Sri Lanka's spin legend Rangana Herath has announced his decision to retire after the first Test against England at Galle. Herath is the most successful left-arm spinner in Tests, and also the only active cricketer to have made his debut in the 90s.
Herath is currently ranked number seven in the ICC Test bowlers rankings. He has claimed 430 Test wickets at an average of 27.95, with 34 five-wicket hauls and nine 10-wicket hauls in 92 Tests.
The 40-year-old made his debut in 1999, but only became a permanent fixture in the team after the retirement of Muttiah Muralitharan.
"We respect and support Rangana's decision. Even though his retirement will be a big loss for Sri Lanka Cricket. We wish to thank him for the invaluable contribution he has made to Sri Lanka Cricket," said Ashley de Silva, the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Herath also had his struggles with knee injuries in the last lap of his career and has been unable to compete in a full three-match Test series since January 2017.
--By A Cricket Correspondent