Isuru Udana, the Sri Lankan Allrounder, on Saturday has officially announced his retirement from international cricket, effective immediately.
“I believe the time has come for me to make way for the next generation of players,’’ said Udana whilst notifying his decision to Sri Lanka Cricket.
‘’It is with immense pride and passion, and unfathomable commitment that I have represented and served my country,’’ he added.
Although retired from international cricket, Udana will continue to play domestic and franchise tournaments, starting with the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) scheduled to commence in late August.
In a formal statement shared on Twitter, Udana expressed, “Cricket was, is and always will be my greatest love and I have always given my 100% both on and off the field, respecting and upholding the spirit of cricket and national pride always,”
“I am proud to have served my nation, and Sri Lanka Cricket with utmost dedication, commitment and passion to my fullest with a bunch of people who have touched my soul with the relationship of never-ending friendship.
“However, I believe the time has come for me to retire from international cricket and in order to make way for the next generation of players.”
— Isuru Udana (@IAmIsuru17) July 31, 2021
Udana, 33, played 21 One Day Internationals (ODI) and 35 T20 Internationals for Sri Lanka, picking up a total of 45 wickets across both formats.
He made his international debut in the 2009 World T20 in England and played five games for the Kumar Sangakkara-led Sri Lankan team in the tournament, including the final.
The Lankan paceman commenced his One Day International career against India in 2012; however, he encountered a prolonged period of nearly seven years before being able to secure a position within the starting XI once more.
He also played in a single One Day International match against India earlier this month.
In addition to his bowling skills, he exhibited proficient batting skills, achieving a notable feat of scoring a half-century in both ODIs and T20Is.
Notably, his performance in the latter format was particularly impressive, as he scored an unbeaten 84 runs off just 48 balls against South Africa in 2019.