Dilshan to retire from Test cricket after Pakistan series?


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.

© Island Cricket

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  1. it’s good decision.but i
    it’s good decision.but i don’t think it will implement.
    because Minster and Other Cricket officials may prevent it
    after great 190+ in england his test form is poor despite odd fifties.and regularly we saw he got out after getting 50
    and these days lot of young and talented cricketers are waiting out side team without any chance.
    Kaushal silva has been waiting two years with super quality batting in A team
    Dimuth,Kithruwan,Chathuranga,Ashan priyangan playing superbly in A team.
    in test all given cricketers are better than current Dilshan
    they all can play long innings
    but he is still number one batsmen in ODI he should play ODI until next world cup.

  2. may be it’s a good decision
    may be it’s a good decision on youngsters side. but it’s will be a good decision how selectors do proper application to this valuable placement. youngster must be i suppose.

  3. @uppercut
    Chandimal get 2

    Chandimal get 2 Centuries and Thrimanne get one centry in last serious
    if arvandina or arjuna plays test cricket they also can get 100
    in 1999 dilshan came because of Arjuna,Aravainda,Mahanama sack off the team by d selection commitee even they prefrom well in Test Cricket
    other wise he may get 169 against in 1999 zimbabwe tour
    their for he should be responsible for retire
    not him Mahela all lack of form in all formats
    only sanga should have a place in srilankan test 11
    but current selection committee is not confident to axed.
    even 40+ they may not do it
    and our fans also very blind they think only dil,mahi and sanga can play well.
    they think others can’t do nothing.
    think of other countries how they give chance to youngers.
    eg:how gambir replace by dhawan,sewag replace by rohit sharma
    keep going like this.”world oldest cricket team” in srilanka
    Good Luck

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