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Malinga to quit ODI cricket after first game against Bangladesh
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Malinga to quit ODI cricket after first game against Bangladesh

Lasith Malinga is set to retire from one-day internationals following the first game of the three-match series against Bangladesh, skipper Dimuth Karunaratne confirmed on Monday.

The veteran paceman was named part of the 22-member squad for the series scheduled to commence on July 26 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Speaking to reporters in Colombo, Karunaratne said he had been informed by Malinga of his intention to quit the 50-over format after appearing in one match.

"He is going to play the first match. After that he is retiring. That's what he said to me. I don't know what he said for the selectors but for me he said he is playing only one match," said Karunaratne.

The 35-year-old will bow out of ODI cricket as one of the greatest pacers to ever play the sport.

Known for his unique slinging arm bowling action and pinpoint yorkers, Malinga will end his career as Sri Lanka's third-leading wicket-taker in ODIs after Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas.

He boasts an impressive tally of 335 wickets in 219 innings and would be hoping to cap off his career with another memorable performance.

Despite being in the twilight of his bowling abilities and plagued with fitness concerns, Malinga emerged as Sri Lanka top wicket-taker at the World Cup finishing the campaign with 13 wickets in 7 innings.

He is still the only ODI bowler to have picked up four wickets in succession in four deliveries, a feat he achieved against South Africa during the 2007 World Cup.

Malinga brought down the curtains on his Test career in 2011 but since then has made himself available for limited overs cricket.