Mar 06, Colombo: Sri Lankan Test cricket player Thilan Samaraweera told media today that he was retiring from international cricket because it was the right time for him to retire and not because of any displeasure.
Samaraweera had in writing informed the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) his intention to retire from all forms of cricket yesterday and the board has now accepted his decision although it earlier asked Samaraweera to reconsider his decision.
He said he came to this decision after several days of pondering. He added that he expected to retire after the upcoming Bangladesh tour but he failed to select to the squad that play with Bangladesh.
Samaraweera said he was shocked by his omission in the squad for Bangladesh but he also wants the younger players be given the chance.
The right-hand batsman and capable off spinner said he would play for the inter-club cricket and leave for abroad for a period of six months for a county tournament.
"I would decide my cricket future after that," Samaraweera said.
Samaraweera, 36, is one of the players got injured when the terrorists attacked Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore in March 2009.