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Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene to retire from T20 internationals

Sri Lanka Cricket chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya has conveyed his disappointment at not being kept informed about the retirement plans of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene from T20 internationals were concerned.

"I feel very let down by them. I've been very transparent with them. If they're even resting, I've been calling them and telling them what's going on. I never ever dealt controversially with any senior player," Jayasuriya was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo'.

Both the Sri Lankan players Sangakkara and Jayawardene made their retirement announcement to the public in the last few days.

Sangakkara gave a statement to a reported daily, just before his departure to the World T20 and had preferred to quit T20 internationals while Jayawardene announced his retirement news via the ICC's Twitter Mirror campaign, after the team arrived in Bangladesh. Kumar Sangakkara also gave a statement that he will quit ODIs after 2015 World Cup.

"When I became a selector, there were a lot of stories and comments in the media that we were going to do this and that, but we didn't do anything of that sort," the 'Matara Mauler' said.

"I've always handled the seniors in a different way. Whatever respect should be given to that senior player has been given, as a selection panel," Jayasuriya said.

Definitely, without a doubt, this is my last World T20," Sangakkara told the Colombo-based Sunday Island newspaper. "I won't be playing any T20 internationals after this.

"It's sad, but that's the truth. It's not the end of my T20 career though. I would like to play franchise-based T20s. Once your World Cup prospects are over, you should give the next crop of players an opportunity. It's a natural progression."

Sangakkara had taken Sri Lanka to play in the final of the 2009 World Twenty20 in England and has played 50 T20 internationals, scoring 1,311 runs at an average of 32.77 with seven half-centuries.

He continues to be in perfect form in recent matches, hitting a triple-century and a hundred in the second Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong last month.

Jayawardene's decision to retire from T20 internationals was announced a day after Sangakkara's and also not directly from the player or the Sri Lankan cricket board.

"SL legend @MahelaJay to join @KumarSanga2 in T20I retirement after the #wt20 2014," a tweet from the ICC said.

36-year-old Jayawardene has played four T20 World Cups till now and 2014 event in Bangladesh is going to be his last one. He was the captain of the Sri Lankan team which lost in the final of the last T20 World Cup at home against the West Indies.


Photo courtesy: www.mid-day.com

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