Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera has confirmed he is quitting international cricket after attempts to persuade him otherwise failed.
He handed a resignation letter to Sri Lanka Cricket on Tuesday but officials said they would try to talk him round.
“Today I had a meeting with the selectors at Sri Lanka Cricket and they said that they wanted to go with two (other) experienced batsmen for both the Bangladesh and Zimbabwe series,” Samaraweera, 36, told a news conference on Wednesday.
“The selectors clearly mentioned that I would definitely get a chance to play against Pakistan in December this year. That’s a long time and I can’t wait that long, so I came up with the decision to retire.”