Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath to retire from international cricket after Galle Test against England

Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath shows the ball to celebrate taking six wickets after Sri Lanka won a recent Test series against South Africa. (Reuters)
Updated 22 October 2018
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Sri Lanka’s Rangana Herath to retire from international cricket after Galle Test against England

  • Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement on Monday that Herath announced his decision at a meeting with cricket board officials
  • The 40-year-old Herath made his test debut in 1999 and has played 92 tests with 430 wickets

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka spin bowler Rangana Herath will retire from international cricket next month after the first Test against England.
Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement on Monday that Herath announced his decision at a meeting with cricket board officials.
“We respect and support Rangana’s decision, even though his retirement will be a big loss for Sri Lanka Cricket,” SLC chief executive Ashley de Silva said.
The 40-year-old Herath made his Test debut in 1999 and has played 92 Tests with 430 wickets. He has already retired from shorter formats.
Despite a promising start to his career, Herath’s chances to represent Sri Lanka were limited for the next decade because of the presence of record-breaking bowler Muttiah Muralitharan in the team.
Herath, however, persisted with good performances in domestic cricket and by playing for clubs in England.
He was recalled unexpectedly to the national team for a test match against Pakistan while playing in England in 2009 and immediately made an impact with a match-winning performance. It marked the beginning of a highly successful second phase of his career during which he took on the mantle of a match winner from Muralitharan, who retired with 800 Test wickets in 2010.
During the second phase, Herath played in 78 Tests in nine years and took 394 wickets to become the most successful left arm spinner in Test cricket history. He is 10th in the list of highest wicket takers in Test matches.
Herath has 74 wickets in one-day internationals and 18 wickets in Twenty 20 internationals.
The first Test against England will begin in Galle on Nov. 6.


Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

Updated 17 January 2019
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Saudi Arabia to face Japan in Asian Cup second round after defeat to Qatar

  • A double from Almoez Ali means Qatar top Group E.
  • Juan Antonio Pizzi's men now face Japan in second round on Monday.

LONDON: Saudi Arabia now know they will have to overcome Japan in the second round if they are to keep their hopes of a fourth Asian Cup title alive. 

A 2-0 defeat at the hands of Qatar meant Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men finished second in Group E — both sides went into the top-of-the-table clash knowing they had already secured a spot in the knockout stages. 

A brace from Almoez Ali in Abu Dhabi was enough to give Qatar the three points and leave them top of the group. 

From the kick-off the Green Falcons were the ones who looked the more likely to make the initial breakthrough —  Fahad Almuwallad slamming a right-foot shot against the post after 22 minutes.

Qatar captain Hasan Al-Haydos then missed a penalty in the 42nd minute after Ali had been clattered in the box.

But Ali, who scored four goals in Qatar's 6-0 rout of North Korea last weekend, made no mistake in first-half stoppage time.

He calmly slotted the ball past Saudi Arabia goalkeeper Mohammed Alowais to become the first player to score six goals in a single Asian Cup since South Korea's Lee Dong-gook in 2000.

Ali subsequently headed in a seventh goal of the tournament 10 minutes from time, celebrating with a jig of delight.

While the defeat was not ideal Green Falcons coach Pizzi said he was still hopeful Saudi Arabia would be able to go far in the tournament. 

"It was an intense game but we have to hide our feelings and prepare for the last 16," Pizzi said.

"We were missing quality in the final third and individual errors have cost us," he added.

"But we will bounce back. I respect every team left in the competition, including Japan, but I don't feel that we are inferior to them in any way."

Qatar, who have never gone beyond the quarterfinals, advance to face Iraq in the last 16.