Colombo, June 1: Sri Lanka's paceman Nuwan Kulasekara today (June 1) announced his retirement from Test cricket "with immediate effect". He will continue to play One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals.
"I would like to retire from playing Test cricket with immediate effect. After much thought I believe it is the right time to retire and I hope it will allow me to better prepare for ODI and T20 cricket, which I would like to continue playing for Sri Lanka subject to good performance and selection," the 33-year-old right-arm bowler said in a media release issued by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Wednesday. He sent a letter to SLC announcing his decision.
"His prowess is an integral part of the Sri Lankan bowling arsenal, and Sri Lanka Cricket wishes him many more wickets to come!," SLC said.
Kulasekara played 21 Tests and took 48 wickets. He made his debut against New Zealand in Napier in 2005. His last Test was against England at Lord's in June 2014.
He has so far featured in 173 ODIs and 50 T20Is for Sri Lanka. Kulasekara was ranked the number 1 ODI bowler in ICC Rankings in March 2009.