By Staff Writers | September 29, 2013
Tillakaratne Dilshan could retire from Test cricket in a few months from now. © AFP
According to Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan may retire from Test cricket after the series against Pakistan next January.
Jayasuriya stressed on the need to utilise New Zealand A’s ongoing tour of Sri Lanka to prepare for Dilshan’s retirement.
"There is a likelihood of Dilshan retiring from the longer version of the game after the Pakistan series, so we have to be ready," Jayasuriya was quoted as saying by Sri Lanka’s Sunday Times newspaper earlier this month.
"At the top we have Dimuth Karunaratne and Udara Jayasundera opening the batting. Kaushal Silva could come in at number three with [Dinesh] Chandimal batting at number four."
Dilshan, 36, has previously hinted that his Test retirement was around the corner, when he told reporters in Australia last year that he would play limited-over cricket until the 2015 World Cup, but admitted that he was uncertain over his Test future.
Sri Lanka and Pakistan are scheduled to play a three-match Test series in UAE, which starts with the first Test on December 31 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka are also scheduled to play a two-match Test series in England next June.
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