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Malinga to bid farewell to ODIs on July 26
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Malinga to bid farewell to ODIs on July 26

An iconic chapter of Sri Lankan cricket will be closed on July 26 as the veteran Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga is all set to call it a day as far as his 50-over cricket is concerned. Malinga will be ending his ODI career during Sri Lanka’s first game of the three-match ODI series against Bangladesh.

While selectors wanted him to play all the three matches of the series, Malinga confirmed an early exit as he added that tiredness is taking over and he doesn’t consider himself fit and ideal now for ODIs. Moreover, he wants to give selectors an ample time to prepare a strong unit for the next World Cup event.

However, the 35-year old has shown his availability for the shortest format of the game as he aims to don the national colors till the next T20 World Cup which is getting staged in Australia. Sri Lanka’s former captain who has 335 wickets in 219 innings will leave the format as Sri Lanka’s third highest wicket-taker only behind Muttiah Muralitharan and Chaminda Vaas who managed 523 and 399 scalps respectively.