer format. After an outstanding career of over 17 years, former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene is set to bid adieu to Test cricket.

The Sri Lankan Cricket Board stated on Monday that Jayawardene has announced he will retire from Test cricket after the South Africa and Pakistan series. Sri Lanka host the Proteas in a two-match Test series starting from July 16. The Lankans then host Pakistan for two matches, scheduled from August 6 and August 14.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) expressed the news on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Cricket pundit and commentator Harsha Bhogle feels the veteran will leave a huge gap in Sri Lankan cricket. Harsha also added that Mahela was even greater than the runs he has scored.

Bhogle expressed his views through his personal account on micro-blogging site Twitter.

Jayawardene made his debut for Sri Lanka against India in August 1997. He has played 145 Tests, scoring 11493 runs at an average of 50.18.

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