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Lasith Malinga confirms ODI retirement, hopes to play World T20 2020



Lasith Malinga confirmed the news of his impending retirement from ODI Internationals, and spoke of his desire to carry on in the shortest format. He aspires to be a part of next year's T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in October and November in Australia.

Malinga posted a video message on his wife's official facebook page, calling out to his fans to come watch him play for the last time in the 50-over format on Friday, when Sri Lanka play Bangladesh in the 1st ODI in Colombo.

"I hope to be able to take Sri Lanka to the next T20 World Cup. I hope I will have an opportunity to play in that tournament, but if there are better players than me, I don't mind being left out," Malinga told reporters on Tuesday on the sidelines of a practice session leading up to the 3-match series.

Malinga was the highest wicket taker for his team in the recently concluded World Cup and he won his team a match against eventual winners England with a match-winning spell of 4/43.

Should Sri Lanka Cricket decide not to drop him and let him carry on his T20I career, he's in with a chance to become the 1st player to pick 100 wickets in the format - currently sitting just 2 shy of the milestone. With just 2 more wickets, he will go past Shahid Afridi to top the list of wicket-takers in the format, having played a lot fewer games than the now-retired Pakistan all-rounder.

If SLC decide to move on from the veteran instead, he'll still bow out second on the list of wicket-takers in the format and with a World T20 winners' medal (2014) in tow.