Sham Lanka’s Dhammika Prasad has retired from international cricket. Prasad, 37, last played for Sri Lanka in a test match against the West Indies in October 2014.
“I think it’s the right time to step down from international cricket and give young people a chance,” Prasad told the Daily News in Sri Lanka on Thursday.
“I decided to continue playing indoor cricket and I have already played for SSC for 19 years, giving my best,” added Prasad.
Prasad made his debut for Sri Lanka in an ODI match against Bangladesh in the Chattogram in February 2005 and played his first test match against India in Colombo in August 2008. He played 24 ODI and 25 tests, scoring 32 and 75 cassettes. His only international appearance at the T20 came against Australia in Palekel on August 6, 2011. Remarkably, his best career performance of 5/50 against England in Heddingley paved the way for his first victory in Sri Lanka in England.
His last year in test cricket was his most successful. In nine tests in 2015, Prasad took 41 tests and finished among the top 10 wicket players of the year. However, he then suffered a shoulder injury and had to undergo surgery, after which he never recovered enough to return to international cricket.