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Malinga Announces Retirement From ODI Cricket

Veteran Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga will retire from One-Day International Cricket with the first match of a three-match series against Bangladesh.

Malinga was named to the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

But speaking at the team's Press Conference in the Sri Lankan Capital, Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne confirmed the 36-year old fast bowler and former Captain would only appear in the first game.

35 year old Malinga will leave as Sri Lanka's third highest wicket-taker in ODI Cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far.

Only Muttiah Muralitharan with 523 and Chaminda Vaas with 399 have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIS for Sri Lanka.

He was Sri Lanka's highest wicket-taker at the World Cup, claiming 13 scalps in seven innings.

Malinga retired from Test Cricket in 2011 but continued to remain available in other formats since then.

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