Mahela Jayawardene, the former Sri Lanka captain, will retire from Twenty20 Internationals at the end of the World T20. The news came a day after his teammate, Kumar Sangakkara, announced the tournament will be his last in the format as well.
"The rationale behind retirement is pretty much the same as Sanga's," Jayawardene told Wisden India. "When it is clear that I can't see myself playing in the next ICC World T20, there wasn't much point in me occupying a spot. It makes more sense for a youngster to come into the mix and establish himself."
Jayawardene, 36, has played 49 T20Is to date, and is his nation's leading run-scorer in the format, having hit 1335 runs at 31.78, with a strike rate of 134.17.